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Southsider2k12
By special request some interesting facts and figures about Citybythelake.org

96 members, 61 of whom have made at least one post (normal ratio is about 2:1)

10 busiest posting days...

1. 82 May 8, 2008
2. 81 Dec 5, 2007
3. 80 Jan 9, 2008
4. 79 Nov 6, 2007
5. 72 Nov 30, 2007
6. 68 Oct 15, 2007
7. 66 (TIE)Nov 13, 2007 and Jan 2, 2008
8. 65 Nov 9, 2007
9. 63 Oct 24, 2007
10. 62 July 17, 2007

Since its inception, CBTL has had just over 207,000 topic views. The highest viewing month was over 20,000 during the last election cycle, in November 2007.

Unfortunately the invision software doesn't track all IP hits. I think I could get that info from my server host, but I don't have it in front of me (and I can't remember that log in). Typically we get about 10 people make at least one post per day. By my highly unscientific estimations (I can see guest IPs as an administrator) there are somewhere around 25-30 regular guest readers on a normal weekday. Weekends are much slower.
Roger Kaputnik
Could you list the most-frequent posters? I saw that Ang passed me up--sacré bleu, c'est insupportable!
Southsider2k12
QUOTE(Roger Kaputnik @ May 13 2008, 09:16 AM) *

Could you list the most-frequent posters? I saw that Ang passed me up--sacré bleu, c'est insupportable!


That is available to all. On the front page, towards the bottom there is a section labeled "board statistics" which lists the all-time posting levels for each member of the site.
Roger Kaputnik
Interesting. I wish the three-digit list was longer, but what the hey.
Southsider2k12
QUOTE(Roger Kaputnik @ May 13 2008, 12:08 PM) *

Interesting. I wish the three-digit list was longer, but what the hey.


We're working on it. The core poster base is growing slowly but surely. A really bright sign is almost everyone in the top 20 posts is someone who visits the site regularly.

The interesting question now is will we hit 10,000 posts or 100 members first?
Dave
QUOTE(southsider2k7 @ May 13 2008, 07:33 AM) *


10 busiest posting days...

1. 82 May 8, 2008


Let me guess -- the day Roger came back from hiatus?

Once again, Rog, glad to see you back! Need more talking on here!

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Since its inception, CBTL has had just over 207,000 topic views. The highest viewing month was over 20,000 during the last election cycle, in November 2007.


[Arte Johnson]Verrrry Eeenteresting![/Arte Johnson]

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Unfortunately the invision software doesn't track all IP hits. I think I could get that info from my server host, but I don't have it in front of me (and I can't remember that log in). Typically we get about 10 people make at least one post per day. By my highly unscientific estimations (I can see guest IPs as an administrator) there are somewhere around 25-30 regular guest readers on a normal weekday. Weekends are much slower.

I would be curious as to how many of the guests are repeat viewers, as opposed to one time drive-bys. If you come across this info, please post it!
Not too much info, though. Gotta respect people's privacy and all. Just general figures. Some folks want to be incognito, ya know!
Southsider2k12
QUOTE(Dave @ May 13 2008, 01:10 PM) *

Let me guess -- the day Roger came back from hiatus?

Once again, Rog, glad to see you back! Need more talking on here!
[Arte Johnson]Verrrry Eeenteresting![/Arte Johnson]
I would be curious as to how many of the guests are repeat viewers, as opposed to one time drive-bys. If you come across this info, please post it!
Not too much info, though. Gotta respect people's privacy and all. Just general figures. Some folks want to be incognito, ya know!

Yes the #1 posting day was the return of Roger, how appropriate, right?

I based my guestimates off of the seeing some of the same IPs everyday as guests. I have noticed a definite uptrend in guest surfing lately though. I'll see what I can complile.
Southsider2k12
Some highly unscientific research... I started jotting down all guest IPs that showed up as viewing the site from my last post at about 1:15pm.

14 unique IP addresses showed up. 3 I determined to be either search engines, spambots, or something similar (foreign IPs is the big disqualifier, another is the internet servers they use).

That leaves 11 readers in a little under two hours time. I think my prior estimates of 25-30 guest readers per day might have been a little low.
Southsider2k12
Yeah it turns out I was REALLY wrong for unique viewers (I emailed my server host, I couldn't take it anymore!)

Unique views have averaged about 160-170 during the recent weekdays. Hit counts are in the 15-18K per day range. I do not have a number to distinguish bot type users from regular users, but if we look at something like the 80-90% ratio that I just noted previously, that means we're in the vicinity of 150 people looking at the site each day. When our viewing audience is pretty limited in a town of 30,000 people, that isn't bad at all, especially when this site was founded only in Dec of 2006 with about 5 people to start with.
CaddyRich
One question - If my number of posts were to increase dramatically as I pass edgywood on the all time list, would anyone scream "Steroids!!!" and then want to add an asterisk? LOL
Dave
QUOTE(southsider2k7 @ May 13 2008, 03:20 PM) *

Yeah it turns out I was REALLY wrong for unique viewers (I emailed my server host, I couldn't take it anymore!)

