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Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Emiliano Achaval, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Jon Minerich

    Jon Minerich

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    OK, I confess that I am a lurker. Like other newbies I read and learn and ask questions-if I won't be too embarrassed by my own naivety-on display. I found that this forum is one of the most open and sharing that I have visited. Please don't kid yourselves. When we newbies look at pics of your work, see the depth of your knowledge in your posts, and get lost in some of your technical discussions, we are intimidated. Having said all that, I try to learn from every exchange and sneak out to my little shop to test what I think I have learned. Many times the results surprise me; some times good, sometimes not so much. Please be patient with us newbie lurkers. As we continue to learn and gain more confidence, we will begin sharing our experiences.
     
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  2. john lucas

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    Wow Brian. I guess we all should be thankful that our "big" problems are really just little issues compared to what your going through. Wish you luck in getting it all back together.
     
  3. Dennis J Gooding

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    Bill, I somehow missed this post until now. Interesting data. Do you have any data on how many different visitors the site gets? I noticed that this thead has over 3000 view so far. I realize that these include multiple views by the same persons as the thread evolves, but it suggests that a very large percentage are lurkers. We just need to make them welcome and get them involved.
     
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  4. Bill Boehme

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    For a snapshot view at any given moment you can go here:
    http://www.aawforum.org/community/index.php?online/

    When I checked a few minutes ago there were thirty online visitors equally divided between members, guests, and bots. Overall, I would estimate that roughly two thirds of the page views are from bots. We haven't had much success in recruiting the bots to join the forum. :D Hardly a day goes by that there aren't at least one new member, but I suppose that most people just drop in to see what's happening.

    In the old forum software I could see a list of names of who has viewed a thread, but I haven't uncovered a tool yet that saves that data using XenForo. But, maybe it will be available when Xenforo 2.0 is released.
     
  5. Steve Brisco

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    Very interesting discussion. I'm with many others on this one; the site is not user friendly when it comes to finding the forum. It is hidden and hard to find There needs to be a button on the main screen that says "Forum". Make it easier for members and non-members to find and you may get some more participation.
     
  6. Bill Boehme

    Bill Boehme Administrator Staff Member

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    Here is a graph showing the number of new member registrations per week for the past 12 months.

    New Member Registrations
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    And here is a graph that shows the number of users active per week for the last 12 months.

    Active Users
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  7. charlie knighton

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    Symposium week the forum is usually slow........but particularly interesting and informative last week
     
  8. Gretch Flo

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    "BOTS"-ok Bill, I missed that -what is the exact translation/.??? Horse fly larva???? Gretch
     
  9. Bill Boehme

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    Gretch, you need to hire a teenager to get you up to speed on all the computer jargon. :D

    Bot is short for robot. Basically, they're automated software tools used by Internet search engines to look at everything on the web and create an index of where words are found. If you look at the list of robots sifting through the forum, you will find robots named Google, Yahoo, Bing, Baidu, etc. It's sort of like the index at the back of a reference book except that it's more thorough ... leaving no tome unspurned.
     
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