Of the estimated 82,315 visitors this month, only 1380 posted last week. Why do people read the forums and not post? Surely some have unanswered questions about climbing and gear, or the meaning of the universe, which could be answered on these forums?
(And how do UKC arrive at such an apparently random number as an estimate?)
>But the forums do scare people from posting due to the "cliques" who turn on newbies and tear their online personas apart
Point us at one, most of them are kids messing about. They get ribbed sometimes when they ask about doing Mt Blanc for the thoird time in a week. Somehow they seem to all be dyslexic and also to have tossed it off when doing IT studies at school as they cannot do searches or write in some form of English the older less educated can read easily.
The cliques are all virtual anyway. If people wish to go on meets nobody has ever been told they cannot come. Everyone is welcome, be it the one cidernut is organising or the drinks meets some people publish on here.
In reply to kevin stephens: Most of the utter drivel is confined to the chat room though isn't it, and unless they have profiles they won't be able to access that. The other forums are generally fairly erudite aren't they?
It isn't a random number, it is the number of 'unique hosts' which visit the forums in a month. This has been discussed before and is the universally accepted method across the Internet of measuring visitors to sites. The figure itself is measureable exactly, which is why we have such a precise number. Whether it actually corresponds to separate real people visiting the site is a matter for debate but there as many people who regard it as an over estimate as there are as an under estimate.
Why this figure is so much higher than the number of people who actually post is not that surprising though. I suspect that most of us visit many sites with forums without actually posting. I think the 82,000 figure is more a testimony of the reach of UKC and how it crops up time and again on searches and people who have come to the site via Google searches are not so likely to post. This was very well illustrated by Stephen Reid's Haskett Smith thread which became the top Google hit for the word Haskett Smith within 2 weeks of being posted - http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en-us&q=Haskett+Smith&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF... .
Make sure you have it with other food that has a lot of liquid with it, and fairly herby. Something like aubergines and courgettes, with chopped tomatoes, herbs and onions (with extra chopped tomato for extra liquid)
In reply to Rosie A:
I quite often lurk without posting because I'm keeping an eye open for something that would interest me, for instance when I was looking for a new sleeping bag and day sack, I kept an eye on the for sale forum for a while... I also look out for people to climb with, but am a little shy about posting myself.
In reply to practicalcat: I agree, shyness and fear of a flaming must be issues. personally find having a high profile on here generally useful, because people feel they know me, so seem less hesitant to trust me over buying and selling gear, or meeting me to climb.
Course they are totally misguided, as the contents of my freezer will one day reveal.
In reply to Rosie A: im inclined to believe that lurkers dont wish to enter the arena of the retarded. over the months ive come to believe that all persistent posters here are actually 15 yr old goths from arkansas with nowt going on in their lives other than their tawdry opinions and an inclination to rant over a particular topic that neither they or you care about apart from that strong desire to acheive the mythical status of 'top 40 poster' (read belmer with nowt to do). and should anyone attempt to join a thread, they are usually met with a tide of derision from other top 40 posters, or at least ignored. personally, i dont climb and never have, but i imagine the insularity of the climbing world is adequately reflected in this website and i genuinely do find your opinions at once entertaining and lame, all garnished with a healthy dose of middle class white snobbery that comes part and parcel with 'extreme' sports with initially expensive outlay costs.
Strange. I find most people on here quite intelligent and quite welcoming. You do get the occasional superior critic who really does think their dazzling critique is something special, of course, but that's to be expected. I know loads of climbers in the 'real world', and I reckon the UKC top 40 is as representative a demographic cross section as you could hope to find. Maybe you just don't like climbers. Sorry if I'm being snobby or middle class, I was born on a back street in Liverpool and my Dad was unemployed for a lot of my childhood. That's my excuse anyway.
In reply to Ste Brom: I've only met one other person in the top 40 in the real world and she seemed pretty normal to me. As for middle white class snobbery I think you are seeing something that isn't there. Also if you're not a climber why are you here?
In reply to Ste Brom: Stop trolling. This is a climbers forum for climbers to talk about climbing and whatever else takes their fancy. If you don't like it/us then please feel free to go away. We don't bite and it really is harmless fun you know.
In reply to Minerva: I'm not sure what you mean. i have heard that the RSPCA is starting to take an interest in the alleged abuse of Flossie and is looking for witnesses but so far no one has come forward.
In reply to Rosie A: I like being trolled. Trolling is GOOD! I'll get him back. I won't sleep until I get him back. I won't rest until he and his whole scouse brood have been trolled into the Mersey and have woken up surrounded by amorous Woollybacks in Hoylake. Damn, damn, damn!
In reply to Steve Parker: Well its all good fun and it beat answering herbal viagra spam dunnit.
besides if you were in work on a sunday you'd want to brutally spank someone clockworkesque stylee, or at very least rile one of the 82,000 odd lurkers you mentioned into making a rash statement or two.
so funny, but in another way, sooooo sad. my life now has no meaning or depth. Oh yeah, I have icq for that.