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Old 03-16-2004, 06:15 PM   #1
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100,000 members


I just got an email bragging about the 100,000th member. That number is certain to be well over the actual number. Why? If someone asks a question and there is no answer, then that questioner is unlikely to return. Try the following: Do whatever is necessary to count the number of members who have not posted in say 120 days. That is six months. I'd guess that if they have not been here to post in six months, it is not very likely that they will do so in the next six, if ever. Also, if you have a way to determine how many posts have gone without replies, then check to see if there are a lot of the posters who have only posted once in a long time.
 
Old 03-16-2004, 10:15 PM   #2
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Ummm.... so what's your point? Can't we have a little fun in knowing we had 100k registered members on this site? Sure people come and go, some register and never actually post, they use the other resources, searching, mailing lists..

Are you here to just stomp on our good fortune in celebrating 100k members? Hmmm.. thanks for the upbeat overwhelming concern you have in the number of people who have signed up but might have never come back, etc.

PS. I do recall the admin of the site doing a purge of old members so we can at least say there was a deletion of inactive accounts not too long ago. Cheers.
 
Old 03-17-2004, 03:29 PM   #3
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Maybe you should realize that the mere fact that there is 100,000 people who went through the registration process is quite amazing? A lot of the sites I post at have about 2500 members and many post once and never return. To have 100,000 , even if they do not all post, is an amazing accomplishment and it shows the popularity and goodness (for lack of a better word) of the site.

If you can make a site where 100,000 people only view it, I would congratulate you. But LQ got 100,000 people to REGISTER, which is much harder to do than getting 100,000 people to view a site. Why insult them for getting a vast amount of members? I have never seen a site with more members on a posting board. Yes, I know there must be some, but I do not know any. I would be interested in seeing how many hits this site gets per month.
 
Old 03-17-2004, 04:21 PM   #4
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Yeah - it's actually a far higher number considering who may use the site but never register. And this implies that, of people who registered, only people who post matter. There's no requirement to post. Besides, there are almost a million posts if that's all you care about and that ain't anything to sneeze at, either.

The point is that there have been 100,000 registrations and that's what we were celebrating: 100,000 registrations. Simple.
 
Old 03-19-2004, 03:18 AM   #5
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And just for those who are curious as to how 120 days equals six months, I'm guessing the poster is assuming a 28 day month each month, and then of course weekends off occasionally

But for the rest of us, 180 days is roughly six months.

Cool
 
Old 03-19-2004, 07:35 AM   #6
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Originally posted by MasterC
And just for those who are curious as to how 120 days equals six months, I'm guessing the poster is assuming a 28 day month each month, and then of course weekends off occasionally

But for the rest of us, 180 days is roughly six months.

Cool
Good eye, I hadn't even noticed or really cared apparently..
 
Old 03-20-2004, 12:00 PM   #7
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I believe some 1500 inactive accounts were closed and the registered users count had dropped down from 97.... to 95....

Another reason for ppl not posting too often could be their internet connection. I had only dialup but I registered in Aug hoping to soon get a broadband connection. BUt, things could materialize only in December and thus I had only about a dozen posts in 5 months.

So, it doesn't really matter if folks post or not as long as the site serves it's purpose of helping out the needy, which, if I may say so, the site is doing as best as best can be.
 
  


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