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Site activity / usage down since the new format?

D. Anthony's picture
February 27, 2014 at 9:49am
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Are the numbers in yet? I only know a few other Eleven Warriors members personally and they claim to visit the site a lot less since the changes (don't like the new format). I honestly like the original look and usability as well. Just wondered if the numbers/site traffic/posts and responses are up or down since the switch and compared to this time last year?

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Baroclinicity's picture

I love the look of the new site.  There's something to be said for simplicity, however.

I feel like a foreigner to the site these days in terms of commenting, but I still read a lot. 

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

There have been so many threads complaining about the new site I'm betting the numbers are pretty good right now.

Seriously though, it does seem like the posting numbers might be a little lower.  That said, I've been impressed by the staff's willingness to address legitimate, rationally presented concerns about the functionality of the new site.  I'm going through the process of implementing some new technology at my business right now - and nothing is ever easy - even when it's supposed to be easy.  If people have left I'm sure they'll start coming back once spring ball rolls around.

 

Yeti's have feelings too.

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Earle's picture

It feels like a number of the high volume commenters/long-time members have been posting less, but I don't know if that translates to overall activity.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

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bodast67's picture

Now that Football season is over, I just have less to say, and tend to just read more of other peoples comments or the articles.

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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Matt Gutridge's picture

I was going to reboot the Ohio State: By the Numbers* series starting with No. 99 during the offseason. I was going to compile all of the selections for the Ohio State Recruiting Game.

I will do these when original posts get the upvote/downvote function back. The Tracker tool would also be nice to have back.

*Was going to link an article, but could not find it. Could not find my user blogs either.

Earle's picture

There's a link to your blog in your user profile.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Earle,
Thank you. Don't know how I missed the blog, but I did. Still trying to get accustomed to things. I guess that's what I get for trying to type and search at 6 something in the morning.
 

Mortc15's picture

I think part of the traffic being down, if it is, is because of OSU_Alum almost said. There aren't as many big things to talk about right now. It's kind of a dead period since signing day was over. Once spring practices heat up, the traffic might/should pick up.

Buck-I4Life

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Exactly...

Football season is basically in hibernation.

 

If it's the new site, perhaps a good site cleanse is needed every now and then?

Personally, I'm acclimated to the new site/layout and ready to keep on with 11w nerd-dom.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

There aren't as many big things to talk about right now. It's kind of a dead period since signing day was over.

Yeah, not as much big stuff happens in the off season. I mean, Bucksfan can't change his icon every day.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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Squirrel Master's picture

honestly I wouldn't mind if traffic decreased a bit on here although I wish it was the newer folks who left that just don't fit in and the ones that stayed would be the guys/gals that have been on here for ever with me. More of the usual suspects, less of the casual fans that just don't follow as good honest fans and just want to complain and fire fickell.

I miss some of the original members.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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Unky Buck's picture

The "Fire Fickell" threads keep this site in business and making mucho dinero.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

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Phillips.449's picture

I agree with others that this is probably impacted as much by timing of the offseason. I was honestly looking forward to the offseason only because of the arguing and negativity that seems more prevalent during the football season. I was anticipating some of the nut jobs going away and many of the standard folks to remain. Like you Squirrel, I am a little disappointed to see some of the usual posters around less.

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buckeyedude's picture

 I was anticipating some of the nut jobs going away

I'm still here. I just don't post as much as I used to. I'm still having issues posting GIFs. I don't know what the deal is.  Also, the Buckeye b-ballers have been somewhat of a disappointment, but it's not like that was unexpected.

 

 

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TUNBUCK89's picture

I hear you...however, being a new poster does not equate to being new to the site. I, for one, have been a faithful visitor, lurker, reader of 11W since it first broke the story of the Urban Meyer hire. I signed up for an account to join the best community there is only a few days ago. But I'm with you. I miss some of the posters who used to be here.

