Hoboken411 site news
Figured I’d take this opportunity to update you all with a few random Hoboken411 snippits.
Traffic at all-time high
I don’t obsessively check the web stats for Hoboken411, because I’m usually too busy working on other things. But I checked in with my various analytics packages, and I was very surprised! Last week was the largest overall week of visitors and pageviews ever!
Thank you all the new readers for making 411 a great place to discuss any and all community issues!
Post rules reminder
The number of (honest) registered users 411 has is mind-boggling, and with the total comments expected to exceed 100,000 sometime this summer, it’s no wonder so many residents keep joining! Hoboken411’s comment and moderation policy is among the most liberal on the web. I’ve always encouraged a free and open posting policy with very few restrictions, one being a one-screen name per person policy. This keeps Hoboken411 from becoming the predictable farce you see on some other “bulletin board” type sites.
Every now and then, a select few “cry-baby” readers just don’t get it, and continually violate the post rules (multiple screen names is just one example) and inherently get banished from commenting again. These are the readers who wish to dominate the discussion to the detriment of the greater community. They are the posters who wish Hoboken411 was a place for only their ideas, and who take steps (including signing on with multiple screen names) to intimidate and harass diverse opinion of the site. (Most recent banned user: “robo”, who went under multiple screen names: slamman, darktemplar, another I won’t mention now and possibly others I haven’t found yet.) Fewer than 10 individual users have been “shown the curb,” and I feel that is an incredible success ratio!
Just like there are “rules of the road,” if you keep speeding and get summons after summons, eventually your driving privileges are revoked. Additionally, if you read said post rules, you’ll see that Hoboken411 in no way restricts anyone’s freedom of speech. You’re welcome to start your own site, or stand on the street corner and say what you want.
Imagine if you owned a local tavern, and ran the place by yourself. You took care of the bills, the marketing, the bartending and more. Would you allow one unruly customer disrupt your place of business? Nope, you’d banish them from coming to your establishment again, but they’re free to go to the other bar across the street and become someone else’s problem. Hands washed.
What many of you might not realize is, that everything you see on this site (with the exception of user comments) was created and/or managed by just one person. Each video, graphic, banner, story and more. Once I get that “unruly customer,” it’s in my best interest to “cut the cord” and focus on what makes this site tick: Consistent output and excellent user-contributions.
As always, your contribution is welcome and encouraged as we work together to make our community stronger with technology on the most viewed site in Hoboken!
Have a great weekend, everyone!