# How well does Physics Forums rate among its competitors?

1. Aug 23, 2009

### Loren Booda

Against general, scientific or physics discussion groups, is there an objective measure of PF's success?

2. Aug 23, 2009

### Gear300

The fact that I have not heard of these competitors means this site is successful.

3. Aug 23, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

Well....browsing over to sciforums.com, I find:

Currently Active Users: 376 (27 members and 349 guests)

Whereas PF has: 74 members and 961 guests

4. Aug 23, 2009

### Sorry!

Yeah i'm with gear, never even heard of other sites that are like physicsforums.

5. Aug 23, 2009

### binzing

What competitors? : P

6. Aug 23, 2009

### negitron

http://www.big-boards.com/kw/physics/ [Broken]

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7. Aug 23, 2009

### Pinu7

The actual physics community?
Hmmm...sciforums has more posts, However, I think we have more in recent activity.

EDIT: There are interesting stuff on BigBoards.
http://www.bautforum.com/"-Astronomy Forums

Wow! And I thought forums were mostly about heavy metal/Pokemon!

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8. Aug 23, 2009

### drizzle

I was searching google for such forums, and PF was the only one that caught my eye. and whoever chooses the colors of the PF logo is clever. IMO, the green is a welcoming color while the blue represents……brain power

9. Aug 23, 2009

### junglebeast

I used to frequent advanced physics forums, they have some good people there

There's also a2k which is extremely active, and has physics/math/philosophy/finance as well as many other sections that are mirrored here. The major difference is that a2k is less moderated than PF.

http://able2know.org/

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10. Aug 23, 2009

### Janus

Staff Emeritus
Try sorting by the alexa rating

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11. Aug 23, 2009

### symbolipoint

The question is great. After occasional internet searches, I had found very few competitors to www.physicsforums.com[/url]. The [url]www.mathlinks.ro/[/URL] looks like an interesting one at first view (cited in post #7 in this thread) .

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12. Aug 23, 2009

### Pinu7

Here's Alexa's discription of PF:
:rofl:

13. Aug 24, 2009

### jobyts

I think the GD section is a threat to the physics part of this forum. Look at each subforum within PF, and sort the threads based on "views" (excluding sticky threads), the GD section beats out any other PF section.

A GD thread titled "Blue Tits" have 287,628 views so far, probably within the top 10 highest viewed threads. PF seems to be more of a threat to porn industry

14. Aug 24, 2009

### LBloom

Well d***it, where else can us teen physicists go to discuss such issues with our brethren! At any other forum we'd be laughed off talking about such issues like how quantum flux causes blue titties!

but it is only natural for the general discussion board in any discussion board given its nature and especially since the people that come here either are still learning or are very specialized in what they do and are very busy.

15. Aug 24, 2009

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
That is how PF started out. The description cited at our media partner site, Scientific American, is an updated description. The contrast shows just how far PF has come since it began.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/partners/partner.cfm?partner=10A07B7E-BD48-2D3F-442D45EE7BF74C41

Scientific American has a long and distinguised history going back something over 100 years as the premium science-news publication. It was once written at the Master's level for all subjects. In my opinion, the partnership with SA stands as evidence that the hard work and dedication of the many quality PF members has paid off. To me, this showed that PF is the gold standard.

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16. Aug 24, 2009

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
I should add that the number one driving force behind PF has always been a dedication to excellence. The staff has had many heated discussions over the years, but always with the quality of the forum as the primary focus. While there is a constant effort to grow the forum, it has never been so at the expense of quality.

Running a place like PF - taming our little corner of the internet - is no small challenge. For one, we have had to make up the rules as we go - there was no existing blueprint from which to work. And the many issues that arise can be difficult to manage in a fair and balanced manner.

Look back six years or so. It was often the wild west around here. But even then it was the best forum I had ever seen. The behavior of people at other sites was often somewhere between absurd and shocking. Though the discussions here can certainly get heated, esp in politics [which is an emotional subject by its nature because it is very personal], what has always made PF stand out, beyond the drive for excellence, is the mandate for basic civility.

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17. Aug 24, 2009

### amezcua

How well does P F rate among its competitors.Should that read ow well does PF rate against its competitors?We would decide the second and all the others would decide the first.
Long time since I did Physics at school but I`m sure my teacher would have enjoyed that point.
Should we have a McCarthy trial to see who logged on with the other sites."Are you now or have you ever been-------?"(Smiling as I write)

18. Aug 27, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

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19. Aug 27, 2009

### Borg

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20. Aug 27, 2009

### George Jones

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