# 100,000 Members

1. May 29, 2008

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
100,000 Members!!!

We should break the 100,000 PF members mark in the next few days - we have been growing at a rate of 150 to 200 members per day but it does vary. As of right now we are at members = 99,565.

I think this is a huge milestone for PF. Congratulations to the Admin and staff, our Science Advisors and Homework Helpers, our gold members who pay to keep PF alive, and the many bright and dedicated members who have helped to further the cause of education and to make PF the best on the web.

If the typical internet forum is an internet community, then I think PF has achieved the status of being an internet city; a city of our best and brightest!

When I think of PF, I think of a commercial... not sure who did it, but it showed a hall full of young academics, I think scientist and engineers, and asked [approximately] the question: What great things can be achieved when 100 of our best and brightest put their minds together? So when I think of PF, I wonder what great things can acheived when 100,000 of the worlds best and brightest put their minds together?

I will add that PF is growing and so is the demand for server power, hence money. If you haven't done so yet and you appreciate the great things done here, please join and help to support the cause. [an unapproved solicitation on my part]

After over five years I am a bigger fan of PF than ever before. We have come a long, long way, and every day we are blazing new trails - helping to define the information sphere, and working to make the world a better place. Onward to 250K!

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2. May 29, 2008

### ehrenfest

Does PF deactivate memberships that have been inactive for a long time? I'm guessing no because there are definitely not 100,000 active members. Can you give us some stats about the average member i.e. number of posts, last post, etc?

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3. May 29, 2008

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
Greg does purge the rolls periodically. He may decide to do one now!

Back when we had 70,000 "members", the stats were:

4. May 29, 2008

### lisab

Staff Emeritus
I can't think of a better way to spend just a few !!!!!

5. May 29, 2008

### Cyrus

I think honestly PF has around 1k dedicated members.

6. May 29, 2008

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
Re Gokul's post: Greg purged old accounts at least twice, and I think several times since then.

7. May 29, 2008

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
Nonetheless, PF has a huge sphere of influence.

8. May 29, 2008

### Daniel Y.

What kind of purging? Removed all accounts that had never posted?

9. May 29, 2008

### Cyrus

Its probably the best site on the net, next to porn of course.

10. May 29, 2008

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
I don't know the parameters, but I saw at least two drops...I think in the range of 2000 members each time. But the fact that people join just to avoid the advertising speaks to the level of activity.

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11. May 29, 2008

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
Some of the biggest posters (name/join date/# of posts):

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Doc Al         11.05.03     17,125
HallsofIvy     03.25.03     16,919
ZapperZ        01.20.04     12,508
marcus         03.17.03     11,688
russ_watters   03.17.03     10,970
Hurkyl         03.16.03     10,529
More here: https://www.physicsforums.com/memberlist.php?&order=DESC&sort=posts&pp=30 [Broken]

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12. May 29, 2008

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
There was a drop by 8000 late last year.

13. May 29, 2008

### mattmns

Sometimes he removes people that have just never posted anything useful.

... ah crap, I hope he doesn't do that this time.

14. May 29, 2008

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
Consider that one recent thread in S&D that debunks the product known as "Kinoki Foot Pads" has over 42,000 hits and rising. That is probably an honest 30,000 hits, plus spiders. So just one thread has the audience of a small newspaper. And most of those hits do not come from members.

I was struck by the primary Dem election results in the State of Maine, IIRC, when I noted that there were fewer Democrats voting in the State than we have members... or maybe that each of the two candidates had fewer votes than we have PFers, but in any case the point is the magnitude of the numbers.

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15. May 29, 2008

### mcknia07

Oh that will be awesome, when we reach the big 100k I have told a few of my friends about PF and they love it :)

16. May 29, 2008

### B. Elliott

Only 4 times that number voted for Nader in '04.

17. May 30, 2008

### ehrenfest

I personally think this large number of members is kind of scary. Ivan Seeking can you extrapolate to 2010, 2020, etc? How does PF plan to deal with this "overpopulation" problem? Are we growing exponentially or is it even worse like $\exp (\exp (x))$? Is the prospect as glim as it is for the real world?

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18. May 30, 2008

### B. Elliott

Physicsforums birth control! The best answer though is always abstinence.

19. May 30, 2008

### mcknia07

HAHA, are you going to be the one to make it then??

20. May 30, 2008

### binzing

Ha, to mention another thread, we'll have to change to distributed computing to have people act as servers.