Farelf Posted January 26, 2009 Share Posted January 26, 2009 ... i wonder how many other people, like me, there are who don't even bother posting a question at a place like this...Good point, O/T in that topic but interesting in terms of the focus of effort 'here' - I guess we assume those who just look and find their answers are in the great majority, which is why so much work has been done on FAQs, the Wiki, providing several layers of search engine facility, etc.. Currently there are 8036 members, 89% of whom have made 5 posts or less. Hmm ... only 44% have made no posts at all - I would have thought there would be many more than that but, since the forums can be browsed without registration, I guess many do not bother with registration until they actually want to post. 31% of all registered members make only one post or two, which is about as long as it takes to refer them to the FAQ/Wiki/existing data for resolution (every post is answered). Looking at that another way, of the (currently) 67916 posts recorded, 3474 of them (5%) fall into the '1-2 post member' category. (No, I don't know why the consecutive post numbers don't quite match the total posts statistic - and we were seeing post serials over 10000 a short while ago and deletions are very, very rare - but I'm sure there is a simple explanation.) Undoubtedly there are some responses that could be resolved in fewer (1 or 2) posts but some are elaborated on the 'teach a man to fish' principle and for the benefit of those browsing/lurking for their own needs/information or to simply scout out the 'lay of the land' (or 'lie of the land' for those less literate and/or too readily titillated). So, it looks like 'most' members need information at some time, not many have posts which are quickly dismissed/answered (and not all posts seek information anyway) and we still have no idea how often or how many members and other seekers find what they need without posting. The nearest approach to a handle on that might be the number of guests browsing at any given time and my guestimate on that would be 5 times the number of members logged in at any given time. A ton of generally inconsequential analysis followed by a naked fabrication ('informed estimate') to serve an unstated and indubitably unsound hypothesis. Some might suspect I do this sort of stuff for a living . Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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