Madi, Thanks for choosing Hubski as your topic for the paper. We have a small community, with somewhere around 20-30k singed up users. Honestly, we care so little about those numbers (that's what happens when you don't monetize your users) that we don't really check them that often.
We go through spurts of active users in the thousands to our normal amount in the hundreds. Many of our users are very familiar with one another, having had discussions with each other for years now. Some of us have met in person #hubskimeetup and we get to know each other through the site in passive ways and more overt ones: #meethubski.
In short, Hubski is less an online forum to many of us as it is a "place." It's a place where you can see some familiar "faces," and have conversations with interesting people from all over the globe. We work on art projects together, we debate topics like science and politics and we laugh and even cry together. We genuinely care about one another. It's pretty rad.
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