Originally Posted by Mounds
And how does someone dominate the forum anyway? What's the criteria there...?
As anyone can calculate from the stats at the bottom of the forum home page, the average registered member here has made 21 posts total. This doesn't count lurkers, just people who actually registered, and there isn't much reason to register unless you want to post.
Our top poster Angela posted 22,520 times, which is 1061 times more often than the average member. And we have many members who post 100-500 times more often than the average member. Individually the voices of our average members can be easily drowned out.
Now if we look at the top 50 or so posters here and add up all their post counts, we can see how easy it is for a small group to dominate a seemingly large forum.
Even 100 average members would still be collectively outposted by the top poster by more than 10 to 1.
You can count me among this group if you'd like, but I think it's easy to see why I'd have a large post count on my own site as the main admin and given that all my blog posts are discussed here. Even so, the top poster outposted me here 3.75 to 1, and many others easily outpost me as well.
So the math suggests it's not that difficult for a small group to dominate a forum like this, assuming they're willing to invest a few hours per day here as many of them did.