50K Mark Reached in Membership

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Over my night DownUnder, we reached the 50,000 Members mark (50,002 at time of writing).

The last time I congratulated ourselves was two years and 8 months ago, when we passed the 25K mark

https://www.linux.org/threads/25-000-members-here.23077/

... so to double our figures in such a short time, is IMO, a wonderful testament to what a great site we have on offer here, in terms of Community, and also significantly enhanced by the content @Rob mentioned here recently

https://www.linux.org/threads/thank-you-everyone-just-realized-we-hit-a-milestone.37733/

... of how well we chart in the Search Engines.

Thanks to all our Helpers, to Staff, and to the General Membership, for the support.

Have a safe Festive Season and enjoy your Linux.

Chris Turner
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There's a whole lot more activity than even when I first joined.

I'd like to think that those of us who have been active, adding posts and whatnot, have influenced others into joining. Additionally, the site is now first in the search engines. All that is a product of the folks who contributed and is a snowball effect.
 
I imagine when we originally hit the 10,000 mark, someone had posted the "IT'S OVER 9,000!!!!!" meme
 
It would actually be more interesting to see how many active users we have, technically there can be 50k users signed up but how many of those are actually active on a weekly or monthly basis?
 
Difficult to say.. why we have exponentially increase membership ..
being in the top returns for search engines is a bonus [as click bait] ,but once a new person dose click on what makes them want to join. Is it that we do not tend to use too much tech' speak,?. is it because we are independent of any particular distribution, ?.

I would like some of the new members to contribute to this thread and say what persuaded them to join .

From a more personal point of view, many of us are old goats that should have been put out to pasture years ago, and not 25 year olds with more letters behind their names than there is room for on the envelope, yet the membership still value our input and for Me this give a great sense of achievement and satisfaction.
So congrats to all active members and the staff who willingly give their free time to the advancement of Linux

Brian [Bwiz]
 
It would actually be more interesting to see how many active users we have, technically there can be 50k users signed up but how many of those are actually active on a weekly or monthly basis?

Yes, I made a point in the "how long you been using..." poll thread that isn't worth repeating in full, but by it's nature the forum has a lot of users who sign up, ask a question or say "I've just installed blah blah OS, it's great!", and then fade away happy.

There are also quite a lot of bizarre accounts on here, that sign up to just post "OK" in a random place on the forum. I'd love to know what that is all about.
 
I'd love to know what that is all about.

They're almost certainly spam bots making it through the system 'cause they've not actually sent anything objectively called spam at that time. This site attracts a whole lot of spam.
 
I would like some of the new members to contribute to this thread and say what persuaded them to join .

Brian [Bwiz]

I think maybe it is a combination of GNU/Linux growing more in popularity and also having a community like Linux.org that is there to help members out.

I've joined Linux.org because I wanted to learn more about Linux and with the community here, it seemed like a great place to start. Many like minded folks, very welcoming to everyone, including noobs. Ultimately I felt like this is a great place worth spending my time and also trying to help others when I can.
 
I joined almost a year ago. I was originally on the official Mint forum, but I left it because I had enough of the mods being so anal and authoritative towards me. Even if I posted something that only bent the rules to an extent, and wasn't meant to be inappropriate, they still censored it and gave me a hard time. There was one instance where one mod even admitted my content was often not "bad per-se", but according to her gang, there can't be ANY infractions. If someone else also came from there, PM me about your experiences with them.

While I'll admit I've occasionally been a thorn in the sides of @wizardfromoz and @KGIII (among some other users as well), I like how they moderate FAR better. Not only do they avoid going on power trips, but they're also not trigger-happy when it comes to removing content. Instead, they know watching for inappropriate content comes with the job description, and when someone does post it, they'll often reprimand the person, and remove the content if necessary. THAT'S how a forum should operate (which is why I feel more at home here than on the Mint forum)!
 
As for moderation... (I speak only for myself.)

I have a few minutes and I'm well into my fourth glass of wine. In my defense, it gets dark awfully early!

As oft said, I'm a janitor. I find refuse and remove it. I don't take any particular pleasure in it. In fact, I'd prefer to not have to remove anything. I do skim all public posts, eventually... Real life dictates my schedule.

I find when removing political content is when people get their knickers in a twist, and I can kinda relate. However, the rule is no politics and I try to be lenient unless it's pretty blatant. (It can be admittedly difficult to discuss certain subjects without discussing politics, but that doesn't change the 'no politics' rule.)

