I can't help but notice that the references and language and spelling of the questions and answers indicate a british or canadian author instead of one from the united states. Seems to be more so than other sites. Any idea why so many users from these areas? Thanks!

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asked 13 Nov '09, 04:10

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edited 13 Nov '09, 11:56

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Where are you from? :-)

(13 Nov '09, 06:36) Emi

You do know that we got the Internet in the UK now? It's still in black and white, but they just rolled out super-fast 56k modems

(13 Nov '09, 07:32) Rich Seller

@Rich Seller: ...and now that they just imported that new reproduction fad from the colonies, it seems like everyone is having kids these days. ;-)

(13 Nov '09, 11:51) Scott ♦♦

Emi, I'm from the US ;) Rich, Aww, I was just noticing the difference from some other parenting sites which seem to be all US users. Just wondering why this one was different.

(13 Nov '09, 14:47) ejane123

I think it's a bit ridiculous that rep is being earned and burned on this question. Would vote to close if I had 2900 more rep.

(13 Nov '09, 15:55) Scottie T

looks like some people have taken your question personally. I think it's a reasonable question actually, I hope it was obvious I was trying to make a funny

(13 Nov '09, 17:10) Rich Seller

Interesting that this is a reasonable question deserving of considered answers but http://moms4mom.com/questions/2410/why-are-there-so-many-americans-on-this-site is not.

(13 Nov '09, 18:05) Meg Stephenson

You yourself said over there that your question was a parody. To Parody: to imitate (a composition, author, etc.) for purposes of ridicule or satire. That's why @ejane123's question was reasonable and the other is not.

(13 Nov '09, 20:02) Jeff

@Rich-seller, I tend to agree. I try not to earn/burn reputation on controversial or subjective questions. Although I believe this one is only controversial due to people misinterpreting @ejane123's motive in asking. I can't believe she was trying to get anyone's nose out of joint.

(13 Nov '09, 20:05) Jeff

@meg Stephenson: I truly did not mean to offend with my question. I actually like the different perspectives. My husband is Canadian, and I was bored with Ivillage!

(13 Nov '09, 21:42) ejane123

@ejane, I don't care the least that there are users here from all over the world. That makes this site better, I think, than sites that are dominated by Americans. (I'm an American, myself, BTW) I just think people should earn rep for questions and answers that have to do with parenting knowledge, which is ostensibly the purpose of this site. This may be an interesting discussion to have, but it's not one that I think represents what people know about parenting.

(13 Nov '09, 22:15) Scottie T

@Scottie T: Got it! No more on this topic. Will focus on parenting.

(13 Nov '09, 22:27) ejane123

@ejane123 It's OK, I wasn't offended (although I can't speak for anyone else), I thought it was funny.

(13 Nov '09, 22:47) Meg Stephenson

I think most people were having fun with it. I will let Meg decide if she wants to delete the parody question. I retagged this faq since it is about the site, not about parenting. I do believe it was an honest question, and I think the answers below are reasonable honest answers. We think the international flavor of the site is a great feature. The site keeps surprising us actually... it started with the question about what order to watch the Star Wars movies with your kids, and kept going from there. :-)

(14 Nov '09, 00:00) Scott ♦♦

ivillage has a UK sister site, so you're not likely to come across many brits on the .com version

(14 Nov '09, 16:28) Meg Stephenson
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It is a combination of factors:

  • Tammy and I are Canadian, so our initial promotions of the site were to friends and family. This effect was more pronounced at the beginning than it is now.
  • Part of it is the origin of the StackExchange Q&A engine from StackOverflow, which has a large following in all English speaking countries, not just the US.

answered 13 Nov '09, 11:45

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I'm a StackOverflow convert. Le Hubby is a user over there and told me to check this site out.

(13 Nov '09, 15:31) mkcoehoorn

Me too - I bet there is an unusually large population of programmers or programmers spouses here, no matter the nationality

(14 Nov '09, 00:53) dreamerisme

me three - we are from Australia and my spouse is a programmer and a fan of StackOverflow. He pointed me to this site. I love the fact that there are so many fathers participating in a parenting site - which is very rare!

(10 Dec '09, 23:15) Lin

StackOverflow is most certainly the answer.

(07 Jan '10, 11:12) Benjol

This site is still sufficiently small that a few active contributors can make a disproportionately large number of posts, giving an impression of more "non-US-ness" than would really be correct on a simple per user tally.

As an example of this, out of the top 5 users (in terms of rep, at this moment in time) only 2 are from the US - but all of the next 5 are.

I suspect it's coincidence more than anything else.


answered 13 Nov '09, 07:11

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I've found other sites are more regionally-centred - on all the ones my wife and her friends visit, it's predominantly Brits (and Brits that have moved abroad). A lot of those sites seem to be tied into shops or specific brands of baby product, whereas this one is a true neutral place...

It might also be that because this site is less discussion-focussed and more about building a repository of information, it's not so much about building a community of visitors in the same way as other sites - where that sort of thing is facilitated by the majority of users being in the same country. Similarities, something to relate to, etc.


answered 13 Nov '09, 11:00

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That is an interesting point.

(13 Nov '09, 11:46) Scott ♦♦

+1 For such an elegant explanation.

(13 Nov '09, 12:27) Emi

Personally I'm glad this site has lots of international contributors. American parenting books and websites can be so reactionary, they make you feel like you should wrap your kid in bubble wrap 24/7. I love seeing how people around the world parent differently than we paranoid Americans do. :)


answered 13 Nov '09, 16:06

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In Argentina we let them run naked in the park and let nature do its thing... you save a lot on diapers!

(13 Nov '09, 17:23) JJJ

There are more non-US english speaking parents, than the inverse.... or it's a network effect of people finding this site through people they know, like Mr. Skeet (who lives in London?).


answered 13 Nov '09, 10:26

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My brother created the site Basically Money, the "brother" site to this one. He introduced my sister and I to this site and we are all Canadian. I agree, I think it's just who's been networking and spreading the word so far...


answered 13 Nov '09, 12:41

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Thanks for the info!

(13 Nov '09, 14:43) ejane123

Thanks for the mention, sis :-)

(13 Nov '09, 18:47) Chris W. Rea
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