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Old 01-11-2007, 10:44 AM   #1
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A lot of new members?

Is it me, or have we recently gotten a big influx of new members lately?
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Old 01-11-2007, 11:34 AM   #2
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Is it me, or have we recently gotten a big influx of new members lately?
Yes, should the board be split into oldies and newbies? SWMBO is complaining that she is missing posts because there are so many these days. Perhaps we need to increase the 100 to 500?

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Is it me, or have we recently gotten a big influx of new members lately?
I noticed it just before the holidays, but since I wasn't here last year I thought it might be some kind of recurring phenomenon that coincided with the season.

I've tried to do some prioritization on keeping up with new threads, but I'm not doing very well. There have been lengthy discussions that I find interesting but only find many of them after there are 5-6 pages posted.
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:03 PM   #4
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I'm new. Here's my theory.

At New Year's a lot of people are evaluating where about they are with their financial plan. They do a google search on early retirement for any related information and find this forum.

That's my story anyway.

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Old 01-11-2007, 04:48 PM   #5
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I'm new. Here's my theory.

At New Year's a lot of people are evaluating where about they are with their financial plan. They do a google search on early retirement for any related information and find this forum.

That's my story anyway.

Hey Empty...

You must not have read the forum rules..... it states that you should send $10 to every person on the board with more than 500 posts to compensate them for all this good advice

I will hold my breath until I get the check....
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Hey Empty...

You must not have read the forum rules..... it states that you should send $10 to every person on the board with more than 500 posts to compensate them for all this good advice

I will hold my breath until I get the check....
I would love to be in.......but I think most want ME to PAY for the privilege of posting here............

At least I sent dory a Firecalc support payment..........so I feel better........
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All y'all better take out a bank loan and start writing my name on some checks...
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You must not have read the forum rules..... it states that you should send $10 to every person on the board with more than 500 posts to compensate them for all this good advice
So that means we all owe John Galt $1,000,000? Yikes.

Oh wait, you said good advice. Never mind then.
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It's the baby boomers - you ain't seen nothing yet!
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if you think i did a good job with this you ought to see all the toast ovens my efforts garnered from the gay recruitment drive.
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It appears that there are several new members and there are a lot of people who have more posts than me.
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You all have it totally wrong. Here's the way I see it.

When I joined a couple of months ago, you were all to busy jumping all over me that the other newbie's that were lurking thought "Hey they're pretty busy slamm'in the new guy, do you think they'll notice if a dozen of us just slide in through the cracks”." Maybe we can get by without this unitization (sp) they have with newbie's".


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Is it me, or have we recently gotten a big influx of new members lately?
I wonder if it's cabin fever.

Activity may drop off after the first good thaw as some of the members crawl out of their burrows, blinking & stretching, to check their shadows.

Take a look at the bottom of the page at http://early-retirement.org/forums/i...p?action=stats Last year there seemed to be a definite "winter effect" lurking under the board's general media-inspired growth curve, but it's not so prevalent now...

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January 2007 43 215 520584
December 2006 87 234 1134673
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Re: A lot of new members?

There seems to be an increase in spammer accounts lately. Heck we had one the other day that used two accounts to make a spam thread...one set the thread up with a question and the other answered with a spam link.

Most users never post. From glancing through some of the zero-post accounts it seems like a lot of users sign up and never sign in again afterwards. I don't quite understand this phenomenon as there's not much to be gained by signing up if you're not going to hang around. (There's no extra content for signing up, but if you're a lurker who reads regularly it's nice to sign up to have the board track what you've read and haven't read.)

As far as new posting members I can't really say. I'll see a name and think of them as new then realize they've been around for a year or two already.
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Old 01-14-2007, 01:46 AM   #15
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(There's no extra content for signing up, but if you're a lurker who reads regularly it's nice to sign up to have the board track what you've read and haven't read.)
Yes, that's a likely reason. Also, IIRC non-signed-in users aren't able to see images that are posted (though maybe that was on another board I semi-lurked on, I forget).
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Also, IIRC non-signed-in users aren't able to see images that are posted
Yes, that's what I think - I often don't bother to log in until either I want to see an image or I feel the need to post.
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Yes, that's what I think - I often don't bother to log in until either I want to see an image or I feel the need to post.
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Don't you need to sign up in order to use the "search" feature? That requirement on some other forums caused me to sign up, just to research one question at the time.
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I just checked...the search feature works for guests, but--and this is news to me--attached images don't appear to guests.

(Linked images work for guests, though, like DRiP Guy's images above. And of course smileys work for guests.)
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