MacRumors' surging popularity

mad jew

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I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but does it seem like there are many more threads being created each day? I don't know if total posts each day has grown but I'd be interested to hear if this place really has suddenly become more popular. Whaddya reckon? Have we suddenly kicked into third gear? Will we soon overtake Google's daily hits? Is there really a link between smoking and heart disease?

I've been casually monitoring the statistics at the bottom of the forums page but apparently these are reasonably inaccurate. :eek:


Whatever the official response is, I'm happy to see this place growing so quickly. It's a bit cool.
 

xUKHCx

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Perhaps a percieved effect thanks to Forum spy?

I certainly wouldnt have found this thread without it, but now i am responding so who knows?
 

MacBoobsPro

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mad jew said:
...But I don't use Forum Spy. Maybe Forum Spy is encouraging more posting though...
With ForumSpy i have posted much more. I think its a great addition to the site.
 

dcv

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mad jew said:
Maybe Forum Spy is encouraging more posting though...
Are you getting worried that we're all slowly catching up to your post count? ;)







(yeah, like *that's* ever going to happen...)
 

Blue Velvet

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Here's a rock-solid scientific measure. ;)

Clicking New Posts when I first wake up and having my coffee used to bring up 11-12 pages or so, these days it's usually 14-16 and has been up to 20 on the busy days.
 

Jaffa Cake

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Personally, I don't think using Forum Spy has increased my posting rates – not significantly, at least. What it has done is made me reply to threads a lot quicker than I used to.

My posting rate tends to reflect the number of interesting threads that catch my attention – if there are a lot floating around that I feel I can contribute something to, I'll post in them. If I've nothing to add, I won't post.

I think the overall increase in threads/posts is due to the interest surrounding Apple and its products lately – and as more people sign up to the boards the number of people posting their thoughts and starting new threads to express themselves is naturally going to increase.

Just my twopenneth worth.:)
 

NeoMac

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One of the things I have noticed recently is that on web sites like CNN articles regarding apple products the authors will make reference to sites like macrumors. I would think that would raise people’s curiosity.
 

kretzy

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Jaffa Cake said:
Just my twopenneth worth.:)
I agree. There seems to be quite a buzz around all things Apple of late and this surge is a side effect.

As for Forum Spy, I think it has encouraged more posting. I remember when I first started reading the forums, there were so many that I sort of got lost in them (it didn't help that I hadn't discovered New Posts either). The Spy gives a complete summary of everything going on so I guess people are exposed to more.
 
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Lau

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I think people are also much more inclined to make a new thread about something these days. I see making a thread as quite a big thing (even if it is about something silly ;) ) and so consequently have 'only' made 67 threads in my 4000 :eek: or so posts.

Actually, that might be an interesting thread — what's your post count to new threads ratio? (Obviously I'm far too scared to actually start such a thread.) :p
 

GoCubsGo

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dcv said:
Are you getting worried that we're all slowly catching up to your post count? ;)



LMAO!
Forum spy is the reason I seem to post more...but then again it was always "new posts" for me.
 

mufflon

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the Spy was the thing that actually made me stop lurking! - just seemed so god damn efficient :)
 

MacNut

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But will this inflation of posts dilute the quality of post and usefulness of information.
 

emw

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MacNut said:
But will this inflation of posts dilute the quality of post and usefulness of information.
Hopefully we'll at least keep the same ratio of useful posts, even though the number of not so useful posts increases. Of course, we may also see the ratio increase as more people weigh in on topics that may have previously been staying quiet.

Besides, usefulness is relative. The more people are here, the more likely a post will be useful to someone.

Hopefully.
 

MacNut

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Or the same points will be stated 50 times in a thread and everyone will be repeating themselves.
 

2nyRiggz

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People are liking the community....so they will put threads that are personal or just to get at apple fans(like the 15+ I hate itunes 7 threads)

In the community thread I see people posting some personal stuff there so I'm guessing people are getting comfortable with this place and its like second nature to talk about taking a dump to your friends:confused:

Yes smoking do cause cancer and I like peanut butter sandwhich


Bless
 

OutThere

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MacNut said:
Or the same points will be stated 50 times in a thread and everyone will be repeating themselves.
That is a feature of internet forums that is hard to avoid. It's present in the majority of big forums I've visited, especially in places where big news stories get posted and there are many replies each minute.
 

Bern

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Probably because MacRumors is one of the few forums that doesn't use militant rules and regulations and doesn't have over zealous moderators high on so-called authority publicly rebuking it's members.

I use to frequent an Australian Mac forum (Appletalk Australia) and it was a nightmare. The people who run it are inexperienced. That forum has a list of rules and regulations longer than a roll of toilet tissue including ones they make up as they go along. And if one of the moderators decides he doesn't like you (in my case it was homophobia) then you're a target for public humiliation and defamation until they ban you.
 

mad jew

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dcv said:
Are you getting worried that we're all slowly catching up to your post count? ;)

Lady, it keeps me awake at night. :D


Blue Velvet said:
Here's a rock-solid scientific measure. ;)

Clicking New Posts when I first wake up and having my coffee used to bring up 11-12 pages or so, these days it's usually 14-16 and has been up to 20 on the busy days.

That's what first grabbed my attention. Of course, that's only a measure of the amount of different threads being posted in and not a measure of the actual number of posts made in a night. For me it has leapt from about 12 pages on a typical Aussie night to about 18-20 (of course it stops at 20). Craziness.


Lau said:
I think people are also much more inclined to make a new thread about something these days. I see making a thread as quite a big thing (even if it is about something silly ;) ) and so consequently have 'only' made 67 threads in my 4000 :eek: or so posts.

Actually, that might be an interesting thread — what's your post count to new threads ratio? (Obviously I'm far too scared to actually start such a thread.) :p

Agreed. It worries me how many threads some people have as a measure of their post count. I think the Search function is being used well by some, but not at all by others. :(
 

PlaceofDis

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of course MacRumors is growing, its huge now compared to even when i joined, and i was rather late to the party as things were.

its an evolution that will always continue. but i do see more and more threads being created, and i wonder if that is totally neccissary as it seems the same questions are endlessly asked.
 

dsnort

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PlaceofDis said:
of course MacRumors is growing, its huge now compared to even when i joined, and i was rather late to the party as things were.

its an evolution that will always continue. but i do see more and more threads being created, and i wonder if that is totally neccissary as it seems the same questions are endlessly asked.
Looking at ya'lls post counts, I'm a real babe in the woods, ( just switched to Macs 8 months ago).

Hopefully the forum will continue to grow as more people see the advantages of the Mac.

Now if Apple would just go ahead and release the Merom MBP's we could probably reduce the new thread count by 30%. :D

Oops, forgot about about the threads complaining that the MBP update didn't include the exact feature set someone wanted, at the exact price they wanted to pay. :(
 

mad jew

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PlaceofDis said:
of course MacRumors is growing, its huge now compared to even when i joined, and i was rather late to the party as things were.

True, but this past month seems to have seen a ridiculously large growth. It's amazing. :cool: