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Law Bringer
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Ladies and gents, it is the seventeenth of the month, and you know what that brings! Annoying topics with huge first posts, that start with the kind of drivel you'd only expect on a blog (incidentally, I finished Gaiman's and Pratchett's Good Omens just now, and also I like broccoli and---), continue on with dry numbers and witty comments about hungry turtles and sanity-collecting doors, before finally, after you are just about ready to give up and read another topic, they move on to the top ten list, where your name may be immortalized if you found enough (in-)opportunities to get a post in this last month.

Sorry. It's 2 AM, okay?

I. Joining Rate

Numbers have been declining since April. 86 new guys, of which 38 have posted.

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
June 2006: 98/51
July 2006: 75/39
August 2007: 86/38

II. Activity

178 existing members have posted, who add up with 38 active newbies to 216.

Here, the numbers have been declining since March; the longest constant decline there's ever been. Also a new low record - breaking the one set by last month.

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)
June 2006: 257 (206)
July 2006: 225 (186)
August 2006: 216 (178)

III. Postage

I called last month "slow" because it had just over 4000 monthly posts. This number has dropped to 3247 this time. 106 posts per day and 15 posts per member, coming (with a period of just over 30 days since the last update) to 0.49 per member per day. Which is another low record. Basically, the board is facing an ice age.

On the plus side, this puts off the inevitable day of the next PPP, so that's all right.

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
June 2006: 4969 | 155.19 | 19.33 | 0.60
July 2006: 4134 | 133.7 | 18.37 | 0.59
August 2006: 3247 | 106.0 | 15.0 | | 0.49

IV. Top Ten

Why yes, I actually do put these at the end to make sure you at least scroll over the other stuff in this post. ;)

1 6785 Randomizer 760 127
2 6600 Dikiyoba 1735 124
3 2984 Drow 6358 123
4 335 Alorael 11950 120
5 6581 MagmaDragoon 956 117
6 869 Thuryl 7584 112
7 6489 TM Valorim 882 104
8 6 *i 2721 97
9 3431 SoT 1908 95
10 4045 Kelandon 5990 93
This is the permanent link for this month's ranking is.

[Edit: Fixed formatting. Did not alter rankings. Nope!]

[ Sunday, September 17, 2006 22:55: Message edited by: Drow ]

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I posted more than any of you, in terms of text, at least.

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Law Bringer
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The top five are within 10 posts of each other. I think we're getting close to having to say very Homeric things.

...And then he made so many posts that it would take ten men to equal him, weak as men are now. Or laconic as men are now. And women, of course.

—Alorael, who really had to edit Aran's post. Firstly, it had some unreadable table issues. Secondly, abusing Aran's posts is a rare privilege.
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Lifecrafter
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quote:
Originally by Drow: August 2007: 86/38

Making predections, are we, Aran?

Dangit. I'm in the high 30's again.

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Agent
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Ooh, I was almost in the top ten. Hopefully, I've been bland enough that when I finally make it everyone will be suprised.

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quote:
Originally written by Kelandon
Well, I'm at least pretty

Posts: 1115 | Registered: Sunday, May 15 2005 07:00
Councilor
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Second. The tradition of Dikiyoba coming in second every other month has once more been preserved.
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E Equals MC What!!!!
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Is that the lowest number 1 ever?

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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
Councilor
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It sure looks like it. By about fifty or sixty posts.

Dikiyoba.
Posts: 4346 | Registered: Friday, December 23 2005 08:00
? Man, ? Amazing
Member # 5755
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Drakey scares me. the Potato, however, is intriguing.

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quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

Well, I'm at least pretty sure that Salmon is losing.


Posts: 4114 | Registered: Monday, April 25 2005 07:00
Law Bringer
Member # 335
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We need a new game to get things moving. That or an exciting flamewar.

—Alorael, who has lost hope in banning people to get chatter. It doesn't seem to work anymore. Ed must have made it passé.
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Triad Mage
Member # 7
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quote:
Originally written by Spoilt Salmon:

Drakey scares me. the Potato, however, is intriguing.
Boo!

