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Is this community (this website especially) slowly dying? (Solved. Spoiler: Not at all)


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Helly everyone,
I am a member for many years now, really enjoyed the stories, experiences, and to be able to talk about omorashi in general - since I don't know anywhere else I could discuss or read about the topic. But lately, a few months already, I have the feeling, that besides a few very active members and a few new members, the general activity is spiralling downwards.
There are many topics, including some of my own, that don't get even a single answer, watching on the general forum lets me find the same posts on page 1 for a very long time.
New downloads also seem to become less.

What do you think is the reason for this? The general dying of forum formats that has started many years ago and only got faster since some new community forms I don't even know grow more popular? Does our niche become smaller? Or less people ready to talk about it (out of which reasons).

What do you think about this? Could we maybe help making this place more active again? Or is all this "activity going down" just on my imagination?

Edit: Question solved, with members views and Admin proof - this site had never more activity in general. No dying here at all.

Edited by Espor
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I have been a member here for over 10 years. Members have come and gone, but I don't really notice a decline in overall activity. I am a member on 3 pee sites. This one is by far the most active, and although I am biased, the most interesting. I have been a member of  Pee search even longer. That site  has a more general representation of various forms of enjoying pee .  It definitely seems to be  dying.  There is little activity over there. I have posted there infrequently because my post receive little notice, recognition, or responce. Yet they remain on the first page sometimes for months.

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Just now, wettingman said:

I have been a member here for over 10 years. Members have come and gone, but I don't really notice a decline in overall activity. I am a member on 3 pee sites. This one is by far the most active, and although I am biased, the most interesting. I have been a member of  Pee search even longer. That site  has a more general representation of various forms of enjoying pee .  It definitely seems to be  dying.  There is little activity over there. I have posted there infrequently because my post receive little notice, recognition, or responce. Yet they remain on the first page sometimes for months.

hmm maybe that is truly my imagination? Or it was ever the same, but I somehow imagined it to have had more activity. 
But when activity is not declining, that lightens the weight of my worries by a lot. Maybe I just look on it a bit too often since I get browser notifications about followed posts.😅

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The most active places kind of move around, like there used to be other forums and a Tumblr community and now there’s a lot on Twitter. I don’t think there’s decreased activity around the topic as a whole at all - on the contrary if you remember what it was like to be into this stuff fifteen years ago it’s an embarrassment of riches. 
 

This particular forum… seems about the same to me, but a lot of talk here has always been tangential to the parts I’m really into so I’ve always been a casual participant here. 

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I think part of the challenge may be that the moderators have been too busy to promptly approve new members' posts, so new members like myself feel invisible and give up waiting to be allowed to truly participate. I'm patient with a side of stubborn, so I expect I'll survive to not need moderation, but I can easily see that problem scaring off new members before they even really get in the door. 

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I don't think this place is anywhere near what I would consider a "dying" forum. I know I haven't been around for more than about a year, but there's still good content being posted and conversations happening. (I suppose that it's a good thing this forum covers topics that are a little too taboo for general social media; hence why we won't be replaced by a Facebook group anytime soon, lol.)

But time goes on, sometimes the amount of sharing outpaces the amount of new content... and then you have the Do Not Post list constantly growing.

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I'm not sure about the entire community since I don't frequent most of the sub-forums, but I feel like most of my favorite writers haven't been posting new stories for ages, and in the last couple of years finding RP partners was a very slim picking when I was looking, a lot of times crickets at all. A few years ago I'd find at least one new great story a week to my liking, and any RP ad would get at least 5+ replies from interested people within  short period. So content wise, it does feels to me like it's on the decline for some time. Hopefully it's temporary ups and downs.

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4 minutes ago, Kyuu said:

We have moved through different web analytics solutions over the years, and a lot of our old analytical data has been permanently lost to time (including all the old statistical data we had from Google Analytics), but here is some data I do have available,

 

Last 30 days from Cloudflare (we don't have access to data older than 30 days with them)

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We stopped using Google Analytics a long time ago, and ad-blockers made those a lot less reliable over time anyways (Cloudflare is server-side metrics, not client-side tracking), so I don't have any core visitor statistics outside of the last 30 days. But I can say we have definitely been consistently growing in size and activity over the years, though the growth trend has maybe slowed a bit.

