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« Reply #90 on: August 17, 2019, 10:15:48 am »

Incidentally who programmed the software to show the time as 03:26:53 am  Smiley

Why not? Isn't 03:26:53 pm a valid date? The orthography may be unfamiliar, but...
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« Reply #91 on: August 17, 2019, 11:38:27 am »

Incidentally who programmed the software to show the time as 03:26:53 am  Smiley

Why not? Isn't 03:26:53 pm a valid date? The orthography may be unfamiliar, but...

No. I would call it the time!  Grin
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« Reply #92 on: August 17, 2019, 11:52:34 am »

Incidentally who programmed the software to show the time as 03:26:53 am  Smiley

Why not? Isn't 03:26:53 pm a valid date? The orthography may be unfamiliar, but...

No. I would call it the time!  Grin

A lot of common sayings don't bear close examination, and "you can't turn back the clock" must be about the silliest. Obviously you can - we all do it to match conventional time as it changes, with place or season. We can also do it for any other reason, for no reason, or by mistake. What we can't do is change time itself to match a clock.

On top of that, if you do turn your clock back a whole day, it says ...exactly the same. While a clock may have a date indication, that bit is a calendar, not a clock. (Electronics and computer jargon is different from everyday usage in this.) Of course you can't change time itself to match a calendar either.

But now I shall have to admit that confusing clocks and calendars just human nature, and hardly warrants such criticism.
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« Reply #93 on: September 01, 2019, 05:13:02 am »

We have just completed the busiest August ever on the forum (measured in number of posts) - looking all the way back to 2007. Not by a huge amount, but the busiest anyway. 

Part of the growth can - for once - be assigned to a big positive - that was "Meet the Manager" when Mark Hopwood came onto the forum to answer questions early in the month.  There is still a tail of that to follow up  - thank you for various reminders over the last few days and, please, the delay / lack of that follow up relates to the forum and not to Mark or his team ... and we should concede "Meet the Manager" with a further "Thank you" and a rosy glow of how it worked, even though some of the elements discussed remain far from rosy.

Just like August 2018, the forum was busy in August 2019.  And, sadly, a significant amount of that remains concerns at issues ... staff shortages, cancellations, infrastructure issues have not gone away. Indeed short term cancellations on the TransWilts feel even worse than in previous years, and planned engineering service reductions  have been replaced by very short notice (a few hours up to a a day) which really knock passenger confidence.  We also have new problems like overhead wire problems. I do look forward to a quieter forum at some time in the future because there's nothing going wrong to take about - though even better would be a forum where we're onto positives ... pictures of the construction of Aztec West station, new artwork at Portishead, marketing of the combined rail-and-bus Wessex season, welcoming  the increase from 5 to 8 carriages on the half hourly Swansea to Portsmouth service, and celebrating the ForAll railcard.
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« Reply #94 on: October 21, 2019, 03:57:52 pm »

In answer to a question I was asked ...

In the last day, 23 different members have posted
In the last week, 67 different members have posted
In the last month, 108 different members have posted
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« Reply #95 on: October 21, 2019, 09:33:21 pm »

A half hourley Swansea to Portsmouth and back, with 4 Voyager is but a dream, let alone 8 (HST?) would get me out and about again for sure, to Salisbury, Bradford on avon, Bath, Bristol, oh so many other nice places, fom here in Christchurch, well Hinton Admiral.
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« Reply #96 on: January 01, 2020, 11:16:15 pm »

Some stats from 2019 from Google Analytics, comparing the Coffee Shop's traffic to other domains I took after on our server.

Usersuksessionpageviews
4985761Site 1
27838306340Site 2
37954389546Site 3
6933789742879The Well House Collection
28082198565011178MRUG
65174581952699001715971Coffee Shop
39012037359455138534998Well House Consultants


I know we have some folks here who look after other web sites ... I would be very interested to know what the stats for some of them look like. I appreciate that would probably be private / in confidence rather than publishing stats and naming as I have done for four sites.
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« Reply #97 on: January 29, 2020, 08:34:39 pm »

In answer to a question I was asked ...

In the last day, 23 different members have posted
In the last week, 67 different members have posted
In the last month, 108 different members have posted


I thought back to this post this evening ... when I noticed that each of the last seventeen posts has been by a different member.    Rather sadly, I'm about to break the sequence as I posted something else just prior to this.
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« Reply #98 on: March 01, 2020, 01:59:55 pm »

We had a visitor from Eswatini last month (yes, I had to look that up) ... and 4,513 from the UK, who came back (on average) between 4 and 5 times (20,216 sessions), visiting (again on average) 6.28 pages per session.

Early in the month, we also saw unwanted activity from Hong Kong - 1,156 users only one of whom came back, and each of whom visited just one page. These users were arriving in droves - arrival rates up to 20 times what we normally see and tested our server (I had at one point to reload databases); for the month as a whole, they accounted for 18% of our visitors (grand total 6,462) but less than 1% of pages served.  I have added something to our server configuration to spot these visitors and reject their requests meaning that they no longer get anywhere near the stats I am reporting, but there does remain a small resource call each time they ask and we tell them to "**** off". In future, I would expect to see other similar activity, modified (as happens with these things) so that they no longer get sent packing until I put another line in the server config. I don't believe this is a specific attack on the Coffee Shop - just us being caught in crossfire.

1670 posts in the month - not untypical for a February, with 125 new topics started. Which works out as 13.4 posts per topic.  5 years ago, it was 11.9 posts per topic and 10 years ago it was 12.2, so once again remarkably stable.
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« Reply #99 on: April 01, 2020, 02:40:30 pm »

What an extraordinary month! Various sources - All for March 2020

Marginally fewer different users


Number of pages broadly unchanged


Number of pages per session increases


Number of posts increases during month


Public transport use falls off a cliff! (Government briefing)


and via https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52105526 :
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« Reply #100 on: May 01, 2020, 09:43:30 am »

April 2020 - 2184 Coffee Shop posts in the 30 day, with 102 members posting during the month. And those stats are startlingly similar to previous Aprils - we've had 1213, 1531, 1765, 2132 and 2370 in the previous five years numbers of posters in the month 124, 106, 104, 125, 116, 102.  But I do note changes - a thinnng out of GWR and other publice transport operational posts, and a broadening of topics such as pastimes such as brodcast media.   

This is pretty much what I would expected bearing in mind the current Covid-19 emergency changes ... a paid survey report coming back with those results would typically warrant an "I could have told them that" and "what a waste of money doing the survey" response. But hidden within the numbers, a slight decline from last year in single-post visitors during the month, countered by more posts from 'regulars' - a 15% chargeover, if you like.  Again, with thought this might have been predicted.

Being "as expected", we have coped well and the forum has continued - perhaps one of the few normallities at the moment. Further challenges await - much depencent on the waves we have to ride in the storm of restarts, the potential sinking of services that were inconvenient, outdated or loss making, or the doldrums calm of continued lockdown, with the crew running out of supplies of stories, patience and sanity.
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