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    Hi everyone,

    Errr ... I have a simple question. This forum has many sub-forums and they cover many branches of knowledge.

    So, why are there not so many people here?


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    as compared to what ?


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    Probably Sciforums.
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    SciForums based on their home page has 378 active users, we have 382. I think it's just that the world is full of people that just don't care about anything more than playing with their Wi.
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    Well, as compared to some fora which I'm a member of.

    For example, Sports Interactive, the developer of Football Manager series has a community. It can count about 1 500 online members per day.

    And when I visit Chemical Forums here, there are about 7 000 registered members.

    If there are 7 000 members only for Chemistry, I imagine that we'll have at least 50 000 members here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    SciForums based on their home page has 378 active users, we have 382. I think it's just that the world is full of people that just don't care about anything more than playing with their Wi.
    Maybe we can attract more people? It's nice to exchange knowledge.
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    This site has thousands of guests. Its just that some do not chose to become members. Type in google 'Science forum' and its at the top. So I would assume that people don't actually look for a forum for all sciences, they just look for one of their own they like, say 'physics forum', or Psychology forums'. etc.

    If we get the top result for Google when someone clicks 'science forum'. How can we attract more people? But yes the more the merrier, I suppose, or is it?
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    i've tried sciforums and richarddawkins.net, and you know what ? they're too big
    you don't get a sense of community and as for trying to keep track of a thread after you've stayed away for a few days, let's not even go there ...

    my personal preference is for forums in the small to medium range, with just enough activity to keep the interest going but not too much to swamp you
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    And its great being a big fish in a small pond .
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    Quote Originally Posted by 425 Chaotic Requisition
    This site has thousands of guests. Its just that some do not chose to become members. Type in google 'Science forum' and its at the top. So I would assume that people don't actually look for a forum for all sciences, they just look for one of their own they like, say 'physics forum', or Psychology forums'. etc.

    If we get the top result for Google when someone clicks 'science forum'. How can we attract more people? But yes the more the merrier, I suppose, or is it?
    Yeah, I think so. The more people talk about something, the more interesting the topic will be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    i've tried sciforums and richarddawkins.net, and you know what ? they're too big
    you don't get a sense of community and as for trying to keep track of a thread after you've stayed away for a few days, let's not even go there ...

    my personal preference is for forums in the small to medium range, with just enough activity to keep the interest going but not too much to swamp you
    The interest is what we call "personal interest". If, for example, you're interested only in physics, you'll of course see the sub-forum more often than you'll do the other ones.
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    A few years ago SciForums was about to go under because it was costing the owner too much money from what I understood. They were also offline for a while and many of the members flocked over here. We are not in competition with other forums. Too much success can actually be a bad thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    A few years ago SciForums was about to go under because it was costing the owner too much money from what I understood. They were also offline for a while and many of the members flocked over here. We are not in competition with other forums. Too much success can actually be a bad thing.
    Nah ... I don't mean any competition. I just want to share my own view that with more people here, we can see more topics which may be interesting.
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    Honestly I think people come out of the woodwork when a topic is posted that is of a worthy nature. The posts with little substance don't appear to attract much of anyone and thus the forum seams dead. It's far from. Watching the server logs it never stops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    Honestly I think people come out of the woodwork when a topic is posted that is of a worthy nature. The posts with little substance don't appear to attract much of anyone and thus the forum seams dead. It's far from. Watching the server logs it never stops.
    Hmmm ... fair enough then. I still hope that this community grows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by georginho_juventusygr
    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    Honestly I think people come out of the woodwork when a topic is posted that is of a worthy nature. The posts with little substance don't appear to attract much of anyone and thus the forum seams dead. It's far from. Watching the server logs it never stops.
    Hmmm ... fair enough then. I still hope that this community grows.
    It will only grow if the members help it grow. The search engines are as good as it's going to get. I've done what I can from a technical side, well short of advertising for a forum that will never make me money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    Quote Originally Posted by georginho_juventusygr
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    Honestly I think people come out of the woodwork when a topic is posted that is of a worthy nature. The posts with little substance don't appear to attract much of anyone and thus the forum seams dead. It's far from. Watching the server logs it never stops.
    Hmmm ... fair enough then. I still hope that this community grows.
    It will only grow if the members help it grow. The search engines are as good as it's going to get. I've done what I can from a technical side, well short of advertising for a forum that will never make me money.
    Probably a good start if the members are asked to make this forum grow. I've not seen anywhere yet where we're asked to do it.
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    Not all of us think that this forum is in desperate need of huge growth. We get new members with fair regularity, also with a fair share of gems among them. I don't think most of us are interested in making a huge forum with, as Marnix mentioned, threads that are impossible to keep up with and too numerous to visit them all without spending 6 hours a day at this website.
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