So which direction is this forum heading in?
On the other hand, all Dani seems to care about is post and be damned, like the 1-line copy/paste pith of a drive-by sig-spammer is somehow equal to the carefully thought out analysis and response of the regulars in say the C/C++ forums and the virus fixing forum.
I'm sure "909,753 Members" plays very well when setting rates for advertisers.
But somehow the reality is a little different.
Points Earned Today from Activities Worth 1 Point Each
Logging In: 338
That's easy - 338 people have logged in today (it's 4pm here and now, so I guess it's about midday in New York)
That's not many out of the total membership. Probably half of them will be the drive-by's, or short-stay members.
Points Earned Today from Activities Worth 3 Points Each
Replying to Threads: 1,524
So 508 replies so far....
I wonder how much less it would be if posting games and internet scammers were eliminated? Here's an idea, if the management doesn't want to delete those sub-forums, just try "closed for maintenance" for a week or two, just to see what happens.
Points Earned Today from Activities Worth 5 Points Each
Starting Threads: 660
And 132 new threads (133 if you count this one).
And now a quick look at post count ranks:
Total Posts: 1 Member Rank by Post Count: #83,661
Total Posts: 2 Member Rank by Post Count: #56,610
Total Posts: 3 Member Rank by Post Count: #42,554
Total Posts: 4 Member Rank by Post Count: #34,017
Total Posts: 5 Member Rank by Post Count: #28,316
Total Posts: 10 Member Rank by Post Count: #15,394
90% of the members never bother to post, so if the "problem" was simply down to the number of posts (good or bad), then getting even a small number of the silent majority to say something would be a big plus.
It only takes 17 posts to get into the top 1% of posters on the forum. Most drive-by spammers are valued members by that metric.
Consider sending each 0-poster an email asking why they didn't post, 1 week after signing up, asking why they didn't post. You might have to bait it with say "free entry into a draw for $ amazon voucher" or something.
The number of members joining per day falling off a cliff wouldn't matter so much if most of them actually engaged in some way.
Who knows, maybe they just like to read sig-link spam ;)