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Evie

Guests

I have noticed we have lots of guests looking at our site these days - and am astonished to see that on Friday morning (4 December) we had 23 people online!!  It's a record.

If you are a 'guest', and read this, please do think about joining us - the more the merrier!  We haven't had much discussion lately, but more people on board might help with that.  (So might some of us being less lazy and actually writing about what we read...I am talking about myself of course!  I will try to write something this week...)

So don't lurk, join in!   Cool
iwishiwas

I mentioned the board on Twitter, perhaps that helped boost the guest numbers. Like you say Evie it would be good to have some new members to enrich our discussions.
Evie

Oh, well done, iwishiwas!  Would be great to have some new voices - not that there is anything wrong with the old ones, of course!
verityktw

I'll put my hand up to being a serial lurker!
Green Jay

It would be nice to have some new voices, opinions and reading selections. Be brave and join us.

Dare I say it - but I think that the start of the individual reading blogs may have slowed down other more general  or specific discussions? I do always look at the monthly lists and the current reading threads, as they are a precis. I don't readily check in to see what everyone has been reading individually, but when I do I find interesting discussions may be going on - but there is nothing to signal this, or the topic, unless I keep checking each one. And then if someone does not have much in common with me in terms of reading interests I'm even less ready to follow their blog, and that's when I may miss out on good things!  Crying or Very sad But my time is limited.
What does anyone else think?
iwishiwas

We have a couple of new members. I have noticed Darrell and Andrea at least. Welcome to both, don't be shy about posting we're all friendly and would love to hear what you're reading, who are your favourite writers etc etc
Evie

Still loads of guests lurking, and several who have joined but obviously don't want to post...come on, everyone, it's only a messageboard, join in!  Strange that people are interested enough to keep looking, but don't want to join - well, maybe not that strange!!  But frustrating.
Evie

We currently have 20 guests online...I know we are all scintillatingly wonderful, but I can't really imagine why our little site would attract all this uncommitted interest...
Gul Darr

Evie, can you be sure that some of the 20 "guests" weren't simply members who weren't logged in? I often don't bother to log in unless I have something to post.
Evie

Of course some of them, at least, could be.  The number is sometimes high, though, and we never have more than four or five members logged on at once, usually with two or three 'guests' as well (who may well, as you say, be members who are not logged on).  But when it gets into the 20s (it went up to 29 last night, and into the 30s from time to time - but more than 3 or 4 is rare), I would be surprised if those were all members.  Lots of members also 'hide' themselves when they are online, lots of us are automatically logged on whenever we visit, so the chances of having nearly 30 (given the general traffic here) who are not logged on at all seems unlikely.

People can lurk all they like, of course, members or not - but we have had some odd activity lately, and have deleted some people who joined only to post spam, so I am just keeping a watchful eye!  Sorry if it sounds unfriendly - just trying to protect our site a bit.
Gul Darr

Yes, as you say, Evie, it does seem too high to be just members who weren't logged in. Although that has just reminded me of something I keep meaning to ask. Why were 39 members logged in on the 12th July last year?
Evie

That was another instance - have been trying to monitor things a bit since then.  It's never quite reached those giddy heights since!
chris-l

Right now, there seems to be me - and 6 'guests'! Very strange! Are we being watched?
Green Jay

Once recently I went to the foot of the main page to see who was logged in (I'm always "hidden") but even I wasn't there - just several guests! And yet I was logged in. that's how I get to see the latest posts since last time. A bit later on I looked back again and there was a "hidden" person so I assumed it was me. Very odd.
Evie

I know, it does that to me sometimes - not great for the self-esteem!
county_lady

chris-l wrote:
Right now, there seems to be me - and 6 'guests'! Very strange! Are we being watched?


A few minutes ago I had 32 (guest) watchers. I wonder are they students following search leads?
TheRejectAmidHair

county_lady wrote:
chris-l wrote:
Right now, there seems to be me - and 6 'guests'! Very strange! Are we being watched?


A few minutes ago I had 32 (guest) watchers. I wonder are they students following search leads?


If they are students looking for posts they can copy & paste into essays, they may well be disappointed ...
county_lady

But they may be entertained or even inspired. Cool
Chibiabos83

Let's hope they copy from Himadri's posts and not mine, or they will be in grave danger of failing coursework modules.
Jen M

At the moment there are County Lady, me, and 8 guests!

I automatically log in on my home computer, but occasionally look in at lunchtimes at work, when I don't log in...  it wasn't me today, though.
Apple

Hate to dampen things a bit but there is also the possibility that some are not just friendly guests looking in...

Can't help wondering after the spamming thing that happened a few months or so ago
Gul Darr

A Big Read for Lent was recently launched to encourage people to read Matthew's gospel. Maybe people are browsing this site when they are actually looking for the Lent one?
Jen M

Now that's odd!
I've been browsing the board on and off while doing other things for about an hour.  But I am not showing as a user, and I am able to post.  How very strange.
Apple

Jen - That happens to me no end I'm here able to post and everything but not showing up I put down to one of the quirks of the site.  Smile

On a related subject - last night at stupid o clock when I happened to look in I was the only registered user logged in (no surprises there!) but there were 26 guests looking in. It does make you wonder who they are.
Evie

I have it happen to me too - it is odd.  And as for the guests - I agree!  One time recently there were 50 guests at one time...very strange.  Nothing seems to be going amiss at the moment, so fingers crossed that it's nothing to worry about!
Evie

53 just now.  Then it went down to 44, and then 30 of those left all at once - weird.
Evie

Just to say, in relation to all of this, that we have been having lots of spammers join the site - mostly, it seems, people with websites offering essays to students, and as a university lecturer this is something I am particularly sensitive about, so I am having no qualms in deleting their membership!  I have also banned one person who persisted in rejoining when I deleted them, using the same email address but a different username each time.

Spamming is not harmful to the site, but is annoying, so I will keep an eye on it all.
Jen M

Evie wrote:
Just to say, in relation to all of this, that we have been having lots of spammers join the site - mostly, it seems, people with websites offering essays to students, and as a university lecturer this is something I am particularly sensitive about, so I am having no qualms in deleting their membership!  I have also banned one person who persisted in rejoining when I deleted them, using the same email address but a different username each time.

Spamming is not harmful to the site, but is annoying, so I will keep an eye on it all.


I agree with all you say here, Evie - it's a big problem.

I suppose it's useful to know why some of them were "joining" us, but I wouldn't expect they would have many takers for their "trade" from our merry band either.

Keep up the good work!
Evie

Thanks, Jen - and yes, I don't expect them to drum up any trade here either, but seeing what they were about made me more determined to keep them at bay!  Only joking (ish), of course.
MikeAlx

Yeah, they're about 23 years too late to be of any use to me!  Laughing

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