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Rich Silfver
06-16-2006, 14:57
We're 5,000+ members strong. Many have been here for years but may not be so active anymore.

Question is: Out of the active members ('active' is here defined as the people that gets to read and answer this poll as un-scientific and precise as that is...) here "How long have you been a member of RFF?"

Are we predominantly a bunch of old, core members - or is the majority now recently joined members?

Let's see.

FrankS
06-16-2006, 15:35
Click on your name to activate a pull down menu. Click on "view public profile" and you will find the date you joined. Look at the url in the address field at the top of the page to see your member number.

Aug. 23, 2004, member #575

You should turn this into a poll, Rich.

Kim Coxon
06-16-2006, 15:39
If you go to the members list and click on join date, it will order all the members by their join date.

Kim

aad
06-16-2006, 15:44
Well, I see I'm not alone.

ChrisPlatt
06-16-2006, 15:47
Since the late 1950's.

Chris

Rich Silfver
06-16-2006, 15:54
You should turn this into a poll, Rich.


I thought it was :)

Rich Silfver
06-16-2006, 15:55
If you go to the members list and click on join date, it will order all the members by their join date.

Kim

Doesn't show who is still around/active though. :)

FrankS
06-16-2006, 15:59
Doesn't show who is still around/active though. :)

I agree, Rich. This will also point out how many joined just for the contest. Interesting idea, to do this, I think.

Kim Coxon
06-16-2006, 16:02
It shows last visit and post number which gives you a good idea of activity ;)

Kim

Doesn't show who is still around/active though. :)

Rich Silfver
06-16-2006, 16:06
It shows last visit and post number which gives you a good idea of activity ;)

Kim

True...if I have endless hours to go through it...which...hmm...it appears I have...
BUT..let's do a poll anyway ;)

rover
06-16-2006, 16:12
Day 2 or 3 I think.

back alley
06-16-2006, 16:13
i'm member # 11.

never to be in the top ten...

ErnestoJL
06-16-2006, 16:41
If the trend is steady, itīll show that 2005 was the renaissance year for RFers!!!

I found RFF through a browser searching for "RANGEFINDER".
On June 3 2005 I was looking for info about navy Rangefinders, didnīt find what I was looking for but it turned into a sudden GAS attack...
Never minded about member# neither any contest.

Ernesto

back alley
06-16-2006, 16:54
gee, there's only a few that have posted this year.

this could be depressing...

Wayne R. Scott
06-16-2006, 17:03
I think the 20/80 rule will apply to each year of membership also. 20% will be active and 80% won't be active for any given year. At the end of 2003 I don't think we had more than 200 or so members of which not a lot were/are active.

I am number 186, like it matters.

Wayne

sf
06-16-2006, 17:04
I find the spike at that date very unusual. Or really just very interesting. What about the net, about the spread of information created that effect.

physiognomy
06-16-2006, 17:06
Found the site early in 2005 from a link through the Rollei List (or was it the Rollei Digest back then?)... Anyway, I read & read & read, then finally decided I might want to ask a q'n or 2, so I joined up... Hopefully you'll get a good # of people voting Rich b/c it will be interesting to see if 2005 stays so far ahead... Not sure we can tell yet with only 33 out of 5602 voted.

Peter

GeneW
06-16-2006, 17:27
I had to look. Jan 2004. Just missed joining in 2003.

Gene

MP Guy
06-16-2006, 17:43
I have been here since day 1 :)

rover
06-16-2006, 17:55
It seems every day we find new great members with lots to contribute. Getting better all of the time.

DougK
06-16-2006, 18:58
Let's see... I joined Sep. 14, 2004, member number 626.

Has it really been that long? Wow, it seems like only yesterday....

SolaresLarrave
06-16-2006, 19:48
I joined before Richard himself. In fact, I remember that right above his avatar there was the following inscription: "The Devil Uses an SLR."

I joined so long ago... threads were kept alive by Joe and Jorge and some (very few) other hardcore fans. The people in this site encouraged me to get a Leica... and later gave me a lot of support ! :)

BTW, I'm member #12 since June 30, 2003.

Socke
06-16-2006, 20:42
Member #633. short after ManGo, and no, that doesn't make the Contax G a non rangefinder :)

akalai
06-16-2006, 20:46
...took the plunge in December 2004! (Member No.870)

Been searching for a Carl Zeiss f4.5 21mm lens for my Contax IIa ever since!!!

AKALAI

Flinor
06-16-2006, 20:53
August 2, 2003. True to my computer illiteracy I haven't been able to find my member number.

JohnM
06-16-2006, 20:55
Signed up in October, 2003 - 144th registered user.

