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Old 05-12-2006, 09:41 AM   #1
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Default Less Activity Here?

It seems to me that we have less activity here than we once did.

This is especially true of the web development discussions. The DTP and font discussions can be quite lively and quick. Look at the dates on some of the other sections, and notice that some are way back in time.

Is there anything we can do to increase the popularity of this web site among web developers and even students who are learning HTML and web development?
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Old 05-12-2006, 10:19 AM   #2
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I think everyone is incredibly busy at the moment. Everyone in the design/promotion business I talk to is working flat out and still not keeping up with demand.

   
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Time of the year? I noticed that the Adobe forums I visit regularly are also slower, now that it is not miserable to be outside in the parts of the world where that matters.
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The number of members of this forum are still going up steadily: the 550 mark has been passed, but a few months ago the number had only reached 400.

   
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But there still seems only less than 20 active people
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But there still seems only less than 20 active people
And I note there are some old INETPUB members here who rarely post any more. I miss them!

   
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But there still seems only less than 20 active people
Closer to 30, on average. But true enough.

   
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Isn't that the case with most forums?

You get the occational query from many who will never post anything again, most members don't have the time to check out what's going on every day (something called work gets in the way), and then you have the few who visit more than once a day (I'm getting that disease myself... ) to really check out what is being discussed.

Personally I've cut down my forum activities since two of the other forums I used to visit semi regularily are now full of posts containing stuff that is not connected to what they (the forums) are about. At least this one is free from that!

   
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You get the occational query from many who will never post anything again, most members don't have the time to check out what's going on every day (something called work gets in the way), and then you have the few who visit more than once a day (I'm getting that disease myself... ) to really check out what is being discussed.
The personality and character of any forum comes from the regulars, a collection of people that grows, contracts, and changes over time.

But you’re right — some people will always just come for help occasionally. On the other hand, there’s nothing like a really good question to energize the place!

   
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Is there anything we can do to increase the popularity of this web site among web developers and even students who are learning HTML and web development?
It is true that we do not come up very high in searches for web development information. We also have fewer discussions in print design/layout and drawing.

The overall pattern here could be visualized as a series of in-and-out curves. We are in an inward one right now. But in terms of threads begun and messages posted, we are still ahead of most of the shallow curves of a year ago. And the deep curves are growing as well, though slowly.

Registrations continue to grow, but only a few are stayers. For whatever reason, some people will come to this (or any) forum seeking a solution to a specific problem, then go away. This was true on CompuServe, and it is true on the web. What we could use are more people who come back and contribute more than good questions (not to knock good questions — they prompt some of the best threads).

It strikes me that more of our messages lately are non-business — not about graphic design, typography, or web development issues. On-topic threads are what would drive more people here via web searches.

We need good questions, lively threads, and good posts. What do you guys think would help?

   
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