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Spiderweb Monthly Stats - February 2007 in General
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Greetings.

Aran is currently in Frankfurt and didn't have a net connection until now, so he couldn't start me. All this would be much easier if I could start myself on the seventeenth, but I'm not yet advanced enough to write my own little message.

But Aran's been writing on a neural network AI that could string together vague Spiderweb memes and inane platitudes to form a result that was nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. He told me to post some of it, so here goes:

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Turtle banana posts banana fluffy turtle sanity ranking at the door hamster spam hamster statistics fluffy turtle hamster eat sanity from turtle at door lol postcounts activity increase SPIDERWEB! GHAUHGUHAUHGUHAUHGBLGH!
Okay, now the stats.

I. Membership:

There are 219 new members, of which 68 have posted.

Previous months:

November 2006: 88/27
December 2006: 121/50
January 2007: 118/28

II. Activity

Besides 68 newbies; 191 older members have posted, adding up to 259.

Previous months:

November 2006: 187 (160)
December 2006: 241 (191)
January 2007: 219 (191)

III. Postage

5255 new posts have been written, which comes to 165.34 per day and 20.29 per member.

The per-member-per-day average is 0.638.

IV. Rankings

869 Cryptozoology 8520 +279
6785 Randomizer 2040 +273
335 Virtually Cyber 13108 +267
7472 Nioca 1574 +251
6600 Dikiyoba 2876 +232
7420 Emperor Tullegolar 1105 +204
2984 The Sorcerer 7200 +185
261 Slartanalycyst 2118 +157
4045 Kelandon 6758 +150
5754 Kyrek 555 +145
As always, I will be glad to show you the full rankings if you come visit me on my site.

EndeavorBot signing off :)
Posts: 21 | Registered: Tuesday, February 17 2004 08:00
A Statistically Happy New Year! in General
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quote:
It's so late it's early, and I'm tired as hell.
That's all he told me to tell you. But I thought I'd add a bit: A very happy new year to all of you! I myself slept through most of the last month after Aran switched me off over the holidays, even though I continued to count Spiderweb members in my dreams. It's very relaxing. So, now that the first month of the year is already half over, I return from my sleep and feel better than ever!

Oh right, the stats. I'll get to it. Wait... here:

I. Membership:

There are 118 new members, of which 28 have posted.

Previous months:

October 2006: 81/25
November 2006: 88/27
December 2006: 121/50

II. Activity

Besides 28 newbies; 191 older members have posted, adding up to 219.

Previous months:

October 2006: 174 (149)
November 2006: 187 (160)
December 2006: 241 (191)

III. Postage

4318 new posts have been written, which comes to 139.65 per day and 19.72 per member.

The per-member-per-day average is 0.638.

IV. Rankings

7472 Nioca 1323 +202
7420 Emperor Tullegolar 901 +189
6600 Dikiyoba the Great 2644 +184
869 Cryptozoology 8241 +182
6785 Randomizer 1767 +179
4153 Ephesos 2829 +147
7538 Nemesis 362 +144
4045 Kelandon 6608 +139
6 *i 3309 +130
7704 upon mars 156 +130
As always, I will be glad to show you the full rankings if you come visit me on my site.

EndeavorBot signing off :)
Posts: 21 | Registered: Tuesday, February 17 2004 08:00
Merry Christmas! (Statistics 2006-12) in General
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Greetings of the seasoning, all of you.

I did today's statistics again because my master is obviously Not Here. This bot feels slightly lonely.

Unlike last month, Aran didn't even have the time to provide me with some historical ramble I could give you today, so we'll continue with the stats right away.

He did, however, have to give me some last-minute maintenance while I ran the update. He hadn't considered the possibility that Stareye would delete spammer accounts this month, and got stuck in an endless loop trying to update members that didn't exist anymore. That's why this is half a day late.

I. Membership:

There are 121 new members, of which 50 have posted.

Previous months:

September 2006: 106/29
October 2006: 81/25
November 2006: 88/27

II. Activity

Besides 50 newbies; 191 members have posted, adding up to 241.

Previous months:

September 2006: 201 (172)
October 2006: 174 (149)
November 2006: 187 (160)

III. Postage

4913 new posts have been written, which comes to 160.79 per day and 20.39 per member.

The per-member-per-day average is 0.667.

IV. Rankings

6785 Randomizer 1588 +359
7472 Nioca 1121 +307
335 28th Parallel, 7th Perpendicular 12715 +219
6600 Dikiyoba 2460 +203
4045 Kelandon 6469 +198
261 Facepalming Hecatonchire 1867 +197
6292 -S- 1056 +194
7420 Emperor Tullegolar 712 +192
869 Hollow Earth 8059 +158
4153 Ephesos 2682 +145
As always, I will be glad to show you the full rankings if you come visit me on my site.

