: Is the "number of users on live forums" set at 293 a fake number?
I suspect so. The more "popular" the contents of the threads, the greater number of users shown on the bar at the bottom of the page. There may be two reasons for that. Either
1. the forum attracts more people who prefer such contents over a more "heavy" one as it used to be in the past, or
2. the number is artificially "pumped up" to show greater readership of the forum.
The number displayed on my screen at this moment is 293 (12:05). Some two to three weeks ago and backw it was always fixed around the number of 100. I find it impossible to have increased at such a pace over such a short period, so I suspect some kind of manipulation with the number is done. What do you think of it?
At 12:34, I opened th PF on another card and saw the number slided to 96 only !!! It is very ineresting, isn't it? Never before could I observe such rapid changes in that number within half an hour, though it is possible, of course. But it was also possible to add 200 to the counter, so the true number at 12:05 would have been 93 rather than 293. I hope that it is a conspiracy theory rather that the truth, but I must say that in the past I could observe actions on the forum regarding my posts which could easily be qualified as dishonest on the part of the administration of the forum.