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In an article by Jakob Nielsen (web usability guru).

In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action.

Read more in the "AlertBox" newsletter (short article)

It would be interesting to see what the ratio would be at CartoTalk, which should be possible to calculate.
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Some quick numbers:
599 members at the moment, about 500 of which have 5 or less posts (I guess we can take a number around that as a sort of measure for active participation, there's no way to quickly select users by the recentness of their last post). How many unregistered lurkers we have is unknown.

We as moderators are trying to encourage active membership as much as possible. Come on, people, don't be shy. We won't bite! ;)
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Just posted an introduction... i've been a shameless lurker.
Christine Fellenz
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341 Members have visited the site in the past 6 months
163 Members have made at least 1 post in the past 6 months
89 Members have made 5 or more posts in the past 6 months

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