A thread about Olympus compact RFs drew me in.

(Flinor - you're #27.)

rbiemer
06-16-2006, 21:24
17 September, 2004 for me. #632. Just for curiosity's sake who is member #666? :D

back alley
06-16-2006, 21:37
we all joined the same day...


wojcik_d

znapschatz

back alley

rover

SolaresLarrave

tbarry

JGH

jari

rw28664

Gabriel M.A.
06-16-2006, 21:38
i'm member # 11.

never to be in the top ten...
Think of it as being a double #1 ;)

Gabriel M.A.
06-16-2006, 21:42
17 September, 2004 for me. #632. Just for curiosity's sake who is member #666? :D
Apparently somebody by the handle "sblair". Hmmm...

I'm not in the elite <4 digit membership. I'm #1505.

wlewisiii
06-16-2006, 21:44
Yikes, joe. That's scary.

I joined somewhere in July 04 after getting a GSN at a flea market over the 4th of July weekend and not knowing *** I'd gotten myself into... many cameras later I find that my wallet still has not forgiven me for discovering this place... :D

#511 as much as it matters. I do think it was interesting to be here when it was really small, but OTOH, there have been many new folks with good things to add. Alas, on the gripping hand, we've lost too many of the grognards* lately and the place does suffer for that.

William

* Yes, Bill, especially you. I chose that word explicitly thinking of you and, to a lesser extent, Brian.

Laika
06-16-2006, 21:52
13th June 04 - #448

Doh!.. I just missed my anniversary. Where did those two years go?

reagan
06-16-2006, 22:23
Joined April Fool's Day, (that should tell you something) 2005 - member #1620. Stumbled into RFF whilst Googling to find out what the heck a Zorki was. Thought some info might come in handy since I had already purchased one :confused: . . . joined immediately.

c.poulton
06-17-2006, 01:36
Joined Feb 2005. I found the site by googling for rangefinders - yashica GT, I think. Never looked back, although before joining I never had this problem with GAS. I don't think my bank manager (or wife) was too happy I joined! ;)

BTW I'm number 1290

jonasv
06-17-2006, 01:55
newbie here!

Pherdinand
06-17-2006, 11:29
newbie and already over 600 posts, cool!

I'm a mid-2004 man.

Pherdinand
06-17-2006, 11:31
By the way i also cannot see number which i am.
If i click on my name, and go to 'public profile' , it only says on which day i joined!!

Gabriel M.A.
06-17-2006, 11:42
By the way i also cannot see number which i am.
If i click on my name, and go to 'public profile' , it only says on which day i joined!!
#526 -- Now you see the bunny, now you don't ... ;)

Gabriel M.A.
06-17-2006, 11:44
I'm a mid-2004 man.
Is that a nostalgic look-back on a KISS song?

chenick
06-17-2006, 12:23
Since shortly after I bought a Yashica Electro 35 in April 2004 I think... Googling it led me here :D
-Nick

edit.. joined 04-06-2004, which I presume is April not June. (US date format methinks)

Todd.Hanz
06-17-2006, 15:42
It was the Summer of 2004, hot humid nights, just me and a GSN... no wait, two GSN's and no idea how to focus them that led me here. I'm number 489! :)

Todd

rover
06-17-2006, 17:26
I joined before Richard himself. In fact, I remember that right above his avatar there was the following inscription: "The Devil Uses an SLR."

I joined so long ago... threads were kept alive by Joe and Jorge and some (very few) other hardcore fans. The people in this site encouraged me to get a Leica... and later gave me a lot of support ! :)

BTW, I'm member #12 since June 30, 2003.

It was one of Francisco's posts at Pnet or Pop that brought me here.

Dougg
06-17-2006, 19:41
Member number 5111 here, only 5100 after Joe, as of Apr '06. ;)

SolaresLarrave
06-17-2006, 19:50
It was one of Francisco's posts at Pnet or Pop that brought me here.

I guess I can brag about it, right? :)

Ralph, we go back a loooooong time... even before you bought your first Bessa R!

It's good to be among friends all the time...

Rich Silfver
06-17-2006, 20:02
Seems like 2005 was a big year for people to join (almost 50%).
With us about half-way through 2006 one could extrapolate from the existing poll that 2006 will look pretty much like 2005 in terms of percentages.

What is interesting though is that about 70 people have taken the poll.
When I did the 'What's the prettiest camera poll' I belive it hit a high of maybe 150 people.
The ZI camera competition got what 3-400 people's votes?

I wonder if there's not a core of about 100-150 people that post and an additional X hundred people lurking/reading - but surely significantly less than the 5,000+ members that have registered.

