jetibest wrote:Who is responsible for this forum anyway?
Right now, day to day running, me.
I'm assuming that anyone who ever bought a Raspberry Pi has visited this forum at least once, right?
I doubt it. No way of knowing.
I'm pretty sure that the executives have no idea about either the current state of the forum or the importance of getting it right.
Quite an assumption, and quite wrong. I can assure you they do know, and they are also aware that forum is one of the main reasons the Pi has become as popular as it is. It's not quite as important now as it has been in the past, since there is now a huge amount of documentation available, along with third party resources.
In general, the forum works, but it is due an update which is in the works (and has been for about 3 years, but due to contractors pulling out at inopportune times, and pregnancy of Liz, it's has been delayed).
The underlying PHP version has been updated to the latest version in the last couple of months - this might be why the select all function has broken. I'll see if I can get that seen to.
OK, thank you.
"I doubt it"
Ok, let's do a quick rough
"In total there are 683 users online :: 26 registered, 1 hidden and 656 guests (based on users active over the past 5 minutes)"
"Total posts 1149745 • Total topics 171407 • Total members 207527"
Google-result of 'raspberry pi sale statistics': "Raspberry Pi sold over 12.5 million boards in five years - The Verge"
Let's assume 600:30 guest:member ratio (although guests may be logged-out members), meaning 200K * 600/30 = 4M.
4M/12.5M is ~30% of the customers that visited the forum. But this assumes every customer only bought one RPI in these 5 years, which is obviously not true (especially concerning RPI is targeted at education).
Seems reason enough for me to doubt.
"No way of knowing."
Well, having a simple poll-popup on the forum - over the course of only one day - asking if you have ever registered before on this forum, could already give you a pretty good idea how many guests are actually members in disguise. And Raspberry Pi staff may have a better idea of how many of those 12.5M are unique customers (if that number is ~1.1, ~1.5, ~2.0, ...).
Making these two variables more reliable seems relatively simple.
I'm just trying to say, maybe the forum is still as important as it used to be.
Anyway, good luck with the new forum. I hope it works out