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Thinker13
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Posted 08/05/09 - 3:17 AM:
Subject: Nature Of Curious Lurkers.
Whenever you see 'online users' status,you find a lot of lurkers perusing olden posts,reading some profiles,traversing through long forgotten ideas which were once contributed by some Couchians. You are often reminded of some brilliant ideas,dashing photographs,great paintings and nice prose. Sometimes,you see a heated debate and sometimes you find eloquently expressed feelings of heart. So much is there...



Have you ever wondered on 'nature of lurkers'?


Who are they?

Are they old members?

Are they new members?

Are they passers-by?

Who are they? Have you ever speculated?



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Monk2400
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Posted 08/05/09 - 12:04 PM:

I often wonder about the 300+ 'members' who have signed up but never contributed a single post. Lurkers may be some of these, but may also just be non-members passing through, as it were. They are the window shoppers of internet discussion forums.

8)
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Posted 08/05/09 - 12:47 PM:

The statistics are intriguing...

1099 topics in 5 forums, with 486,898 topic views and 13170 posts by 338 members [only a handful of which are active]. Last thread Aug 05 2009 - 01:17 AM.

Half a million views and only a handful of active posters?
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Posted 08/05/09 - 1:31 PM:

They are search engine spiders.
Thinker13
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Posted 08/05/09 - 2:01 PM:

Querkraft wrote:
They are search engine spiders.



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Thinker13
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Posted 08/05/09 - 2:02 PM:

Monk2400 wrote:
They are the window shoppers of internet discussion forums.

8)


Nice tag!
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Posted 08/05/09 - 5:00 PM:

Querkraft wrote:
They are search engine spiders.

some of the online users are spiders, others are actual visitors. some people go directly to certain pages after having googled some specific term. "puer eternus" is one that comes up frequently in the search criteria, also "what makes people mean".

paul, who wrote the forum software, could tell you more exactly how the stats are counted, but simple experimentation just now revealed that each topic i went to view in the thinking spot changed by 1 view after i viewed it, as long as there are a few minutes elapsed between views. considering how many times each of the regulars here views a topic, especially when posting to it, the number of views doesn't seem remarkable to me. this site gets on the average 100 to 500 views per day, this is not including search engine spiders. a large percentage of those views are the same 5 to 10 people, myself included.

sometimes people come to the forum after having googled "discussion forum" or "philosophy forum", register an account and then never come back. i would speculate that it's just not quite the environment everyone has in mind. window shoppers is an apt analogy.

Thinker13 wrote:
You are often reminded of some brilliant ideas,dashing photographs,great paintings and nice prose. Sometimes,you see a heated debate and sometimes you find eloquently expressed feelings of heart. So much is there...

very cool that you use the "online users" mechanism to browse through old threads. this forum has seen some great discussions and spectacular creative expression, for sure. i'm always glad to see the old threads get some revisitation.

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Posted 08/05/09 - 5:17 PM:

Search engine spiders get counted in the number of views? I wouldn't have thought that they would, being that they don't technically *click* through.
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Posted 08/05/09 - 5:27 PM:

to my knowledge, search engine spiders do not get counted in the number of views, but i don't know. paul could tell you for sure. but the 100 to 500 views i mentioned in my previous post does not include spiders, those figures come from a separate statcounter detail which tells me how visitors were referred to the site.
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Posted 08/05/09 - 5:46 PM:

The Couch gets top position for "puer eternus" in a yahoo & google search. Looks like Nil is a SEO genius.

Should probably put up an amazon affiliate ad for Into the Wild $$

Edited by praxis on 08/05/09 - 5:52 PM
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Posted 08/07/09 - 1:13 PM:

praxis wrote:
The Couch gets top position for "puer eternus" in a yahoo & google search. Looks like Nil is a SEO genius.

Should probably put up an amazon affiliate ad for Into the Wild $$


The funny thing is that I don't think I ever used the word "eternus" but "aeternus." My google search results are very different between these two versions. Someone else should get the SEO award.


Edit: Oops, just checked, I switched to eternus later in the thread.
What happens if I edit it all back to aeternus?


Edited by Nihil Loc on 08/07/09 - 1:18 PM
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Posted 08/08/09 - 10:19 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
very cool that you use the "online users" mechanism to browse through old threads.


Cannot explicate how but it seems to be most creative way.smiling face


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Posted 08/08/09 - 10:21 AM:

The Couch gets top position for "puer eternus" in a yahoo & google search. Looks like Nil is a SEO genius.

Should probably put up an amazon affiliate ad for Into the Wild $$


Indeed! A good suggestion praxis.



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Posted 08/09/09 - 12:10 PM:

Nihil Loc wrote:
What happens if I edit it all back to aeternus?

The Couch gets ninth place for "puer aeternus," not too shabby. I suppose it might move to #1 with your editing.
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Posted 08/14/09 - 1:13 PM:

For anyone interested in synchronicity and numerology etc:


Just right now,noticed:


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1111 topics in 5 forums.


The most ever online was 7 members on Aug 23, 2007 - 09:51 PM, and 62 total members and guests on Nov 25, 2008 - 01:11




[This is the status after 'Thinker13' started thread 'Why Sun Rises In The East' ]


It is believed (by who)[citations needed] that Illuminatis have left codes 11:11 and resembling to these. Twin towers and likes...






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