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Suggestion: Close the Gaming Loyalty Programs Forum

 
Old Jun 22, 15, 9:45 pm
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Suggestion: Close the Gaming Loyalty Programs Forum

TCook mentioned it in another thread and I went and checked and it strikes me as a very lightly trafficked forum. The first page of threads stretches back an entire year. The existing threads could be transferred to Travel Buzz!, USA or just left to die. I think it was a forum with a good intention but one that does not seem to be appealing to enough FTers to remain open.

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Old Jun 23, 15, 3:56 am
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While it's not super active in terms of overall new threads, does it satisfy a niche?

After a cursory look... The MGM/mlife forum sees posts every month and "Caesars (Total Rewards) Diamond Status for $295" is somewhat active.

Is it causing gross harm to let it remain?
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Old Jun 23, 15, 6:05 am
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Originally Posted by rwoman View Post
After a cursory look... The MGM/mlife forum sees posts every month and "Caesars (Total Rewards) Diamond Status for $295" is somewhat active.
28 posts in 2015 is somewhat active? Hardly more than one post per week.

Is it causing gross harm to let it remain?
No but where's the benefit to FT in so lightly used a forum? Could these discussions be housed elsewhere as easily as OP suggests? I think so though that's merely MHO.
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Old Jun 23, 15, 8:49 am
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My sense is that the casual traveler to Vegas or some casino hotel is likely to seek information here on FT (or MP) rather than looking for some specialized gambling websites. [To me personally, it would be reassuring that some of the posters who are active in the gambling forum also post regularly in airline and hotel fora, so that I "know" these people.] This is especially true if the person looking for information is already active in FF or hotel programs and want to know whether the casino properties offer similar perks that might be applicable.
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Old Jun 23, 15, 9:49 am
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It is probably a good idea to go back to May 29, 2008 and review this discussion arguing for the establishment for such a forum to better understand its purpose and creation as one of the factors pertaining to considering whether or not it should be closed.
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Old Jun 23, 15, 4:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Canarsie View Post
It is probably a good idea to go back to May 29, 2008 and review this discussion arguing for the establishment for such a forum to better understand its purpose and creation as one of the factors pertaining to considering whether or not it should be closed.
Wow, that was a "blast from the past!"
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Old Jun 23, 15, 4:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Canarsie View Post
It is probably a good idea to go back to May 29, 2008 and review this discussion arguing for the establishment for such a forum to better understand its purpose and creation as one of the factors pertaining to considering whether or not it should be closed.
Indeed and little it seems has changed in my opinion since.

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Old Jun 23, 15, 6:10 pm
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Originally Posted by tcook052 View Post
Indeed and little it seems has changed in my opinion since.

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I find it interesting that you pretty much consistently oppose opening new forums and support closing forums. Except the Travel News forum.

Not good or bad. Just...interesting.

Is there some larger philosophy in play to your mind?

What would the perfect FlyerTalk forum lineup look like to you?
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Old Jun 23, 15, 7:17 pm
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Originally Posted by kokonutz View Post

What would the perfect FlyerTalk forum lineup look like to you?
Not to point out the obvious but different FTers have dif ideas on the perfect line up, none of which has anything to do with this particular forum. Stick to the actual thread topic.

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Old Jun 23, 15, 7:41 pm
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Originally Posted by kokonutz View Post
I find it interesting that you pretty much consistently oppose opening new forums and support closing forums. Except the Travel News forum.
I support closing moribund forums and you can examine for yourself if you haven't already nsx's 2014 forum stats spreadsheet which shows the amount of traffic or lack thereof in each forum.

Less is more.
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Old Jun 23, 15, 8:22 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
My sense is that the casual traveler to Vegas or some casino hotel is likely to seek information here on FT (or MP) rather than looking for some specialized gambling websites. [To me personally, it would be reassuring that some of the posters who are active in the gambling forum also post regularly in airline and hotel fora, so that I "know" these people.] This is especially true if the person looking for information is already active in FF or hotel programs and want to know whether the casino properties offer similar perks that might be applicable.
Shouldn't the casual traveler to Vegas go to our Las Vegas Forum? It gets decent traffic, especially for a location forum, and has a cadre of locals and regular posters (myself included, I used to live in Vegas) who can provide all the helpful advice a poster would want.
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Old Jun 23, 15, 8:29 pm
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
Shouldn't the casual traveler to Vegas go to our Las Vegas Forum? It gets decent traffic, especially for a location forum, and has a cadre of locals and regular posters (myself included, I used to live in Vegas) who can provide all the helpful advice a poster would want.
That too, but the Las Vegas destination forum doesn't (ans shouldn't) cover casino and casino hotel programs and perks. We have some people here on FT who are experts on these issues which apply at other locations, not just Vegas.
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Old Jun 23, 15, 8:57 pm
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That too, but the Las Vegas destination forum doesn't (ans shouldn't) cover casino and casino hotel programs and perks. We have some people here on FT who are experts on these issues which apply at other locations, not just Vegas.
Concur. As the moderator of the Las Vegas forum (although I had a co-moderator when this was broached last time around), I recall that part of the issue in starting the new forum was that general comments/questions/threads about gaming/casino programs was simply not Las Vegas-specific

And what he said:

Originally Posted by tcook052 View Post
I dunno, colour me unconvinced we need a forum for every demographic on the planet...
is sort of my feeling on the matter. I can only imagine that there are other websites dedicated to the topic that woudl be far more comprehensive and knowledgeable.
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Old Jun 23, 15, 9:15 pm
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Perhaps SPAM could be repurposed in a way that it could absorb the Gaming Loyalty Threads that actually do see a lot of traffic.
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Old Jun 23, 15, 9:35 pm
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Is there any chance that a gaming program will offer something that we can, er..., game? I think not. These people are much more numerate than the managers of other loyalty programs. In the absence of any prospect for the forum getting hot, I wouldn't be bothered by a move into SPAM. But I would like to get rid of that lousy forum name (SPAM)!
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