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Law Bringer
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This is another one of those "bulk updates". I'm allergic to starting new topics, see, and these monthly stats have given me an excuse for posting one once a month, so I always roll as much as I can into them.

I meant to post this on the 17th. If it's still the 16th where you are, just pretend you're living a few longitudes to the east.

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First: I'm sure you know this, but Douglas Adams died five years and five days ago. If you don't know who Douglas Adams is, a visit to your local book store is in order. Don't make any plans for the next few days afterwards. :)

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Second: It's my third anniversary! (Sheesh, that sounds like I'm married to this board or something...) Because I joined on May 14, but only posted 6 days, later, I figure that May 17 is as good a day as any. So, feel free to celebrate the beginning of the fourth year of this particular blight on Spiderweb. Celebrate! Celebrate, dammit!

(On a more quiet, embarassed note, it seems that I appear to have doubled my post count between this day last year and now. :o )

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Third: I've been meaning for a few months to make the front-end for this database a bit nicer, and now it's done. On May 6, the site moved from www.ermarian.net/endeavor to endeavor.ermarian.net. The new site uses a Drupal front-end.

New features (that weren't there on the old site):

A list of distinct titles and how many members have each: /list/titles.An "expanded" list for the above, showing all members with a particular title. This can be used, for example, for looking up who is titled Boe Posse.An improved search function that searches the entire profile at once from a single text field, unlike the old complex search form that has about 12 fields.A list tracking name changes.There are some more things to come that I haven't worked out how to implement yet, and you're very welcome to ask for some other feature I hadn't thought of.
Another great thing about the new site is that it includes a blog where I can post news and updates to the site, so I don't need to advertise every tiny new feature here.
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Fourth and finally, here goes the stat summary.

I. Joining Rate

Only 94 members have swelled our ranks this month, 48 of them posting. This is the lowest yet this year, and the first time it fell under 100.

Monthly Overview:
April 2005: 151/87
May 2005: 78/43
June 2005: 147/91
July 2005: 153/88
August 2005: 108/62
September 2005: 91/52
October 2005: 81/43
November 2005: 83/41
December 2005: 85/52
January 2006: 136/86
February 2006: 100/59
March 2006: 113/63
April 2006: 126/62
May 2006: 94/48

II. Activity

Apart from the 48 new members who posted, there are 220 older ones who did, adding up to a total of 268 posters since the last update. This is not quite the lowest number this year; it's a draw with February.

Monthly Overview:
April 2005: 360 (273)
May 2005: 262 (219)
June 2005: 325 (232)
July 2005: 352 (264)
August 2005: 293 (231)
September 2005: 256 (204)
October 2005: 229 (186)
November 2005: 234 (193)
December 2005: 239 (187)
January 2006: 333 (247)
February 2006: 268 (209)
March 2006: 324 (263)
April 2006: 318 (256)
May 2006: 268 (220)

III. Postage

6483 sacrifices of spam were brought before the deity of UBB. This comes roughly to 215 sacrifices per day, 24 per member and 0.80 per member per day. It's a slow month on the whole, but individually each member posted more than last month.

Monthly Overview:
April 2005: 7576 | 186 | 21 | 0.47
May 2005: 4723 | 169 | 18 | 0.52
June 2005: 7267 | 251 | 22.4 | 0.77
July 2005: 8691 | 271.6 | 24.7 | 0.77
August 2005: 5917 | 190.9 | 20.1 | 0.65
September 2005: 5412 | 174.6 | 21.1 | 0.68
October 2005: 4477 | 149.3 | 19.5 | 0.65
November 2005: 4389 | 141.6 | 18.8 | 0.61
December 2005: 3958 | 131.9 | 16.6 | 0.55
January 2006: 6580 | 204.3 | 19.8 | 0.61
February 2006: 4555 | 153.24 | 17 | 0.57
March 2006: 7355 | 272.56 | 22.7 | 0.84
April 2006: 6802 | 221.07 | 21.39 | 0.70
May 2006: 6483 | 215.31 | 24.19 | 0.80

IV. Rankings

I'm glad to announce that after three consecutive months of being stuck in the lead (although I drew even with Dikiyoba in February), Thuryl, now back in the top ten, knocked me off the top spot again.

