This is not aimed at the regular contributors to this forum, or those new members that haven't had time to settle in.
First let me state that it costs our host Graham, real money to supply you with this forum, the only one on this subject hosted in Australia.
I have always been of the opinion that a Forum was a place where people with a common interest gathered to discuss their favourite subject.
If what I have seen, or better still [i]not seen,[/i] is the reality, then I am obviously mistaken. Understanding that some of the figures may be guests that are just looking I quote the following two random examples.
First a post from Sourdom, one of the regular contributors, about Rounder Loaves, 156 readers, 0 comments or replies, not even a "Thanks for the tip mate".
Second, a post from SourYumMum "Sourdough Disaster" where her husband threw her started down the drain, a topic that [i]could[/i] have been worth a lot of friendly banter and jokes, what happened was that there was only 4 people who bothered to respond.
Have a look at the following figures. 115 members. Over half, 58, have never made a post. 15 have made 1. 20 have made between 2 & 10. 7 have made between 11 & 20.
There are 15 people who have made more than 20 posts. 1 is the forum owner, 1 is the forum administrator, [i]7 are from overseas[/i]. That leaves 6 Aussie members.
If you have a look at all of the above you may understand why one of the top 15 has stated to me in private that they will not waste their time any more because they are so disheartened at the lack of response.
And you will also understand why, with due apologies to Graham and the regulars, that until such time as there is a [i]demonstrated [/i]interest in the contributions from some very worthy people, I will not be contributing anything more to this forum. 260 posts, I've tried!