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brandonbauer87's picture

I agree Squirrel. I think the off-season is typically the best time around here. There's more nonsense and less arguing. 

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cplunk's picture

Agreed.

About the middle of last season I instituted a personal no-visit policy for 11W from the moment the game started on Saturday to Monday morning. I've found that time period is intolerable in terms of the comments and posts. Made me much happier. Of course I often slipped up and couldn't resist checking the site.

I do miss when the site was a little less known. Although excellent discussions are still possible and there is no better site on the web for Buckeye news (and no better group of writers), it seems to me like the group of friends I used to hang out with somehow became open to the public.

Not trying to insult anybody, just nostalgic.

 

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Squirrel Master's picture

very true. I mean it is still 11Warriors. Its not like we don't still come to our favorite site no matter what the window dressing looks like or what riff raff consumers wander in the door now that they know our name. Norm and Cliff are still here to comfort us with great stories of idiocrity.

 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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brandonbauer87's picture

Ditto on both. I read the site a long time before I signed up and started posting. This is the same reason I love hoops open threads. It's a better conversation when there's less people involved. It's about time for another favorite beer or whiskey thread. 

InvertMyVeer's picture

Well I still check in daily and I try to add to the commentary at least every few days. Regardless of how fond of the old layout I was, 11w is still hands down the best site for OSU coverage. 

Football is complicated...

One Bad Buckeye's picture

I've been posting less, but thats because I'm all like this guy....

Or better yet, this guy....

Even though I've posted less, I'm still constantly on here.  The longest I wait to hit refresh on average is about an hour....the new site is just so damn sexy!!!

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

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FROMTHE18's picture

I agree with people here that there are positives and negatives with the new format, but a large reason why it may seem like there are less comments: recruiting for 2014 is over and 2015 just started so plenty of time for things to go/makes this stage of recruiting filled with far less newsworthy updates until spring/summer time. Football is also off for a little bit longer so updates on the guys won't be coming in for a little while. Not that BBall isn't important, but football gets the noise around these parts, so I think it'll all pick up soon enough. 

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

BINGO! Good post. I visit just as often, but not for as long due to the items you mentioned. Honestly, forum topics havent been all that interesting lately. Again, due to the items you mentioned above. I have to admit I have recruiting fatigue and do not care much for the 2015 news right now. That will change as Spring ball hits full swing and summer visits increase.

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Xenia_Buckeye's picture

I'm not a fan of the new format. Fonts seem overly large and there seems to be an inordinate amount of white space.

However, that hasn't stopped me from visiting and posting any less than I normally do.

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SOF_Buckeye's picture

The jury is still out. I'm on less. I still cruise by, but don't delve as deeply, nor comment as much. I'm not sure if this is the same for others. The staff may have previous numbers (site visits, and such) for previous years during this time period, to know whether the numbers are down. Still love 11W, but it doesn't occupy as much of my time these days.

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

Run_Fido_Run's picture

If staff really wanted to over-complicate things - hey, it is the off season - an even better way to gauge might be to sort of retroactively make projections for late Feb. 2014 (three weeks after NSD) and see how actual traffic compares to those numbers. Because, yeah, looking at actual late Feb. 2014 traffic compared to actual late Feb. 2013 traffic is more helpful than comparing late Feb. 2014 traffic to Nov. 2013 traffic (during football season) or even early Feb. 2013 traffic, but 11W keeps growing every month. The numbers could be up a bit from last winter and yet not be up as much as they would have been without the format switch.

But obviously I'm way over-thinking it because part of me is still emotionally attached to the old ways.
 

Nicholas Jervey's picture

There are several sites out there that measure and break down other sites' traffic. If anyone wants to look up this site's traffic, all they have to do is go a-googlin'. Here are my heart-felt convictions about analyzing traffic stats:

 

Ceci n'est pas une signature.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

You feelings about analyzing traffic stats is that you would !&# the #^*& out of 'em? Oh Wait, maybe that's the response I am getting from the image you posted.

