lack of useful search function. this place started going downhill as soon as that disappeared.
I think most people involved would *like* to see this place become a significant and contemporary source of law school advice. But I don't think that many people care enough to brainstorm and then do something. As a mod, I have no control over anything this so I guess my brainstorming is futile.
What is a site like this worth? We would need to know the montly/annual expenses, and the monthly/annual revenues. Then just do a simple market analysis of the law school messageboard industry, and then add any discounts or premiums based on this research. Some numbers would have to be discounted to their present values. What are we looking at ..under or over 10k?
I think I had guessed somewhere around $10k. Not bad. http://www.cubestat.com/www.lawschooldiscussion.org(link taken from a thread on TLS)
I can't imagine with the current traffic it's worth near that much. AdSense doesn't pay that much, and I can't imagine some of these off-topic ads are getting too many clicks.
Some recent numbers on activity: (threads/posts/new members)October 2009 362 2729 370 540September 2009 284 3115 270 160August 2009 278 4418 290 131July 2009 424 9588 381 159June 2009 531 10696 429 180May 2009 547 12252 428 176April 2009 550 15092 514 220March 2009 604 15218 491 196February 2009 557 14843 453 199January 2009 626 21074 443 201December 2008 785 27743 445 232November 2008 702 23912 460 296October 2008 1012 23301 598 610 As you can see, site traffic is down precipitously from this time last year. October is usually a peak month for site traffic, and the number of posts this October was actually down from September. Frankly, I'm afraid this site will be pretty much completely dead by spring at this rate. My thought: the problem is that there is little to differentiate this site from TLS. It's set up to attract the same basic group of posters. Even fixing all the errors on the site, it has already lost the critical mass necessary to really sustain discussions. People were still signing up last October and posting questions, but there weren't enough people posting in the threads to really sustain discussion. What LSD needs is a new Niche. XOXO has the elitist/political incorrect shoot your mouth off under the cover of anonymity market Abovethelaw has the blog style market cornered JD underground has the bitter grad market covered TLS has the 0L (and increasing the law student) market covered Any ideas where LSD can go to differentiate itself?