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Good idea, Scott! ;) I bet we'll see a flood of newbie postings over the next few days :D

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I agree, celiac3270, it is a good idea.......

I hope you are right about more posts from the lurkers. I think the more input, the better for all of us...... ;)

Karen

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A recent analysis has determined that 20% of our board users are making around 90% of the posts,

That's crazy! there are a lot of people that don't post!

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wow...come on everyone post....we don't bite....usually :lol:

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It seems like a lot of people register and just don't come, though...not necessarily lurk. After all, when you look at the members who are on, they don't show many. Well, unless the people don't bother to log in and just view as guests. There are always many guests.

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lurk... that is such a funny word when you think about it :lol:

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I think some members at least come on here but don't log in. I used to do that before I started posting. Now I keep it on a mode that remembers my login on this computer so it never logs out.

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Yes...I've always kept mine so that I don't log in each time (w/ the remember me option)......so much easier than logging in and out all the time. And yes....so many guests on all the time...just a random sample might give you....22 guests, 6 members or something.... my point is, always more guests than members.

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Yep you are right there are usually many more guests on here then members

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I "lurked" for about 6 months before finally joining so I could participate in Molly's science fair survey. I think this will be my fifth post since joining in December. I read the board frequently, usually every day, but rarely post . I have been gluten-free for almost five years (and probably celiac for at least ten more), but I seldom see a topic I can add something new to. I just don't do "ME TOO" posts, they don't seem to add any value.

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I would agree wthat too many "me too" posts is a bad thing, but with something like celiac where people are often pulled by conflicting statements, a handful of them on certain topics can help make readers (particularly newbies) more confident about something.

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When I first joined, I was comforted by the "me too" posts, actually.....

It felt really reassuring to be in an environment where other people posted that they were going through the same things I was. I didn't feel so isolated........ :D

It made me realize that I wasn't losing my mind afterall...... ;)

Karen

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Yea I think that it is good when you have numerous people saying the same thing or agreeing. I know when I was new I was told don't listen to everything you here unless you here it over and over...I found it comforting and it made me more confident about what I could and could not have.

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Also, when you have the medical establishment drilling it over and over again into your head that it is just "all in your head", the fact that you can read other people's posts and feel that they are posting exactly what you are experiencing just reinforces your confidence that you are in fact not crazy. :D

Karen

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Yea...they're probably sometimes good, as long as they don't get too abundant. I think similar posts are most valuable when it comes to reassuring someone or sympthizing with or helping a newbie w/ general gluten-free resources. After all, we all do it differently. I do think, though, that if two or three people say a product is gluten-free, a fourth and fifth person agreeing isn't necessary....anh...whatever. ;)

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