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Old 24 Aug 2013, 11:26
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Well this site has reached a milestone today, it has hit a member count of 500,000, yes a half a million members.
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Old 24 Aug 2013, 11:46
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Nice catch... must be a lot of deleted users, userid 500000 was assigned last year - http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/member.php?u=500000
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Old 24 Aug 2013, 11:53
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Yeah probably, the last member to sign up as of this post has a id # of 517,332

But at least the counter has finally reached the milestone.
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Old 24 Aug 2013, 15:23
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What's the meaning of Total Members when the Active members are just 1o/o ??
Threads: 270,416, Posts: 2,185,768, Members: 500,022, Active Members: 5,692

There are thousands who have to visit this site for 5+ years. Even my first username is still here but has to appear online since Dec 2003

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Old 24 Aug 2013, 15:27
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It's no big meaning, it is just a milestone. Same thing as a forum having 2,000,000 posts, not all of them have been read recently, or read in many years.
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Old 24 Aug 2013, 15:49
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...lol...... Do you know that feeling to know that you're writing something wrong but can't find it? It tooks me 15 min... and finally was 1 o/o and not 1 o/oo.
Yes, I do agree. It was mostly a sad post... I believe that around 2005-2007 the active members were around 10%. I'm not totally sure they were a lot.
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Old 24 Aug 2013, 15:54
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Yeah member participation has dropped somewhat, but that is probably due to XenForo and the fact that their is so many sites out there that offer vBulletin support now, so alot of members choose to go there rather than here.
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Old 24 Aug 2013, 17:08
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Yeah member participation has dropped somewhat, but that is probably due to XenForo and the fact that their is so many sites out there that offer vBulletin support now, so alot of members choose to go there rather than here.
I don't believe that xenForo is a reason ... or the forum competition at all. Most people prefer to use FB instead forums. And you know something? Not because FB is something so nice. For me is nothing. But is easier to use and (most important), easier to access it with smartphones. I'm seeing it everyday with my daughter and my niece. Don't know if it's a local service or international but the access 0.facebook.com which is free of mobile charges. All the day are connected there. The same person they connect to FB very rarelly from their laptops. So, the problem is how easy can access the news on nowadays.

Don't know how old are you but maybe you have heard for Usenet Newsgroups. Were so popular 15+ years ago. Now who knows them or who uses them?

I do have a feeling that in some years only some very big and/or unique forums will be alive. Maybe using vB, or xF or IPB has no sense. Should be few only.
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Old 25 Aug 2013, 16:00
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Yeah member participation has dropped somewhat, but that is probably due to XenForo and the fact that their is so many sites out there that offer vBulletin support now, so alot of members choose to go there rather than here.
No its due to most going to other forum software...
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Old 25 Aug 2013, 16:05
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Yeah that is why I mentioned XenForo, since it is the new kid on the block, and quite a few good members from here migrated to that.

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Old 25 Aug 2013, 17:29
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I've post many times, many negative reviews for vBulletin. But even if I have active licenses for xenForo, IPB (and ALL the official addons) and finally WBB (quess what. I found it much better than other two), I can't use any of them. Very difficult to find how to do even the simplier things. After so many years using vB, good or bad, I'm stuck with it.
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Old 25 Aug 2013, 19:04
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I think this number really means nothing. Significant amount of this must be spam bots, another significant number included there must are users that registered only to ask some question and never bought the software. There must be way less real users and even less of the ones that actually post and visit here regularly. Though it's still one of most popular forum software.
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Old 25 Aug 2013, 19:22
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Yeah a good gauge is the active users, but that will also depend on what the setting is for cutoff time.
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Old 25 Aug 2013, 19:25
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Originally Posted by Christos Teriakis View Post
I don't believe that xenForo is a reason ... or the forum competition at all. Most people prefer to use FB instead forums. And you know something? Not because FB is something so nice. For me is nothing. But is easier to use and (most important), easier to access it with smartphones. I'm seeing it everyday with my daughter and my niece. Don't know if it's a local service or international but the access 0.facebook.com which is free of mobile charges. All the day are connected there. The same person they connect to FB very rarelly from their laptops. So, the problem is how easy can access the news on nowadays.

Don't know how old are you but maybe you have heard for Usenet Newsgroups. Were so popular 15+ years ago. Now who knows them or who uses them?

I do have a feeling that in some years only some very big and/or unique forums will be alive. Maybe using vB, or xF or IPB has no sense. Should be few only.
We never know Chris, i will agree with half of your opinion. What if, if more members started to hate fb like me. To me, social community/sharing is like a cycle, if you don't match with the current trend you will be ignored. One day or the other people will be bored to use fb, they will find an alternative to spend their leisure time. They will join a forum that interests them & the no of people who likes & hates fb will be the same at one point. Thus forum's won't be dead at any point if you know understand your users needs.
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Old 25 Aug 2013, 19:58
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What if, if more members started to hate fb like me.
To hate something in most cases means that you loved it before. And really can't understand how people loved this "thing" other than the reasons that I mentioned above. Never liked it and never used it in real. My account is there since 2007 but very rarelly I'm going online.

What I believe that made it popular comparing with forums is that forums are for specific users (eg fans of a game console, fans of fishing, or (more specific) technicians), while FB is an arena open to all. It started as a way to connect old schoolmates and finished as "anything for all".

But again I have a feeling that forums (at least the way that we know them), should be out of field soon. It's just a feeling and nothing more. Evolution. That's why I mentioned before Newsgroups. Maybe forum software need a refresh. Maybe to give more attention to mobile access. The current solutions for mobile access is for fun. Needs deeper analysis... less features but more speedy. Or something like this.

I seen somewhere a chat (that one that exist at the bottom line, just like FB), which was working by talking to it. It was funny... but really worked. I tried it even with my bad English (and the old voice), but it wrote the message correct.

Maybe some features like posting by SMS or (cheaper) post by email. Really don't know. But they need a refresh for sure.
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