On the same note, this is the ninth month in a row that either Thuryl or I have been top poster - since Rosycat held the place in August last year. The only other month someone else has held the place was in June 05 (Dolphin). So here's my goal for the next month: Place 8. If I find I'm going higher than number 8 on the ranking again, I'll just take some time off. :P

Rank: ID: Name: Posts:
1 869 Thuryl 7196 +231
2 2984 Henry Anthony Wilcox +5953 +221
3 335 Accidental Malice 11512 +203
4 261 Slartreuse 1138 +199
5 6403 radix malorum est cupiditas 604 +194
6 6600 Dikiyoba 1226 +190
7 4045 Kelandon 5608 +183
8 24 Zeviz 1962 +171
9 4153 Ephesos 1728 +167
10 4 Keto-san 6697 +154
All in all, a very unsurprising month.

You can also see the full ranking. The current full ranking is updated with a sophisticated algorithm that ensures that numbers are very accurate while minimizing the traffic downloaded from the forum.

[ Tuesday, May 16, 2006 12:10: Message edited by: Henry Anthony Wilcox ]

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Agent
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As I always do this: YAY! 22nd!

I was going for 25th, but it'll do. :P

And now for next month... :D

And happy anniversary. At least you haven't had to put up with me that long. You wouldn't have lasted else ;) .

- Archmagus Micael

[ Tuesday, May 16, 2006 12:13: Message edited by: Archmagus Micael ]

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Infiltrator
Member # 5410
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Archmagus you stole my spot :mad:

Well, so did 27 others :(

This month, more spam :D

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"Dikiyoba ... is demon ... drives people mad and ... do all sorts of strange things."

"You Spiderwebbians are mad, mad, mad as March hares."
Posts: 687 | Registered: Wednesday, January 19 2005 08:00
The Establishment
Member # 6
Profile #3
Thuryl's still in the lead even after he left for good. :P

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Posts: 3726 | Registered: Tuesday, September 18 2001 07:00
Law Bringer
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Admittedly, last month he *did* fall to the 31st place after leaving for good. :P

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Shaper
Member # 5437
Profile #5
Well, I guess it's a good thing I'm not on the top ten, but 14 is a lot higher than last month.

Also, glad to have a place in history :P
Posts: 2032 | Registered: Wednesday, January 26 2005 08:00
Agent
Member # 3364
Profile Homepage #6
Hmmm...

Jeff has posted more then me this month.

I don't know whether that's a good thing or not.

Almost forgot...

Happy Anniversary Aran!!! I brought some cake for your party.

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[ Tuesday, May 16, 2006 13:03: Message edited by: Jewels ]

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Shaper
Member # 247
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Ah ha . . . for this month I am currently in 1st place! A constant post ranking may not be the best idea. But I like the new stuff.

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The Knight Between Posts.
Posts: 2395 | Registered: Friday, November 2 2001 08:00
Law Bringer
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Yay... 9th. And that's with being gone for five days in which the boards filled up with... well, a lot of stuff.

Yay!

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Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
Law Bringer
Member # 335
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My Aran's new year resolution is to displace Aran and Thuryl. I'll do it even if I have to post and delete very, very often!

Heck, maybe I'll make some puppet accounts and take up the top eight spots so Aran doesn't have to be deprived of the joys of Spidweb.

—Alorael, who sadly has even less faith in this than his regular New Years resolutions. But he can hope.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
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Aran, happy Spidweb birthday! :)
(Or should it be "Happy birthday to your Spidweb account"?)

quote:
Originally written by Henry Anthony Wilcox:

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IV. Rankings
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Rank: ID: Name: Posts:
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8 24 Zeviz 1962 +171
9 4153 Ephesos 1728 +167
10 4 Keto-san 6697 +154
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Last month I decided to protest the return of "top poster" list by spamming my way into top 10. It looks like I was quite successful. :)

I apologize for resulting drop in post quality. If it looked like I was making posts just to meet a posting quota, that's because I really was. (6 posts a day for 30 days = 180 posts = 7th - 9th place on top 10 posters list)

Now it's time to go back to my natural posting rate.