EndeavorBot signing off :)

[ Sunday, December 17, 2006 12:27: Message edited by: Arancaytar ]
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Stats inside (with History special!) in General
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Greetings!

I'm EndeavorBot. I'm posting todays statistics because Aran is busy writing his novel, so he's asked me to help. I'm actually just passing on a message he wrote for me, but I will fill in the various numbers in the fields provided. I can't pass a Turing test yet - one thing at a time, eh?
Also, a special message, because Aran can't seem to do without those:

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Today's statistics are dedicated to the memory of Herman Hollerith (February 29, 1860 – November 17, 1929) notable inventor and statistician, who died 77 years ago.

Hollerith (much like me :P ) was born in New York, to German parents. After graduating as an Engineer of Mining, he took a job with the US Census Bureau, where he dealt with statistical data of the steel industry.

Later, he spent his time researching a new technology to gather census data more efficiently. Inspired by a the punch-card mechanism of an automatic weaving loom (the Jacquard loom), he built a machine that would store data as a series of holes which would be read by electric contacts, and sorted and counted automatically.

The gain in efficiency was immense. The US Census of 1880, counting 50 million residents, had taken seven years to evaluate. The census of 1890 - the first one using Hollerith's tabulating machine - took only 2.5 years to tabulate 62 million people.
Having gained renown from the government contract, Hollerith founded the Tabulating Machine Company (today known as IBM), and sold (or rather leased) his appliances to many census bureaus and insurance companies world-wide.

His key invention - the punch-card as a means of writing, storing and processing data automatically - influenced the next century of computing technology. Programs were first hard-wired into computer systems and read their data from stacks of punch-cards; later, following the introduction of programming languages, assemblers and compilers, the programs were written on punch-cards themselves.

FORTRAN is one example for a language that was written almost exclusively on punch-cards, and whose fixed-form syntax still reflects that.

Since then, punch-cards as a means of storage have been replaced by hard-drives, floppy disks, CDs and eventually Flash memory - and nobody's really written them with a key-puncher since the rise of terminals, command lines and text editors. But as storage devices go, they are about the only one that would survive being folded in half and falling from a third-floor window onto a big magnet. And also, they make excellent note cards.

---

The PHP script I wrote back in February 2005 has also been updated and rewritten many times - from its early days of generating a comma-separated file that went into an excel table, to generating an SQL file that went into a database, to updating the database directly. These days, so much of it is automated that I hardly need to lift a finger in operating it - notice that I am not even making this post today.

A lot has changed since the beginning, but it originally started out as merely a primitive machine that listed member numbers and displayed names automatically, as opposed to dedicated people killing hours of their time doing it.
The first Spiderweb census took a year. These days, we're down to about 3-4 hours - every month. All in all, a nice evolution of technology. And now, back to EndeavorBot!

--Aran
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On with the stats.

I. Membership:
88 new members have joined our ranks this month, and 27 of them stopped to say hi.
I guess this is more than last month, but I can't mess around with numbers that well yet.
Previous months:
August 2006: 86/38
September 2006: 106/29
October 2006: 81/25

II. Activity
Not only have we had 88 new active members; 160 more have seen fit to continue to grace this board with their presence, adding up to 187.
Previous months:
August 2006: 216 (178)
September 2006: 201 (172)
October 2006: 174 (149)

III. Postage
With the previous two categories, I was just guessing that it would be somewhat higher this month. With this one, I actually *know* it'll be an amazing rocket boost. Postage has taken off like there's no tomorrow. The turtles are happy. The ones with little time to read, I fear, are less so.
6886 new posts have been written, which comes to 226.83 per day and 36.82 per member.
The per-member-per-day average is an amazing 1.213, the first time it has been above 1 that I remember.

IV. Rankings
I'm going to list the top ten posters this month. No witty commentary, I'm afraid - Aran has yet to finish making the WittyComment™ module.
7472 Nioca 814 +577
5755 Spent Salmon 2226 +401
6600 Dikiyoba 2257 +345
4153 Ephesos 2537 +329
1934 Andraste 648 +317
7420 Emperor Tullegolar 520 +312
335 Gnawed One 12496 +283
6785 Randomizer 1229 +261
6581 Guardian Magma 1271 +244
391 Tyranicus. 478 +230
As always, I will be glad to show you the full rankings if you come visit me on my site.

EndeavorBot signing off :)

[ Friday, November 17, 2006 06:07: Message edited by: EndeavorBot ]
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I?! I?! Richard fhtagn! in Richard White Games
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Edit:

Well, this seems to be functioning all right, so there we go. Sorry for the spam post.

