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Question #92794 posted on 12/04/2019 2:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do most people find the board? I realized that other day that I don't even remember how I stumbled upon it 4 or 5 years ago. I've never seen any advertising anywhere or anyone else at BYU talk about it.

Also what kind of traffic does the website get? How many people look at the site daily? I assume someone on your side has that kind of information.

-Random late night questioner

A:

Dear friend,

Many years ago, the Board was only stumbled upon by weary travelers who were lost or in pursuit of adventure. The first adventurers became its first writers, and after they brought it up from the tunnels, the Board was able to choose the most valiant and determined to answer the questions. Now the Board no longer is public in its physical state, and as such, its presence can only be come upon by listening to the hushed whispers in-between classes or else by discerning the rumbles of the tunnel worms in the Wilkinson center. You may also get lucky and find it in a similar way to the early readers, searching the endless archives of the internet.

I was one of the lucky ones who stumbled upon the Board in its early years while I was still working as an early morning janitor as a student at BYU. I soon became intrigued by its wisdom, and I would spend much of my off time reading answers. 

We can only ever be grateful that we ever found the Board. Cherish it, dear reader.

Stanley

A:

Dear Questioner, 

From what I have found, most people find the Board through word of mouth. Maybe they had a friend or a sibling that knows about it, that sort of thing. Especially now that we aren't linked directly with the MyBYU front page, it's most common that we get readers and writers who know someone else who reads or writes. 

As for traffic, it's actually a bit harder to get to that information than you might think. However, by checking the number of incoming questions and looking at how many upvotes our answers are getting, I think the daily traffic isn't that high. We typically get 3-7 questions a week right now, and it slows down around finals. I also have noted that we rarely see more than 10 upvotes on an answer. Surely there are more than 10 readers, and not everyone is registered, so not all readers ask questions or vote. But it's still got to be less than 100 readers a day. 

From past versions of this kind of answer, I know that the number of daily viewers is always higher than expected (sort of like how seeing that my personal blog gets like 9 consistent views a week from people I literally don't even know). This is because the internet is a big place, and plenty of random people stumble onto the Board every day. Most people don't stick around. 

We're happy that you're here though. You're important to us, and you're the thing that is keeping us alive! 

I'm hoping that all the flyers that I handed out at the beginning of the semester helped to bring a few people around these parts. 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse ☾☀

A:

Dear you,

You don’t find The Board. The Board finds you.

Ominously,

Tipperary

posted on 12/05/2019 12:11 p.m.
The Board is like the Matrix. One day it's uploaded into your consciousness and you can't remember not ever knowing about the board.

Love,
Long-Time Listener, First-Time Caller
posted on 12/06/2019 12:58 p.m.
I was going to answer this but I didn't because reasons. But you can see what the stats were in 2017 if you check out http://100hourboard.org/questions/90464/

-Spectre