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Thank you to everyone who's contributed to the above over the last year. It's been a pain free growth experience.
BTW, I'm nurturing a forum on one of my sites, and I'm employing a lot of what I've learned from here about running a board that is welcoming, friendly, and helpful. (People used to flaming other posters get mad when they are edited the first few times, but I can tell 'em it works...) Volume is still at the WMW-2000 level, but your numbers are encouraging for the future!
I hope that by the time the volume on that site spikes, the commercial version of this forum software will be shipping... ;)
I remember back to about 2 years ago, and noticing how many actively post, it seems like the increase has been astronomical. Hardly a day ever goes by that there aren't new names turning up and new people actively participating.
I'm thinking more in terms of number of people than posts.
The only problem is that there's too damn much to read! My productivity here at the office is way down, and I find myself wanting to visit and read the boards while I'm at home and not supposed to be doing "work." Is there a term for this condition? :)
This states that 80% of messages are written by 20% of the active posters population. I say active posters as there are bound to be lots of 1 or 2 thread posters.
But if you sum all those who have posted say at least 10 threads then you will find that 80% of those threads are from the same 20% people.
hey pleeker, maybe you'd better check this out; Addiction?
Oh, that's just great. I am not alone!
But now that I've read that thread, I have a real problem: I never even noticed that tiny little "recent posts" link up at the top. Now I'm a definite goner. Byyyyeeeee.....................
I never even noticed that tiny little "recent posts" link up at the top.
Don't click on that link, Pleeker. You will be doomed to endless days hitting the refresh button, perusing every new thread within seconds of its original posting, constantly checking to see if anything new is on the board...
The recent posts button is the crack cocaine of WMW addicts.
Don't click on that link, Pleeker.
It's too late. There's nothing anyone can do now. The centre has lost its hold. Look, I can even continue this thread even though the email notification hasn't come through about your reply. And I just found myself reading about something called "Linux ISO distributions." Better wrap this reply up now, there are probably a few new responses.
It is a place where we can get into civil conversations about our favorite subject without fear of ridicule. Too many other boards have started out with great promise, but died because the "old hands" didn't respect that newcomers are going to ask, well, naive questions and make claims that may not be totally accurate. I've been part of boards where newcomers got slammed hard for asking newcomer questions. I got so tired of "stupid, read the FAQ first!" that I just left most of these boards a long time ago.
I also like this board because it is extremely well controlled. Firm, gentle control. This keeps the board from becoming an advertising media or the flames from getting out of hand.
I guess in a very long winded way, I am saying "thank you" and "well done".