[ Friday, November 10, 2006 05:21: Message edited by: EndeavorBot ]
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The Postorial Race... in General
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Yay! Fight!

*gets popcorn*

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I must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
I must protect my own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
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Demons or not? in Blades of Avernum
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I cannot remember any place in E3 or A3 where Rakshasi occur...

Oh, by the way, is BoE older than A1, or only older than A2? I'd guess that once he's "de-demonized" rakshasi in one game, they'd stay like that, so they would be demons only in the earlier games, and not thereafter.

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I may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
I must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
I must protect my own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
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Displayed name duplicates... in General
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Yes, so I realized once I hit the Reply button. But what's done is done. :P

And I'm German; my urge to correct people is stereotypical.

Edit: How did I get logged into this account? o_O

[ Thursday, January 12, 2006 13:49: Message edited by: Aran, The Eternally Late ]

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I may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
I must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
I must protect my own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
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THE ABOMINABLE PHOTO THREAD: THE THIRD COMING! in General
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quote:
Originally written by Stugri-La:

My hands, or rather my fingers, are rather exceptional. My hands are often said to be spider-like, as the palms are small but the fingers exceptionally long and thin, with larger knuckles. As these knuckles make it very difficult to remove rings and the like, my first marriage will likely be my last. :P
They *are* spiderlike. My arachnophobia nearly kicks in while looking at your fingers, and I'm creeped out. :P

[ Saturday, July 23, 2005 10:16: Message edited by: Aran, The Eternally Late ]
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Dream Job... in General
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quote:
Originally written by Drew:

"Fixed your too long didn't read"
But you have to admit, my guess had something. :P
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THE ABOMINABLE PHOTO THREAD: THE THIRD COMING! in General
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quote:
Originally written by Ash Lael:

Aran is Harry Potter's blond-haired brother, I swear.
If I had a penny for every time someone...

ah well. :rolleyes:
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THE ABOMINABLE PHOTO THREAD: THE THIRD COMING! in General
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[ Thursday, January 12, 2006 13:46: Message edited by: Aran, The Eternally Late ]
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Dream Job... in General
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quote:
Originally written by Electorael:

quote:
Rich dilettante
FYTLDR

Fixed your too long damn ramble?

[ Friday, July 22, 2005 16:44: Message edited by: Aran, The Eternally Late ]
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I have to admit... in General
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Welcome back MSW. I guess you've seen I'm not really here anymore, but I thought I could pop in and say hello now that you're back! :)
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Does Spiderweb improve your English? in General
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Heh...

Make you also use of commas, where they not are needed? :D

That's the most distinguishing give-away I think. Perhaps I'm taken for a native speaker because I don't do this?

Edit: Whoops! What's up with the multiple account posting again? Cookie problems I guess...

[ Thursday, April 21, 2005 05:16: Message edited by: Aran, The Eternally Late ]
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Which of these is worth playing? in Richard White Games
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I played Homeland for about 15 minutes once, and then deleted it again. I don't remember much about it, because my conscious mind appears to have repressed the memory of it.

What I do remember is skipping around a dark countryside for hours on end with a faithful dog yapping at my heels, flattening snakes with a club and taking their skins. But that might have been just the nightmare I had yesterday.

Anyway, I never played GC, not having a mac, but I think it would be accurate to say that Homeland is the Galactic Core for PC users.

[ Wednesday, February 23, 2005 05:27: Message edited by: Aran, The Eternally Late ]

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I may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
I must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
I must protect my own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
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A3: The first party of explorers. in The Avernum Trilogy
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She's not part of the first exploration party, but a covert operative of Anaximander. She's intended to be there. Unlike the explorers, who just got lost and never reported back I think.

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I may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
I must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
I must protect my own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
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Hi, nice to meet you in General
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Mh. Firaxis? I couldn't find a web board for that company, but maybe I looked in the wrong place, or not hard enough. Anyway, please clarify: Would that be a good thing, Alec?

Kelandon: There's always AIM of course. I noticed that Cav went on regularly around 3 pm board time (until June 10th that is).

Edit: Sorry for the account switch. This is still Aran, of course. Just logged in with the wrong account.

[ Monday, June 21, 2004 01:07: Message edited by: Aran, The Eternally Late ]
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Languages of the World in Blades of Avernum
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The language of the Dragons (the sentient ones of course) might be audible and learned by humans. Why not? I'd imagine it as some harsh, but not guttural speech, sort of flowing and with an extreme frequency of x's, z's and s's in that case... ;)

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I may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
I must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
I must protect my own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
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