how active is the forum now?

how active is the forum now?

Postby metulburr » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:22 pm

It feels like since the return of the forum since a 3 month blackout that there is very little action going on. It doesnt weem like it is picking up either. It seemed like there was a ton of traffic before.

Is this just me or does anyone else feel like this also?
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Re: how dead is this forum now

Postby setrofim » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:47 pm

Nope, it's not just you; things have been pretty slow. I suspect it is a combination of two reasons:

  1. The forum has been down for a significant chunk of time. Some of the regulars from the previous incarnation have given up on it and stopped checking whether its back up after a week/month/whatever.
  2. We have lost all the posts from the old forum. Right now, the entire forum has something in the order of only ~1500 posts. The low number of posts means we're less likely to come up near the top of Google searches, so we're less likely to attract new members.
Basically, we're suffering from reverse network effect. Adding the old posts back to the forum (as Taos/jkbbwr said should happen soon) will go some ways to remedying that.
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Re: how dead is this forum now

Postby Yoriz » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:50 pm

Seems to have increased a little over the last few days, but even the old one had its dry spells, i guess to increase traffic it would need to be advertised somewhere. although there is plenty of posts from the spammers :lol: .
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Re: how dead is this forum now

Postby setrofim » Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:25 pm

Yoriz wrote: i guess to increase traffic it would need to be advertised somewhere

I tried pimping us on HN; didn't seem to help much. It would be good to make it onto the python.org's community page...
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Re: how dead is this forum now

Postby jkbbwr » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:11 pm

Im actually home so im going to spend a chunk of tomorrow looking for those backups.
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Re: how dead is this forum now

Postby metulburr » Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:36 pm

Im actually home so im going to spend a chunk of tomorrow looking for those backups.

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Re: how dead is this forum now

Postby sheffieldlad » Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:19 am

setrofim wrote:

  1. We have lost all the posts from the old forum. Right now, the entire forum has something in the order of only ~1500 posts. The low number of posts means we're less likely to come up near the top of Google searches, so we're less likely to attract new members.


I found this forum just after it came back online by searching Google for 'python forum'. This site was ranked #1 in the organic results.
I had no prior knowledge of this site and had never visited it before that point.
I have no idea whether this has changed since then.
Google does funny things to your search results based on sites you have visited before.

-Paul

[edit] I just searched google again using the same term. still #1 for me. [/edit]
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Re: how dead is this forum now

Postby setrofim » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:08 pm

sheffieldlad wrote:I found this forum just after it came back online by searching Google for 'python forum'. This site was ranked #1 in the organic results.

Yes, but most people tend to google something like "how to do X in Python" (or even more generally "how to do X") rather than searching speciffically for a forum. Which is why it is useful for the forum to have a large history of posts on various subjects that can be indexed by Google.
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Re: how dead is this forum now

Postby XndrK » Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:54 am

And now this thread is dead.

Or at least hibernating.
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Re: how active is the forum now?

Postby metulburr » Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:05 am

XndrK wrote:And now this thread is dead.

most forums consider a thread dead after 1 month, maybe 2. This thread is over 4 months since the last post. Some forums even lock the thread after 1-2 months so people cannot even respond to that thread. It is not that the thread is dead because the forum is dead, it is no one responds to old threads.
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Re: how active is the forum now?

Postby XndrK » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:23 pm

Okay.
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