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Why forums?

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Why use a forum in these days of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Surely forum technology is outdated these days? Well, yes and no. It's true that it's a bit clunky to register and find your way around a forum, compared with today's social media, but forums still have their place, and here's why:

Facebook is ephemeral - Forums are eternal (or at least as long as somebody is paying the hosting fees and maintaining them!).

Facebook and the rest offer instant gratification that is short term, like a short hit of espresso. Quickly read and soon forgotten. A forum is more of a sit-down, cup-of-tea affair. You need to spend a bit of time with a forum to get the most out of it.

It's well-nigh impossible to have a decent conversation on Facebook or Twitter, as the topic under discussion soon works its way down the page and vanishes off the screen into the void. You can't go back and find something that was said ten years ago and add your voice to the discussion; but on a forum the topics remain accessible until the admin decides to delete them. On this forum we have valuable dowsing information dating back to 2004, some of it from respected dowsers who are no longer with us, yet their wisdom is still available to provide inspiration to those who come along afterwards.

That's why this forum is such a fantastic resource for the dowsing community, and why it's important to keep it alive.

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The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it - Terry Pratchett.
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