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howdy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
how come there are so few people online most of the time? there is another board of pretty much the same size in terms of membership (17000+), however there are at least 5 to 10 times as many people online at any given time. maybe it is a feedback loop: the fewer people there are online, the sooner they go offline again as it is boring. just wondering ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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It's Saturday. Maybe most VB members prefer to be outside playing soccer or whatever.
 

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I never pay attention to how many people are online. I go to the threads I want to read; read the new stuff, and when I'm done reading what I want, I leave.
 

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Depending on the message board the members you see may or may not actually be on in "real time" they may have left 15, 20 or 30 minutes before depending on how the owner has the show login settings. This makes it seem to other members that more people are on then really are. VB seems to be real time, that may explain it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Is there some sort of chat option on the other board?<br><br><br><br>
I think in some other thread here it was mentioned that a lot of people join but only make a few posts. So if the percentage of <i>active</i> members is smaller on this board, that will obviously affect the online count.<br><br><br><br>
Btw, this being Saturday has nothing to do with it, the online count doesn't differ significantly from other days.
 

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It seems there are usually between 40 and 80 real people on at any one time. But it also seems that a lot of the more active members usually post from work during the week. I'm surprised someone thinks it's dead around here-- usually people are surprised at how active VB is and how quickly they get responses back to their posts. Maybe the OP is more used to a chat-room type of environment?
 

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It seems there are usually between 40 and 80 real people on at any one time. But it also seems that a lot of the more active members usually post from work during the week. I'm surprised someone thinks it's dead around here-- usually people are surprised at how active VB is and how quickly they get responses back to their posts. Maybe the OP is more used to a chat-room type of environment?</div>
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no, no chat room, gee, am too old for that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> actually, the other board uses the same vbulletin script.<br><br>
it was not a complaint by the way, just something i noticed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
i did not mention the word 'dead', either <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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i just compared the statistics, it seems the difference lies in the relationship of members to guests among the currently active users (on the other board it is 2:1, while here it is 1:4). and since guests do not post, there is naturally less action so to speak <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I never really noticed how many people were on at any given time and since we can get emails when people respond to things I don't bother staying logged on. Maybe other people do the same thing?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tesseract</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm surprised someone thinks it's dead around here-- usually people are surprised at how active VB is and how quickly they get responses back to their posts. Maybe the OP is more used to a chat-room type of environment?</div>
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<br><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">I actually feel that VB is dead a lot of times. As a mod, I check in a lot of times a day, and browse pretty liberally. There are actually times where the board appears to stop, despite the number of members who are on.<br><br>
Happened this afternoon, for a good 30 minutes, actually.<br><br><br><br>
And I don't frequent chat rooms. Been there, done that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
As a whole, VB is a very active, quick-paced board. When I first joined, I was overwhelmed by how fast things move here. I guess maybe I've adapted or gotten used to it.</span>
 

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I'm always on Vb..I never really see whos on..just looked around for intersting things to read, and if I have something to add, I add it..
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Brandon</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">I actually feel that VB is dead a lot of times. As a mod, I check in a lot of times a day, and browse pretty liberally. There are actually times where the board appears to stop, despite the number of members who are on.<br><br>
Happened this afternoon, for a good 30 minutes, actually.<br><br><br><br>
And I don't frequent chat rooms. Been there, done that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
As a whole, VB is a very active, quick-paced board. When I first joined, I was overwhelmed by how fast things move here. I guess maybe I've adapted or gotten used to it.</span></div>
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yeah, one member was already breaking out in cold sweat because of that little down-time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
"the board appears to stop", well, yes, especially after editing and klicking on 'save'.
 

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I think a lot of members just like to browse the board, looking for information on vegetarianism or recipes. I've always thought VB was pretty active, although most of the members online a lot are regulars, er, people who are VB addicted. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> haha.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>KDB</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
yeah, one member was already breaking out in cold sweat because of that little down-time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"></div>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>raw jess</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I never pay attention to how many people are online. I go to the threads I want to read; read the new stuff, and when I'm done reading what I want, I leave.</div>
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Same here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
... Occasionally I'm in a thread that is constantly getting new posts every few minutes (usually in the Heap), but most of the time I get on, post a reply, and then when I get back on the next day there are several replies to read and reply to. I like it that way actually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I confess, it was me!</div>
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so it was more than one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> not me however <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smoking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smoke:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Brandon</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">I actually feel that VB is dead a lot of times. As a mod, I check in a lot of times a day, and browse pretty liberally. There are actually times where the board appears to stop, despite the number of members who are on.</span></div>
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It does seem a bit dead lately <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/"> But I guess I should probably stop whinging and start a thread or two <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/idea2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":idea:">
 
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