the_bookie Hi mate, you raise some great points. I’ve got several long running “mega-threads” as you know, including two that had to be archived and re-started because of the size they grew to. I say that only to give my comments fair context.
Personally I always try to welcome new people who post in any of my threads, I’ve started a lot of threads and never know if one will take or die, some I was sure would catch people’s attention and run just dropped like a stone, the ones I have still going surprised me as they were just started on a random comment or one-liner but people keep posting and seem to appreciate the content, so I keep hosting them. Others are a bit more technical so I tend to let them ebb and flow.
I always try to make it clear that anyone is welcome in any thread I host, I understand long threads with regular posters can feel a bit intimidating to join but I don’t do cliques and if I see anything going on like that I will call people out. I post random stuff that amuses me and seemingly others, or tech stuff that may be interesting to a few people. I have no time for the sort of drama you see on other social media.
In fairness I don’t often go into GD so can’t speak to how it feels now as I’m busy enough keeping the threads I have active.
I would suggest to anyone who would like to see new blood hosting threads but who don’t want to do that themselves, just start commenting on new threads that do interest you. To a point that will encourage the hosts to keep going, that’s how these long threads came about, they’re rarely just the OP writing post after post, we react to how people reply.
I can’t speak for other hosts but if anyone ever sees anything that looks like a clique in one of my threads, please contact me via PD and let me know, I don’t want any of them becoming exclusive in any other way than the content only appeals to a small audience, I would hate to think someone would like to comment but doesn’t feel they can 🙁