This question was asked by scoow:
I appreciate the commitment each of the candidates is willing to make to serve on TalkBoard. (Yes, I do realize that each of you has a life offline.) However, I am curious as to how much time you currently spend on FT. I understand you may not post every time you log-in (though some of you may), and travel/life can cause variations, but on average do you check-in daily, weekly, or once a month? How many forums do you read regularly?
Nov 9, 06, 7:30 am
I check in daily and being in a profession that involves heavy computer usage (good for building muscles), I am online quite a lot.
I'd say I read about 15-20 forums with reasonable regularity.
Nov 9, 06, 7:30 am
I check in daily, several times a day.
Currently, I susbscribe to 27 forums, though I only check half those regularly. Some of them are on the list for ease of access when I do want/need to check them.
Every now & then I enter through the forums link so I can see all of them just to check out what's going on.
Nov 9, 06, 7:34 am
Several times a day when I'm not traveling/on client sites. In hotels at night when I do travel. I am in a computer field and work from a home office when I'm not traveling. I'm on my own network, so nobody sits and tracks my Internet usage :)
Currently, I subscribe to eight forums: Northwest, Marriott, Travel Technology, TravelBuzz, Only Randy Peterson (when it's not hiding ;) ), Travel Safety & Security, TalkBoard Topics, and OMNI. I also look at (and will someday add to my list) Hertz, Avis, American Express, Hilton, Delta, and Continental, along with some of the Community forums.
Nov 9, 06, 7:40 am
I check every day, many, many times.
Currently, around 6 forums, and a few others I read every so often. I usually post daily, and most active on the United.
Look how fast all of us responded to this question :D
Nov 9, 06, 7:41 am
I ususally browse the forums daily, several times a day at random as time allows.
There are 20 forums in my subscription list, but a couple times a week I'll scan other forums for items of interest.
Nov 9, 06, 7:47 am
I don't really use MyFlyertalk, so don't have a subscription list. I have about half a dozen forums I check in on several times a day, and then probably another dozen which get read on anything from a daily basis to a couple of times a week - it often depends how much traffic they get as to how often I look at them.
Oh, and I'm on FT pretty much on a daily basis :o I'm one of those you find chewing their nails to the quick when it's down :(
Nov 9, 06, 8:08 am
I'm on here several times a day - it's the first thing I do in the morning & often times the last thing I do at night. I'm on here on weekdays & weekends. I do travel quite a bit - almost every other week if not weekly - so being on the road, FT's a great home away from home. The only days that I don't get on FlyerTalk is when I'm on a longhaul trip or on a vacation or trip where I won't have internet access. When I'm out, I always inform my fellow Mileage Run & Budget Travel moderators that I'll have limited access to FlyerTalk during this time & would afford the same respect to my fellow TB Members if elected.
I'd like to think that no one running for TalkBoard only checks in weekly or once a month.
As for the forums that I read - there's about 20 or so that I regularly check out - although I don't post in all 20 of them...
Nov 9, 06, 8:08 am
I check in multiple times per day when not busy, try to at leat one time a day when not busy, often post, but sometimes do not if I feel that I have nothingvaluable to say/add. The only times I go w/o FT is either when very busy and travelling or when I take a short break with the family and my wife and I promise eachother to try to avoid computers, blackberrys, etc for as long as possible, rarely lasts more than a few days.
Nov 9, 06, 8:16 am
I check in when I first do my internet cycle in the morning (FT gets started while email is processing) and I usually do a late evening cycle before bed. Everything in between then depends on where I am (home, office, traveling) and what my access to FT is. I do sometimes access FT from my BlackBerry (although its more difficult to actually post from there sometimes!) and I've had days at work where I've been continually logged in with a window minimized (FT is *great* when on conference calls!)
I have close to 20 forums on my subscriptions list - and there are a number of other forums that I check on a regular basis. I also love clicking on random threads that show up on the main log in page - I find new delights almost daily!
Nov 9, 06, 8:46 am
I check FT in the morning, I check FT at night. I check FT in the afternoon, it makes me feel alright;I check FT in time of peace, and twice in time of war. I check FT before I check FT, and then I check twice more.
Nov 9, 06, 9:32 am
Just checking MyFlyerTalk, I see that I subscribe to 27 forums - including two private forums - one for the Talkboard and one for the Moderators.
When I log on, I attempt to check all forums... in this order:
TalkBoard Topics - moderator
Coupon Connection - moderator
all other Travel related forums
When in town, I attempt to check in a few times a day... if sitting at home... maybe more.
Nov 9, 06, 11:05 am
FlyerTalk is my "home" website, so it automatically opens whenever I get on line. I generally go from there straight to "My FlyerTalk". I am subscribed to 12 forums. In short, I spend a heck of a lot of time on F/T.
This, of course, is subject to change. If my UIG (Used Italian Girlfriend) is in Israel, or if I am visiting her in Milan or Lugano, my time on line drops sharply.
On the other hand, when the fighting broke out here I was spending an incredible amount of time on F/T. PMs were coming in from all over the world, both from veteran F/Ters and newbies, and I tried my best to give each a personal response. Moreover, when I didn't post for a few hours I apparently started a panic which resulted in MapleLeaf waking me up from a badly needed sleep to ask if I was alive.
(I checked my pulse before giving him an answer.)
Nov 9, 06, 11:16 am
I login a few times a day and when connected to the internet I always have a quick look at whats going on, its a bit like an addiction at times. :D
Nov 9, 06, 1:38 pm
I check the forums several times a week. I do not think that we should be down on a candidate because we don't think they are currently 'in' the forums enough. If you are following my candidacy you have already read what forums interest me, check them out.
Nov 9, 06, 3:14 pm
Flyertalk is my own little roach motel: I checked in but I cant check out.
Lisa is screaming at me to get the hell off flyertalk so I have to go to Munchen now...
Frugal Travel Guy
Nov 9, 06, 5:21 pm
3 times a day. First thing in the AM, early PM and last thing at night. 8-12 Forums.