Unique views have averaged about 160-170 during the recent weekdays. Hit counts are in the 15-18K per day range. I do not have a number to distinguish bot type users from regular users, but if we look at something like the 80-90% ratio that I just noted previously, that means we're in the vicinity of 150 people looking at the site each day. When our viewing audience is pretty limited in a town of 30,000 people, that isn't bad at all, especially when this site was founded only in Dec of 2006 with about 5 people to start with.



I like!

Considering the numbers, that's like a national message board having 1.5 million viewers daily. There would have do be webmasters who would kill for numbers like that.

Not to mention this place is addictive. I'd think the numbers would just continually go up.
JHeath
QUOTE(Dave @ May 13 2008, 10:20 PM) *

...Not to mention this place is addictive. I'd think the numbers would just continually go up.

I know of some therapists to help you with that problem...and me too, for that matter. laugh.gif
Dave
QUOTE(JHeath @ May 13 2008, 10:48 PM) *

I know of some therapists to help you with that problem...and me too, for that matter. laugh.gif

"No pill's gonna cure my ill..."

Members of the other message board I frequent sometimes refer to it being as addictive as "chocolate covered crack."
Southsider2k12
QUOTE(Dave @ May 13 2008, 10:20 PM) *

I like!

Considering the numbers, that's like a national message board having 1.5 million viewers daily. There would have do be webmasters who would kill for numbers like that.

Not to mention this place is addictive. I'd think the numbers would just continually go up.


Yeah, when you start eliminating breakout groups and putting the viewers size in perspective, the numbers are really impressive. First of all the viewing audience is pretty well limited when you consider Michigan City is a town of 30,000 people. Pretty much if you are living, or haven't lived there, why would you care? Next you get to eliminate those without computers. In a town with as significant of a population in poverty, that is probably a pretty sizable number. Next up lop off the extremes of the age brackets in the very young, and mostly likely, the very old. Then there is probably a little statistical duplicity to be factored in, such as two people using the same computer, which is probably offset by one person who accesses on two different computers (work and home) such as myself.

What does all of that babble mean?

We are hitting a pretty sizable portion of our target audience. Even if it isn't directly from reading here, the people that are reading here are most likely taking bits of information back to other people they know to talk about. My biggest goals of becoming a source of community education and an open discussion area are being realized, I believe.
Roger Kaputnik
I agree. We should all send messages to our entire address books to at least look at the site. I can give you a reason for ANYONE to check this site out. Doubt it? Try me!
JHeath
QUOTE(Roger Kaputnik @ May 14 2008, 10:32 AM) *

I agree. We should all send messages to our entire address books to at least look at the site. I can give you a reason for ANYONE to check this site out. Doubt it? Try me!

Sounds like the start of a new, self-promoting thread (of the site, of course...not any one specific member). laugh.gif
Southsider2k12
QUOTE(JHeath @ May 14 2008, 10:42 AM) *

Sounds like the start of a new, self-promoting thread (of the site, of course...not any one specific member). laugh.gif


If you all enjoy the site, by all means pass it on. I have always fully believed that word of mouth promotion is WAY more effective in a site like this, versus anything else. A person is much more likely to try something a friend recommends, versus a random piece of advertising or the like. It has never been my policy to try to impose passing the site along to anyone. I want to have it happen naturally, not artificially. I think it breeds a better environment here.
Roger Kaputnik
What can be more natural than mass-Emailing???
Southsider2k12
New updates...

In the last week and a half, we have had our two highest site view days with 255 and 269 unique viewers. We also had of the three busiest posting days ever during May with day registering 89, 85 and 78.
Roger Kaputnik
Besides members blabbing about it, WIMS's Temporary Show in the afternoon has a weekly CBTL segment. This week was about the MCAS poll.
Southsider2k12
Excellent!
JHeath
QUOTE(Roger Kaputnik @ Jun 17 2008, 01:23 PM) *

Besides members blabbing about it, WIMS's Temporary Show in the afternoon has a weekly CBTL segment. This week was about the MCAS poll.

Really? What time does that come on? I'd have to stream it through the 'net, but I'd love to hear it.
Southsider2k12
That and they need to put me on the air laugh.gif
Ang
Jen, send me the link so I can hear it...
Southsider2k12
QUOTE(Ang @ Jun 17 2008, 02:45 PM) *

Jen, send me the link so I can hear it...


On the frontpage of their site,

http://www.wimsradio.com/

there is a link to click to listen live

Ang
Thanks
Southsider2k12
yesterday saw a record 103 posts and a record 271 unique viewers... which begs the question, WHY AREN'T YOU REGISTERED?!?!?!

