Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2005 11:57 am
Well, it's all over but the shouting. And the many managerial and creative teams and I hope you have all had a good 2005 and as much fun (with a little learning, too) on Able2know as we have. Huzzah and good times in 2006!

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

In Memoriam
They say that April is the cruelest month, but for A2K, it was February.

On February 6th, we lost truemale, see:

On February 20th, we lost cavfancier, see:
His last post had been on January 25th, see:
A wake was held for him here: and his avatar has been retired from the gallery.

On February 25th, we lost anita_b, see:

Then on October 7th, we lost Joannedorel, see:
Farewells were made on
and on
and here:

Their contributions will never be forgotten, just as we remember Paola and mamajuana, and himself and of course Mary Pope from Abuzz.

Numbers and Stats
Number of Posts
We're currently running at a clip of about 1400 - 1500 posts/day. The 1400 figure comes from by dividing 1,720,026 by 3.25 years and then by 365 days to get a rough daily estimate. But we're possibly closer to 1500 posts in a day because things were very slow for the first .25 of a year we were up.

Membership Numbers
We had quite an '05. 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). I suspect that we could see our 75,000th member late next year (e. g. in 10 - 12 months, possibly a lot less), and then hit 100,000 members in about mid-'07 or so (e. g. 6 - 8 months after that).

Big-time Posters
Numbers are up, big time, but the number of big-time posters remains relatively steady. 376 people have 500 or more posts. There are another 39 people who have 400 or more posts, and another 57 who have 300 - 399 posts. The rest have fewer or no posts. 33,188 members have zero posts.

We now have 35 subscribers. See for more details if you are interested in subscribing.

Amazon Link, Portal and Able2Shop
Many members may not realize that the Amazon connection on the Home Page, the Portal and the Able2Shop link (under "Shop" at the top of every page; the Portal link is right next to that) are all related to the same thing, Amazon purchases through Able2know. A2K gets a small percentage of each sale. How small? Let's just say the profits were less than the amount required for two months' worth of hosting. Plus, profits were down since '04, by about 1/3. We are unsure as to why profits are down, but they have always been small. They are not relied upon for hosting expenses, but they're nice to have.

The Portal has over 19,000 listings and is not just about Amazon. Only the Music, Film and Books sections are. Otherwise, there is plenty of good information on Health, Travel, Reference, etc. Members wishing to contribute listings or make corrections to the Portal are encouraged to contact the Help Desk. A link ("Contact Us") is at the bottom of every page. Thank you.

Expertise, Traffic and Forums
Members have astounded us with their knowledge of everything from Bernardo O'Higgins to dog training to carburetors to soccer. We do a good service helping people get (and keep) Spyware off their computers. We offer good relationships, child rearing and pet care advice. We offer a good place to debate the issues of the day.

On, our traffic ranking has been good, see: Throughout the year, we've consistently reached about 70 persons per million on the web. In contrast, very large sites, such as CNN, reach about 25,000 web users per million.

We're #510 on's list of the largest Internet forums, see: (these are ranked by number of posts). We're #450 when it comes to number of members, see:

When you limit to just phpBB boards, Able2Know is #37 by number of posts, see:,all&p=2 and is #44 by number of members.

The Video Games 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.

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 some of our members, we are generally pleased with 2005 and hope to make 2006 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 wonderful New Year.


jespah and the Administrative, Developmental, Portal, Feature/Defeature/Move and Moderating Teams at New Year!
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2005 12:21 pm
And kudos to Craven and the admins and the mods and everyone else who has contributed to the success of A2K.
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2005 12:44 pm
A humble but sincere "Thank You" from me.

I am constantly amazed at the amount of time and energy that must be spent to keep this site running. It is greatly appreciated.
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2005 12:47 pm
As one of the class of '05, would just like to echo what's been said above.

Happy New Year (hic)
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2005 01:04 pm
A HUGE thank you to those that make it possible for us to be here.

And, Thank You jespah for the nice memorial. If nothing else, 2005 re-emphasized to me that it is entirely possible to have dear friends that are only known through the internet, but missed as if I'd known them all of my life.
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2005 01:56 pm
Thank you jespah for the review, and a big Thank You to you and
the a2k team for making it into such a desirable place to

Happy New Year to All.
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2005 02:27 pm
Yep. Thank you all, even Craven. Heh heh.
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2005 02:43 pm
Thank you , thank you , thank you admin.
A2k is a blast and works wonderfuly.
Not a bit of that would be possible with out your constant efforts.

Happy new years to you Big hamsters as well. :-)

may you get great cheese in the next year.
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2005 02:57 pm
It has been a blast. I have met the most wonderful people on A2K!

And I tip my hat to all you great hamsters! Very Happy
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2005 03:06 pm
Thanks to all for their work and a happy new year!
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2005 03:11 pm
A big thanks to all who keep the wheels turning around here.
Wishing health, happiness, and prosperity to all in 2006 !
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Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2006 11:13 am

Golly. 'Tweren't nuffin.

The hamsters thank you for your kind words, as do I. Embarrassed
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Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2006 11:24 am
Big {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} and thanks yous for your devotion to A2K.

BBB Very Happy
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Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2006 11:57 am

That's a great memorial. It's always the saddest part of yearend, looking back to those we have lost!

I just finished looking at your 2005 questionnaire /predictions. I hope you do one for 2006!

Happy New Year!

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Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2006 12:50 pm
Thank you all - jespah and the Administrative, Developmental, Portal, Feature/Defeature/Move and Moderating Teams at - and Craven, very much, and a fine New Year to you and us.
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Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2006 01:00 pm
My sincere and humble thanks to A2K and the people here.
My #1 favorite community in the cyber-world (microcosm of society happening right here)

Happy New Year!

Now keep me out of the hospital and unsuspended! ;-)
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Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2006 01:25 pm
I also want to express my appreciation for what the A2K administration has done this past year, a wonderful job. Two points:
How come I don't see Craven on the threads?
How come I can't pay my dues by check? I think I have missed a quarter because I refuse to deal with PayPal any more.
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2006 02:15 pm
JLNobody wrote:

How come I don't see Craven on the threads?

You're obviously on the wrong threads :wink: .

JLNobody wrote:
How come I can't pay my dues by check? I think I have missed a quarter because I refuse to deal with PayPal any more.

There was a POBox, if I remember correctly, letters to be announced/PMed or so ...
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Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2006 02:19 pm
DUES ???

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Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2006 02:23 pm
Anon, well "contributions"
Walter, I had once paid to a P.O. Box, but I think it was Jespah who told me that was a problem for A2K--something like it was difficult for them to go to the box regularly. Hmmm, that doesn't sound right. Then I paid by PayPal for a while, and that turned out to be problematical for me. So, while I DO want to support A2K, I don't know how.

O.K., so Craven is still alive. Great!
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