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The State of the Pennymachines Nation

Postby coppinpr » Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:09 am

!!><!! For the last 6 years I have posted a summary of the forum's health at this time of year to coincide with its birthday. The site will be 14 years old next week (old enough to ride one of my electric scooters :lol: ) so here goes once again.

There were 102 new members in the last year,from the grand total of 1388. Very good but well down on last year(166) and the record year,2014(200) the best joining month was Oct( 12) and the worst March and May (5)

There were 192 new topics from the grand total of 3877 (5%)

There were 3562 new posts from a total of 35200 (over 10% of all posts ever posted on the forum :o )
however around 55% of the total membership have NEVER posted and 66% have only posted once or less, just 1% of the membership(14) have published a staggering 58% of all posts :shock:

The most popular topic in the last year was as far as I can see "elephant house auctions" in the "auctions" section, which stands at 14 pages in the last year.

Bottom line is, the forum is doing well, but like all of us as we grow older we need to look after our health. Mr P's enthusiasm is boundless and his continued improvement and interest in the forum is its main lifeline, BP and the other admin members do more than expected every year (although BP's humour has sadly declined). My advice to the patient to maintain its health is for the rest of us to do more, post more, more photos and more help for new members, then a long life looks assured.

My thanks to to all who participate especially MrP. and BP
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Re: The State of the Pennymachines Nation

Postby badpenny » Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:56 am

......."just 1% of the membership(14) have published a staggering 58% of all posts :shock:

Good Strewthness! ...... and the fear of course is that only 1% of the membership are actually reading any of this.
The number of views shown against a topic could be someone with a poor thingumm-jig not remembering they've already read it.
And another thing the number against views for a given topic isn't showing individuals that have read it, but the number of times it was read.
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Re: The State of the Pennymachines Nation

Postby coppinpr » Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:07 pm

Are but you see... I didn't count the number of views... just the number of posts in the topic to judge its popularity. :didact:

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Re: The State of the Pennymachines Nation

Postby aristomatic » Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:56 pm

Statistics........don't you just love them!

Anyhow back to the thread...

I'm sure it's very difficult in any forum to broaden these stats so as to have a broader range of members posting, rather than the "usual ones".
Here's a couple of ideas from other forums that the mods may want to think about or not...

Some posters, especially newer members or those with less posts can feel intimidated in posting for fear of posting an incorrect fact or observation or where they have a differing position to those with a higher post score. A major forum I am a member of removed the post score so no one has a high post versus low post score to help this. I'm not saying this will work on this forum, just trying to post some observations from other forums..

Or maybe there should be a sub forum just for low post members so they can post maybe issues on their machine just with other less experienced members and try to resolve/find solutions between themselves on some options so they may feel more inclined to post some pix of what they have done, especially on restorations or other issues. It can be quite daunting for say a less experienced poster to start a post on their novice work when the above thread in the forum is of a superb nuts and bolts restoration from one of our "usual ones".

Another possibility may be to have a bump forum, whereby either members or mods actively bring back threads that have just stopped in last x days/weeks/months to try to re-engage what actually happened to that machine or problem and so try to gain a second input from those members join with a problem or a machine to sell or fix, so they don't just disappear after there initial post/thread.

I know I try to sometimes just leave a thread alone even if I have maybe a solution or helpful information so that whoever chipped in first can just continue to drive the opening poster to the resolution.

Anyway, that's just top of the head stuff, not properly thought out but sometimes that can drive others to suggesting better thought out solutions......

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Re: The State of the Pennymachines Nation

Postby coppinpr » Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:21 pm

Statistics........don't you just love them!
Yes some do.

Anyway back to the thread....
At least it prompted you to mention some good ideas :cool:

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Re: The State of the Pennymachines Nation

Postby pennymachines » Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:07 pm

Thanks Coppin for taking the pulse again and a big thanks to all you loyal contributors who stick with the site and make it what it is. Even bigger thanks to Badpenny for tirelessly oiling the wheels and wittily discombobulating Gremlins, both digital and mechanical.

Thanks for your suggestions GP. Believe me, I'm always glad of such feedback and will give all your points some thought. It wouldn't be difficult to remove the posts number beneath members' names. Could that really be enough to intimidate the lurkers from posting? Come on lurkers, let me know. Don't be shy, I only have 3180 posts to my name... :oops:

As for bumping recent threads that have died, that's easily done - just reply to them and they come up to the top again. Anyway, if others wish to reinforce GP's points, or have different suggestions - don't hesitate. :cool:

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Re: The State of the Pennymachines Nation

Postby treefrog » Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:20 am

I think Coppin captures the moment every year. There are 12 regulars who can be bothered, a bunch of new people every year, some of those 12 help and the occasional dabble from other seasoned members when their heart pacer batteries are changed...... :zapa:

Thanks PM for keeping it going as a lot of important information here is maintained and paid for by one, which I regularly use for reference... !!CHEERS!!

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Re: The State of the Pennymachines Nation

Postby john t peterson » Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:41 pm

Back when this whole thing started, I had the brilliant idea: copy each page. Store them in a filing cabinet for the day when Pennymachines goes dark and all this invaluable information is lost forever. That brilliance lasted just five sheets of copy paper before the reality hit: it takes a forest and I can only afford a limb.

My plan now is much simpler: Send Nursey a fiver each month to keep Mr. PM very well oiled. Seems to be working so far.

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Re: The State of the Pennymachines Nation

Postby arrgee » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:02 am

But are you keeping your emails safe John?

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Re: The State of the Pennymachines Nation

Postby coppinpr » Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:19 am

john,
if Trump wins and you become a refugee pennymachines will take you as part of our quota...dont worry :#:


Trump always reminds me of so many movies, Clockwork orange, fifty shades of orange,etc


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