How long does the average poster continue to post on a message board?

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  1. Anguille
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    I wonder if anyone had compiled stats on how long the average person stays interested in a message board? I wonder if number of posts per day is related to length of time one remains a member?

    I've been here long enough to see some people come and go, others take extended breaks, still others post regularly for years.

    What do you think? What keeps you coming back and what makes you lose interest? How long do you expect to stay?
     
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    I think it boils down to how one's OCD is managed. LOL
     
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    I viewed little and posted nothing for most of December and January...

    I missed the discussions and the people but I needed a break from the politics. Most of the viewing I did was in General Discussion and Flame Zone.

    Looking for work was draining and a convenient excuse to be under the radar but it was not unpredictable that my break occurred between the election and the inauguration.

    -Joe
     
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    Well, it's good to have you back, joe. You were missed. You should have told us. ;)

    Sometimes there's nothing to say and people get so cranky. especially this time of year. Hope your new job is working out.
     
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    For me, it's all about the quality of people. I frequented one of the largest video gaming message communities for a long time, but as I got older, the new arrivals got younger and younger. Eventually I had to stop going because you couldn't carry on a decent conversation without being interrupted by nonsense.

    Unfortunately, that seems to be occurring here too, and not with younger members either.
     
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    I frequent a message board until they either close, I get banned, or I get bored with people flinging insults instead of actually discussing things.
    I tend more towards smaller message boards than this one, but so for, this place seems ok.
     
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    There are no stats I am aware of. I am sure the data exists, but it would require a LOT of sifting.

    I think number if posts per day is more related to how much time one has on a message board. For instance, I've hit 50 on days when the weather kept me inside, I wasn't at work, and had nothing else to do or just didn't feel like doing anything else.

    Then there are days when I spend so much time dealing with members I'm lucky to get 10.

    I think a lot has to do with moderation. If the staff is politically one-sided, the political opposition won't stay for too long. I've experienced and seen that on a couple of boards.

    I'd say the ones that stay for years are not one-dimensional people. They can interact on more than just the political rhetoric level.

    I'm not sure there is a specific formula though. Some people like to board-hop and others like to stay in one place. Some take breaks because they get tired of it, others take breaks because real life demands it.

    How long will I stay? When I die, this board will automatically self-destruct.:lol:
     
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    I'll probably stay until I start college or join the Marine Corps or get fired from my job and don't have internet access all day. :tongue:
     
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    trying to pretend to be black to pick up white men now ? :lol:
     
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    Totally. I'm of the meds and back to posting 23/7. I mean 24/7.
     
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