|It's intended to be a surprise, with the first one reached rather easily.|
The part I like best about the surprise is learning that you got a Premium feature enabled and mentioning that at the next milestone, there's another Premium feature waiting for you.
Anyone who subscribes, ever, when their subscription lapses, they back off to the 100-posts per day level even if they've never posted.
I'd contemplated Happy Hour for SI but have never really been sold on it here. Remember, our demographic is quite different from iHub's. My assumption, whether correct or not, but it seems to be supported by the numbers, is that when the market closes, people on iHub still have a lot of posting they want to do, even at the end of the week. On SI, especially on Friday, you can practically hear the thousands of people pushing themselves away from the computer.
Another difference I'd observed between usage patterns on both sites is that our traffic (mostly reading but somewhat in posting) seems to pick up more as a percentage Sunday evening than iHub's does. Did before. I suspect it still does, as we do get a surge in traffic Sunday evening I suspect is people researching and planning some of their potential trades for the week ahead of time.
A high percentage of iHubbers (not all, mind you) are all-in on a stock and they show back up just before market open on Monday to see if they're ordering that yacht yet.
Anything I do that's aimed at gaining traffic, I do carefully because I'm selective about the kind of people and resulting posts I prefer populate this place. Quantity is definitely a good thing and though it's never been easy to get to happen, and is pretty slow going this time around (though yesterday's traffic was up nearly 50% for some reason), I believe we can have a multiple of our current quantity without quality suffering.