At 11/5/12 06:27 PM, Dean wrote:
Would it be fair to assume that forum use in general is on the decline? As much as I enjoy browsing forums, I occasionally wonder if they're starting to become outdated in a sense. Especially for social use. Most of the forums that I lurk tend to be primarily for technical discussion or a place to ask for help.
I think you're right if you consider total volume of internet users, the percentage of total users on the internet using forums is down (being replaced by other social sites eg: reddit, twitter, facebook) however the total amount of people is definitely up, but that's because internet usage is growing very fast.
How many users does the Minecraft forum typically have lurking at any given time, Sam? I couldn't see that information displayed anywhere.
Depends. We're a very unique case in that although we're a forum we're not really a forum for most of our users. The average person that visits minecraftforum.net doesn't visit to post on the forum, they visit to browse through our content sections (where people post the mods they make).
It's currently our lowest traffic point in the day and we're at around 8,500 users online in the last 15 minutes, at normal times we're at about 20,000 people online. However we're slowing down traffic wise at the moment, Minecraft hasn't been as updated as much recently so people are losing interest, although we did spike back up last week when the latest version was released. We're currently doing about 20,000 new posts per day on average with about 2,000 new members per day and a year ago that was ~35,000 new posts per day with ~4,000 registrations per day.
We have public traffic statistics here. Maybe I should put together some graphs for minecraftforum.net growth usage like I did for Newgrounds above, would be cool to see.
Side note, all time stats for minecraftforum.net:
Unique Visitors: 124,629,019