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Old 08-28-2006, 06:01 AM   #1
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I see that this forum has 744 members, but we have discussion sections where the last posting was weeks ago. Maybe it is just the summer vacation season, but the activity here seems to be less than it once was.

Does the staff check to see if those 744 members are still out there? Maybe some are dropped if they never return?

What else can we do to increase the activity? One thing I do is suggest to people asking questions elsewhere, whether online or in person, that they join this forum.
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I think there are many people who join to ask one question, and then we never see them again. I would not drop these people as members, though, unless the membership database became so large it was hard to manage. Some of these people might pop back in some day.

As for how to increase activity, I think what you are doing is a good way. It increases the odds of reaching people who like to chat about these topics even if they don't have an immediate problem to solve in the topic area. This brings depth to topics, instead of just having a series of questions and answers.
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I suspect all forums have a following of lurkers who read and learn but don't contribute. Seems to me that that's one of the benefits of a forum over real life -- you can eavesdrop without having to participate.

   
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Old 08-30-2006, 05:16 AM   #4
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I suspect all forums have a following of lurkers who read and learn but don't contribute. Seems to me that that's one of the benefits of a forum over real life -- you can eavesdrop without having to participate.
Yes, I am sure there are lurkers on the membership list who read threads but never participate. I am a lurker, for the most part, in some of the printing and DTP sections right here. I learn, but I don't know enough to contribute.

However, just a little looking at the members list, starting at the beginning, shows me we have members who joined over a year ago, and have never posted anything or included any information about themselves at all. Some of those members must be really gone. Sending them an email to ask them if they want to continue could reduce the size of the members list, especially if the email bounces back as invalid.

http://www.boardtracker.com is interesting, though. I found this service by clicking on their robot name, which happens to be active right now. This member never posts, being a robot, but their service is a serch engine devoted to forums and blogs. We are getting indexed, as I write this message.

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just a little looking at the members list, starting at the beginning, shows me we have members who joined over a year ago, and have never posted anything or included any information about themselves at all.
Yup, quite common. In the old CIS days, I used to purge about 10,000 of those a year from the forum. The hundred or so we have here hardly impact the performance of SQL at all.

Traditional wisdom says that only 10% of forum members post regularly.

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Old 08-30-2006, 04:31 PM   #6
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Yes, we have lurkers too. Most of the lurkers are not members. The last time I looked we had about 40 lurkers online, 15 searchbots, and about 7 members. So I'm glad to see that there are also nonmembers who like to read here.

But there is also the issue of active members. If the number of people who are chatting drops too low, a forum becomes less interesting. Then regular members turn into rare sightings, staff gets burned out, and…
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