I was just looking at the forums listed on the front page, and I noticed that a ton of threads have an extremely high number of views, but very small post counts. Looking at this picture I took, it seems to be about a 10:1 ratio of lurkers to posters on almost every thread. I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed this, and what you folks think about it.
Because not everyone who views a thread has something to say. There have been many times where I've clicked on a topic about a subject I had no knowledge of. In those cases I generally don't say anything, keeping myself from sounding like an idiot. Other times I post and sound like an idiot anyway, like right now for instance.
@DystopiaX said:I get that, but it just struck me as odd how often it's the ten to one ratio. Just pop open general and take a look at the top threads, not counting the anchored stuff, and it's a ton of 300 views 30 replies, or 80 views 8 posts etc. I guess I'm more fascinated with how consistently it's that ratio giving a couple posts.Tons of lurkers, and you don't take into account the posters who look at a thread and don't have anything to say so don't post.There's that to take into consideration as well.
I'm semi-shy and don't know anyone here terribly well, I guess that's my excuse.BAH! That's no excuse! I don't know anyone here and I post all the time. Just read the OP and post your two cents on the subject. You don't have to try and jump into conversations. Post enough and people will start noticing your avatar and replying to your stuff.
You don't take into account the posters who look at a thread and don't have anything to say so don't post.This. I don't post in topics that I don't have anything relevant to add to or anything to share, but I look at nearly every thread that even seems semi-interesting.
A lot of the time I'll look at a topic that has already ramped up several comments, but many people have already echoed my own thoughts so I don't feel it's necessary to post the same thing again. I assume this happens at an exponential rate for threads that generate a lot of discussion, especially ones with heated arguments. People are fascinated by the conversation but don't feel inclined to jump into the fray.
Well I'm sorry if I'm very shy and don't feel as though anything I would say would contribute that much to the thread, it's just that sometimes others say or would say things a lot better than I would ever be able to. For instance, this post might be a rewording of what someone else says, hence my hesitation in posting in this thread.
I've been here from the start but I don't post often because I always get thrust into i-rguments. So I do everyone a favor and shut the fuck up.I wish I could bring myself to do that >_> seems everything I say makes someone think of me as an asshole and oh so eager to reply to me to let me know I'm an asshole.
I am an asshole but it still hurts guys!
I browse forums to see other peoples opinions on topics that I'm interested in, I rarely post myself unless I have something specific to say/ask. I think a lot of people are the same way, and I've been signed up on this site since the day it launched lol.Pretty much this. I've had this account since 2009, but never really feel like posting. I just like seeing what everyone's talking about, and a lot of the time, someone will have already expressed my opinion, anyway.
i think because if anyone else is like me. ill post on things that i have feelings about, but generally i enjoy reading about what the gb community has to say on a lot of subjects. Giantbomb is one of the few sites that i actually want to see all of what it has to offer and just because im reading about community thoughts doesn't mean i need to comment on them, like i currently am.