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buckguyfan1's picture

What's sad is I'm starting to forget the little things that made the old site so good.  I continue to use and enjoy the new site.  Probably a little less frequent than before, but I try not to bitch too much...  it is what it is.   This time of year makes everything seem a bit more sucky I would imagine.

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FitzBuck's picture

It does seem that there are a lot fewer forums and blogs started.  Not sure if it's the new layout or the removal of helmet stickers for starting.....I miss the forums that had -43 stickers and the posts that followed.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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KBonay's picture

I tend to agree.  With no upvoting (or down) a topic, we are seeing far less.  Folks are actually searching to find thread to post in rather than start a new topic.  I, for one, applaud this.

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Oyster's picture

IT'S SIMPLY TOO DAMN COLD TO POST!

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I personally still use the site about the same at work, but I don't visit as much on my phone.  It is tougher to navigate through the site on a cell phone.  I do miss the column on the side that showed the recent comments from posters.

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redfox's picture

Still trying to learn how to use the new site guess I am a slow learner and I also miss the column on the side that showed the recent comments.

ohiowhitesnake's picture

I comment less now, but still visit a few times a day. My main issue is the iPad seems to freeze up, but I have no issue with my new iPhone. 

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

psibuck's picture

I'm relatively new to posting here, but that said, I like the new format.  For me though, it's more than the content or format of the site that keeps me coming back....it's the members/posters...hands down the friendliest group of fans congregated on the interwebs in support of The Ohio State University. 

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toad1204's picture

 

Check for yourself...  https://www.quantcast.com/elevenwarriors.com

You can see the offseason dips but overall 11w is stronger than its ever been in the offseason. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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Crimson's picture

It looks like visits are down, but users are not.  This is also rather normal.

The only thing that consistently lowers traffic is Christmas.

AndyVance's picture

This may be something of a contrarian viewpoint, but I seem to recall that at the time I started posting here, helmet stickers were a new thing and we were having many of the same discussions, namely that helmet stickers (and more importantly the quest for helmet stickers) was changing the dynamic of the site and the community aspect. I even recall that many of the folks at the top of the sticker leaderboard at that time said that they weren't commenting as much, in many cases because helmet stickers engendered a sort of hivemind.

Anyway, my point is just that change pretty typically leads to these types of discussions and probably leads to some percentage of audience turnover. I do miss seeing some of those "old timers" who were still on the site when I started but who you don't see around much any more. But I'm pretty good with the site at this point - the Premium Wire was a vast improvement, even if it didn't quite replicate the functionality of the Tracker.

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southernstatesbuckeye's picture

PSIBUCK, I agree with you on that.  While there are a few dicks in every crowd, the Eleven Warriors commentariat is without a doubt the best online Ohio State fan community I have found.  The staff and their writing doesn't take a back seat to anyone either.

I like cookies.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

 

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DJ is that a selfie?

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Buckeyeneer's picture

It can't be, there is no Natty Light or Skittles in that pic.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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DJ Byrnes's picture

The tie is a dead give-away that this is not, indeed, a selfie.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

USMC11917's picture

I think some things have been tinkered with. For the longest time the site looked like it had enormous pictures on it and all of the Buckshots and recent posts were at the bottom of 12 mouse scroll screen. Things appear different now but admittedly, I didn't take this change very well. I still read occasionally but I don't check as often as I used to. The content is still good but the re is something to be said for simplicity and streamline.

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MichiganBuckeye222's picture

im just not a fan of the new site....not sure why, but maybe it has to do with change, and I am an old fart?

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

I like it

I suppose that would make me a new fart...

Spring football is like non-alcoholic beer.  It looks like what you want, but only intensifies your desire for the real thing--Earle

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InvertMyVeer's picture

I've had issues but I've tried to bite my tongue while the staff works the bugs out - silent fart

Football is complicated...

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