2016: The Smiler Reopening

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by micksalt, 26th Nov 2015.

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Will you ride in 2016?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. andeyhart

    andeyhart TowersStreet Member

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    All online articles have their success measured by how many hits they get. Every hit contributes to that. Even just one or two make a difference despite it not seeming like a big deal.

    And I don't fully buy this anti-Sun agenda. The Sun themselves have posted many articles on the crash, most of which haven't been complimentary towards Towers at all.
     
  2. Matt.GC

    Matt.GC TowersStreet Member

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    I'm not advocating that we post links all.over here and click on them to our hearts content. I'm simply playing down the ridiculous notion that media reports about the Smiler crash are being reported any differently to many other subjects. This is not new behaviour by any of the offending media outlets. None of us are to blame. Although some of them may take some joy from our upset, these articles are not written just to upset us or other users of social media.

    On the specific subject of the Sun, if you look at it in the context of how that publication has abused others over the last few decades, The Smiler got off likely.

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  3. Dave

    Dave TS Founding Member

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    Well aside from your repeated assertions that I am ridiculous you may want to take a look at how viral social media works. There are more than a few dozen people commenting on these posts, there are hundreds of "OMG DA SMILER IS DANGEROUS" comments all responded by hundreds of people of various hues of enthusiast (from geek to fan). Each of those commentors then inadvertently transmits the article to all their social media contacts and so on and so on.

    The Mirror doesn't give a stuff what the Sun is doing, they may have business interests but attacking Alton Towers isn't going to hurt the Sun and the Mirror know it, also the Mirror always do a late season voucher deal with Merlin so they benefit from the company as much as The Sun.

    It's the same reason celebrity stories get the big push on the same platforms, they have an existing audience that will engage with the story and propagate it around social media. Your not wrong that the same is also true for emotive stories or anything to do with animals, but trust me when you want a social media post to do well you want the comments section to go wild and geeks have helped lube the way for the smiler story.
     
  4. Rob

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    And we've gone way off topic again! If there is a desire to discuss how the media/tabloids work then please feel free to create a thread in Corner Coffee to do so or use this thread. Otherwise let's get back to The Smiler.

    Thanks.

    :)
     
  5. Matt.GC

    Matt.GC TowersStreet Member

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    For what it's worth, I don't think you are ridiculous my friend. I just think we're grossly over exaggerating enthusiasts input in the repeated rehashing of this story on
    clicking/buying papers. I would argue this story does this rather well on its own by being shared around by the "OMG DA SMILER IS LIKE WELL NOT SAFE SHUD CLOZ 4 GUD" brigade.

    They will also be deciding whether it would benefit or damage the editorial interests of the publication, in this case it clearly benefits them. Newspapers are very self serving organisations.

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  6. spinba11

    spinba11 TowersStreet Member

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    Anyone know what's up with train 4? It's not been used since the E-stop a few weeks ago.
     
  7. delta79

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    Nope. Do we know the numbers of the train out during estop
     
  8. AndrewH

    AndrewH TowersStreet Member

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    Did something not allegedly fall from the train? If that is true it might be getting repaired/ investigated
     
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    spinba11 TowersStreet Member

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    That's what I think has happened, I'm just wondering if that's right.
     
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    Ahh so it was you that blocked out the page 3 girl!....shame on you
     
  11. Mikey:SubTerra

    Mikey:SubTerra TowersStreet Member

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    In random Smiler related news today I witnessed a lost phone charger hanging from a net above the queue line. Deffo a first for me, who on earth takes takes a phone charger onto a ride to begin with . Was an amusing end to a great day, I reported the issue incase someone tried to pull it down and brought the whole net either it lol
     
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  12. andeyhart

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    Oh it's great spotting things that have been dropped from rides. Seen so many gems in my time.
     
  13. Burbs

    Burbs TowersStreet Team Team Member

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    The Smiler sentencing is happening today.
     
  14. brynthellama

    brynthellama TowersStreet Member

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    I wonder what the courts will find an appropriate sentence?
     
  15. RoyJess

    RoyJess TowersStreet Member

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    I hope it's not too harsh....

    ...we don't need Merlin to impose any more cuts on the parks as a result of the outcome.
     
  16. Rob

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    It will be a massive fine however Merlin have already said that it will not have any business impact (or something along those lines).

    :)
     
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    rob666 TowersStreet Member

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    Come on, lets have fun guessing the fine...
    I think about £750,000 will be about right.
     
  19. bluesonichd

    bluesonichd TowersStreet Member

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    I will go £1.5m I think
     
  20. Spark

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    I'm going for 3 million
     

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