Post by Sexy Spork #37 on Jul 6, 2012 13:05:25 GMT -5
I imagine a few may be spammers, but many people just visit for help or advice without ever joining. I'm sure that's how we all started. I only ever log on if I feel I can contribute or make an idiot of myself.
I think a large number are people stumbling onto this site from a Google search. This forum is extremely high up in the Google rankings, for whatever reason. It's the first website when searching "shy forum". And while there may be low activity, the site has been around long enough to accumulate a large number of posts, each page of which (except for the Personal Talents sub-forum, which is only seen by members) is indexed by Google. And judging by the responses in this thread, many members are not always logged in. If we guessed that 50% of members are actually logged in (arbitrary number, but sounds plausible at least to me) on any given visit, then according to the numbers you posted, 3 Staff Members, 6 Members, 252 Guests, 4 Invisible Users 26 out of 265 visitors were members ((3+6+4)x2 = 26, and 252+3+6+4= 265). This works out to approximately 90.2% of all visitors that are actual guests. There is a fairly consistent trend in online communities called the "90-9-1 Rule." According to the rule, 90% of users lurk but don't contribute, 9% contribute from time-to-time, and 1% contribute most of the content. (the word user is a little confusing, but from the link it appears to mean any visitor, not necessarily registered). So according to those statistics, the high number of "guests" is pretty much keeping with the trend.
Yes, I'm thinking about this way too much, but it's fun.
(And feel free to disagree.)
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