The web site went online on March 13th of 2014, as you can see here:
In June we switched from http to https, which confused the statistics software, until my provider, JPBerlin fixed the problem:
The renderforum was started in the US, hosted by GoDaddy, and moved from .com to .org, hosted in Berlin, Germany, by JPBerlin. On June 16th I announnced that the main developer of Cycles, Brecht van Lommel, now works for Solid Angle, the company behind the Arnold renderer. This caused a temporary peak in the renderforum statistics:
The renderforum has currently 49 members, but the statistics show that we have visitors from all over the world:
I wouldn't mind if more people would register and participate. So far it feels like a broadcast (with some listeners), so no real two way communication, but that hopefully changes at some point. During registration you have to answer a question:
Who is the owner of this web page?
Shouldn't be too hard to guess ...
I also wouldn't mind if people would start using encryption wherever they can. keybase.io is a good starting point to find people's public keys (for PGP or GPG) and make sure the provided identities are confirmed.
Happy New Year !!!