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Old 03-25-2015, 05:54 AM   #21
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View Post Originally Posted by Wytchywoman
Currently Active Users: 330 (30 members and 300 guests) Click the image to open in full size.Most users ever online was 8,942, 07-27-2013 at 08:09 PM

I just noticed the above. Does anyone know why less than two years ago there were 8,942 members logged into this forum and just a few minutes ago only 30?

Did something happen here to drive so many previously active members away? I'm only asking because I found this forum through a Google search and just noticed how much the membership seems to have dropped off in less than two years.
Nothing "drove" members away... times have changed and forums such as this are just not as popular as they have been in the past.

The single biggest reason why this (and pretty much all forums) are no longer pulling the high volume traffic is because of the explosion of other media sources such as Facebook, Twitter ****** etc

Most of the original players of Webkinz (and the staff ) have long since moved on to other things and the new players don't look beyond Facebook etc for community connections so we don't have the constant traffic and turn over we had during the peak years 2007-2012. A handful of oldtimers and a few new players trickle in but other than that, people are utilizing this forum for it's information but using other media sources for their socialization.

With regards to rules and the strict enforcement of the rules ... it was very important to the owners that this website be a safe place for young kids. Wendy and Justin did background checks on every prospective staff member and the forum was heavily Moderated to ensure this remained a safe and fun place to be.

As far as Webkinz forums go, I believe this is still the best you are going to find.... it isn't updated as quickly and efficiently as it had been in the past. Many of the remaining staff have technical issues with the board software which causes difficulty in posting news and updating the various tools that Justin built and I don't see a future where this (or any) forum will explode and maintain high traffic as technology pushes us toward other media venues.
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:15 AM   #22
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Interesting and profound diverse set of answers to your inquiry for certain!!!

I remember that day of setting the record, it was pure community family fun
Social Media has taken over, and if you add maturity to the once younger members, along with new gaming popping up in our culture; that's a lot to digest in the 'how and whys' of what happened!


There are so many many amazing once in a lifetime friendships I have made here on THIS Forum that I am forever grateful for. I have met so many friends in real life from here, some still post, others have moved on. While I am not on every day or even twice a week, I am blessed to have found this site, and it is still to this day, a real joy when I "see" a Mod or old friend post!!!



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Give with gusto and good intentions, add a little/lot of humor, and your time spent will be quite favorable and joy filled
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:48 AM   #23
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View Post Originally Posted by WI 50ish

In anything in our life; it is what you give that you will take away.
Give with gusto and good intentions, add a little/lot of humor, and your time spent will be quite favorable and joy filled
I love this!
There are some truly awesome people here, and I've made some great friends on this site. There is always someone here, even on those sleepless nights, when I needed to hear a friendly word. This has been (and still is) a wonderful place to come. I love you guys! ♥ So many fun conversations, debates, and encouragement found here over the years. I love this site, and I'll be here to the end, simply because of the amazing people I've gotten to know! When I think of 'what happened' here on WI, that is what I think of.

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Old 03-25-2015, 03:22 PM   #24
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View Post Originally Posted by mom of 2 teens
Wytchywoman That # also represents a day and time that WI member planned for all members to try and log on at the same time to try and break the record set from a previous time. It will be brought up again around that time to try to do it again. As for WI it has slowed way down do to lost interest webkinz , Some have grown up and moved on to different activities, I know my girls did. And the new generation of webkinz players don't know about WI. I found WI by looking for a clothing recipe for the clothing machine on webkinz.
Thanks for that info. I really was befuddled about how SO many members were logged in on that particular day and time.

And I do understand that a lot of members have just outgrown Webkinz. What was confounding me to no end was almost 9,000 members on that one day less than two years ago logged in and only 30 members logged in late yesterday afternoon. I appreciate the explanations.
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