I guess it would be possible to go through the member list and see how many have been active/logged on but sounds like a pain.

Fun to see that there are at least 10 people hanging around here from all the way back from 2003 though!

(Oh, and I'm member # 31)

ffttklackdedeng
06-18-2006, 03:26
I guess it would be possible to go through the member list and see how many have been active/logged on but sounds like a pain.


Although I've never admin'd a forum system, surely there will be a database below where all information is available. Seems to me that it would only need a few sql queries to get all the info you would like to know (after unterstanding of the used database schema).

Something like 'get the number of users where the last login / post (whatever you call 'activity') is less than say a month ago and account was created in 2005'. Dito for the other years and voila.

Statististical threads like this one won't awake such big emotions that all relevant members will enter them.

Regards, Robert

oftheherd
06-18-2006, 04:02
Since 2003 as can be noted from my postings. But also as can be noted, for having been around that long, I don't post that much. I do read a lot though. I like it here.

rover
06-18-2006, 04:24
Although I've never admin'd a forum system, surely there will be a database below where all information is available. Seems to me that it would only need a few sql queries to get all the info you would like to know (after unterstanding of the used database schema).

Something like 'get the number of users where the last login / post (whatever you call 'activity') is less than say a month ago and account was created in 2005'. Dito for the other years and voila.

Statististical threads like this one won't awake such big emotions that all relevant members will enter them.

Regards, Robert


Robert, you are correct, though I have no idea of how to write queries or if I have complete access to that database as a moderator. But, the raw data you speak of is available by clicking the Members List button on the top bar. In the members list you can sort the information in a number of ways.

Tarzak
06-18-2006, 19:37
March 2005 member# 1431.
Got here via some internet search for some rangefinder . A fortunate, unplanned discovery.

I found my first post!
I was looking for instructions on how to adjust my Rollei 35XF range finder. That was a few cameras ago.

pvdhaar
06-18-2006, 23:14
Registered as member #166 in December 2003. Read RFF immediately following Jorge's announcement on pnet that he had this website up.

kbg32
07-12-2006, 09:31
Where do you find your member number?

jonasv
07-12-2006, 09:42
Where do you find your member number?

Scroll over your name and it'll show up at the bottom left of your browser (well, on IE at least). You're number 1012..

Dougg
07-12-2006, 10:19
Keith when I choose to view your public profile, the member number is at the end of the URL in the browser's address block. Also it's currently shown in your (broken) gallery link in your signature; see the part where it says "ppuser=1012"

BTW, if you edit that gallery link in your signature to read <url="http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=1012"]My Gallery[/url> except change the leading and trailing < and > to [ and ] it should show up in your posts as a link again. Here's an example pointing to your gallery: My Gallery (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=1012)

nemjo
07-12-2006, 10:52
#1780?
belong to the majority - 2005

nemjo

Biber
07-14-2006, 13:04
#599

08-31-2004

dll927
07-14-2006, 13:27
Not sure I see why this thread is needed. Each poster's "join date" is at the left side of the screen. Some people must be even worse at math than I am!!

raid
07-15-2006, 18:14
I was on RFF under a different name several years ago, and then I forgot my password and I had to come back under my name this time recently.

Raid

Rich Silfver
07-15-2006, 18:26
Not sure I see why this thread is needed. Each poster's "join date" is at the left side of the screen. Some people must be even worse at math than I am!!

It would be sort of time consuming to go through active accounts and group them into what year they joined. Some people must have even more time on their hands than I do.

egpj
07-15-2006, 20:43
Joined May/2005 and user number 2225. One year and none the worse for wear.

telenous
07-28-2006, 12:14
I joined on January 2005 after lurking for a few weeks. I am number 4333. (I am not a number! I am a free man! - *Joke* Nod for fans of "The Prisoner").

jan normandale
07-28-2006, 14:10
I joined on December 2005. I am number 4333. (I am not a number! I am a free man! - *Joke* Nod for fans of "The Prisoner").

I'm number 6....

telenous
07-28-2006, 14:18
I'm number 6....

Jan, that would be telling!

Be seeing you...

Andrew Sowerby
07-28-2006, 18:12
I'm # 2961. November 2005.

tetrisattack
08-29-2006, 13:08
4/25/2005, member number 1929.

...steadily submitting two-thirds of a post per day since. :)

SolaresLarrave
08-29-2006, 13:43
Nobody else signing up their RFF age? :(

popstar
08-29-2006, 14:14
I learned about this site from photo.net. I'm a relative newcomer to rangefinders. I am learning to love them. But as a newcomer, I tend to sit back, read threads, and learn from the ones who have been using them for years. As I feel comfortable, and as I develop areas of expertise I have no problem sharing, but those areas are smaller at this time. Love the site though!

planetjoe
08-29-2006, 14:34
Number 3326 here. Still around, 'though lately rather quiet. Looks like I joined during a big year for RFF...still a great place to spend some time.