The rest is spam and duplicated content. People don't seem to understand how the system works and will post the same content multiple times.

Once in a blue moon, it's blue language. The goal is, to my understanding, a light PG-13 rating. So, I sometimes will edit out some swear words. That's actually pretty rare. That rarity is a good thing, as I have better things to do with my time.

I don't have, nor was I ever given, a 'master list' of what infractions require what responses. I just use my judgement. I'm a pretty big stickler for the 'no politics, no religion, no racial material' rules because I've seen what happens when those become matters of discussion.

While it can be hard to discuss some subjects because of those rules, there are other sites folks can use. Those rules make this site a much, much nicer place for everyone.

I think those rules and that moderation helps make this site a more productive and inviting site. I think those rules and that moderation are a part of why we've been gathering users rapidly. I think those things are a part of the reasons why we have as much activity as we do now.
 
The last time I congratulated ourselves was two years and 8 months ago, when we passed the 25K mark
That is around 26 new members per day.....or approx 780 per month....in the last two years and eight months.

Not bad....not bad at all !
 
...more interesting to see how many active users we have...

You build it, we'll use it.

It seems as if trolls have begun infesting this forum

Trolls are nearly as old as Wizards. We don't see some of them because they live in caves. If they show their ugly faces we slam dunk them.

I find when removing political content is when people get their knickers in a twist, and I can kinda relate.

Blame me for that. I was a surf lifesaver (lifeguard) for 8 years. The Clubhouse had a bar open Friday nights, and if you breached rules by arguing politics, sex, race, creed and so on, you appeared before a Committee and were suspended.

When I asked @Rob if I could amend/add to his thoughts for Off Topic, I simply applied those rules, as they had worked well. Lifesavers need to have each other's back for emergency rescues. We need to have each other's backs to grow our Linux Community.

Sooner or later we might expand on our Terms & Rules, but at the moment they are nice and short, unlike a lot of other sites and forums.

Cheers

Chris
That is around 26 new members per day

Yeah, Brian, I did the maths too. Currently we average 12 - 15, but it varies on your timezone. ;)
 
Trolls are nearly as old as Wizards. We don't see some of them because they live in caves. If they show their ugly faces we slam dunk them.

When I on here for the first few months, seeing trolls wasn't as common as it is now. I'm not sure what flipped the switch with that.
 
As for moderation... (I speak only for myself.)

I have a few minutes and I'm well into my fourth glass of wine. In my defense, it gets dark awfully early!

As oft said, I'm a janitor. I find refuse and remove it. I don't take any particular pleasure in it. In fact, I'd prefer to not have to remove anything. I do skim all public posts, eventually... Real life dictates my schedule.

I find when removing political content is when people get their knickers in a twist, and I can kinda relate. However, the rule is no politics and I try to be lenient unless it's pretty blatant. (It can be admittedly difficult to discuss certain subjects without discussing politics, but that doesn't change the 'no politics' rule.)

The rest is spam and duplicated content. People don't seem to understand how the system works and will post the same content multiple times.

Once in a blue moon, it's blue language. The goal is, to my understanding, a light PG-13 rating. So, I sometimes will edit out some swear words. That's actually pretty rare. That rarity is a good thing, as I have better things to do with my time.

I don't have, nor was I ever given, a 'master list' of what infractions require what responses. I just use my judgement. I'm a pretty big stickler for the 'no politics, no religion, no racial material' rules because I've seen what happens when those become matters of discussion.

While it can be hard to discuss some subjects because of those rules, there are other sites folks can use. Those rules make this site a much, much nicer place for everyone.

I think those rules and that moderation helps make this site a more productive and inviting site. I think those rules and that moderation are a part of why we've been gathering users rapidly. I think those things are a part of the reasons why we have as much activity as we do now.

After I left the Mint forum, there was a relatively-brief period where I didn't want to join another forum. I was under the impression that mods are usually like the ones on there, and I didn't want to deal with that all over again. After taking a leap of faith (mainly because I wasn't getting that much help through other means), I decided to come here just to see what how different it was here. Thanks to you and Chris, it was a breath of fresh air.
 
seeing trolls wasn't as common as it is now.
the more popular a site the more the little buggers will creep out from their dark and dismal hiding places,
 

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