Why cant I be taken seriously?
I was just taking the forum seriously
Actually I was just thinking MTF was entering on its 4th cycle. Obviously the first one no one remembers because no one was here (2001-2004), the second one like JM said was probably the most interesting (2005-2009) because many things that shaped the future forum happened at that time, such as the start of rafa chat and the attentions seekers thread, the rise of the popularity of corey fedlman, the battles between ballet fans and death on clay, the start of tennis tipping, many posters contributing, gamblers posting enphatically on the gamblers lounge etc.
I could say the decline of MTF started around 2009, maybe before, mabe later, when the social crisis explded
. First of all we must remember the moderators started a witch hunting against many posters. Excalibur II left with many gamblers the gamblers lounge, ACC started to be more and more criticized by the mods, many new tennis fans entered the forum increasing the "tardism". Since then many traditional posters were banned and almost nothing really interesting happened at this time, except maybe the influx of Murray and Djokovic fans in the forum. Even TT got more and more a rulesbook game.
2013-? put a new cycle to MTF I think. Unfortunately mods continue ther policy to control more what the posters say, and the number of fans of Federer and Nadal tend to decline. I dont think MTF supports well the tendence to evolve, because people in the long run can stop posting here once their idols stop playing or their friends stop doing so.
Can i be taken 0,789% seriously now?
ps2: thank you Maria, I will watch Safin-Guga in youtube in your honor