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    Interesting article I stumbled upon: 90-9-1 Theory - Wiki Patterns



    Summary:
    In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action.

    I guess you could say that rule of thumb applies to this forum. I don't know what the exact percent breakdown would be but I think the vast majority of registered members are lurkers. Plus there's probably scores of people who read the forum and don't even bother to create an account.

    I think I'd be in the 9% who contributes a little. I'm not one the dominant members here. I'm not exactly a mover and shaker here but I do like to contribute where I see appropriate.

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    I'm all for encouraging the lurkers to post more but I don't believe people should ever be coerced into posting. I've heard of forums, where you have to post every so often to stay a member. Bad idea in my opinion. If they don't want to post, that's their perogative. I think the best way to encourage lurkers to post is having an open and non-judgemental atmosphere. I've also heard about forums that impose post limits. For example, a member is limited to 10 posts a day. While the idea is to control volume and possibly to prevent people from posting excessively, I'm generally against post limits. The moderators can discourage people from posting meaningless fluff but if someone has something of substance to add, they should be free to do so, and do so frequentlly if they desire.
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    Interesting... I wonder if the statistics include users who have abandoned the community altogether. Then, the 1% feels quite accurate...

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    Yeah those restrictions are silly. Things like that usually make me quit a forum altogether. The only good way to make people post would be with some sort of positive incentive. Maybe I can give out some lap-dances
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    Do you have links to the article?

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    Well members who lurk on the forum while signing in would generally be shown on the front page of the website. Yet more than 75% of people who you see have visited the forum today are known to participate in it so the statistics would be inaccurate for those who generally log in.

    As for those who read around the forums as a guest, I would say that the statistics would tend to be more accurate yet still not in the range you presented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oakysage View Post
    Well members who lurk on the forum while signing in would generally be shown on the front page of the website. Yet more than 75% of people who you see have visited the forum today are known to participate in it so the statistics would be inaccurate for those who generally log in.

    As for those who read around the forums as a guest, I would say that the statistics would tend to be more accurate yet still not in the range you presented.
    I just thought about this, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oakysage View Post
    Well members who lurk on the forum while signing in would generally be shown on the front page of the website. Yet more than 75% of people who you see have visited the forum today are known to participate in it so the statistics would be inaccurate for those who generally log in.

    As for those who read around the forums as a guest, I would say that the statistics would tend to be more accurate yet still not in the range you presented.
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    I just thought about this, too.
    +1.
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    Yeah, I think the statistics are inaccurate.

    And then you have to consider spiders, which show up as guests but aren't ever contributing anything.
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    I started out as a lurker, then I turned into the 9% who contribute a little and now I notice I'm starting to post more and more (my average is 5.20 or something, but the last few months I usually post aroun 15 posts a day or something). So maybe I needed a little warm-up. That's the way it goes with nearly all the forums I visit.
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    When I joined I did so but after visiting once or twice didnt return for a long time, I got the impression there where a couple of mean trolls tearing up the place at the time and decided to give it a bit of time before posting regularly.

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