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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Michael W. Smith, Apr 16, 2017.
Dissension is fine, trolling is not.
Hard to have a discussion if everybody agrees.
LOL...just because you say that dissension is fine doesn't make it the case in CC.
Which is probably why it's so slow there. Everybody patting everyone else on the back trying to prove who is the biggest conservative is pretty boring.
I happen to be a very dyed in the wool conservative.
I've been away from the forums for a while, but I missed you being a member there.
Did you get banned for dissension?
You don't have to be a member to read the open forum. No idea what goes on in the super secret part.
That wouldn't be the first time you were totally wrong.
I've got a quota to fill!
She was funny as heck and honest as the day is long.
I enjoyed her discussions and wish she would drop in from time to time.
Thanks for staying positive guys! At least about this site.
So back to the topic, how do we get HT back on track? I'm really looking for ideas here, and there's no such thing as a bad idea, so let me know your thoughts.
One thing that was mentioned in the former thread before it went off the rails was to use a targeting technique so search engines would pick us up. I searched several topic in Bing, including "homesteading" and we didn't make even the first three pages. Another I can think of is for all of us to post in several different forums. I think more posts might help generate more new traffic.
The only thing I can think of to dramatically increase traffic is something your infrastructure doesn't seem to support. A webinar type thing where an expert in a particular field speaks on a topic and participant questions can be answered. But that does not appear to make sense in this context.
Aproximately 55,000 posts at CC since inception. Melissa's has about 106,000. That's around 261,000 post that didn't happen at HT. Now, add those numbers to other boards established or frequented by ex-HT members, and you'd have several thousand more.
Now, that's not anywhere near the number of posts on HT, but this site has been around light years longer than the ones mentioned.
Maybe an extra quarter million posts in 24 months might make a difference in this site's revenue. But you (collective you) can't have that when you cause people to leave.
No one "caused" anyone to leave.
The vast majority left of their own free will, or because they didn't want to follow the rules here.
It's only 161,000.
The most ever online at once on Melissa's site was 75.
They generally have 25-30
Tom's site is lucky to have 10-12 at one time.
That also seems to be about the same number who actually start threads
He doesn't show his other stats even though he could.
This site averages around 1200-1500 with 40-50 of those being members.
The people at the other sites obviously wanted something different, and now they have it.
Then there are those who have joined all three sites, and aren't trying to change any of them into something different.
People are addicted to Facebook these days. Maybe you could start an HT facebook account and pick a thread every so often that contained good information and had a good conversation in it. Only problem would be to avoid having people just talking about it on FB in the comments section instead of coming here. But I don't think it would result in less traffic, and you might get some of the FB lurkers to come over here. Some people are strange now - they've just got smartphones and Facebook app on their phones and they rarely even use a browser. It's so weird.
There's already a Homesteading Today Facebook page.
Many don't do Facebook though, and Facebook requires real names which is something many don't want to share with just anyone.
If people want more and better threads here, they simply need to start posting them.
That's really all there is to it.
The site is what you make it.
That number is incorrect also.
The current count is 137,422.
If we are talking about hits, member numbers probably don't matter. I assume activity helps drive numbers.
And I do believe I used words like about and approximately.
Oh, another thing...Want to make the site better? Disable the Like button. Things have devolved so much around here, I can usually tell who will like whose posts in any general conversation, based strictly on political convictions and previous statements. One side has its rah-rah bunch and the other side has theirs. It's a tendentious feature that isn't needed and promotes an illusion of us vs. them or piling on.
No like button means that many will have to post to say they like or agree with something. That will mean more posts but I don't think that was Jolly's goal.