427965 members - really?

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427965 members - really?

Postby Oldtimer » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:11 am

I was at a loose end this morning, waiting for one laundry load to finish before starting something that needed concentration, so I looked at the line of members who celebrate birthdays today. It's probably changed now, but when I checked WD claimed to have 427,965 members. Of those, one name was in blue, the other seven were red.

Here's what I found interesting:

The "blue" member joined in Oct, 2016, last visited in Nov, 2016, posted 4 times.
"Red" member 1 joined July 11, 2016, last visited the same day, 0 posts.
"Red" member 2 joined Nov 24, 2014, last visited Nov 25, 2014, 0 posts.
"Red" member 3 joined Mar 11, 2016, last visited the same day, 0 posts.
"red" member 4 joined Apr 2, 2015, last visited Apr 24, 2015, 1 post.
"Red" member 5 joined Dec 8, 2015, last visited the same day, 0 posts.
"Red" member 6 joined May 28, 2016, last visited Aug 06, 2016, 0 posts.
"Red" member 7 joined Mar 10, last visited May 21, 2016, 0 posts.

So six out of eight members made no posts at all since joining. It makes me wonder how many ACTIVE members there are.
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Re: 427965 members - really?

Postby ejhalling » Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:36 am

I'm new here, but hope to be very active in the days (and years) to come!

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Re: 427965 members - really?

Postby Oldtimer » Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:24 pm

[quote="ejhalling"]I'm new here, but hope to be very active in the days (and years) to come![/quote]

Welcome! I look forward to seeing you join in the banter, while - of course - learning how to "Write better. Get published." :D
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Re: 427965 members - really?

Postby noob » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:33 pm

[quote="Oldtimer"]I was at a loose end this morning, waiting for one laundry load to finish before starting something that needed concentration, so I looked at the line of members who celebrate birthdays today. It's probably changed now, but when I checked WD claimed to have 427,965 members. Of those, one name was in blue, the other seven were red.

Here's what I found interesting:

The "blue" member joined in Oct, 2016, last visited in Nov, 2016, posted 4 times.
"Red" member 1 joined July 11, 2016, last visited the same day, 0 posts.
"Red" member 2 joined Nov 24, 2014, last visited Nov 25, 2014, 0 posts.
"Red" member 3 joined Mar 11, 2016, last visited the same day, 0 posts.
"red" member 4 joined Apr 2, 2015, last visited Apr 24, 2015, 1 post.
"Red" member 5 joined Dec 8, 2015, last visited the same day, 0 posts.
"Red" member 6 joined May 28, 2016, last visited Aug 06, 2016, 0 posts.
"Red" member 7 joined Mar 10, last visited May 21, 2016, 0 posts.

So six out of eight members made no posts at all since joining. It makes me wonder how many ACTIVE members there are.[/quote]
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i suspect that goes back to day 1
this forum was very active in the past

many people sign up and never show up again
lack of critical mass makes them lose interest

if they only all stayed and joined in this would be a very active forum again

plus the delay before they can post anywhere but introductions helps discourage them from returning
too bad it has to be done to fight the spammers

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Re: 427965 members - really?

Postby T.A.Rodgers » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:44 pm

A lot of these members are autobot signups that would eventual post spam. Paul and I only deleted the users that posted spam. There were times when the user count would jump a thousand or more in one day.

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Re: 427965 members - really?

Postby plughmann » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:46 pm

[quote="Oldtimer"]I was at a loose end this morning, waiting for one laundry load to finish before starting something that needed concentration, so I looked at the line of members who celebrate birthdays today. It's probably changed now, but when I checked WD claimed to have 427,965 members. Of those, one name was in blue, the other seven were red.

Here's what I found interesting:

The "blue" member joined in Oct, 2016, last visited in Nov, 2016, posted 4 times.
"Red" member 1 joined July 11, 2016, last visited the same day, 0 posts.
"Red" member 2 joined Nov 24, 2014, last visited Nov 25, 2014, 0 posts.
"Red" member 3 joined Mar 11, 2016, last visited the same day, 0 posts.
"red" member 4 joined Apr 2, 2015, last visited Apr 24, 2015, 1 post.
"Red" member 5 joined Dec 8, 2015, last visited the same day, 0 posts.
"Red" member 6 joined May 28, 2016, last visited Aug 06, 2016, 0 posts.
"Red" member 7 joined Mar 10, last visited May 21, 2016, 0 posts.

So six out of eight members made no posts at all since joining. It makes me wonder how many ACTIVE members there are.[/quote]


Clearly not enough.
We need to welcome each new person.
Invite them to join the discussions.

They are being approved faster which helps. Now it is up to the current members to welcome and draw in the new folks so we can hit a critical mass to ensure continued success of the forum.


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