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    Forum Growth.....or not?

    June 2008:
    Threads: 32,221, Posts: 340,521, Members: 13,693, Active Members: 2,234

    Today
    Threads: 51,598, Posts: 524,061, Members: 16,885, Active Members: 2,814


    Every couple of years I like to compare the numbers. Steady growth. Why do you think?
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    Re: Forum Growth.....

    These data don't show growth, they show accumulation (except perhaps the "Active Members" datum - how is that defined?).

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    Re: Forum Growth.....

    Excellent question. I don't know how that is defined. I will try and find out.
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    Re: Forum Growth.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric James View Post
    These data don't show growth, they show accumulation (except perhaps the "Active Members" datum - how is that defined?).
    Actually, they do show acceleration by one accounting: the average rate of accumulation in all of these measures since June 2008 is greater than the average rate of accumulation since the inception of the forum.

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    Re: Forum Growth.....

    Perhaps I'm missing your point Oren, but wouldn't you need data prior to JUN '08 to make this claim? Certainly we can point toward the "growth" of the archives, and the growth of the "lounge" , but I don't think that this is what Kirk was hoping to show. A better measure of growth would be site visits or thread visits, comparing the month of JAN '08 to the month of JAN '10, for example.

    Certainly the forum remains active, but I really wonder if it's growing. With the loss of Readyloads and the writing on the wall for Quickloads, I think there with be some attrition in the months and years to come.

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    Re: Forum Growth.....

    People spending more time on their computers ?

    People discovering how helpful it can be to share questions and answers ?

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    Re: Forum Growth.....

    It's the Boomers...

    We wax nostalgic and all remember being kids and working with analog photography. We all shared a common dream as kids....we wanted to be Ansel Adams or Edward Weston or....

    Now that we are starting to retire, we have the time and hopefully the cash to chase our dreams....

    The film manufacturers have noted increased sales of LF film. Ebay has made LF gear available to everyone and the prices of LF gear have gotten down right reasonable since the pros all jumped to digital.

    Just my 2 cents,

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    Re: Forum Growth.....

    Quote Originally Posted by John Bowen View Post
    It's the Boomers...

    We wax nostalgic and all remember being kids and working with analog photography. We all shared a common dream as kids....we wanted to be Ansel Adams or Edward Weston or....

    Now that we are starting to retire, we have the time and hopefully the cash to chase our dreams....

    The film manufacturers have noted increased sales of LF film. Ebay has made LF gear available to everyone and the prices of LF gear have gotten down right reasonable since the pros all jumped to digital.

    Just my 2 cents,
    Just curious - where do you see that the "film manufacturers have noted increased sales of LF film?"

    I ask because I've seen this and similar claims before but have never seen any data from any manufacturer that goes into enough detail even to see sales of film in general much less LF film alone. I periodically look at Kodak's K-1s filed with the SEC and also their annual report as well. The categories there are so broad that it's impossible to know what's included in them. But I've never seen any financial statements from Ilford or its parent company and only little bits and pieces from Fuji so maybe they show sales of LF film. Or maybe there's better places to look for this information than where I've been looking.
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    Re: Forum Growth.....

    The best evidence to me is TMY-2 and the new Fuji LF products.

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    Re: Forum Growth.....

    Brian,

    Sorry for the inaccurate reporting, but others have reported increased LF film sales based on discussions with film manufacturer's reps and or retailers like Badger, Freestyle, B&H etc.

    I'll have to turn in my Press Pass :-)

    Best,

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