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13 May 2014 - 09:33113390
When cosplayers fade away
Nearly posted this in the rants, but it makes me sad not angry XD

I love the Random Costume selection on the front page. It shows me costumes I might have missed otherwise.

But it always makes me sad when you see a fantastic costume, or something interesting thats in progress, and then you check the profile and it says Last Seen Three Years Ago.

I know people drift away from costuming, or switch to other sites, or even rebrand themselves with a new profile, but it's still a bit disheartening.

Anyone else get this?


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13 May 2014 - 13:42113394
I totally get what you mean, though I don't find myself browsing here much.

It's particularly awful when you read online stories and someone just doesn't finish a series... They just disappear. Drives me crazy.


13 May 2014 - 14:30113395
Quote MioBombino:
It's particularly awful when you read online stories and someone just doesn't finish a series... They just disappear. Drives me crazy.


Yeah. Thats the main reason I hate people uploading teeny tiny first chapters and promising more. (Never happens!)

Same principle for webcomics too. So many just stop getting updated with no warning or explanation


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14 May 2014 - 00:02113408
I'll be honest, I think Facebook is partially to blame for this. Notice how hardly anyone tries to rally a group on here anymore with total strangers? But you can see statuses and groups on newer social media hyping about cosplay groups. Everyone posts their progress on their cospages or their personal ones. It's nice that people can find people to be close with, but at the same time it closes doors to find new friends and cosplayers with similar interests.

To each their own I suppose, but I'll probably never lose interest in good old-fashioned forums while embracing Facebook as a means to keep things organised.


16 May 2014 - 08:26113472
I think a lot of that is ease. Especially if you want your non-cosplaying friends to see what's happening. And if you meet someone new at a con "look me up on facebook" is a bit easier than "so are you on cosplay island? No? Well, you should join and look me up there."

Though the latter is exactly what I will be doing.


16 May 2014 - 09:19113473
Quote MioBombino:
I think a lot of that is ease. Especially if you want your non-cosplaying friends to see what's happening. And if you meet someone new at a con "look me up on facebook" is a bit easier than "so are you on cosplay island? No? Well, you should join and look me up there."

Though the latter is exactly what I will be doing.


I kind of think that can work both ways. Some of my non-cosplay friends might not want to be bombarded with all my progress updates (I mostly share finished photos with them). Also people might have family members on facebook that they're not keen sharing cosplay pictures with.

Generally I tell people to look me up on CI as I have a non-unusual name, so can be harder to find on facebook.


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16 May 2014 - 17:35113477
Quote Angel Tear:
I'll be honest, I think Facebook is partially to blame for this. Notice how hardly anyone tries to rally a group on here anymore with total strangers? But you can see statuses and groups on newer social media hyping about cosplay groups. Everyone posts their progress on their cospages or their personal ones. It's nice that people can find people to be close with, but at the same time it closes doors to find new friends and cosplayers with similar interests.

To each their own I suppose, but I'll probably never lose interest in good old-fashioned forums while embracing Facebook as a means to keep things organised.


Yea facebook is to blame partly for the slow dwindling websites, one website which so awesome, its just so dead. I loved having a topic on your costume, as with facebook they can disappear. I always come on here from time to time to update my page, on anything that has been updated


03 Jun 2014 - 04:38113903
Quote Angel Tear:
I'll be honest, I think Facebook is partially to blame for this. Notice how hardly anyone tries to rally a group on here anymore with total strangers? But you can see statuses and groups on newer social media hyping about cosplay groups. Everyone posts their progress on their cospages or their personal ones. It's nice that people can find people to be close with, but at the same time it closes doors to find new friends and cosplayers with similar interests.

To each their own I suppose, but I'll probably never lose interest in good old-fashioned forums while embracing Facebook as a means to keep things organised.


I completely agree with you. This was something that I did chat about with a few friends. We are in agreement that while FB is good for connecting with people its not so good for meeting and organising meets. I find that general conversation can be lost on a page while a forum is still good for that. I have to admit that I have been guilty of not posting as much as I used to. That is mainly down to work rather than moving to another platform for my cosplay updates. My biggest worry with FB pages is that can seem very one sided with the focus being on the page owner. I feel that the general sharing of tips and general chatting about costumes can be lost on pages. I personally much prefer the forum layout. I primary use my FB page for my business rather than my own personal costume updates which I still do on here.


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