Dear RPF, thank you for an amazing year!

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Art Andrews, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    Hello everyone (yes, even you lurkers),

    Just wanted to take a moment on behalf of the staff to thank all of you for a truly incredible year here at the RPF. This past Nov marked the two year point since I have had the honor and privilege of overseeing this community and I finally feel we are starting to get our feet under us and expect big things in 2012!

    This year has certainly had its challenges, but overall, we have seen a more cohesive and active community than ever before!

    While numbers aren't everything, here are a few numbers to give you an idea of how we have grown.

    In 2008 members made 106k posts
    In 2009 members made 157k posts
    In 2010 members made 413k posts (can you tell we opened registration?)
    In 2011 members made 570k posts

    In 2010 we had 10k new user registrations.
    In 2011 we had 19k new user registrations.

    In 2010 we had 5.5 million visits from 2.3 million unique visitors who looked at 38.8 million pages.
    In 2011 we had 10.5 million visits from 5.5 million unique visitors who looked at 57.7 million pages.

    Again, numbers don't tell everything, so here are some other trends within this community that we have seen over the past year.

    Rise of costuming/cosplay; while this site has always embraced costume creation, we have seen a rampant increase in costuming as cosplay is becoming more and more mainstream.

    Increase in female participation; while we have always had a few females brave enough to be counted among this male-dominant hobby, with the increase in costuming, we have seen a massive increase in female participation on the site and we love it as it creates a more diverse environment that helps make us a more rounded community.

    Increase in movie discussion; pulling movie reviews and discussion out of our Off-Topic forum (thanks MicDavis!) was a great move as you guys seem to LOVE to talk about movies! We have seen a massive increase in movie discussion since we made that change.

    Increase in general modeling/sculpting; while the practical model industry seems to still be losing ground to CGI, we have seen a healthy increase in interest in modeling, which is pushing us to restructure a bit in 2012 regarding modeling/sculpting.

    We want to thank those of you who have embraced our Premium Member service and helped support the site in that way as well as the dozens upon dozens of you who have participated in various contests or helped us behind the scenes with things like our videos on YouTube or our Facebook page. While only a few of us tend to be noticed and publicly acknowledged, there are dozens of people who support this site in one way or another to help make a better experience for our members. Without the help and support from all those behind the scenes, we wouldn't have nearly as much to offer!

    Finally, we want to thank all of you who visit the site; members and non-members alike. Without you, this site would just be nothing. You are our life-blood and your projects and artwork keep us inspired to continue to serve you in even more ways!

    We have so much in store for next year and we can't wait to share it with you!

    Thanks again for your support, participation, encouragement and passion.

    Art and the RPF Staff
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  2. Rebelscum

    Rebelscum Sr Member

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    Thanks for the entire RPF team efforts this year.
  3. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    Thanks, Philip.

    I probably should have also mentioned a BIG thanks to our TWO mods, Montagar and ManfromNaboo who handle an incredible amount of issues on a daily basis and do it all without receiving anything in return. Those two are absolute troopers and their commitment to this site is incredible. I don't know many other sites who have the traffic we have that are able to get away with so few mods. Without the two of them, I would be lost.
  4. robn1

    robn1 Master Member

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    Ditto that. This is a huge busy forum, and you guys do a great job keeping things running smoothly :thumbsup
  5. jhusel

    jhusel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The RPF is second to none!
  6. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I agree with Philip, thanks RPF staff!
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  7. vetteboy1982

    vetteboy1982 Member

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    Art, I want to introduce myself and thank you for doing such a great job on the RPF. I have Kristen to thank for finding my way here. I saw her doing a video for the RPF on YouTube and followed her to her facebook page where she sugessted that I join here to help with the different things I was working on.Within 3 minutes of my first thread being up, I was greeted and helped by members and I now wish I had found this place years ago...I have a lot of catching up to do. This forum is filled to the brim with such generous and TALENTED people....I don't even feel worthy of being a member. I have little to bring to the table, but admiration and, a PASSION for all the things that brought us all here. I am old, but I am learning, and you people are a geniune inspiration.I thank each and every one of you, staff and members, and I hope to make many new friends here.....THANK-YOU !!!!!
  8. Contec

