Some more statistics;
Poultrykeeper Forum started in 2009, with Tim as the founder member.
Total number of registered members now = 1586.
(Tim occasionally prunes the list and deletes people who haven't posted after registering, as too many members who don't contribute puts up the server costs.)
New registrations Jan - end of September 2018 = 236. (See page 56 onwards.)
Of these, people who haven't posted at all = 173
Very nearly 75% of the total registrations for the year so far.
Sometimes people register and then 'lurk' for a while before posting spam. Tim puts in a lot of time checking IP addresses to try to weed out suspicious ones.
People registered in 2018 who have posted more than 3 times = 12
Of these, those who have posted more than 8 times = 5
and the winner is..... Tweetiepie, with 202 posts! Give her a big hand, folks!
I guess this accounts for the often quite large numbers of people who are seen browsing via the Who is Online? box at the bottom of the page, but not actively posting. Our archive of advice and experience is available freely to everyone, hopefully more accessible following the recent reorganisation and editing of the main subsections. This is very good, of course, - but it would be lovely if more of these people would like to check in, make friends and add their experiences, ideas and problems, not necessarily about chickens - and, of course, once they feel comfortable in the club, become Full Members.
How could we encourage this?