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I've made several threads in the mods sections asking for help with the "1.8" tag, and not one of them have gotten a response. While 1.9 (even 1.7.10 I think) threads asking for help get replies in the first few minutes. Do people despise 1.8 or something?
From what I can tell and remember, 1.8 is not fondly remembered by most, especially in the modding community. If I remember the forums correctly at the time, a lot weren't going to make a 1.8 version of their mods because of a large change in how Minecraft was coded, and by the time they'd get it figured out, the next update would come around, so why not just code their mod for later versions?
I'd say keep trying to find help. SOMEONE out there has to be able to help you.