 

Here are some actual user activity metrics,

All member activity

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Topic creations

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Lastly, here's our registration statistics over the years. New registrations are hard to use as an accurate metric, however, as you can see points where we implemented stronger spam and bot protection, and will likely be revamping our anti-spam filters in the near future again, which will cause another drop. So, not a good metric to reference for a variety of reasons, but I'll include it anyways for those that are curious.

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The activity metrics above should be a good point of reference, however, as we've always had manual moderation for new members since this site was created. Since the bots never get past approval queue, this essentially prevents almost 100% of automated spam that would be calculated as fake activity.

Wow, I never expected such a detailed answer and information. actually, the statistics about the countries are also very interesting. Didn't expect Germany on 5th. place.
So this is clear proof that this site is thriving and my subjective worries are totally unfounded although I was already fine believing the other members. 

But still, thank you so much!
Btw I also never saw any spam here, so great moderation there.

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  • Espor changed the title to Is this community (this website especially) slowly dying? (Solved. Spoiler: Not at all)
14 hours ago, Kyuu said:

We have moved through different web analytics solutions over the years, and a lot of our old analytical data has been permanently lost to time (including all the old statistical data we had from Google Analytics), but here is some data I do have available,

 

Last 30 days from Cloudflare (we don't have access to data older than 30 days with them)

image.png

 

We stopped using Google Analytics a long time ago, and ad-blockers made those a lot less reliable over time anyways (Cloudflare is server-side metrics, not client-side tracking), so I don't have any core visitor statistics outside of the last 30 days. But I can say we have definitely been consistently growing in size and activity over the years, though the growth trend has maybe slowed a bit.

 

Here are some actual user activity metrics,

All member activity

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Topic creations

image.png

 

Lastly, here's our registration statistics over the years. New registrations are hard to use as an accurate metric, however, as you can see points where we implemented stronger spam and bot protection, and will likely be revamping our anti-spam filters in the near future again, which will cause another drop. So, not a good metric to reference for a variety of reasons, but I'll include it anyways for those that are curious.

image.png

The activity metrics above should be a good point of reference, however, as we've always had manual moderation for new members since this site was created. Since the bots never get past approval queue, this essentially prevents almost 100% of automated spam that would be calculated as fake activity.

Thank you, it's very interesting and detailed, so apparently no worries if I understand correctly, especially about spam 😊

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I've lurked for most of my time here (5-6 years?) but it doesnt seem that its really dying. If anything I feel that other spaces online for omo content have been growing relative to this one, but don't feel like this is dying. Honestly for a forum I feel like this is doing pretty well as those things have been on their way out for years.

I think theres a lot of user incentive to keep posting here. The convergence of communities into core social media sites like IG/FB/Tumblr/Twitter/Reddit seems to be the cause of forum deaths, but none of those options really work great for such a private topic like omo. And this forum is run really great- Mod tools and formatting are pretty decent. As late as 2022 I used forums that got super sloppy and had code from like the early 2000s and there were constant glitches.

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On 9/1/2023 at 5:20 PM, lsn1 said:

If i had to hazard a guess, I would say that the community of omorashi enthusiasts is larger than ever, but is simply more spread thin. There are many more avenues to discuss and share the topic than just omo org these days. I think that's why this site may seem less active.

I almost feel the opposite way. With so many sites limiting "adult content" (reddit, for example), it's getting harder and harder to actually talk with others. 

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41 minutes ago, shydribbles19 said:

I almost feel the opposite way. With so many sites limiting "adult content" (reddit, for example), it's getting harder and harder to actually talk with others. 

Strangely, quora seems to be a pretty big place where people talk about omorashi. People ask questions about it and others openly share their stories or opinions. 

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