One of the blogs readers and Koptalk member, chrispy, was wondering yesterday why it’s so quiet on Koptalk. Apparently there was only 3 members online. This is a common mistake, as has been explained on the blog before. Dunk has set his forums up with so many subforums that you’ll never get an idea of how many members are online. You only see how many are in the “top level”-forums where theres only lists of subforums. He has also made the “who’s online”-feature unavailable to anyone but the administrators. This is off course to prevent his members to see how few are using his site. Let’s see what was said:
#236333 – Today at 11:54 AM Why is it so quiet?
KopTalk MemberRegistered: 12/05/05
Loc: Abergavenny, WalesI’ve been logging in the last few weeks and I see 3 people viewing a forum and 2 another whereas it used to be 60, 80, 100+. What’s going on? Is everyone on holiday? The banter seems to be drying up.#236352 – Today at 12:04 PM Re: Why is it so quiet? [Re: chrispy]
Posts: 21322 The figure you are seeing only shows the people in a sub section before they enter the actual forums.For example:
Football Discussion (3 viewing)
This is the amount of people in this section:
http://www.koptalk.coN/members/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=75&page=1NOT The actual forum so they are just loggin in / connecting to a forum.There are 272 users online even though it appears there are 3.
This started out well, with Dunk explaining the same as I did above. But he couldn’t resist to top it with a little lie, could he? He claimed that there were 272 users online at the time. Well I don’t believe it. I monitored the “who’s online”-page for half a year before he disabled it. There was never even close to 272 members online then. Not when we secured investment, not when we played Barca, not when you went on your US jolly. Never. Not once in 7 months. So why should there be now, in the middle of the summer? One thing I noticed though was that there was a decrease in online members over the 7 months.
Polite, as he is, chrispy thanked for the answer, but added another tricky question that sent Dunk into trouble:
#236359 – Today at 12:08 PM Re: Why is it so quiet? [Re: Dunk]
KopTalk MemberRegistered: 12/05/05
Loc: Abergavenny, Wales
Thanks mate I thought summat was up for a sec with only 6 peeps online. Normally this place is buzzing big time.
What about one of them mods at the bottom to show who’s been online today and how many? I used to have this on a forum I run years ago and it helped a lot of members to know who’s on or been on in the last few hours.
Surely, Dunk, with 272 members online you’d want the world to know your site is popular. Only problem is that there are not 272 members online, and you don’t want anyone to know how few there actually are. But you need an excuse. What will it be?
#236364 – Today at 12:09 PM Re: Why is it so quiet? [Re: chrispy]
The thing is, as it´s a busy site it can cause the forums to slow down a bit. I do like those things myself though and it´s something I will look at when we move to the new server later this month
Slow down the forums? On your £600+ a month blistering fast server? Come on. Noone is going to believe such crap. All the other forums I’ve seen have such a feature, and they have no problems with it. Even RAWK with 22.638 members, about 19.000 more than Koptalk, have such a feature without problems. Only Koptalk doesn’t allow the members to see who else is online. Why is that? And if you like those things yourself, as you claim, why not link to the “who’s online”-page for those who are interested? Are you afraid that your members will discover something? Like how quiet it is?