How did we get more users? December 26, 2001 8:27 PM   Subscribe

I thought I noticed that the number of users has been hovering below 13,000 for a couple of months now, yes? Then all of a sudden, today, we stand at a proud 13062! What happened? Would that nice person (moz?) who posted the topic and user numbers links the last time I asked possibly mind posting them again?
posted by Lynsey to MetaFilter-Related at 8:27 PM (8 comments total)

sorry, that wasn't me but waxpancake. he maintains the stats page, the latest production being for november.
posted by moz at 8:36 PM on December 26, 2001

Oh my! I've been lurking forever now, waiting to be able to register and now I can! Yay Matt. What a great Christmas present.
posted by chiababe at 8:47 PM on December 26, 2001

There is a back door (no link). There are also (I have to assume) many folks who are registering back-door names with no intention of using them save for silly and sometimes snarky instances.

13,000 users - 4~500 actiive??

Whatever the case, the numbers look good.

posted by dataport72 at 10:43 PM on December 26, 2001

What, this wasn't indication enough that new user reg's are turned on again?

If it is indeed a strategy, it's an interesting one that Matt is using : turn on new reg's for a while, turn them off, let the newbies 'bed down' and learn the rules of the place (hopefully), lather, rinse repeat. I hope it works. Bring on the newbies! It's like all those years ago in university when we'd sit in the UBC pub in early September and play rate-a-frosh. Ahh, the (slightly cloudy) memories.

Welcome, new people. No peeing in the pool, please.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:55 AM on December 27, 2001

It could be, that was my impression (that they are only being turned on for a short while then closed again.)
I have been visiting MeFi for a while now, and I am really glad I was finally able to register so that I can comment and even post links.
Thanks Matt :)

posted by oneiros at 7:00 AM on December 27, 2001

Agreed - great to be able to register at last! I have been lurking for over three months now. I watched the membership numbers rising daily during this time but figured I could wait until it was free-for-all again.
I was wondering, though, if this means Matt has been able to sort out his server problems?
Either way, good one Matt :)
posted by different at 11:58 AM on December 27, 2001

the last time I ran stats on registered users, over 2900 people had visited the site in the previous 7 days, over 2100 in the past three days. The 200-400 you see online at any one time aren't the same bunch of folks.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:38 PM on December 27, 2001

In no particular order: Wow!, thanks to moz for setting me straight and posting the link, apologies to waxpancake and thanks for keeping the stats, thanks again for hosting a nice, cozy corner in cyberspace, Matt H., and Happy 2002 to all.
posted by Lynsey at 10:03 PM on December 29, 2001

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