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02-13-2012 03:36 PM

So, out of curiosity, I was looking through the Jocks tab to see where I was listed. I went towards the end of the list and found a whole page of members that hadn’t posted anything even one time. I saw one member who has been signed up for over 5 years. I also noticed a lot of spam for weight loss products, facial cream, websites not related to woodworking, you name it. Well, after looking I found that there are 18,095 inactive members. That would mean our numbers would go from over 38,000 to just over 20,000 if you excluded all of them. I realize you don’t have to post anything to be here and I hope some of them at least get on here and use the site for inspiration or something. Is it just me or is it all a numbers game?

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn


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#1 posted 02-13-2012 03:39 PM

Ron, this is surprising. Aside: I’m a ex-Knoxville guy, 4 years. I love your neck of the woods. I think it’s more of a “hits” game than a membership # game. With the activity of this site, there’s an enormous amount of visibility in the margins. I never click on margin advertisement (scared of scripts and redirects) but I’ve been REALLY tempted here before. The advertising seems particularly well chosen here. I don’t know anything about web marketing. My personal website has something like 1000 hits in 7 years, lol:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 04:00 PM

Al, I believe the adds are pay per click, so that’s how the LJ’s makes some revenue to keep operating. Want to see something more surprising, look at the donor list. I think there’s about 231 that have donated to the site. And a lot of those haven’t posted in years. Needless to say, there’s a lot of freeloaders on this site, many of whom will start complaining the minute something isn’t working the way they think it should.

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 04:00 PM

I’ve wondered about how many people really contributed and about spamming members,thanks for the info.

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 04:03 PM

^Good point, Tim. I know I’ve sucked more than my fair share from this site. Can you still donate? If so, do you know where the button is?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 04:08 PM

Bertha, I like to visit Knoxville but it’s too big to live there. West Virginia is beautiful country, too. I use an adblocking app on my browser so I don’t have all the adds. My computer is old and they slow it down.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 04:11 PM

^I’m with you, Ron. Just a hair too big. I lived in the suburbs and worked at UT hospital. I could dart out to Gatlinburg on the weekend to hike and laugh at the multi-level go-kart tracks, lol. Very friendly folk in TN, much like WV. I think of TN as a bit more “refined” version of WV. No offense meant, of course, to my fellow WV hillbillies:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 02-13-2012 04:13 PM

I got a little ahead of myself. I seems that since the site was taken over from Martin, there’s no longer a donation link. All income is from advertisers. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest though. I feel better.

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#8 posted 02-13-2012 04:40 PM

While there are certainly a lot of “members” who only signed up for spam purposes, some of the members who haven’t posted may have signed up because some features of the site work better when signed in.

For example, the Pulse is much more useful if you are signed in, and there is also the way that the forums work to take you to the last unread post in a topic.

So, some of those members may be active in viewing the site, even though they haven’t actually posted.

There may also be some who signed up because they are just in the habit of doing that when visiting a new forum. I am signed up for several forums on which I have never posted, because some features (such as viewing photos or downloading posted files) will only worked if you are signed in.

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#9 posted 02-13-2012 04:46 PM

Signing in to this site DOES change the way the ads behave.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#10 posted 02-13-2012 05:11 PM

Interesting.
Interesting.
I have been wondering something similar recently, so now I don’t have to go and investigate myself.

I’d urge a little bit of caution on use of emotive terms like “freeloaders” – that makes it sound like, by reading or viewing, they have removed something from the site – which they haven’t. A post gets read once, or 10,000 times – it makes no difference.
I lurked here for several months, freeloading if you will, before joining – it can be quite an intimidating site if you’re a novice – the standard of just about everything is so high. Even now, 1271 days later, I’m acutely conscious that this is a world where I’m surrounded by people who are giants in comparison to me – I still think it’s amazing how those giants are prepared to give their all to answer questions from us dwarfs.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#11 posted 02-13-2012 10:04 PM

I wonder…..
How many of the “in actives” have forgotten their username and/or password and just said to heck with it?
How many passed away?
How many signed up and decided that this wasn’t the site for them?
How many got tired of the political BS and stopped logging on? How many lost interest in woodworking all together?
I use to visit several woodworking forums until I found LJ’s. Now I may browse the other ones from time to time but rarely post.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#12 posted 02-13-2012 10:20 PM

@ doninvegas, Good points.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#13 posted 02-13-2012 10:29 PM

I create multiple accounts on LJ’s just so that I can post anonymous rants on the political topics…lol. I wonder what the member #’s would be if you only included those that have posted a project? Personally, I’d love to see it a requirement on this site that you have to have at least one project posted in order to be a member.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#14 posted 02-13-2012 10:44 PM

but you have to be a member before you can post anything including a project :-)
.... the gothic knot is out ….. :-)

Dennis

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#15 posted 02-13-2012 11:20 PM

I have only posted one project. My second project I have been working on for about 6 months now. Due to my work schedule including a significant amount of travel I am lucky to get 10 hours a month working on a project and that time includes all of the miscellaneous projects that need to be done around the house. Personally, I signed up so I could save projects that I wanted to get ideas from.

-- Brian in Leesburg, GA

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