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OK, She-Ra, as you asked so nicely I will let you into this closely guarded secret.

Zompire and Vambie - as this accident is so rare and seems to always create the two at once - are actually the best of friends. Despite the fact Zompire will never see past his ego to admit this.

Last time it happened, which was about a fortnight ago, there weren't any photos because they wouldn't show up on camera. But I did "obtain" an artists impression of their meeting:


That's a bat, right?
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Very interesting question and I think there is a complicated answer. The short answer though, is that TSR has changed dramatically in the last few years whereas before it was more focussed on the very top performing students. It's gradually broadened out to appeal to many more students.

Let's start with the science bit. We know there are just over 4 million students in the UK from GCSE up to degree level (and every other route in between). Of that audience, we know approximately 75% of them visit TSR every month. So the readership must reflect the overall student community in general.

When it comes to people who register and interact with the forums, PMs, shout box and learning tool chat rooms, it is more complicated an answer (FYI: there are likely to be around 250,000 people registering on TSR in the last 12 months alone, which makes this the most popular year for TSR registrations by a mile).

We obviously don't know who all of these people are. But I believe that of the quarter of a million people registering, my bet is that that must be fairly reflective of the overall 4 million student population. Especially at A Level when a significant majority of A Level students in the UK (or planning to study a degree in the UK) will use TSR for study help, to choose their subjects, research uni, get help applying to uni etc.

So, actually, yes I do think the overall community is reflective of the general student population - even if it is skewed to the people who have a higher interest in learning and being successful. That said, the people who are most engaged with their education will actively seek out more help on TSR, which is why you see more people with the top grades talking to one another around education discussions, because they are sometimes the most keen to perform well. That doesn't mean other people aren't reading.

Because TSR's community is so vast, it's impossible for any one individual to read threads and then judge the overall make up of the community. But people will often do this because they believe the people they interact with reflects the wider community (it's human nature, everyone does it - even I do in real life sometimes).

Obviously, there is still more to do to let all students feel welcome no matter who they are. You can see this in the lack of vocational discussion on the site, we need to focus on that.
You seem to be implying that the majority of people who use TSR do so to specifically discuss academic matters - do the sub-forum usage statistics reflect this?
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(Original post by cole-slaw)
You seem to be implying that the majority of people who use TSR do so to specifically discuss academic matters - do the sub-forum usage statistics reflect this?
Hmm, most new members do join with an education question in mind but then stick around for friendship, hobbies, chat, debate etc. About 2/3s of discussion is actually not education related at all.

What's your take on the community?
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That's a bat, right?
*GASP* are you... questioning the unnamed-person-responsible-for-said-drawing's bat drawing skills?
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Hmm, most new members do join with an education question in mind but then stick around for friendship, hobbies, chat, debate etc. About 2/3s of discussion is actually not education related at all.

What's your take on the community?
The impression I get of teenagers from TSR is very different from the teenagers I know in real life. I sometimes wonder why this is.
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*GASP* are you... questioning the unnamed-person-responsible-for-said-drawing's bat drawing skills?
Well,...it looks like a Spider with freakish, webbed legs to me! But then again, I'm not a Rum person myself!

Edit: Had to double check that it actually had 8 legs, and, thankfully it does! (kind of)
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As AMAs have been some of our most popular content on the site for almost two years, we decided to move them back into Chat where they will be seen by a much larger audience again (Chat being our single most popular forum on the site). We want TSR to continue growing, not shrink.

We'll see how it goes now they're back
I think you misspelt "pervasive and irritating" there


So what drove you to associate yourself with a salty drunkard with a debatable moral code? :holmes:
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The impression I get of teenagers from TSR is very different from the teenagers I know in real life. I sometimes wonder why this is.
The pasty skin of a TSR teen cannot withstand the sun's power for much more than a few hours at a time, so you probably haven't met any in real life.. plus their neuroses make face-to-face interactions difficult to pull off
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The pasty skin of a TSR teen cannot withstand the sun's power for much more than a few hours at a time, so you probably haven't met any in real life.. plus their neuroses make face-to-face interactions difficult to pull off
I wonder what Captain Jack would make of that characterisation?
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I wonder what Captain Jack would make of that characterisation?
Haha, well I was one of those TSR teens, at least in my latter years...

But then again I lived in a village rather than an urban sprawl, so it was either socialise through this or go cow-tipping
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The impression I get of teenagers from TSR is very different from the teenagers I know in real life. I sometimes wonder why this is.
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The pasty skin of a TSR teen cannot withstand the sun's power for much more than a few hours at a time, so you probably haven't met any in real life.. plus their neuroses make face-to-face interactions difficult to pull off
I've met loads of people who use TSR and they've all been pretty cool. The view of forums = nerds is pretty much from the 1990s dark ages.

You're two TSR members I've never met. What are you both like?

(Original post by Lee R)
Well,...it looks like a Spider with freakish, webbed legs to me! But then again, I'm not a Rum person myself!

Edit: Had to double check that it actually had 8 legs, and, thankfully it does! (kind of)
OK OK, maybe "the person" who drew that had drunk too much rum at the time...
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So what drove you to associate yourself with a salty drunkard with a debatable moral code? :holmes:
We're bezzie mates.

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OK OK, maybe "the person" who drew that had drunk too much rum at the time...
You did well. 8 legs and of course Spiders come complete with fangs. Just like a Vampire, bat thing!
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You're two TSR members I've never met. What are you both like?
In a word, obnoxious. In two, very obnoxious :lol:

Also I portray myself as a jaded individual on here but I just do it to look cool, in reality I'm full of sunshines and rainbows


What're you like?
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...in reality I'm full of sunshines and rainbows...

I expect you come complete with a bucket of gold and treasure, too?
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We're bezzie mates.

That's you on the left, associating with the moral-less drunkard on the right, correct?
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I expect you come complete with a bucket of gold and treasure, too?
No more gold, had to bribe a copper last weekend

Caught me smuggling Lucky Charms across the border
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No more gold, had to bribe a copper last weekend

Caught me smuggling Lucky Charms across the border

I'm guessing you were smuggling those dastardly charms from Ireland, then. Unless, of course, you know of a special, rainbow-esk, border?
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In a word, obnoxious. In two, very obnoxious :lol:

Also I portray myself as a jaded individual on here but I just do it to look cool, in reality I'm full of sunshines and rainbows

What're you like?
:lol: I'm pretty bad at portraying myself in anyway, I'm quite heart on my sleeve, take me or leave me. A bit silly, a bit serious. Fairly easy to get on with I think. Happy and positive most of the time... Not sure really, it's always hard to describe yourself - I need people who know me to describe me instead!

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That's you on the left, associating with the moral-less drunkard on the right, correct?
Correct sir! I have no idea who that rapscallion is, nor why he is gripping my sword, but at least he appears to be swigging rum.
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Correct sir! I have no idea who that rapscallion is, nor why he is gripping my sword, but at least he appears to be swigging rum.
You should probably be more selective about who you allow to grip your sword :sadnod:
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