Thanks for the question, I think.
The new members you see are as real as you and me. We had over 1,000,000 sessions in the last month, with a session representing a user interaction with our website that could be 1 or 100 pageviews. If even 1% of those sessions was an interaction with the forums (it’s more than that), it’s realistic to see what you’re seeing in the Forums, in the form of verified new members and their posts. New members are coming mostly from the same areas they’ve always come from, but at increasingly higher rates. That includes the US, UK and Europe Southeast Asia and Australia, but also many more countries in Central and South America and loads of countries in Africa. Also remember that the greater majority of visitors to the Forums have always been there to lurk and read. If that percentage of users changes even just a little bit, it can have dramatic effect on the levels of direct engagement and action. And it has.
But even if you discount those facts, we have members on almost every continent on the planet, we’re open 24 hours a day - all you need is Internet and a device, we’ve been doing this for almost 15 years, and a global pandemic is bringing more people home, to use their computers and mobile devices to learn something new, to find a community to become a part of, and to start trading forex for themselves.
We’ve also spoken to claims regarding fake users in the past. We don’t use - and have never used - outside companies to create “fake” members and/or posts. Robots and algorithms aren’t smart enough to create “system” accounts that can carry on a conversation, let alone a jargon heavy and technical subject matter like forex. And there’s literally no upside for us to do that in the short or long term, and longer term, there is exponentially way more risk in damaging the community we already have and website as a whole. You need people involved in the topic at hand to make discussions and conversation actually sound natural and thoughtful. We’re into a real community. Always have been.
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