All-time growth in May 2011

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All-time growth in May 2011

Postby TJF » Jun 01, 2011 8:26

The number of forum members increased by 158 in May 2011 -- more than ever before

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EDIT:

After a correction we see 135 new users in May 2011.
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Postby KristopherWindsor » Jun 01, 2011 11:03

Are they spam bots?
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Postby bfuller » Jun 01, 2011 12:13

I just had a quick look, there were 22 new members on May 31----and not one post to the Forum from any of them-------many of the names have the format ****456. May 30 has 8 new members and no posts! Of all the 158 new members in May, only 22 of them have posted anything.

(sad to say) I think KristopherWindsor is correct.

Edit----in fact, of the 6264 members, 3485 (over half) have never posted at all, and 570 have only ever made one post to the forum.
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Postby pestery » Jun 01, 2011 12:31

If they were spam bots joining the forum wouldn't they have some posts spamming the forum? ;)
Interesting to see the graph though. The last major peak was in 07, about when I joined the band wagon :D
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a true test would be how many have made 10 or more posts

Postby TESLACOIL » Jun 01, 2011 12:57

a true test would be how many have made 10 or more posts in the last year

using that test how many active members are there 100 ?

that is your reality check there

if the potential active lifespan of a active coder is 50 years then you can calculate the annual attrition rate and thus the recruitment rate for stability


if there are 100 active users now , you will lose at least 2 per year due to old age

the world population is still growing , everything being equal one would expect up to 50% more user over the next 50 years....approx 1% net growth


just throwing some realword numbers around which will effect the ebb and flow....all other things being equal




the open source universe is a headless chicken & often lacks the structural and strategic capability to flesh out the critical areas , like PR & Sales , team management....the kind of areas that corporations often "over do it"

neither system has the fullness of vision to deliver all the goods it could

Its why we whinge at apple & m$ but the world still does not run Linux FB etc
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Postby Gonzo » Jun 01, 2011 14:28

if a spider can get user info, then the spambots dont have to post anything, just have spam "website" or signature
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Postby Lachie Dazdarian » Jun 01, 2011 14:59

I have to approve my members, and I get like 10 spam registrations per day. Sad.
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captha's are getting hard to beat for humans these days lol

Postby TESLACOIL » Jun 01, 2011 19:21

only 10 a day ? this forum sucks lol


imagine trying to chew through 100s or 1000s spam applications , this is common on busier boards

captha's are getting hard to beat for humans these days lol !

entering a windows key blindfold is like water off a ducks back in comparison to some i have encountered...some of the captha's = you got to be $h1*** me right lol....that sinking feeling you get when your nose is pressed to the screen trying to extract the last pixel for clues


joys of spring indeed !


http://giveupinternet.com/2009/04/19/pa ... t-captcha/

took me a moment for the ole penny to drop , havnt laughed like that in ages...u just gotta love the net, you always a billion posts behind the event
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Postby Destructosoft » Jun 02, 2011 0:17

bfuller wrote:-many of the names have the format ****456
Sounds like the aliens from Torchwood: Children of Earth.
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Postby TJF » Jul 03, 2011 20:57

Update in first post.
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Postby Oskimaa » Aug 08, 2011 13:58

I don't think the amount of posts made by a forum member is the only thing that counts for "activity", as I for example have only very rarely made a post here, but have read ~everything interesting someone else posts... :)
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Postby TESLACOIL » Aug 11, 2011 4:48

i reckon this forum has just 100 active members who post once a month or more
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Re: All-time growth in May 2011

Postby bfuller » Aug 20, 2012 3:59

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I notice that we just hit 7000 members.

There have been a large number of new registrations in the last couple of days, but none of them look "human" until at least a fair way down page two of the member list (sorted by date joined). Is it easy (or even possible) or worth it to do a purge of some sort? If a purge was the way to go, I bet the argument about "criteria" lasts a long time unless the administrators make a unilateral decision.

My suggestion for a "criteria" is if no post has been made in a reasonable time (say 1 month) after registering. If a new member really wants to stay registered, all that member has to do is submit a post or two saying please don't purge me, i'm not a SPAMBOT or some such words, or answer a simple question or someting.
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Re: All-time growth in May 2011

Postby Richard » Aug 20, 2012 5:48

Don't be mislead by the statistics. The last couple of days has seen a dozen new members each day who posted, unfortunately every one posting confirmed as a spammer and turned back. I guess our address has been released again on another spammer resource site. Many of those spammers then register another membership name and attach their website to it on the false assumption that it is visible to non-members and will increase their statistics. Some time ago when the membership list was publicly accessable, many of the older spammers had their links deleted so we now have no evidence to confirm their spammer status.

I see no real advantage to purging half the member list based on members being registered for more than a year with no posts. It will have no significant effect on functionality.
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Re: All-time growth in May 2011

Postby bfuller » Aug 20, 2012 7:01

It will have no significant effect on functionality.


Ha, True.

(I was going to highlight the 7,000 number as some sort of milestone, then had second thoughts after I expected to get attacked from all sides, and justifiably too I suppose. Now I guess I just feel that false statistics are as bad or worse than no statistics, in any case, a "divide by two" is not a bad approach to most official statistics, so why not technical ones too?--I'm joking, its just the old Engineer in me coming out LOL)

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