Last year of WFF

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Last year of WFF

Postby WFF-Admin » Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:02 pm

Just to be absolutely clear - this is NOT a joke.

Unless a miracle happen this will be the last year of this forum. After more than four years online, we have less than 250 members. Although we never expected this place to become the Facebook for watch fetishism, we did expect more. The thing is, we could live with a small number of members, but with only 2-3% of the members actually posting something, it seems pointless to keep paying the anual fees for running this place.

You could say that part of the problem is our registration process. It does take a certain amount of knowledge in watches to sign up. If we changed that it's not unlikely we could see more members. But we won't do that. There's a perfectly good reason for the way we do things, and it has it's obvious advantages: we've never had a single spammer, and we don't end up being just another WG.

The domain is up for renewal in December 2016. Enjoy it while it last because honestly, I don't believe in miracles.

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Re: Last year of WFF

Postby Seiko7A38 » Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:44 am

Sorry to hear this. :(

A couple of years ago (February 2014), I posted a comparison between WFF and my own specialist forum.

From what I can glean, they've been running for a month longer than our forum and their traffic level is about half ours, maybe less.
WFF's current statistics read: Total posts 3004 • Total topics 968 • Total members 107.
By comparison, ours read: 318 members | 450 topics | 6547 posts - except 4275 of those happen to have been made by myself. :roll:
That's compared to 1700 by JayKay, their highest poster. Ergo, we have a MUCH worse % of non-contributing passive members. :(

Today we're at 758 members (I gave up with the cull) | 720 topics | 11466 posts (7562 of those by myself), but if it's any consolation, the % of active posters to passive members is 10x worse ! :roll:

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Re: Last year of WFF

Postby WFF-Admin » Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:01 pm

Interesting info, thanks for sharing.

We do not doubt for a second that if we made the registration process easier, like a simple math question as seen everywhere, we would have a lot more users here. But even with 3 times as many users I honestly don't think the post count would be significantly higher. People join, they lurk around, maybe post once or twice and then they just keep on lurking or simply dissapear. Another thing to keep in mind is that this kind of forum is not much of a discussion forum but more a place to share images, and it requires a little effort to do that. As a co-founder, JayKay started out by creating several hundred topics with images before the forum was even online, but even he doesn't have the drive he used to these days. Currently Jettmanas is the most frequent poster and 4th highest ranking poster overall. 3rd highest ranking poster has left (or at least stopped posting) and 2nd highest Watchdickmol2 is also the 3rd oldest member as per join date, who posted a lot in the beginning.

The sad fact is: these four members are the only members with a post count higher than 100. Seven members have more than 50 posts to their name, and just 19 members - including me - have more than 25 posts. Of the 242 members on the forum, 183 have never posted a single thing. In rough figures that means 75% of the members are either lurkers or completely gone. That's pretty pathetic.

We don't know why that is. And if anyone have an idea as to how we can turn it around we'd love to hear it.

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Re: Last year of WFF

Postby Enduro-29er » Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:05 am

I believe that the main reason that this site has so few active members is because you have ailienated potential members by being elitist. It's all very well having a ban on pornography, but to appeal to such a small group of people who share our pretty uncommon fetish is suicide for a site such as this. If you opened up your catagories to include more mainstream and popular brands and types, such as G-Shock, Swatch etc. you would almost certainly have as many members as the other site, your only real competition I might add.

Personally I grew bored of both of the sites a very long time ago, favouring Google searching for my own areas of interest and finding more, better quality content than either tend to post.

Obviously it will be a shame to see this site disappear, but it is no surprize.

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Re: Last year of WFF

Postby JayKay » Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:11 pm

How do you conclude that we have excluded watches like G-Shock and Swatch???

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