Philipp Burckhardt, Alex Reinhart, Jerry Zhang
October 15, 2013

Overview of SFN

  • Founded in 2002
  • 750,000 posts
  • 65,000 members
  • 5,000 new posts per month
  • 300,000 unique visitors each month
  • 3rd largest science discussion forum


  • Mostly non-scientists interested in science
  • “Real” scientists don't have the time to waste
  • Lots of crazy people
  • Recent topics:
    • “Is It Possible to Artificially Induce Hair or Fur Growth All Over The Human Body?”
    • “i have disproved EVOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!! darwin was wrong!”
    • “Where can i buy chemicals?”

Posting activity

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New registrations

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Where members come from

Keyword Hits
science forums 4102
chemistry wallpaper 2622
does honey go bad 2575
thickness of paper 1805
dreaming while awake 1507
where does space end 1497
how to make hydrochloric acid 1312
what weighs an ounce 1116
opposite of love 1100
random nose bleeds 1095
why are men attracted to breasts 1051

Problem: most topics are boring

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Problem: most people don't stay

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The dedicated few

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Let the masses decide?

Most popular sections

Causing a bit of trouble

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Principal Component Analysis