The growth here is accelerating. We're now adding 1,000 members every 8 weeks and hit 11,000 today. On an average day, this site does between 25,000 and 30,000 page views. We're closing in on 1 million page views per month.


I had lunch today with the executive team of Ning, the social networking platform we're based on. Features coming out over the next several weeks include:

  • WordPress-style blogs. Much better authoring tools and design flexibility in the blogs, and across all text entry areas.
  • Badges and better community feedback options for content. Thumbs up/thumbs down rankings, and the ability for community stars to emerge and get recognition. "N00b Ninjas" FTW!
  • More design flexibility. The fixed-width columns and fixed-width overall site will soon be a thing of the past.
  • Improved Leaderboards. We'll be able to get much more granularity in figuring out what and who is popular here, so the moderators can spot and reward great contributors more easily.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 10, 2010 at 2:38am
I remember when.... What amazing figures.
Comment by Ritchie on September 10, 2010 at 3:24am
Well hopefully the members joining will take notice of the flying etiquette and not provide any watchful organisations with reason to not trust us like the Parrot folks. That way laws might start edging the way of the inventor and not strict regulation.

T3
Comment by Sami Finnila on September 10, 2010 at 4:59am
I remember joining DIYdrones back when the Stamp, cellphone and the Lego NXT autopilot were the thing. Was it 2,5-3 years ago? (A lifetime or two in internet-time anyways!) It should've been clear back then that it'll come to this -- APM and all -- since Chris' undertakings have the rather odd tendency to work out pretty dang awesome most every time.

Anyway, thanks for a second homepage after Google, Chris!
Comment by Patrick Hammer on September 10, 2010 at 5:07am
Lets be under no illusion just how much time is involved in setting up and then maintaining a website such as this - well done, Chris

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on September 10, 2010 at 7:14am
Thanks all for the kind words! It's been a labor of love for me, but the success of the site is entirely due to the community's collective contributions and the great role models and leadership from amateur UAV champions like Gary. Also tireless work from developers such as Bill Premerlani, Jason Shjort, Doug Weibel, Michael Smith and countless others who not only create the technology but also spend so much time here helping people use it.
Comment by Andrew Van Der Plaats on September 10, 2010 at 9:40am
I'm one of those newer members, who appreciates all the information everyone has shared.
Still a ways to go before I buy my first auto pilot system, but I can't help but think it's going
to happen much sooner than later, because of what I've managed to learn here.

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