I hope you are all enjoying your experiences here, if you have any questions or comments as a guest, feel free to drop me a line at michael@citybythelake.org.

cool.gif
Roger Kaputnik
As I mentioned to someone else, "begging the question" does not mean that it demands the following question. It means that it does not answer the question. For a good, thorough discussion, go to


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begging_the_question.




I cannot imagine a better site than this to discuss MC.
Southsider2k12
QUOTE(Roger Kaputnik @ Jun 18 2008, 01:28 PM) *

As I mentioned to someone else, "begging the question" does not mean that it demands the following question. It means that it does not answer the question. For a good, thorough discussion, go to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begging_the_question.
I cannot imagine a better site than this to discuss MC.


Except I said "BEGS the question"!
Roger Kaputnik
Maybe the meaning would be better remembered if people said, or thought, that something 'buggers' the question.
Ang
How 'bout this:

So, I hafta ask.....
Southsider2k12
New record recorded yesterday for CBTL.

330 unique users stopped by yesterday with over 24k page clicks. It also saw a site record 104 posts yesterday.

smile.gif

Roger Kaputnik
I hope some of them were in City gov't and the School Board.
Ang
I'm sure we would all be surprised if we knew exactly who stops by here.
Roger Kaputnik
Actually, I expect most city gov't types to come by, all the ND and WIMS people (Them FM? Who knows?), MCAS folks except for Supt. Dumbass, and plenty of business people.
Roger Kaputnik
bump
Southsider2k12
With all of the big events around town, these have been the three busiest days in a back-to-back-to-back sense, being over 300 viewer on two of them, and just under 300 yesterday.

Hi to all of our new friends! cool.gif
Southsider2k12
Also for those who are interested....

Highest unique viewers totals
1. 342 July 28, 2008
2. 330 July 14, 2008
3. 325 August 19, 2008
4. 324 August 11, 2008
TIE 5. 317 July 22, 2008 and September 15, 2008
6. 312 July 18, 2008
7. 310 July 30, 2008
TIE 8. 308 September 9, 2008 and September 16, 2008
9. 305 August 26, 2008
10. 299 August 18, 2008
Southsider2k12
Another very busy week here on the mothership, with a lot of people stopping by to look in on us. 700 views in the last two days (not including today). ohmy.gif

Highest unique viewers totals

1. 369 October 27, 2008
2. 349 October 22, 2008
3. 342 July 28, 2008
4. 341 September 25, 2008
4. 340 September 24, 2008
6. 332 October 21, 2008
7. 331 October 28, 2008
8. 330 July 14, 2008
9. 328 September 23, 2008
10. 325 August 19, 2008


Roger Kaputnik
Mostly to the school board threads? I hope some were at the Pet Peeves thread!
Southsider2k12
Yesterday set an all-time record with 425 unique viewers to the site yesterday! Thanks for stopping by all!
eric.hanke
Your welcome SSER.

What an awesome City Resource!
MC Born & Raised
QUOTE(southsider2k7 @ Nov 5 2008, 12:39 PM) *

Yesterday set an all-time record with 425 unique viewers to the site yesterday! Thanks for stopping by all!


From the department of redundancy department. wink.gif
Southsider2k12
QUOTE(MC Born & Raised @ Nov 6 2008, 02:37 AM) *

From the department of redundancy department. wink.gif


Shh, shh. laugh.gif
Roger Kaputnik
Thank you, MCBorn. I did not say anything cuz I did not want to give an impression of being a curmudgeon.
Southsider2k12
QUOTE(Roger Kaputnik @ Nov 6 2008, 08:05 AM) *

Thank you, MCBorn. I did not say anything cuz I did not want to give an impression of being a curmudgeon.


Roger, if I ever run again, you are my editor in chief smile.gif
Roger Kaputnik
QUOTE(southsider2k7 @ Nov 6 2008, 10:29 AM) *


Roger, if I ever run again, you are my editor in chief smile.gif


Thank you, but I may be busy on another campaign!
Southsider2k12
QUOTE(Roger Kaputnik @ Nov 6 2008, 11:46 AM) *

Thank you, but I may be busy on another campaign!


Your only duty is grammar policing my press releases!
Ang
As we approach 20,000 posts, I wanted to update you on the site stats. I only went as far back as the first of this year. If you're interested in older stats, you can view the anniversary thread ( http://www.citybythelake.org/forums/index....;hl=anniversary ).

So far, this year we have had 29 new members register with the most new members of 6 registering on April 1st (hmmm......)

Our biggest posting day was Jan 21st with 84 posts.

It seems that 8 new topics are the max we will get in one day, but there were a total of 5 days this year when 8 new topics were started: Jan 8th, Feb 23rd, Mar 11th, Mar 24th, and April 2nd (yesterdaayyy....)
taxthedeer
Congratulations to CTBL on reaching it's 300th registered member status!!!
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