Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by SarathW » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:31 am

I did another quick assessment of the progress of DW.
Now it is averaging 2.79% ie (350/12543*100) users online compares to 2.27% last year.
This is a good indication that DW is growing at a steady pace.
Congratulation to all admin staff not to mention the regular users and contributors.
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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by dylanj » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:32 am

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:31 am
I did another quick assessment of the progress of DW.
Now it is averaging 2.79% users online compares to 2.27% last year.
This is a good indication that DW is growing at a steady pace.
Congratulation to all admin staff not to mention the regular users and contributors.
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sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by retrofuturist » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:43 pm

Greetings Sarath,

A far more accurate measure on the level of activity is how many Active Topics there are in the present 7 day period.

Keeping in mind I see all forums (even though there are no tracking reports for Active Topics that I can make reference to), it was at 85 when I rejoined the team in July 2016. It has not dropped below that level since. Right now, it is 134 which is literally busier than it's been at any time since July 2016, and I suspect that 134 is the highest it's been for quite some time before that too. (Most members will see less than 134 because they do not have access to the moderator forum etc.)

In that sense, it's literally busier than it's been in years. When it hit high 120's, that's when we brought Sam Vara on board. Until that point, there hadn't been the volume to justify any new appointments.

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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by SarathW » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:04 pm

[A far more accurate measure on the level of activity is how many Active Topics there are in the present 7 day period./quote]

I am glad you are a better statistician than me Retro.
Now I know it is in safe hand.
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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by retrofuturist » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:09 pm

Greetings Sarath,

Thanks.

As I'm sure you know, we're always open to ideas for improvement or how to increase activity, so long as they don't come into conflict with the key principles of the forum, which have served it very well during the periods when they have been enacted.

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Paul. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:39 am

overloaded with skeptics and openly contradicting buddha's dhamma and also off-topic content maybe
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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by Dinsdale » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:55 am

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:31 am
Congratulation to all admin staff not to mention the regular users and contributors.
Also thanks to the people who start threads, without which there would be nothing to discuss!
Buddha save me from new-agers!

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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by dylanj » Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:31 am

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:39 am
overloaded with skeptics and openly contradicting buddha's dhamma and also off-topic content maybe
:thumbsup:
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by Crazy cloud » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:06 am

The point of the teachings is that we all should get lost!, so who's misunderstanding now ... ;)

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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by binocular » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:56 pm

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:39 am
overloaded with skeptics and openly contradicting buddha's dhamma and also off-topic content maybe
I already told you: Limit the forum membership to those who have attained at least sotapanna. Ditch everyone else.
Sounds good?

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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by DNS » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:53 pm

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:39 am
overloaded with skeptics and openly contradicting buddha's dhamma and also off-topic content maybe
Actually, this is one of the reasons DW is doing so well. We don't have a Dharma-police here, banning questions on the Dhamma, challenging some Buddhist concepts and beliefs and we allow it to be discussed. Some other forums (some that have died off) had rigid rules of what could be discussed and participation naturally died off (for example, some had rules that there could be no questioning of rebirth and other Buddhist concepts).

I don't consider myself a skeptic nor a secular Buddhist, but I'm glad we have some members who fit that category as it enriches the forum and the conversations to discuss these things help people to make more informed views. Someone could be a skeptic and just need some more information and clarification, which other members can provide. A bunch of people all believing the same things on everything would be very boring and would end up being a very small group of people preaching to the choir.

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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by SarathW » Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:56 pm

overloaded with skeptics and openly contradicting buddha's dhamma
I think this is a good thing to a point.
Eventually people have to have Saddha.
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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by DNS » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:09 pm

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:56 pm
overloaded with skeptics and openly contradicting buddha's dhamma
I think this is a good thing to a point.
Eventually people have to have Saddha.
Sure, but we don't want to ban someone just because they haven't developed Saddha yet or prohibit them from expressing an opinion.

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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by Sam Vara » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:43 am

I would have thought that if sceptics and those openly contradicting the Buddha's dhamma turn up here on DW, then banning them will reinforce their scepticism and contradiction. They will go away with their prejudices confirmed. The same probably applies to personalising arguments with them, or using harsh speech to them.

If, however, they are treated with calm and reason, there's a chance that they might change their opinion. And we might learn something, too...

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Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:21 pm

no i'm not saying no skepticism, i'm saying it is rife with undue skepticism and personal opinions. valuable answers to valuable questions get lost in pages and pages of people vomiting what immediately comes to their mind without referring to the dhamma-vinaya. actually i think a merit system like on other forums would be beneficial because truly on-topic posts could be upvoted and members who contribute valuably known as such. i was just having this discussion on facebook and i dont think the dhamma is entirely subjective. there are some things that are clear and indisputable just from a cursory reading. i still dont really see why we have topics about trump or football whatever without connecting it to the path
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