17 U.S. Code § 107 - Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—
(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes [all mirrored content falls under this clause, any ads present are mirrored from the original site, mirrored content earns me no revenue whatsoever];
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work [this is a unique resource for the mentally ill, and preservation of it can be argued to be incredibly important];
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. [absolutely none whatsoever, as the original work no longer exists anywhere else (outside of whatever bits and pieces archive.org managed to capture) - the original site was intermittantly completely unavailable for a extended period of time before its SSL certificate expired (and was never renewed), and eventually the site went offline for good, then finally the DNS records were removed at some point prior to May 2018, so at this point it is well beyond the 'dead and rotting' stage]
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

This domain is not controlled by Jerod Poore, and I will NOT continue redirecting traffic from this domain to crazymeds.us [as I formerly did] while Jerod continues with his immature temper tantrum over adblock or continues to fail to maintain his site, fucking over his entire community and countless visitors in the process. [belated clarification: with specific regards to the adblock drama I was referring to Poore at one point replacing his entire site with a single page complaining about the amount of revenue lost to users with ad blocking active, which is something that I took extreme exception to because this affected ALL visitors to the site regardless of if or if not they were actually using ad blocking]
This mirror is unfortunately incomplete (and very slightly outdated), as /CrazyTalk/ was not included when I scraped the site (it was far too large to scrape given the site's extremely poor performance, my wish to avoid worsening the poor performance further, and other factors). If you're looking for a replacement forum, I suggest visiting https://www.crazyboards.org/forums/. There are issues with many of the mirrored pages, I am working on identifying and fixing them, but I do not have the time to address every single issue at this moment (although by now the majority of these issues have been resolved). Dynamic content is obviously completely broken (this is beyond my control), and the loss of /CrazyTalk/ is quite bad given how much good user-generated info was on there, but you have Jerod to "thank" for that. Maybe I'll bring it back online at some point, but it wouldn't be the same as before. For now, I suggest visiting CrazyBoards instead.
Note (Oct 9 2018): Infrequent additional updates regarding the status of this site will be posted on https://info.crazymeds.net


About Crazymeds



It’s about time I brought back the stats page. For now I’m offering screen shots of the top 10 to whatever of each stat. I hope to include links to richer, perhaps even complete data.

1.  Traffic Congestion

I don’t know where the hell sites like Quantcast and Compete come up with their numbers. Even when I had their code included their stats were way off. When the domain changed from .org to .us Quantcast hard a difficult time dealing with it, and was completely unable to handle the wiki software. Compete was bad enough when I had their code in the .org days, so I didn’t even bother including it in the wiki and new forum software. So I present screen shots of Google Analytics and AWStats. There are discrepancies between the two, but that is because Analytics counts only visitors with Java enabled who visit the wiki or forum, while AWStats counts everybody, including people who do nothing more than grab a .pdf file.

First let’s look at the traffic for the most recent 12 months:

Traffic Sep 2011-Aug 2012
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Those severe troughs are from days when we had technical difficulties and were off the air. I’ll cover the steep decline in January 2012 in the next section.

I have AWStats data going back only to mid-April. Here’s what the total traffic looks like for then up through August 2012:

AWStats Traffic Apr 2012-Aug 2012
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The sine wave pattern in the Analytics chart reflects weekday vs. weekend traffic, which means a lot of the mentally interesting have jobs. Looking at the AWStats data for August we can see much more detail about daily visits:

Daily Traffic Aug 2012
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The hourly traffic shows the mentally interesting aren’t as uniformly nocturnal as most people may think. With 85% of the site’s readers in North America (81% in the US), and the hours set to Mountain Time (GMT −6, −7 during winter) “we” (although rarely I) stay up late, but not that much later than most Americans these days.

Days of the Week Traffic Aug 2012
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2.  It’s a Search Party

Here’s how people get to Crazymeds:

Traffic Sources Sep 2011-Aug 2012
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Over the past 12 months search engines were responsible for 81% of traffic to Crazymeds. In August 2012 89% of traffic came from search engines, 95% of which came from Google. Again, that’s from Google Analytics, which means 80% of everybody who read at least one page on either the wiki or the forum (i.e. they didn’t just grab a .pdf file) and had Java turned on arrived at Crazymeds via a Google search. Anyone who arrived via a Google search and had Java turned but landed on, say, the Korean language Cymbalta Summary of Product Characteristics and didn’t go anywhere else would not be included in that stat. Why is having Java on important? Because if they don’t have Java enabled they won’t see any of Google’s AdSense ads. If someone doesn’t see an ad they can’t click on it, and I make my living with this site. They will see ads for Straitjacket T-shirts, the Straitjacket T-Shirts Annex at Zazzle, and Burning Mind Books, but I make around $100 a month, on a good month, from those efforts.

