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Old 06-20-2010, 02:07 PM
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As I was reading the newspaper this morning, I came across an article about folks who post in Forums and comment in blogs. It contained an interesting statistic, one that, it said, has been verified multiple times. It's called the 90-9-1 rule.

Evidently, for any active Forum or blog or other place where posting messages or comments is permitted, about 90% of the visitors are lurkers, 9% post or comment occasionally, and just 1% post actively or regularly.

I've always suspected as much, since the Forum generates far more "page views" each month than would be expected based only on the number of posts.

So...if you are one of the 9%, how about posting more often. Far too many folks think they have nothing to contribute, or are afraid to ask a question, or think they'll look foolish.

In my experience, EVERYONE has knowledge or outlooks that others want to hear. That little trick you have for doing something may seem insignificant to you, but might well be a major time-saver for others.

And if you are one of the 90%, isn't it time you registered so you, too, can start sharing what you know, or think about a subject? Just...please be sure to read the red text on the registration page so there will not be any problem with yours.

And to the 1% -- THANK YOU!!


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Old 06-20-2010, 05:02 PM
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As I was reading the newspaper this morning, I came across an article about folks who post in Forums and comment in blogs. It contained an interesting statistic, one that, it said, has been verified multiple times. It's called the 90-9-1 rule.

Evidently, for any active Forum or blog or other place where posting messages or comments is permitted, about 90% of the visitors are lurkers, 9% post or comment occasionally, and just 1% post actively or regularly.

I've always suspected as much, since the Forum generates far more "page views" each month than would be expected based only on the number of posts.

So...if you are one of the 9%, how about posting more often. Far too many folks think they have nothing to contribute, or are afraid to ask a question, or think they'll look foolish.

In my experience, EVERYONE has knowledge or outlooks that others want to hear. That little trick you have for doing something may seem insignificant to you, but might well be a major time-saver for others.

And if you are one of the 90%, isn't it time you registered so you, too, can start sharing what you know, or think about a subject? Just...please be sure to read the red text on the registration page so there will not be any problem with yours.

And to the 1% -- THANK YOU!!

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This matches my observation all the back to the days of my dial in BBS. ;o)

Actually, if it weren't for the 10% of the world I don't think anything would get done, no matter what the venue.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:18 PM
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I think that about 4% make things happen, 2% are evil and try to prevent or troll and about 10% will help if embarrassed into independent thought and the balance are carried on the emotion of the moment (see the neurolinguistic language on all the 'news'). The use of the pejorative 'teabagger' ought to involve a LARGE tax donation to the FCC, more than a years wages of the perp.

Since I wander among the groups, depending on the subject, it is relatively easy to note the normal divisions.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:33 PM
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I am one of the 9%. I post some, but only when I feel I have something to add to the post or when I disagree strongly. And I will continue to be that way since that is part of my makeup.

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Old 06-20-2010, 09:01 PM
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Interesting! I'm a 9%er for sure, on this and the few other forums I belong to, usually don't have much to contribute. But I sure do appreciate the 1%ers, I've learned a bunch from y'all!
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I think I fall into the 9% also. I get a lot of useful info and enjoy learning about others and what they are doing but, I don't feel like I have much to add most of the time. When I do have something to add though, I do so. Thanks to the 1%.
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OK, I'm one of the 90%...frequently visit and read, but haven't even thought about trying to post as either I don't think I have enough knowledge to share, or someone else (or 2 or 3) have it already covered.
So I'll get better about adding my $0.02. I do enjoy reading the posts, and feel I have learned heaps from the other 9-1%.
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Past lurker here, trying to participate more.....but I think I have talked to myself so much in the past 50 years, I might not have anything intelligent left to say.....
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So Iím in the 9%.

When I think about posting something new I find what Iím looking with search or on the net somewhere. I think Iím also one of the few % that searches before they askÖ
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I"m definately in the 90% area. When a topic comes up that I have some expeience with...or interest in... I temporarilly zoom into the 9% zone. But I'm a FIRM believer that one learns better with their mouth shut than with it open.
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So Iím in the 9%.

When I think about posting something new I find what Iím looking with search or on the net somewhere. I think Iím also one of the few % that searches before they askÖ
farmerbob,

If that's the case, once you find the answer, perhaps you could then post both your original question and the answer in the appropriate board. Maybe include the link or links to where you found the answer.

Odds are other members will find the answer helpful, if not immediately, then one day when they search the Forum for the subject.

Hmmm...if you ask enough questions and find all the answers and post them all in the Forum, you may well move into the 1% group!


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Actually I have been a one percenter most of my life, one dosn't get the lemming syndrome that way.(chest swelling from pride) Never could follow the rules but Im broke a few in my day.
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Well, Oliver, I've always found in group settings -- like churches or civic groups, 100% join, 10% volunteer to do the work and 5% do the work. Not quite your stats, but close enough for government work. I'd rather be a 1%er than a lurker!
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Be careful what you ask for. Buck was one of the 1% posters, lol.
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Well, Oliver, I've always found in group settings -- like churches or civic groups, 100% join, 10% volunteer to do the work and 5% do the work. Not quite your stats, but close enough for government work. I'd rather be a 1%er than a lurker!
Agree with your figures Aamylf! Just finished helping with a week of Vacation Bible School. Did KP in the kitchen as we fed them supper each night. Yep, percentages are just about right.

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Okay countrymike...can't make a statement like that and have me let it pass. Who was Buck and what happened to him?
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Okay countrymike...can't make a statement like that and have me let it pass. Who was Buck and what happened to him?
Buck was a cantankerous old fart who posted a LOT here some time back. Some of his opinions I agreed with.....most I didn't. He developed a cadre of Buck haters who followed him around complaining about darned near everything until he finally quit. They won....he lost....sort of. If he's now happier than he was....then he won. Many of the same folks who followed him around are still here spewing their "I'm better than you" BS. I know this because I was once here under a different login......and before anyone asks...no it wasn't "Buck".
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Buck was a cantankerous old fart who posted a LOT here some time back. Some of his opinions I agreed with.....most I didn't. He developed a cadre of Buck haters who followed him around complaining about darned near everything until he finally quit. They won....he lost....sort of. If he's now happier than he was....then he won. Many of the same folks who followed him around are still here spewing their "I'm better than you" BS. I know this because I was once here under a different login......and before anyone asks...no it wasn't "Buck".
Wow, you have a future in propaganda, lol. Buck didn't leave, he was kicked out. Not once, but twice, the second time he was calling himself Nightshade. He didn't follow any of the forum rules and was suspended from posting at least once by our good Webmaster Oliver. He posted to inflame and annoy people and basically hung out in the political section and rarely contributed a single helpful thing anywhere else. It is a wonder the bottom three boards are still here no thanks to him.

But hey, your first sentence is true.
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Yup, Buck and Crafty, one was about as bright as the other... lol

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