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    Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    This will hopefully be the first in a weekly installment of factoids about the forum.

    Did you know that Car-Seat.Org started in April, 2001? After having difficulty finding expert information about carseat compatibility for my son (b. 1998) and daughter (b. 2000), I saw the need for a technician-staffed forum that was advertisement free and allowed visitors to post questions without registration.

    Sadly, it has grown so much that advertisements finally became necessary to support operational costs a few years ago.

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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoid #1

    Factoid #2:

    I started my first BBS forum in 1984. It was called "The Wall", named after the Pink Floyd album from a few years earlier. You could leave "graffiti" on the wall for other members to see.

    Some comparisons of The Wall at its peak 25 years ago with today's Car-Seat.Org:

    Computer: The Wall ran on an Apple II+ with 48 kilobytes of memory and 1MHz 6502 processor. Car-Seat.Org runs on a distributed server cluster of computers with many gigabytes of memory and multiple processors running at a few Ghz.

    Connectivity: The Wall had a Hayes 300bit/s modem that hooked up to an analog phone line. Car-Seat.Org's provider has redundant high speed connections measured in billions of bits/s.

    Storage: The Wall's database was around 250 kilobytes, stored on a Rana Elite floppy disk drive. There were probably 1000 posts in the datbase at most. Car-Seat.org's database is almost 2 Gigabytes, stored on redundant ultra high speed SCSI and solid state hard drives. There are over 1 million posts in the database.

    Bandwidth: The Wall was text-only, black and white (unless you used a "green screen" monitor!). It probably transferred less than 1 megabyte on its best day. Car-Seat.Org transfers over 5 gigabytes on peak days.

    Members: The Wall had at most 100 members. One member could dial-in at a time to browse and post messages. On a good day, perhaps 15 unique members might visit. Car-Seat.org has over 10,000 members and over 1,000 members and guests are visiting simultaneously at peak times during the day. On a good day, Car-Seat.Org has 15,000 unique visitors.

    Most users of The Wall were male in the 12-18 year-old demographic. Most topics centered around music and high school, as you might imagine. Car-Seat.Org members are overwhelmingly female, mostly in the 25-44 age groups. Child Passenger Safety, children and daily family life dominate the topics.

    "The Wall" ran through mid 1986 until it was closed due the operator going to college and obsolete technology (newer BBS software had color, graphics and hard disk drives allowed more storage but that was way too much $$$). I wonder what kind of forum I will be running 25 years from now?

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    Something about cyborgs, probably.

    Or adult mobility scooters.

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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Very cool! Thanks, D!
    Rebekah Branch, CPST from May 2005 until June 2011
    Mom to CJ (7/96, seatbelt), Gregory (4/98, seatbelt), & Joyjoy (10/03, misc. booster seats)
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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Quote Originally Posted by LISmama810 View Post
    Something about cyborgs, probably.

    Or adult mobility scooters.
    Yes, one or the other is pretty likely at that point.

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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoid #1

    My how times change!

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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Factoid #3:

    In January, we had 211,000 unique visitors who viewed 7 million pages. The peak day was January 17th, where 14,978 unique people visited. That day also set the record for unique visitors within a 1 hour period of 1,346 visiting around noon central time, one of the peak times of the day on a Monday, one of the peak days of the week.
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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    So cool, thanks!

    Whatever forum you'll be running in 25 years, it will be in addition to this one, right?

    ETA: after all, we will all need to help eachother decide what seats to get for the grandkids... ones that attach to those mobility scooters.
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    DS1 7 yo - 47 lbs (47"/??"t/??"top of head) - boostered in SKMonterey/2TBs/2CowmooPWSG/2HarmonyNBBs
    DS2 4 yo - 34.5 lbs (40"/15"t/??"top of head) - FF in CowmooMA/TrueFit/2Radians/2Nautiluses/HarmonyV7
    Also in possession of: Graco SafeSeat1 and MyRide (loaned out) + 1 demo seat: SnugRide.

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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Factoid #4:

    All time records:
    Top poster [joolsplus3 - 17869]
    Most replied to thread [Splash79=troll?] (since deleted)
    Most viewed thread [Successful Three Across thread]
    Most popular forum [CAR SEATS - General Child Safety Seat Questions, Tips and Advice]

    So far this month, February 7th set the record with 777 registered member visits. February 9th had the most new threads, with 159, and posts, with 1710.
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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    Most replied to thread [Splash79=troll?] (since deleted)
    Apparently I need to slow down when I read... I read it quick and went Wait...WHAT??? Splash was a troll and got deleted??? LMAO

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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Top 25 search engine phrases bringing visitors to Car-Seat.Org in February:

    25) car seat

    24) recaro proride

    23) britax frontier 85 reviews

    22) graco nautilus review

    21) oobr

    20) car seat crash test ratings

    19) safest booster seats 2011

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    5) graco nautilus reviews

    4) car seat forum

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    2) carseat forum
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    And the number 1 search phrase for February...
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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Woohoo! Awesome to see people searching out the forum by name!
    Cat in Canada
    DS1 7 yo - 47 lbs (47"/??"t/??"top of head) - boostered in SKMonterey/2TBs/2CowmooPWSG/2HarmonyNBBs
    DS2 4 yo - 34.5 lbs (40"/15"t/??"top of head) - FF in CowmooMA/TrueFit/2Radians/2Nautiluses/HarmonyV7
    Also in possession of: Graco SafeSeat1 and MyRide (loaned out) + 1 demo seat: SnugRide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommycat
    Woohoo! Awesome to see people searching out the forum by name!
    This!
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    Dustin 12y & 105 lbs 5-stepped/Seatbelt only
    Colton 6y & 43lb FF RXT/Pinnacle/FR90
    Peyton 5y & 38lb FF in Sureride/FR90/FR85

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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Neat! I wish I would have found this place in 2001. I was 16 and babysat my cousin's 3yo and 1yo and she would just drop their seats off with them and I just had to figure it out on my own. Looking back, I'm horrified anyone would trust a 16yo with something like that, but if you knew her, you wouldn't be surprised. LOL
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    ...and TTC an excuse to buy a new seat since 2/2013

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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Quote Originally Posted by mommycat View Post
    Woohoo! Awesome to see people searching out the forum by name!
    The funny thing is that if you just put car-seat.org into your URL bar, the forum comes up!

    I will note that like most months, the Graco Nautilus is again the most popular product phrase bringing visitors here from search engines. The Radian and Maestro are also often in the top 10 in recent months, though I'm not sure why the Radian dropped out in February!

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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Ever wonder what time of day is the busiest? The three columns from left to right indicate page views, hits and bandwidth.
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    wow... the flow is like waves.



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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    It used to be for years that Monday and Tuesday were busiest, with Weds-Fri somewhat lower. Saturday was typically much lower than the weekdays with Sunday only a little higher than Saturday. Now, the variations from day-to-day are much smaller, though the same general trend is still true.
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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    Factoid #4:

    All time records:
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    And that's *after* you cut down our community posts a couple years ago
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    Re: Did you Know? Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Factoids

    Quote Originally Posted by joolsplus3 View Post
    And that's *after* you cut down our community posts a couple years ago
    scary to think what it would have been otherwise....
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