Cheers,
--joe.

Jon Perry
08-29-2006, 14:47
Joined: 14 May 2005

Member No: 2138

As the old saying goes "it's not the joining but the taking apart."

At least I think that's how it goes ... :p

suzums
08-29-2006, 14:57
Since November 2004. But I didn't really start logging in till about April of 2005.

Stephanie Brim
09-19-2006, 02:33
At least we all know that I didn't join for the contest. I was here much before that and pretty much left unexpectedly right in the middle of it. I still don't know who won.

rxmd
09-19-2006, 02:45
Getting on everybody's nerves since April 2006.

flashover
09-20-2006, 09:25
according to my wife tooooooooooooo long

vladhed
09-20-2006, 09:26
Member 510 reporting: I joined Bastille day, 2004 and have participated at a mediocre speed of 1 post every 3 days :-)

dll927
09-20-2006, 11:29
Why in God's name is this question necessary? Have you bothered to notice that right at the left side of each posting, it gives the individual's "join date"????

rover
09-20-2006, 12:13
Why in God's name is this question necessary? Have you bothered to notice that right at the left side of each posting, it gives the individual's "join date"????


That means September of 2003, three full years.

Happy Anniversary!!

:D

dll927
09-21-2006, 07:25
Thanks! My birthday is Sept. 27, and that means a ton more years than this one. (Hint: I'll be four years past Medicare.)

ClaremontPhoto
09-21-2006, 07:30
I Googled for Voigtlander, found RFF, then bought the Voigtlander.

Jon Perry
09-21-2006, 08:00
I Googled for Voigtlander, found RFF, then bought the Voigtlander.

I know how you feel, this forum has a lot to answer for! :p

Jon

vladhed
09-21-2006, 08:20
Why in God's name is this question necessary?

It isn't. Nothing in this forum is necessary. It's one big leisure activity. This thread is for people to talk about how long they've been members and what it means to them.

rxmd
09-21-2006, 15:00
There should be a 2002 option to catch posers. :)

JeffGreene
10-10-2006, 18:36
There should be a 2002 option to catch posers. :)


Not to date myself, but what is a "poser"?

Dougg
10-10-2006, 20:33
Not to date myself, but what is a "poser"?Someone who poses as or pretends to be something they are not. Like one of the very first members here. Someone saying they've been on RFF since 2002 would be revealed as a poser since RFF did not exist then. :)

c.poulton
11-16-2006, 23:25
I know how you feel, this forum has a lot to answer for! :p

Jon

Yes, me too - ended up buying the R3A:)

physiognomy
12-01-2006, 05:54
I blame Stephen's cameraquest web site & then RFF :D I had just started to happily spend my savings on Rollei TLR's, then got a 35SE, then a Canonet & I was too far gone before I knew it... Nothing can save me now :)

Peter

JeffGreene
12-03-2006, 16:44
I was very happy with my GSN and XA for 35MM and my Mamiya 6 and 330F for roll film until I started hanging around here. Thanks to this ?>M?><_)&*)(*) site I've contracted Leica and RD1 disease! There's no hope for me any more! I've even found myself (gulp!) thinking about how nice an "M8" would be. It's all over but the tears! :bang:

Robert
12-08-2006, 12:38
I joined in June 05 but have started using the RFF in the last couple of days

Igor.Burshteyn
01-01-2007, 12:18
hmmm. Long enough not to remember join date :> in the beginning of 2005 - 2 years already. 2 years -> kiev4, j8, j9, electro 35 + oly 35sp is PMed and awaited for. I think that I am just GAS-resistent :>

grizzz
01-21-2007, 07:48
Don't know so I replied to find out:)

aizan
02-09-2007, 14:14
class of '05 rules, yeah, yeah, you know it!

Doug
02-09-2007, 14:19
Funny thread, and it has legs too! :) Interesting the discrepancies between stated recollection and the system-reported "join date".

aizan
02-09-2007, 14:41
weird...my first post is in 05.

ok, 04' rules, '05 drools! :p

newspaperguy
08-24-2014, 18:24
Joined in (I think)'04 or '05 while it was still Jorge's list. Mentioned it to Stephen as something he might be interested in.
He bought the list from Jorge, but changed some of the membership rules (something about the type of e-mail service you were using)
so I "re-joined" in '08.