Hello everyone,

MeetFighters, the world's (by our not entirely arbitrary metric) largest wrestling personals site, has passed 13,000 members]! And we have just turned 8 years old!

For those who care, the "active membership", that is, members who have logged in in the past 30 days, is 11693. This means that in terms of active membership, MeetFighters is now bigger than the second and third biggest wrestling sites combined! (And this is on a site that actively discourages practices that would artificially inflate our membership numbers, e.g. prohibiting one person from operating multiple profiles.) We are still a site for the community and run by the community, without a corporate owner or commercial interest. We are sustained by the generosity of our members, and continue growing and giving you new stuff.

Some more numbers because I just love them so much:

In other news, we have a brand spanking new SSD, partly because it is faster than the old one, and partly because the old one crashed, causing a few hours of downtime a few Fridays back. Thankfully our backups worked well and we only lost a small amount of data and half a percent of monthly uptime.

Behind the scenes, we have been busy in the past few months bringing many stability and performance improvements to the site code. Perhaps the most visible change of late was the rearranging of the profile pages. Let me offer some background on the underlying thought process.

The mission of this site, as codified in the name itself, is to facilitate meets. Therefore the most important metric with which I measure the site's success is the number of past opponents each member accumulates over time. The quality of meets is also of concern, hence the importance of recommendations. These two key metrics are measured over the time a person has been using the site. So, days, opponents, recommendations. By picking and focusing these three metrics, I am hoping to nudge some members who are reluctant to meet to do it more frequently.

To counteract the "wasted" screen space that these boxes use up, other parts of the profile have been broken into two columns, giving quicker access to the introduction and interests of a member. (Granted, "waste" is not the right term for something that is in ultimately infinite supply.) I ask everyone to give the new design some time to grow on you. I am still making revisions to it and your input is valuable, but please understand that it is not possible to come up with a design that appeals to all 13000+ active members.

As always, your input is valuable.

And for those who ask each time and then ignore the answer: yes it is possible to see join/part notifications in the browser chat. Just click on the gears icon on the top right of the screen.

– Admin out

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Last edited on 11/28/2016 9:57 PM by Admin
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Comments (38)

scottimike (18 gold) 11/28/2016 9:25 PM

Many thanks the site is fantastic,keep up the good work team , BRAVO on the stats too !

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SubsGuyCambs (21 bronze) 11/28/2016 9:29 PM

Woo! I love stats 🖒🖒

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scottimike (18 gold) 11/28/2016 9:33 PM

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Haha yours aint bad either. Subsguyc..fights etc..

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edscissors (15 platinum) 11/28/2016 9:32 PM

Thank you, as ever, for your hard work on our behalf. Great news that we are up to 13000 members - and the proportion of demonstrably active members is impressive.

I'm not personally wild about the new design for the profile page but understand your reasons for the big blocks (days, opponents, recommendations) and am sure that, as you say, we shall quickly become accustomed to the new look. Yes: we should give it time.

So: thanks again for our wonderful site.

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FLGripper (1) 11/29/2016 10:29 PM

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congrats on a milestone.. a great site

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rock20087 (78 gold) 11/28/2016 9:44 PM

Keep up the fantastic and sometimes thankless work in your tremendous efforts keeping our community communicating with one another across the globe. Well done!

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Vanman (61 ) 11/28/2016 9:45 PM

As always, good work.

Can I ask for some more stats? What proportion of users use a mobile device vs a pc? When was users last noted opponent or match? How long do I spend on the site each week or month?

I fall into the mobile fraternity and feel sometimes like the poor relation. The new design is great but if the text or boxes don't resize they become unreadable. The 2 column thing would also cause issues.

I love the site but hate the way I always get the old brownish background when I log in.

I will shut up now and stop moaning. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💪🏼

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Wrestle4Fun (111 gold) 11/28/2016 9:48 PM

You MUST be proud!!
You are the best and a great Thanx for all !!0

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bobster (24 platinum) 11/28/2016 9:48 PM

MeetFighters is fantastic. Other than meeting a number of wrestlers on this site the best thing is the site does not promote the sale of "adult" wrestling for profit.
Please keep up the good work and keeping the site user friendly.

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Wrestlertoo (78 gold) 11/28/2016 9:58 PM

Well I have to say , I hate statistics....just cant get away with them.
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On the other hand, I love this site. Must do, as I have been here for 2257 days.
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Thats.....er.....well, its a long time!

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Tigerrific (33 bronze) 11/29/2016 1:01 AM

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I've been on this awesome site for 2142 days! So that makes me as... old, as Jonny here? :p

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brick (19 bronze) 11/28/2016 10:04 PM

I have met so many great people through this site - THANK YOU for your efforts!

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privatefight (0) 11/28/2016 10:06 PM

le traducteur ne fonctionne encore pas

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frenchprowrestler (118 bronze) 11/28/2016 10:20 PM

Congratulations
;-)

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billwrstlr (35 silver) 11/28/2016 10:24 PM

Amazing site !!! Thanks so much for making it possible !!

