Members Online: Robots

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  1. willmtaylor Suspended

    willmtaylor

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    On the MRF home page, there's a list of who all is currently online. It lists both staff and member. Within members, it breaks it down further into:
    • Members (currently 522)
    • Guests (currently 3,926)
    • Robots (currently 375)
    Is robots a joke or is this actually tracking something?
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Those are search engine bots crawling and indexing the site. Not exactly sure why XenForo displays that number by default. Doesn't mean a whole lot to the average user.
     
  3. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    I'm curious why the low ratio of members to guest. It's so easy to register.
     
  4. Volusia macrumors regular

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  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It's very typical of forums to have ratios like that, especially forums that rank as highly as we do in search results. Lots of traffic from random people coming in that way who are only here briefly and not interested in joining the community unless they have something specific to contribute to,
     
  6. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Thank you for explaining it. It would be great to get even a small percentage of them to register.
     
  7. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    A small percentage likely does.
     
  8. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Some of us have already been assimilated by the collective. Resistance is futile! :p
     
  9. willmtaylor thread starter Suspended

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    That's not even an extreme ratio. You ought to take a look at the number around a highly-anticipated iPhone announcement and/or release. The guest numbers get insane.
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  10. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    True! Those as willmtaylor mentioned, if a lot of the traffic comes from searches then it's likely they wouldn't register.

    For instance, if you're having a tech issue with a computer and you search the problem, it'll link you to loads of forums - Technet, Microsoft support, DELL support, HP support - and you're really just browsing through what people have said to get an answer to your question. :)
     
  11. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Most people probably just come across the site when looking for information, or seeking the answer to a problem.

    That is how I came across the site.

    I had bought a MBP - and was 'a switcher' in the parlance - and was looking for answers to specific questions; a search brought me to the site.

    Actually, I was surprised at the extensive nature of the site, and admit that I returned a few times, (partly to find out stuff, partly because I was intrigued - I had never joined an online community before then.) However, I did lurk for a few months before joining, mainly because I had a question or two about my MBP to ask.

    And then, I liked what I saw, stayed and decide to become a fairly active participant.

    No, I wouldn't think so. I think lurkers jury checking it out, or looking for a specific piece of information.

    Or something specific to ask.

    Many join the forum just to ask a question, with no intention of staying for any other reason.

    I suppose that this depends on whether it would meet their needs.

    Many on here are members of several online fora. Some of us are only on a few.


    Agreed.

    Because I had bought a Mac, my search led me here.
     

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