A2K 2008 Year in Review

Reply Thu 1 Jan, 2009 09:37 am
Well, the year's over. And the many A2K managerial and creative teams and I hope you have all had a good 2008 and as much fun (with a little learning, too) on Able2know as we have. Huzzah and good times in 2009!

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

2008 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.


No passing was felt more than that of Noddy24. It was as if an earthquake had hit A2K. On August 5th of 2008, she passed onto the other side while in a hospital, being treated for, among other things, Crohn's Disease and edema. 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 her as a moderator. We miss her wise counsel.

Noddy was on staff for years, and handled Featuring and Defeaturing. With tagging on the new site, this task is performed on a more automated basis. We like to think she'd've been an excellent, witty and compassionate tagger.


New Beginnings
The biggest new beginning was the changeover to new software. Tagging replaced categorizing and ignoring and voting down enhanced moderation and made it more possible than ever before for members to control and personalize their A2K experience. We're very excited about it, still.


Expertise, Traffic and Forums
Members have astounded us with their knowledge of everything from the history of the Maccabees to how to get Australian citizenship to understanding why our pets do what they do. 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 good Latin translations and fair Hebrew translations. 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 .006 persons per million on the web. In contrast, very large sites, such as CNN, reach about 3 web users per million.

We're #21 on Bigboards.com's list of the largest Internet forums using English (up from last year) and written in phpBB, see: http://rankings.big-boards.com/?sort=posts&filter=phpBB,EN&p=2 (these are ranked by number of posts). We're #33 when it comes to number of members (also up from last year),
see: http://rankings.big-boards.com/?sort=members&filter=phpBB,EN&p=2
The membership figure on Big Boards is probably a little misleading and seems to be out of date.

There's been considerably less since the changeover to the new A2K. 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.

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 Report 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!

With the changeover to the new A2K, interest surged in many new areas of A2K. With members' new ability to separate their personal wheat from the chaff, old chestnuts were found again and new topics took off.

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

The American Presidential election was a mainstay of discussion and fueled discussions for months, too numerous to mention. The historic election of Barack Obama will, we are sure, be fodder for discussion for years to come.


In Conclusion ....
Able2know has grown and progressed in ways that were hard to imagine just a few years ago. Although we are saddened by Noddy's death, we are generally pleased with 2008 and hope to make 2009 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 and Moderating Teams at
Happy New Year!
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Reply Thu 1 Jan, 2009 09:56 am
Happy NewYear to the A2K staff!
Many thanks for all your hard work.
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Reply Thu 1 Jan, 2009 10:06 am
Wonderful. Thanks to a2k staff for making my forum experience the best possible. You have finally outdone the early Abuzz in accessability and quality. I look forward to the best year ever for all of us.
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Reply Thu 1 Jan, 2009 07:28 pm
Thank you, jespah for your excellent 2008 review. Noddy's absence truly is felt throughout a2k - she was the voice of reason for so many. Let's hope that
there is no one missing for the 2009 review.
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Reply Thu 1 Jan, 2009 07:50 pm
Good job Jes....

Happy 1st Anniversary to me on A2K.... can't quite believe it. This place...well.... y'all already know.... love it here, love the folksies... many more years ahead I hope.

Noddy..... she's still here with us. The love for her and her spirit live on here. x
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Robert Gentel
Reply Thu 1 Jan, 2009 10:21 pm
jespah wrote:
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 .006 persons per million on the web. In contrast, very large sites, such as CNN, reach about 3 web users per million.

Alexa doesn't measure our traffic very well, because it's not at a scale where any third party estimate based on sampling can measure accurately. So what's not apparent from Alexa is that this last month was by far the record in able2know's history. Here's a graph of what our real unique users was for the year.

The huge spike in December came from the social networking buttons we added. For example, in December almost half a million people visited the "Funny Signs" thread after someone posted it to stumbleupon (if you have a good thread that's one way to get a lot of people to visit it).


From this graph, you can see that traffic was trending downward over the first half of the year. When we launched the new software in August we took a huge dip as search engines reindexed the whole site (all the urls changed) and started to climb back up. Then comes December, where we had some threads go viral on the net and saw the traffic explode.

The membership figure on Big Boards is probably a little misleading and seems to be out of date.

Able2know hasn't been tracked with them since at least August, we used to provide them a feed with our statistics but haven't gotten around to it since we launched the new software, so all our data there is fairly old and we'd rank a lot higher if we'd provide our latest data (it's just not a big enough deal to merit the work right now).
Robert Gentel
Reply Thu 1 Jan, 2009 10:45 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Here's a breakdown of the daily unique visitors for our record December:


On the 9th, you see the huge stumbleupon spike start.
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Reply Fri 2 Jan, 2009 10:02 am
Thanks for the details, Robert.
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