There have been a few times when I wasn’t able (for one reason or another) to log into SDMB for a few days, so this isn’t about those long times between visits. (In those cases there are dozens of pages to have to cope with.) I try to get here at least once a day and to scan the titles anyway of all the “New Posts” as they appear on the Forums Home Page. If there’ve been a bunch of threads I have participated in, I may do a search on my UserName to select just those threads to look at.
What this OP is about, though, is that If I go away for a short time, say less than an hour, there will usually not be more than two new pages of posts to go through. The longer I hang around the bigger the number of pages gets until it’s up around 12-15 pages. It can build to that number of pages in just an hour or two if things are popping.
Sometimes, if I’ve been through the list several times without finding some new threads to go into (at least to read), I will “log out” and wait a little while and “log back in” just to reduce the number of pages to have to mess with.
In any case, if I go away for over 12 hours, when I come back there will almost always be 15-18 pages of new things to investigate. Rarely less, rarely more. Not much more than if I had hung around for 3-4 hours.
I deduce from this set of data that at any one time (within a few days anyway) there’s only a rather small interest span. Just the threads getting action for that few days (maybe just a few hours) will get new posts. As time passes, some of them will lose their activity and fade into the dead thread category. Some will get random additions and work up to a post count in the 20’s. A handful will get hardly any replies. (Some of mine never got the first reply, but that’s not what I’m concerned with here.)
My main point is that there seems to be a mood to the board at any given time. Some topics are hot, others are not. It may be the time for some hot news item(s), some recent celebrity death(s), some TV show or movie that’s all the rage, or it may be the time for nonsense. But whatever the mood is, the time for it seems to last less than two weeks at any one go.
A rare few threads will get over 100 posts and will stay active for longer than a week. Right now (and I haven’t counted them – just guessing) there are only about 10-20 active threads with large post counts.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that threads started on the weekend (like this one) rarely have much activity once the work week is underway. The “vice versa” also seems to apply.
Wonder why that is. Have you noticed stuff like this?