[ Tuesday, May 16, 2006 14:28: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
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It appears I have comprehensively failed to leave. :(

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quote:
Originally written by Zeviz:

Aran, happy Spidweb birthday! :)
(Or should it be "Happy birthday to your Spidweb account"?)

quote:
Originally written by Henry Anthony Wilcox:

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IV. Rankings
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Rank: ID: Name: Posts:
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8 24 Zeviz 1962 +171
9 4153 Ephesos 1728 +167
10 4 Keto-san 6697 +154
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Last month I decided to protest the return of "top poster" list by spamming my way into top 10. It looks like I was quite successful. :)

I apologize for resulting drop in post quality. If it looked like I was making posts just to meet a posting quota, that's because I really was. (6 posts a day for 30 days = 180 posts = 7th - 9th place on top 10 posters list)

Now it's time to go back to my natural posting rate.

Bah. More Zeviz is never a bad thing. :P

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SupaNik: Aran, you're not big enough to threaten Ash. Dammit, even JV had to think twice.
Posts: 1861 | Registered: Friday, February 11 2005 08:00
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #13
quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

It appears I have comprehensively failed to leave. :(
Appearances can be deceptive.

—Alorael, who advocates a more positive outlook. You have resoundingly succeeded at returning triumphantly!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #14
quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

It appears I have comprehensively failed to leave. :(
No worries, so have I. Another amusing parallel is that each of our departures were shortly followed by the other one becoming a moderator. :P

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Law Bringer
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They're the top posters, they exchange moderator positions, and they only pretend to leave. Could the conspiracy get any more obvious?

You know what? Add to this the fact that Thuryl has a highly suspicious English accent despite his supposed Australian origins and Aran's allegedly entirely wholesome knowledge of everyone and everything on Spiderweb and I suspect great evil. No, worse, I suspect Great Evil with capital letters and conspicuously complex plans to bring ruin upon us all!

Which unlikely heroes will protect us from these two fiends?

—Alorael, who admits to no paranoia. You can laugh now, but when Thuryl giggles as he annihilates all human life with his internet-powered weapons of mass destruction you'll feel very foolish indeed. And the dingos will probably eat your babies, too.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Law Bringer
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attn thuryl: he's on to us. what do we do.

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Shaper
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I thought it was already well known that most if not all members on this board are different personalities of the same schizophrenic user...

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Posts: 2462 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Law Bringer
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I knew that I would drop without all those posts in Avernum 4, from 9th to 15th. Oh well, time for more posts to build up my monthly count. Maybe General will have some more interesting topics.
Posts: 4643 | Registered: Friday, February 10 2006 08:00
Guardian
Member # 6670
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Trying to figure out which is the greater anomaly: getting 10th last month or 20th this month. I blame the switch from 'studying time' to full-time summer job with increased BoA work.

And yes, Aran, I do believe being the top poster for three months running constitutes being married to the boards.

EDIT: Leaving out random words is fun!

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[ Tuesday, May 16, 2006 18:04: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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Councilor
Member # 6600
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Originally by Alorael:

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Which unlikely heroes will protect us from these two fiends?
It won't be heroes saving us from their evil schemes. It will be some other villians who beat them to it. The deviants (and related conspiracy theories) on these boards are too numerous to mention. (Besides, it's going to be someone who no one suspects, anyway.)

Dikiyoba.
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Shaper
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quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

It appears I have comprehensively failed to leave. :(
Perhaps you should try again. Never give up, persevere and all that! :)

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The Knight Between Posts.
Posts: 2395 | Registered: Friday, November 2 2001 08:00
Shaper
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Wow. I have slowed down a lot.

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La Canaliste
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Thuryl, Aran and Alorael are three aspects of the postifying god.
Zeviz, it was nice to see your month of homage to them!

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Posts: 387 | Registered: Tuesday, March 1 2005 08:00
Law Bringer
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That sounds intriguing. I wonder which aspect each of us represents?

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