Author Topic: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)

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As anyone who read suffered through my previous thread on aggregating game completion times knows, I have an almost childlike/borderline autistic fascination with raw data.  In any case, on these very boards exist an extensive and exhaustive numerical record of each and every person who has ever registered (since this iteration of the board, which I gather began around February 27, 2006).  AKA the Members list.  Since I'm a noob here and also possess a similarly all consuming obsession with history, I spent WAY too much time pouring through the numbers and reading 8-5 year old forum posts about shitty games on dead systems by people I've never met.  What I found out may interest you, or it might make you a bit nostalgic for days gone past, OR most probably, it'll bore the ever loving piss out of you and you won't even bother to read it all.

Whatever, I don't care. I had fun putting this together and I don't really care if anyone even likes this.

NOW DROWN IN A SEA OF BEAUTIFUL DATA, MINIONS!!!!!

Forum Data as of 11/1/2014

Members: 2200

Post Counts!

Members with 0 posts: 962

Members with 1 post: 230

Members with under 10 posts: 1629

Members with under 100 posts: 1974

Members with under 1000 posts: 2120

Members with under 10,000 posts: everyone but Dice, Din and Eusis.

Food for thought (aka the lunch break): The average book is roughly 64,000 words long (you can trust me, I’m a librarian), that means that if Eusis, Dincrest and Dice’s average post length was comparable to the length of this here run-on sentence, that each of those three has contributed an entire book’s worth of material to the RPGFan forums in the last (almost) 9 years. Cray!

Position!

6 Administrators

6 AMG A GIRLS(?)

45 Banninated (to hear some of the stories about how this place used to be I would have thought this number was higher)

4 Contributing Editors

2 Editor Emeritus(es)

5 Rainbow Club Members(?)

1 Restricted Member(?)

12 RPG Fan Editors

808 Members (if you don’t count people who only posted once or not at all)

? = Someone is going to have to explain these to me (especially the Restricted Member)

Membership by month! (aka hows taste my pie chart??)


So I wen't freaking crazy and broke down forum registration month by month.  
If we exclude Mike being a ridiculous person and "registering" in 1999 and the initial land grab that followed the opening of this version of the boards in March of 2006 (130 people registered) we get some "interesting" results.




I'd really like to know what accounted for the "Great Spike of the Summer of '09", does anyone remember an event that would lead to so many people registering like that?  What games might have caused that? Did RPGFan get linked a bunch at some of the larger gaming sight (sigh...I'm probably the only one that cares).


Random Facts!:

Last Person to be Banninated: Demon Princess Kay
Registered on February 29: Tebian (‘08), Pmayo (’12)
« Last Edit: November 03, 2014, 05:27:53 PM by glassjawsh »


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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2014, 06:24:17 PM »
RIP Demon Princess Kay


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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2014, 06:41:10 PM »
RIP Demon Princess Kay

May she moist in dildos.

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Also, what about reversing 'members with under ...' to 'members with more than ...' =P
Some of us are achievement seekers.
« Last Edit: November 03, 2014, 06:48:50 PM by Annubis »

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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2014, 06:55:18 PM »
Nice data man(I mean it , I'm not being sarcastic.).

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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2014, 07:48:38 PM »
I'm always shocked by the amount of 'Guests' on this forum.  PARTICIPATE DAMMIT.  Y'all shy?!
I also feel I should post less before I become the top poster and people thing I look like this
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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2014, 08:28:05 PM »
I joined in November 2009, so I guess I was chasing after that big summer trend (that I didn't even know about)...

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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2014, 09:09:55 PM »
All I know is, I've done a lot of growing up over the years.  I also post considerably less than I used to.

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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2014, 09:23:13 PM »
I'd really like to know what accounted for the "Great Spike of the Summer of '09", does anyone remember an event that would lead to so many people registering like that?  What games might have caused that? Did RPGFan get linked a bunch at some of the larger gaming sight (sigh...I'm probably the only one that cares).
My hypothesis is that it was caused by a wave of bots attempting to register, before we put in measures to prevent this from happening.

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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2014, 09:40:10 PM »
RIP Demon Princess Kay

May she moist in dildos.

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Also, what about reversing 'members with under ...' to 'members with more than ...' =P
Some of us are achievement seekers.

Ask and you shall receive:

Members with more than 5 posts: 703
Members with more than 10 posts: 571
Members with more than 25 posts: 399
Members with more than 50 posts: 321
Members with more than 100 posts: 226
Members with more than 200 posts: 177 <---- I'm #165 after only 2 months...
Members with more than 500 posts: 113
Members with more than 1000 posts: 79
Members with more than 2000 posts: 42
Members with more than 5000 posts: 17
Members with more than 10000 posts: 3


People don't seem to get banned here anymore, I wonder if that's product of the people or a product of the mods relaxing? 

Also, HEY ADMIN WHAT THE SHIT IS A RESTRICTED MEMBER?? IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY.

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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2014, 09:48:38 PM »
We don't get very many people worthy of being banned here, because you're all swell.  (Also, shoot, I still need 500 more posts to hit 10,000.)
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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2014, 09:52:37 PM »
We believe in reform! Probably.



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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2014, 10:45:46 PM »
.... I just lurk and read 😶

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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2014, 08:13:51 AM »
Back in ye olden days, when some people were naughty but not to the point of needing to be banned outright, we put them in "restricted member" status temporarily till they shaped up.  Basically, restricted members couldn't start topics or enjoy some of the other privileges of full fledged members.  It was kinda like in-school-suspension back when you were in high school. 
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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2014, 10:07:43 AM »
Just a few more posts and I'll be bringing that 1000+ number up to a nice round 80
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Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses)
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2014, 12:45:55 PM »
I will, after three short years, soon be over 10000 posts. YAY ME
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