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Old    Christopher Stack (deepstructure)      Join Date: Jun 2002       09-11-2012, 6:30 PM Reply   
Just as a random exercise, I took the top 26 viewed posts in this 'Find a Third' forum and matched up their response rate. Here's what I got:

  • 314 19616 1.60%
  • 635 16608 3.82%
  • 242 10255 2.36%
  • 183 8124 2.25%
  • 276 8092 3.41%
  • 417 7625 5.47%
  • 331 5959 5.55%
  • 32 4902 0.65%
  • 131 4447 2.95%
  • 244 3917 6.23%
  • 58 3688 1.57%
  • 114 3426 3.33%
  • 82 3354 2.44%
  • 57 2776 2.05%
  • 26 2698 0.96%
  • 19 2515 0.76%
  • 17 2249 0.76%
  • 16 2042 0.78%
  • 13 1936 0.67%
  • 59 1798 3.28%
  • 34 1774 1.92%
  • 2 1710 0.12%
  • 103 1575 6.54%
  • 44 1571 2.80%
  • 6 1440 0.42%
  • 32 1423 2.25%

Totals:
3487 125520 2.78% ← Average response rate

So on average, a post looking for a third only converts about 3% of it's views to responses.
Old    Asdf Asdf (loser)      Join Date: Jun 2012       09-12-2012, 10:23 AM Reply   
that doesnt take into account private messages. which alot of people do.
Old    Christopher Stack (deepstructure)      Join Date: Jun 2002       09-12-2012, 11:45 AM Reply   
it doesn't take into account anything other than the responses to a post. i'm sure people are private messaging or facebooking or any other kinds of contact - especially since people will post other ways to contact them in the original post.

i only did this because i wanted a distraction for a minute at work. in general i've wondered about the return rate across boards, facebook, twitter, etc. so since i had a minute i checked this one. not a great example to be sure.

but it's interesting to me that even in any given forum the response rate seems incredibly low compared to actual views. perhaps a site like reddit is the exception - although it would be interesting to know how many posts there never gain any traction either.
Old    Jeff (smokedog2)      Join Date: Dec 2004       09-17-2012, 7:23 PM Reply   
Even lower if you run the number of rides that happen. I've offered three over the years and they never happen.. Part of it is on me, I have a"dynamic" schedule and part of it is that it is hard to work someone new in. I often either fill the boat or have someone bail at the last minute. This is still fun and a way to know who is riding where. I have PMed folks to flag me down if they see me on the lake. That has happened once. They got a beer at the lake house out of it

SD2

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