Obviously not been going as long, but it's a similar thing with the T Shirts. I've had more requests than actual firm orders so far. And when did you start doing your tapes Chris? Three years, now? How do your numbers average out? Say 70 a year actually buying, perhaps? Simon's figures would probably be interesting too, and I imagine the random eBay bootlegs probably up the figure a bit higher.Some obviously do post here to leave feedback, but even having gone to that length they don't seem to hang around to chat - if I were to trim down the numbers on the forum still further (which I could do) the number of repeat posters would probably only be 20, if that...Based on page hits, SFXB gets roughly 25,000 hits a year to its front page. But that's just hits, not unique individuals. If you were to start stripping that down, e.g. people who thought it was a Trek/Wars site, people returning to the front page (not uncommon), site spiders etc then the number of people who actually arrived and were interested in Star Fleet (as opposed to something else on the site) could be far far lower.That said, one thing I do notice is that the number of daily hits is relatively steady, and around 80% of the hits are from the UK (others may be as well, it depends on the ISP's name). So depending on how you treat the figures, there appears to be some ongoing interest in general.Unfortunately, short of a really decent poll which might or might not get participated in, it's impossible to discover the motivation and mind-set of visitors. The only way that can happen is if they post here or send an email or put an entry in a guestbook. I certainly do get contributions every now and again, but they're relatively rare.So I think you end with a split between people who just want to name check the series from their childhood, people who want to watch the series again, and people who remember it really vividly and want to discuss it. The latter are the ones that might go to a meeting, but they seem to be in a minority, especially when you consider that hundreds of people must now have had access to the show again. I think it takes a very unusual set of circumstances for someone to remain quite so interested in an old kids TV show for so long.If we actually look at the interests of those posting here it's actually quite revealing. The SFP crew are clearly into BOTP and Gatchaman and anime in a broader sense, as is long time Star Fleet supporter Justin Palmer. Shane is into similar things, plus Transformers (judging by the original plans for Superbadassrobo?). I'm not a massive BOTP fan although I was fond of it in childhood; I do have an awareness of anime, but I tend to follow mainstream shows more so (Farscape, Stargate et al).So, I think if you're looking to have a Star Fleet meeting of any sort, you might be better off going to an anime themed convention rather than a mainstream event. Because I think a lot of us actually look back at Star Fleet and think, yes, that's what got me interested in the genre even if I didn't know what its origins were at the time. Probably because in many ways it's more "real" than traditional anime, so it left an impression.So having given it a little more thought, if you could find a national anime con (which do happen I believe) then you might be able to generate a greater level of interest, which in turn might create a larger community which I assume is what you're looking to do?
Andy Thomas - SFXB Webmaster and Forum Moderator