Dukasaur wrote:Both the level of membership and the level of activity per member pick up in the fall. 9718.
well... that is just a false statement... from 22K to under 10K... so, when you say it "picks up", that is just misleading and false...
Look at the graph, owen. There's an upsurge every fall:
Yes, the overall numbers have fallen. This is not a secret. The problem is that the declines during the 8 months from January to September has been greater than the rise from September to December.
"hey, don't worry people!!! nothing to see here!!! it is the summer, the numbers will pick back up in the fall!!! the fall from 22K
to 20K isn't a big deal!!! we are doing ok..." and that fall continued to happen to the pitiful under 10K number that we are enjoying today... very misleading
I did not say anything like that. I've been fighting for the survival of this site for more than 3 years, almost 4. I'm perfectly well aware of the overall decline. However, there is an upsurge every fall and our job here is to extend that upsurge from it's current four months (September to December, inclusive) to something like 9 months (September to June, inclusive.)
The summer doldrums are a factor that all online activities contend with. It's simply too hard to keep people glued to their monitors when the sun is shining and the streets are full of girls in miniskirts. We will probably still have a summer decline even once the site is doing well. Meanwhile, however, for those of us who are fighting to keep this place alive, it is good to remember that, for this year anyway, the worst is now over and for the next few months we can continue improving the site without the added handicap of the summer doldrums.
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