This website first went live two years ago, on Dec. 14, 2008. Since then we have had over 14,600 different computers viewing the site, with well over 42 gigabytes of traffic!
The chatbox alone has had over 5,500 messages posted in it, representing perhaps the longest thread in Heathendom.
We average about ten posts a day, which has added up to 7,030 posts under (currently) 1,072 different topics. And best of all, they are easy to search and re-read!
One of the things we really liked about the switch to forum-based communications over the older mailing lists is that when new members join, they have easy access to all the past topics. That means that all 74 members of the website can participate in the conversations even if we started before that person joined up! It also means that the executive don't have to revisit the same issues over and over again; we've got that record of the last time any particular issue may have arisen. It also means that new Wita can get up-to-date on past topics with ease.
All in all, I think the website has acheived exactly what it was designed to do: be a tool that allowed easier, more open and friendly communication amongst our members, and allowing us to get to know each other on a whole new level, so that while it may be rare that we have the opportunity to gather together in person, when we do meet, it is not as strangers, but friends.
Happy Birthday Freehold Forums!
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