    Contec Master Member

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    You don't have a list on how many people has been banned these couple of years :p
    Thanks Art , Manfromnaboo, Montager
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  9. jedichase

    jedichase Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks RPF staff for everything. Hopefully 2012 will be even better.
    May God and the Force be with you all!
  10. CB2001

    CB2001 Master Member

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    Thank you, Art, for giving us a place for all of us who have a common interest, a second "home", if anyone wants to use that term. So far, it's been awesome. :)
  11. Moviefreak

    Moviefreak Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks to you Art and the other staff for a good year!!
  12. Obievon

    Obievon New Member

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    Happy New Year EVERYONE!!!
  13. Finhead

    Finhead Sr Member

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    Nope thanks to all the staff and you Art for having this site up.:) Hope It's another awesome year.:)
  14. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    RPF 4evah!

    Thanks to all who make this happen. The best place on the internet!

    Happy new year!

  15. merkymerx

    merkymerx Active Member

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    I've learned so much from the board. Towards the end of the year was the only time I mustered up some courage to start posting here.

    Thanks so much RPF for imparting so much knowledge! Tis a great place where people of the same passion for costumes and costuming gather. Makes me feel so at home.

    Happy new year!
  16. keysersoze30

    keysersoze30 Well-Known Member

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    Just want to say a big thank you to all the RPF staff

    and to all the amazing members on here. Their kindness, help and awesome skills make this site amazing

    so hoping for an even better in 2012 and for many years to come

    Happy new year everyone
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  17. fettster

    fettster Sr Member

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    I'll echo everyone's sentiments aswell.

    2012 should be a great year!
  18. agliarept

    agliarept Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    thanks RPF, on my end I can assure you i probably mention this site to friends and co workers at least once a day. It's the only place I feel i belong on the internet :) Happy New Year everyone.
  19. RoCKo

    RoCKo Sr Member

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    Thanks RPF staff for all your hard work, time and effort to keep this site a second home to all of us! :cheers
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  20. jonny5j

    jonny5j New Member

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    great site
    happy new year to everyone
  21. OldKen

    OldKen Master Member

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    Thank you Art. For all that you do.

    Sorry we got cut off when you called me a week or 2 ago. Been really hectic and busy through the hollidays.

    The fact you cared enough to call about such a small issue coupled with the fact that you made me feel as though my opinion mattered... Just above and beyond in your duties here and to the community as a whole.

    Montagar, manfromnaboo, you guys rock as well! I'm proud of you 2. You have really stuck in there and really became a part of the backbone here. I know you both had a few rough times and doubts in the begining.

    Thanks again for everything you guys do. And Happy New Year to you and the entire forum! :)
  22. G17RDY


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    Cheers, and all the best to every single member of the RPF.

    Big thanks to the MODS, this wouldn't of been possible without you!
  23. darthwhitey

    darthwhitey Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I think if I did a graph of money spent on these d@mn props here on the RPF my chart would go up every year too! :lol

    Thanks to the Mods for all their hard work!

    I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2012!

  24. jhusel

    jhusel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I think we should have something like a year end coffee table book of the best things made on the RPF. In it, we could thank the owner, mods, and members. It could also go to help fund the RPF
  25. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Happy new year to all!!!

    I want to take the opportunity to say THANK YOU RPF as well :):thumbsup

    Thanks to the mods and esp. you Art for enabling us to interact on this wonderful board!
    Thanks to all the people, who contributed to this hobby!
    Thanks to all the people I had transactions with, which helped to empty my wallet :lol
    Thanks to all the people, who helped me with my personal prop-projects by sharing information, doing researches, machining stuff or providing parts.
    Thanks to all the people, who make the RPF the place it actually is.

    Markus :)
  26. jedimarkj

    jedimarkj Well-Known Member

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    Cheers to you and the mods Art for doing a great job. And also to my fellow members!
    I was on a really long hiatus from the board and so glad I came back. You guys and doing a bang up job!
  27. GDafi

    GDafi Sr Member

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    Thanks to all the Admins, and Moderators for all your hard work, keeping this place going strong.
    This is my online home, and there is always something to read, and I have learnt some much from everyone here, now I just have to find the time to get doing something

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