2007 A2K Year in Review

Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 10:13 am
Well, the year's almost over. And the many A2K managerial and creative teams and I hope you have all had a good 2007 and as much fun (with a little learning, too) on Able2know as we have. Huzzah and good times in 2008!

Here's some information and a review of last year that we hope you'll find of interest.

2007 was an eventful year. Every time you turned around, it seemed, something was happening. A2K was on the move in a lot of ways, including literally, and we all felt at least some of it.

The first passing of 2007 was kev, who died on or about January 23rd. See: http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=90481
We best knew him for riddles but apparently he also owned a farm.

No passing was felt more than that of timberlandko. On March 3rd of 2007, his heart gave out while he was in front of his computer. The members of A2K lost a good friend and the moderating team, well, we lost one of our own. It was to our great honor to identify him as a moderator and now, with his title, everyone knows.

timber was on staff since January 3, 2003. It did not take a lot of discussion for Craven and I to decide that we wanted him to join us. He is a big part of the success of A2K and his fingerprints are all over the site. It was my great sorrow to announce his death here:
He posted about Big Sam (his great dog) here: http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=88153
There were numerous tributes, references and remembrances, such as:

JoanLee passed away on April 10, 2007.
Joan was known for her political activism, although she was more active on Abuzz than on Able2know. The best tribute to her is that persons from all across the political spectrum tipped their collective hats to her upon her passing.
Tribute topic: http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=94543
Informational post: http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2605836#2605836
Her profile: http://www.able2know.com/forums/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=229
Second tribute topic: http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=94621
Third tribute topic: http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=94602

Olen passed away on May 25, 2007. He was a World War II combat veteran and was 84. Many of us remember him from Abuzz days when he would talk about his airplane.
Obit topic: http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=97995
Miller posts the official obit: http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=98134

New Beginnings
Bella Dea gave birth to Adriana Grace, on August 5(?), 2007.
See: http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2795076#2795076 and

snood married the beautiful Cheryl, on July 7th, 2007.
See: http://www.able2know.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2749687#2749687

shewolf married the lucky Mr. Wolf (Ian), on November 19, 2007
See: http://www.able2know.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2950184#2950184

Thomas moved to Iselin, NJ, in December,
see: http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2973651#2973651

A2K itself morphed, into a .org (rather than a .com), on Sept 23, 2007, see: http://www.able2know.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=103946
And now it's on its way to being owned by a new group, see: http://www.able2know.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=108311

Numbers and Stats
Number of Posts
We're currently running at a clip of about 5,500 - 5,700 posts/day. The 5,700 figure comes from by dividing about 3 million posts by 5.25 years and then by 365 days to get a rough daily estimate. But we're possibly closer to 6,000 posts in a day because things were very slow for the first .25 of a year we were up. This is more posts per day than at this time last year.

Membership Numbers
We had quite an '07. We passed 25,000 members in late October of '04 (hence, after about 2 years' worth of existence), but that figure was doubled in December of '05 (e. g. about 13 - 14 months afterwards). We hit 65,000 members in early December of 2006. We hit 75,000 members on September 6, 2007, see: http://www.able2know.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2841683#2841683
I suspect that we could see our 100,000th member in about mid-'08 or so

Oh, and we had a birthday of our own, see: A2K is five years old today! http://www.able2know.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=102077

Big-time Posters
Numbers are up, big time, but the number of big-time posters remains relatively steady. 517 people have 500 or more posts. There are 555 people who have 400 or more posts, and 633 have 300 - 399 posts. The rest have fewer or no posts. 46,539 members have zero posts.

Dutchy (http://www.able2know.org/forums/search.php?search_author=Dutchy) became our first Guru, in about late May. What title will he get when he's amassed 100,000 posts? By the looks of things, that'll be some time in 2008. What do you think Dutchy's next title should be?

Expertise, Traffic and Forums
Members have astounded us with their knowledge of everything from Spanish architecture to how to take a horse's temperature to understanding music theory to how to get an acting career started.
We continue to perform a good service helping people get (and keep) Spyware off their computers, but the loss of timberlandko does make that harder to do as he was so very good at that.

We offer good relationships, child rearing and pet care advice. We offer a good place to debate the issues of the day.

On www.alexa.com, our traffic ranking has been good, see:
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=www.able2know.org Throughout the year, we've consistently reached about 40 persons per million on the web. In contrast, very large sites, such as CNN, reach about 12,000 web users per million. We're #507 (down a few notches since last year;
some of that has to do with the changeover to a .org) on Bigboards.com's list of the largest Internet forums, see: http://rankings.big-boards.com/?sort=posts&p=26 (these are ranked by number of posts). We're #577 (down considerably from last year) when it comes to number of members,
see: http://rankings.big-boards.com/?sort=members&p=29
When you limit to just phpBB boards, Able2Know is #32 (up from last year) by number of posts, see:
http://rankings.big-boards.com/?sort=posts&filter=phpBB,all&p=2 and is
#57 (down a little) by number of members, see:

It's no secret that there's been a boatload of it, particularly some rather hard core pornographic stuff. The Moderating Team has done an incredible job keeping the number of spam views down and getting it off the public boards as quickly as possible.

You may not realize that the Help Desk also gets enlargement spam, drug spam and even Nigerian financial spam. The Team has done Herculean work wading through the trash and getting rid of it as quickly as possible so that we can serve you, our members, more readily and efficiently.

Every report of spam is helpful to us. Even if your report is one of several, that assists us, because it shows us just how urgently we should act to pull a particular post or topic. You can contact the Help Desk by clicking Contact Us at the very bottom of any page. Just follow the
directions on the left (Note: if you click http://www.able2know.com/forums//templates/Able2Know/images/icon_report.gif on a post, then all you need to do is write the word spam in the comments box, select SPAM - Promotional Post from the drop-down menu and click submit) and we will act upon it as soon as possible. Our continuing mission is to assure that the same cannot be said about the postings on Able2know. And I'm proud to say that the Team is doing just that. Down with spammers!

