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I notice that there are a ton of guests on here and quite a few members that never post (even after being members for years) but cruise the site regularly. So my questions is why don't you ever put your two cents into any of the threads? Do you use the site for tips on your swing or to just listen to the rants?

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I would imagine it has something to do with the attitude of some of the snootier members on here.

Yeah right on! the main problem with this forum is that there's a clique of buddies that seem to run the whole thing. Say something that's out of the ordinary and the gang will Tee Off. You only have

It's not too much of a problem. All you have to do is: Never, ever say how far you can hit a golf ball. Never tell anybody how to swing a golf club. Realize t

Remember that some of us can make ourselves invisible - that may make some show as guests that are regular posters

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I post when I feel I can contribute. But remember, a lot of the "guests" are folks finding the site from places like Google/Bing. They're far less likely to register and really "join", and more likely to simply find the answer to the search they made and move on. Depending on the forum software, "guests" can also be shown for the various web crawlers out there that build indexes for sites like Google/Bing. Sometimes they're shown in a bot category, but sometimes they're lumped in with guests. And while it doesn't seem like there would be many, you'd be surprised how often they hit a continuously evolving, changing, and growing site like a community forum.
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Personally as a newbie I don't feel like I have enough knowledge about the game to post on most of the threads. But I try to share my opinion when I do feel knowlegable about the subject.

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Originally Posted by Chris Stewart

I post when I feel I can contribute. But remember, a lot of the "guests" are folks finding the site from places like Google/Bing. They're far less likely to register and really "join", and more likely to simply find the answer to the search they made and move on.

Depending on the forum software, "guests" can also be shown for the various web crawlers out there that build indexes for sites like Google/Bing. Sometimes they're shown in a bot category, but sometimes they're lumped in with guests. And while it doesn't seem like there would be many, you'd be surprised how often they hit a continuously evolving, changing, and growing site like a community forum.

I did not know this but the guy that started the thread about playing music during a round posted for the first time after coming here for over 2 years, That is what I am talking about.

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I notice that there are a ton of guests on here and quite a few members that never post (even after being members for years) but cruise the site regularly. So my questions is why don't you ever put your two cents into any of the threads? Do you use the site for tips on your swing or to just listen to the rants? [URL=http://cdn.thesandtrap.com/6/69/690e6d39_yuno.jpeg][IMG]http://cdn.thesandtrap.com/6/69/400x300px-LL-690e6d39_yuno.jpeg[/IMG][/URL]

I've noticed that too. It seems every day multiple people introduce themselves in the welcome thread, saying they're looking forward to contributing, blah blah blah.. and 99% of the time they're never heard from again.

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Originally Posted by iacas

FWIW Guests don't include forum spiders. Only registered members who are invisible and legit visitors to the site.


Well then there are a ton of lurkers on here then. I am surprised to see over 400 people on here at times and limited forum activity or the same people posting pretty much all the time. It either says a lot about the small group of posters or ....... I don't know.... as of this post: Currently, there are 304 Active Users (33 Members and 271 Guests) <- and this is the norm. Maybe there is more going on but the guest amount where people come and say or contribute nothing is surprising to me.

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Well then there are a ton of lurkers on here then. I am surprised to see over 400 people on here at times and limited forum activity or the same people posting pretty much all the time. It either says a lot about the small group of posters or ....... I don't know.... as of this post: Currently, there are 304 Active Users  (33 Members and 271 Guests) <- and this is the norm. Maybe there is more going on but the guest amount where people come and say or contribute nothing is surprising to me.

If 'members' are on viewing, but not 'logged in', don't they appear as a 'guest'?   I'd bet there is a lot of that, but I do agree, the numbers are still surprising.

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We get a LOT of unique visitors to the site. The site does well in SEO so people come to us for a few pages because when they search a golf related topic they'll come here. I think the timeout for when a person is considered "active" is about 15 minutes, so 304 "people" is basically IP addresses within the last 15 minutes.
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I lurk a lot, primarily because I absolutely hate to talk about things that I am not knowledgeable about. So I quietly read threads, occasionally ask a question, but don't do much beyond that, letting the more advanced members do the talking...
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