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cyclone74 (13) 11/28/2016 10:24 PM

Awesome job to the administration, thank you

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StrikeFighter (36 translator) 11/28/2016 10:32 PM

Well done and thanks for all your time and effort. Glad to have been a member from the very start. I've made so many friends through this site that I honestly don't know what my life would be like today without it.

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Heraclius2 (39 silver) 11/28/2016 10:50 PM

Great work guys, thank you very much for it !
I too have met really great guys in here.

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matthias (74 gold) 11/28/2016 10:53 PM

Very cool. Smart choice of metrics!

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DancerDC (4) 11/28/2016 10:53 PM

Thanks for all your efforts to promote this community!

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the natureboy (11 platinum) 11/28/2016 11:18 PM

the biggest... but more important... the best and always getting better....thanks for the work and for the enthusiasm...

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mikemat123 (13 platinum) 11/28/2016 11:27 PM

Well done! You've done an amazing job!

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tough gut (4 gold) 11/29/2016 1:51 AM

Keep up the great work. Before stumbling across the sight by accident and then joining, I thought I was the only one on the planet that enjoyed boxing for & in particular the gut punching. This sight has brought me much closer to others with similar interests and most of us would have more meetups if not for the distances between us. I don't think you can improve on those situations but you're doing great fixing the things that you can.

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Alonzo (18) 11/29/2016 2:19 AM

Great!!!!
Keep going in this way.

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wrestlesub (7) 11/29/2016 2:23 AM

Congratulations! Awesome work. Looking forward to see mobile apps improvement as well :)

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Rusnak (127 platinum) 11/29/2016 3:04 AM

Love the site. Great work. One question, in the new format the days that Im listed as belonging to this site is less than a year. Ive been a member for years. Will this be corrected?

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carioca fighter (31) 11/29/2016 3:21 AM

i just have to greet you for your dedication on this site
you have been favoring many meetings and friendship through here
so congratulations man you have done, and you still do make an awesome job

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Miamigrappler (1) 11/29/2016 3:25 AM

The site is excellent.... Believe it or not , once being a Monitor for a no longer Wrestling site, Meetfighters has everything that the other sites had, but the other sites let there growth overwhelm themselves with externals rather than maintaining themselves with a internal discipline.
Financially, I question just the European Dollar, or Euro, ... and PayPal. Here in the States, the more practical payment method would be the use of a Visa card or Mastercard. Paypal for some seems like one more solicitation in a banking form that is not at times friendly. Therefore I would encourage your Financial advisors to investigate Visa and Mastercard.

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smeikle (5 gold) 11/29/2016 3:46 AM

The site is awesome. Keep up the good work. There is a reason it's number 1

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FitScot (29 gold) 11/29/2016 11:09 AM

Thanks guys! had some good times though this website here, and sure I've some more to come!

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Gran Mitico (0) 11/29/2016 2:52 PM

Son contento, ma non sono riuscito a fare un incontro serio, al massimo sono riuscito a prendere un appuntamento, ma senza risultati.

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Ringmuscle (49) 11/29/2016 3:02 PM

For grown men who like to battle other studs this is the only place to come. You guys do a fantastic job of creating a one stop site for meeting other men who enjoy wrestling. Your chat room is easy to access and for the most part your members behave themselves in there. Thank you.

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stdfghter01 (6 platinum) 11/29/2016 8:58 PM

Thanks so much for all you do. A tremendous site. Have met many great guys and not so great also. But that does not matter. Just having fun in wrestling and fighting. Thanks again.

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WrstL1980 (14 gold) 11/29/2016 9:57 PM

I owe MEETFIGHTERS.COM some of the most amazing meetings with people I had in my life (Not exaggerating one bit !) :)
Kudos! please continue keeping the sight fresh, and the spirit of it as it is: community oriented, meeting oriented, supportive and safety aware.

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SQUEEZEPLAY (10) 11/29/2016 11:50 PM

As always, good work! The new look is fresh and functional! I like your emphasis on making it possible to meet up and wrestle, (or box, etc), although some of the best are a halfway around the world from me! Yet I have still managed to get matches from the site, thanks to efficient administration! Rock on!

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wrestle46 (0 silver) 11/30/2016 6:46 AM

Thanking you. I love this site. :-)

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dabbler1973 (14) 11/30/2016 7:26 PM

This is fantastic! Well Done!! and hats off to Fighterboyy Sile for kicking the whole thing off in the beginning!!! Thanks for creating this fun and safe environment to meet other like minded men. Long may it continue!!

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Arthuro (4 ) 12/01/2016 1:27 PM

Vrij onlangs begonnen , op deze site , maar reeds veel plezier gehad , nieuwe vrienden gemaakt , en zelf al een match gehad hier in mijn huis (spanje)
Felicidades por su éxito que ya tienen 13·000 miembros , soy realmente feliz y orgulloso de pertenecer de este grupo , seguir asi , hemos tenido un montón de diversión aquí.

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