The Philosophy & Debate forum in particular has seen a surge in posts. In fact, all of the forums have surged in terms of postings, so featuring and defeaturing is happening more quickly. Topics are being turned over more rapidly. Blink and you'll miss some of them. If anyone is interested in featuring and defeaturing, or has suggestions or questions, the Help Desk can help.

Top News Stories
The world turned and spun and the changes were chronicled, debated and deconstructed on A2K.

The biggest news of the year was probably the shooting at Virginia Tech. Among other places, see:

The California wildfires were a personal cause for concern as we feared for A2Ks' lives and homes.
Among other places, see:

The American Presidential debates and the overall campaigns were a mainstay of discussion.
Among other places, see:
http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2691837#2691837 and

Astronaut Lisa Nowak and her creative use of adult diapers elicited all the expected responses.
Among other places, see:

Anna Nicole Smith's death and the subsequent fight for custody of her daughter captured our attention.
Among other places, see:

The Minneapolis bridge collapse scared us (what if we were the ones commuting home that day?).
Among other places, see:

Barry Bonds was a lightning rod in the Sports & Fitness forum.
Among other places, see:

Senator Larry Craig taught us that toe-tapping in an airport bathroom stall can lead ... elsewhere.
Among other places, see:

Michael Vick's arrest and eventual sentencing roused strong passions. Among other places, see:

Jena, Louisiana's troubles sparked debate on the symbolism of a noose. Among other places, see:

Al Gore won the Nobel Prize -- and A2Kers had mixed feelings about that. Among other places, see:


In Conclusion ....
Able2know has grown and progressed in ways that were hard to imagine just a few years ago. Although we are saddened by the deaths of kev, timber, JoanLee and Olen, we are generally pleased with 2007 and hope to make 2008 even better -- and you, our membership, are the key. We're looking to meet and interact with all of you in the coming year.

On to bigger and better things.

Thank you and have a marvelous New Year.

jespah and the Administrative, Developmental, Portal, Feature/Defeature/Move and Moderating Teams at
http://www.puntagordalife.com/images2/Party%20hatsSmRt.jpgHappy New Year!http://www.puntagordalife.com/images2/Party%20hatsSmLft.jpghttp://www.partycelebration.com/v/vspfiles/photos/CEG990223-0.jpg
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 10:25 am
That is a great read.

Thank you for putting it together and keeping A2K running.

I hope you know how much you all are appreciated and loved. Smile
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 10:26 am
jespah and the Administrative, Developmental, Portal, Feature/Defeature/Move and Moderating Teams:


And a special thanks for the beautiful summary!

http://i14.tinypic.com/8a3arlg.gif jes!
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 10:28 am
Great summary, jespah.

Thank you to the whole team.

Have a happy New Year!
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 10:51 am
My pleasure. And flowers! How sweet. Smile
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 12:44 pm
More flowers to the crew -

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Bella Dea
Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 01:44 pm
Wow! That took a lot of hard work!

Thanks Jes!!!!
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 02:54 pm
A few more days of 2007--and then upward and onward in 2008.

Dominions holding and enlarging.
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 03:46 pm
jespah wrote:
Dutchy (http://www.able2know.org/forums/search.php?search_author=Dutchy) became our first Guru, in about late May. What title will he get when he's amassed 100,000 posts? By the looks of things, that'll be some time in 2008. What do you think Dutchy's next title should be?

Just brainstormin' some ideas...

Wise Man of the Mountain
Order of the Ancients
Minor Deity in Training
Place Reserved in Valhalla
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 04:03 pm
Once upon a time, deb suggested Grand Imperial Poobah for the next title. Sounds good to me. Cool
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 04:29 pm
I rather like Deity in Training.
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Bi-Polar Bear
Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 04:29 pm
Loser of all losers with too much time on our hands Laughing
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High Seas
Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 05:14 pm
To Jespah: elementary investigation out of respect for the dead would have provided ample evidence of JoanLee's continuing and intense involvement on her PUP internet threads -- just not on A2K, which she found abhorrent, especially after the polynomial "a.k.a. Miller" and banned associates were admitted to this forum. In honor of her memory I thought this should be posted.

In honor of Timberlandko's memory I will say he was a lifelong conservative Republican with honorable service in Vietnam (USMC) and whose son also served with distinction with USMC in Iraq.
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 05:23 pm
Thank you Jespah - definitely interesting to read the stats - it's a great place here...Have become quite attached :wink:
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2007 09:25 am
I like Grand Imperial Poohbah--it suggests a lofty status to which all may aspire, but few can attain.
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Mr Nice
Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2007 09:55 am
Thank you very much, Jespah.
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2007 10:39 am
Eva wrote:
I rather like Deity in Training.

I like Deity in Training too, but it doesn't leave much more room for growth...
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2007 10:58 am
Sure it does!

Deity in Training
Administrative Deity
Associate Deity
Assistant Deity
Vice-Deity of Operations/Finance/Marketing, etc...
Senior Vice-Deity

(Did I leave any out?)
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2007 11:21 am
Jespah, thank you very much. It is always nice to read your reviews
which takes us back to all the nice and also sad events during the past

Thank you to all at a2k - admin, mods, helpers, and last not least,
the members themselves. Smile
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2007 12:45 pm
We could combine the occult with the academic model:

Assistant Minor Deity
Associate Minor Deity
Minor Deity
Distinguished Minor Deity
Minor Deity Emeritus
Major Deity
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