Been awhile since I visited this forum. Just wondering, have not seen any post from 3VO or EricGibbs, where they be?
Hi MikeBeen awhile since I visited this forum. Just wondering, have not seen any post from 3VO or EricGibbs, where they be?
Hi Erichi Mike,
Glad to hear you are OK, as am I.
I post very little to ETO, the site went down hill a few months ago, hopefully the new owners can breath some life back into ETO.
Most of the previous experienced 'helpers' have moved onto other more technically interesting forums.
WOW. Good post Joe. I don't know what to say except maybe give you a "like"tvtech,
The level of one's participation in any forum is controlled by that person. I know it's an obvious statement and it will remain the truthful. It crosses all human interaction, not just forums.
Each has their own threshold detectors to bound their personal participation.
I visit the following forums at least monthly:
Sometimes, I just collect personal research data, some for a higher participation rate, from lurking to active participation. Each has their own niche on this World Wide Web.
There certainly are arena where the various forums step in each other's sandbox. There are common members interlaced throughout some of the forums. Eric's desire to be with a more technical oriented forum is certainly his right. He has his own metrics on the use of his time, just like you.
All you need is to look at one's join date and their number of posts. You can extract a certain level of participation from that. You certainly have me beat hands down with the metric posts per membership day. Without access to the whole membership data on those two metrics, you can't see any trends. The membership number alone is not a good metric because it does not truly reflect participation level. Most VB forums allowed members to view the membership list. That list included the usual name and email. The items I looked at was date joined, date last visited, and number of posts.
Forums only survive when:
- you get people's interest
- you get people to the site
- you get people to register
- you get people to post
Each are declining numbers. Search engines provide the first by impressing your sites name based on your search terms. Your "description" must grab the searchers attention to get the people to visit your site. Their interest must be such that they "register", and what they experience might get them to post. There is a term called conversion. When is someone converted from visitor to registered or poster is up to the forum owner validate their metrics. Some forums do not allow open membership lists, I suspect that trend is because of the harvesting of the email addresses. In place of you doing your own work, you have what we see today, Your name is on two of the lists in the members tab.
If you looked at the google statistics, you'd find that for "shopping" websites, in the third quarter of 2012, there were 232 million ad impressions, with 12.1 clicks (5.23%) and an estimated 434K (3.58%) in sales. Sales is the conversion. I don't know what the owners call a conversion here. It could be just registering so their "membership" number is higher.
I thought that you were going to follow that with a statement that is was:One screenshot of ETO. One of AAC. Around five minutes apart.
Personally I don't take too much stock in hour by hour ... for the reasons JimB mentioned. Even my "monthly" snapshots don't mean nothing without context. I've seen where the opposite occurred. Considering the time zones, the major colleges in that time zone, and the number of students that inquire can vary. You can look at the "online now" figures for a whole 24 hours and probably surmise a very good reason for that activity level. Don't forget to look at your GLOBE and the respective time zones.Apparently ETO is busier than AAC before 18H00...