I really should be in 8th ...

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Off With Their Heads
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How on earth am I still in the top ten? I hardly posted at all this month.

Who has been in the top ten every time the rankings have come out? I think that I have, and I'm pretty sure that Alo has, too. I'm not sure about others.

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Law Bringer
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Your right it really is slow if I'm number 1 with a lower post count than last month. I thought the beta testing of Geneforge 4 would increase postage more than it did. We need better topics since even the photocaptioning thread isn't doing enough.

I've made top ten 4 out of the 6 times since I joined. This is getting sad.
Posts: 4643 | Registered: Friday, February 10 2006 08:00
Law Bringer
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Wow. This is a shock. I would never have expected being in the top ten this month.

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Law Bringer
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Thuryl and Aran have both probably been in the top ten every time, but I didn't bother to go back and check.

—Alorael, who hardly thinks this past month counts. Perhaps the rankings should start at 20.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Law Bringer
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20 what? 20 posts? Place 20?

Anyway, I'll have you know I worked hard to achieve this. ;)

Also, since it's getting close to one and a half years since this started, I'm wondering if the monthly topics should be stopped here. The whole thing runs on Drupal now, so technically there is a blog attached, which could contain the monthly summary. This is getting... I don't know, a bit old? Like this joke that's been running for ever and ever. :(

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Infiltrator
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#38. Should I be proud?

*this message sponsored by the movement for getting a higher ranking next time*
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quote:
Originally written by This Space For Rent:

Thuryl and Aran have both probably been in the top ten every time, but I didn't bother to go back and check.
Well, there's at least one month where I haven't been in the top ten, on account of my abortive attempt to leave.

I'm supposed to be writing my thesis. What the hell am I doing here? Seriously.

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Law Bringer
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Just one thing? I can name about 5-6 things right now that I should be doing instead of writing this post. :(

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Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:
I'm supposed to be writing my thesis. What the hell am I doing here? Seriously.

I don't know your major so I can't say if it's doing research or taking a break to recharge. I can't say it's to regain your sanity since the fluffy turtles keep interfering.

Aran - Keep up the monthly posting since it's a good source of postage and the occasion sometimes makes for interesting comments as the thread goes into analysis of what's happenning.
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? Man, ? Amazing
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Why the 17th? Is that the beginning of the month in Germany?

I note also that you have created permanent links (like a golf course) to designate the monthly shame. Careful and persistant investigation reveals that March was an anomoly, and should not be used as an end-point (or beginning point) for any description of the herd mentality.

quote:
Originally written by Drakespud:

Boo!

I really should be in 8th ...


Huh. You can tell Aran where you want to fit in the statistics. But, you knew that already, right?

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quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

Well, I'm at least pretty sure that Salmon is losing.


Posts: 4114 | Registered: Monday, April 25 2005 07:00
Agent
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Wow. Sure, it's a good thing that there's so much less spam, but as the spam of others dissipates, my spam becomes more prevalent.

Shouldn't we be shedding this in more of a good light? I thought we wanted activity to come down. Lets have a party to celebrate. I'll bring the sparkling cider. :)

~Cha-ch-ch-cha-ch-cha-cha-ch-cha. Cha-ch-ch-cha. Fiesta!~

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Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by Spoilt Salmon:

Why the 17th? Is that the beginning of the month in Germany?

Yes. That's the reason for time zones, didn't you know that? :P

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Actually, because I first made the statistics on April 17, 2005. This is because it was a weekend and I had lots of time to kill.

Plus, I like the number 17. It's a prime.

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Master
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127?!!?!!

Man, if you actually tried, pretty much anyone could beat that with their eyes closed. With quality posts. Anyway.

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quote:
Originally written by Sturg:

127?!!?!!

Man, if you actually tried, pretty much anyone could beat that with their eyes closed. With quality posts. Anyway.

Yeah yeah, back in the old days, uphill both ways, snow, all that crap.

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quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

Well, I'm at least pretty sure that Salmon is losing.


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