Let’s see which one you get.



The Dow Jones-like plummet from a peak of 16,000 Java-enabled visitors a day in December 2011 to barely over 9,000 on weekdays in January reflects when Google changed its search algorithm and Crazymeds pages suddenly weren’t showing up in the top ten results of most people’s searches. When 80% of your traffic comes from search engines, your site lives or dies at the fickle whims of search algorithms.

3.  Words Matter

A few of those all-important keywords used to find us appear on the above screenshot, with (not provided) being the most popular. Using the page where someone winds up from the result of their search it’s pretty easy to extrapolate what their search term was. While it could have been an entire sentence, it probably was a single word and usually, but not always, the brand name rather than generic name of the drug:

Analytics Keywords Aug 2012
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Google’s Webmaster’s Tools has a lot of…approximations. They’re useful, they just aren’t real statistics. This screen confirms that many of people who reach Crazymeds via search engines do so by entering nothing more than the name of a drug.

Webmaster's Tools Keywords Aug 2012
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This screen might need a little explanation for those not familiar with it. The Query column is what someone typed into a search engine. Impressions is how many times a result came back with a link to Crazymeds on that person’s screen. Clicks is how many times that link was clicked, and CTR (click through rate) is how often the link was clicked as a percentage of the impressions. 100,000 impressions, 5,000 clicks = 5% CTR. Average Position is the where the link shows up, on average, in search results. This is highly variable and depends on stuff I do (the dark art of search engine optimization) as well as how someone has their browser set up, what their Internet options are, where they live, which browser they are using (I’ve tried it, it can make a difference) and a shitload of things I haven’t figured out yet. Then there’s all the usual stuff like links to a site and how often it is clicked on via search engines.

So what changed that caused all of the drug pages to fall out of the top ten, or even the top five results? Google finally bought into the pervasive paradigm of teh Internets: life will always be like high school. I.e. personal popularity is everything. Suddenly it mattered that I had ‘friends’ on Google+ and Facebook and all the other social networking sites. No matter what else I tried in the way of SEO nothing changed until I added the buttons to follow the site on Google+, add me to your Google circles, and like the site itself on Facebook in mid-June. Since then the drug pages have been climbing back up the search results, traffic has been slowly climbing to where it was in late 2011.

You might be thinking, does it really matter that much? As long as you’re in the top ten, right? Most people get ten results and all the sites on that page should get pretty much the same amount of traffic.

Wrong.

Look at the above screenshot. Notice how the highest CTRs always correspond to the best positions? The title of this article says it all: Top Google Result Gets 36.4% of Clicks. What I get are really close to the averages from that study. Being in positions 4 and 5 is vastly different than 9 and 10. If Wellbutrin were in position 9 instead of 4 it would mean 2,000 clicks (if that) a month instead of 15,000. If I can get Seroquel bumped up from 8 to 6 it would mean 5,000 to 8,000 clicks a month, and not 2,500.

And while it is only an approximation, there is something else about the CTR that is really cool: it’s pretty close to the percentage of search engine traffic for the search term used that you’re getting. So that 9% for Wellbutrin means in August we got 9% of all traffic generated by search engines for the term “Wellbutrin.”

As AWStats sees it:

AWStats Keywords Aug 2012
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Adding it all up approximately a third of all search traffic, thus around 30% of all traffic (Java-enabled or not) to Crazymeds, comes from people who enter nothing more than the name of a med.

As for the weird results like “avg” and “homepage”, see this article that explains it.

4.  No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

Which pages are the most popular? For the previous 12 months Analytics says:

Analytics Top Pages Sep 2011 - Aug 2012
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A few things to explain:

  • /CrazyTalk/F6547FF8-D38D-428C-B6BA-8B0567091F92.html and /CrazyTalk/ are both valid URLs for the forum’s home page, and you can land on both of them as you navigate throughout the site. So if you add the two of them together you’ll find it’s the second-most popular page here.
  • That long URL in 12th (or 11th) place is the link for new content since your last visit to the forum.
  • Calling the first page in the multipaged articles1 DrugnameBasicOverview instead of just the drug name seemed like a good idea at the time. So a little math is needed to determine who is really the most popular.
  • There is no Zyban page. For some reason Google kept sending people to a redirect page I’ve had for Zyban2 when they searched on Wellbutrin. They’ve been doing that since 2006. It wasn’t until the last two weeks that they finally got the clue when someone searches on Wellbutrin they should be sent directly to the page called Wellbutrin that the redirect page is pointing to3.

For August 2012 AWStats reports:

AWStats Top Pages Aug 2012
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On this page I need to explain:

  • The blacked-out URL is used for Project Honeypot, a spam tracking and prevention organization.
  • CrazyTalk/mobiquo/mobiquo is the Tapatalk application
  • BackupAd728×90.html is the ad for Straitjacket t-shirts I mentioned above
  • pmwiki/pub/skins/triad/css is what makes this all look so pretty. Unless you’re on a smart phone.

5.  Where You At?

My favorite stat of them all, where are you all connecting from? I know, 88% are from the United States and Canada and 95% are from the English-speaking world. Going all the way back to when the .us domain was registered in 2007, here are the fifty craziest countries. This is a sortable table, so you can see them in alphabetical order, average pages read per visit, how long they stayed, or how many visitors. That will be far more interesting when I put up the table with all 226 (to date) countries & territories that Analytics recognizes.

Country!Visits!Pages/VisitAvg. Duration
United States6,781,3022.6100:02:56
Canada313,6923.0900:03:24
United Kingdom302,7462.6900:02:59
Australia196,7432.8100:03:25
(not set)33,9092.3000:03:13
South Africa29,3152.5500:03:19
Ireland27,0692.3600:02:36
India25,8901.8100:01:52
New Zealand25,8763.1500:03:56
Germany22,1913.5000:03:45
Netherlands17,4253.0100:03:27
France17,2472.2600:02:25
Israel16,7482.7900:03:14
Sweden15,5083.4300:03:36
Philippines14,8722.1700:02:29
Brazil13,7093.1900:04:03
Italy12,9792.0700:01:45
Norway11,5913.0400:03:38
Mexico11,1782.0200:02:12
Spain11,1732.0500:02:01
Singapore9,8702.1500:02:20
Greece9,0942.7800:03:51
Finland9,0573.5500:04:24
Turkey8,2852.0900:02:13
Belgium8,2092.1700:02:04
Switzerland7,0472.5600:02:35
Malaysia7,0031.8400:01:46
Saudi Arabia6,9122.0600:02:33
UAE6,7461.9600:02:10
Japan6,4512.5500:02:48
Denmark6,2882.6500:02:48
Thailand5,7312.300:02:56
Hong Kong5,1641.900:02:16
Puerto Rico5,1182.1800:02:34
Egypt5,0761.5900:01:37
Portugal5,0712.0700:02:01
Poland4,8282.0300:02:10
Argentina4,6293.8500:04:58
Romania4,1172.3300:02:50
Pakistan4,0981.7600:01:48
Lebanon3,4672.4100:03:20
South Korea3,4232.1600:02:11
Austria3,2203.4400:04:44
Taiwan3,1622.300:02:23
China2,9092.1200:03:01
Colombia2,6312.0800:02:04
Croatia2,6143.1300:04:21
Iran2,5691.9100:01:40
Indonesia2,5521.9700:02:37
Serbia2,5382.7200:02:51

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Here are AWStats’ top 42 (or so) crazy countries & territories for August:

AWStats Top Countries Aug 2012
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1 How many people read subsequent pages? 5%.

2 It's an SEO thing.

3 Now if only they would make up their minds about Keppra.



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All information on this site has been obtained from the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets and/or medication guides - which is all you get from sites like WebMD, RxList, NAMBLA NAMI, etc., the sources that are referenced throughout the site, our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, and what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles. As such the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for real medical advice from your real doctor, just a compliment to it. You should never, ever, replace what a real doctor tells you with something from a website on the Internet. The farthest you should ever take it is getting a second opinion from another real doctor. Educate yourself - always read the PI/SPC sheet or medication guide/patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away. OK, you can throw away duplicate copies, but keep at least one, as that’s your proof of purchase of having taken a med in case a doctor doubts your medical history. Plus they take up less space than a bottle, although keeping one inside of a pill bottle is even better.
Crazymeds is not responsible for the content of sites we provide links to. We like them, or they’re paid advertisements, or they’re something else we think you should read to help you make an informed decision about a particular med. Sometimes they’re more than one of those things. But what’s on those sites is their business, not ours.
Very little information about visitors to this site is collected or saved. From time to time I look at search terms used and which pages they bring up in an effort to make the information I present more relevant. And the country of origin, just because I’m geeky like that. That’s about it. Depending on how you feel about Schrodinger, our privacy policy should either assuage or exacerbate your paranoia.
Crazymeds is optimized for ridiculously large screens and browsers that don’t block ads. I use Firefox and Chrome, running under Windows 72. On a computer that sits on top of my desk. With a 23 inch monitor. Hey, at least you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking on the + or - buttons in the upper right hand corner. If you have Java enabled. Like 99% of the websites on the planet, Crazymeds is hosted on domain running an open source operating system with a variety of open source applications, including the software used to display what you’ve been reading. As such Crazymeds is not responsible for whatever weird shit your browser does or does not do when you read this site3.
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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.

2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.

3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.

* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.

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