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garyash
02-08-2010, 01:17 PM
I collected the numbers for how many posts were added by each Forum member to see how many people participate actively. The first page of the Forum shows the number of total members (4867 as of 2/8/2010) and the total number of posts (301,077). As you might expect, a few people make lot of posts (Mr. Biggs at 12,671!) and many people only post occasionally.

Top 5 posters: 49,631 posts (14%)
Top 50 posters: 179,513 posts (50%)
No posts: 1310 members (27% of members)
Here's the distribution chart to show how many people made a given number of posts:
http://www.studegarage.com/images/other/SDC_forum_posts_020810_G_Ash.jpg

Of course, there are many people who read the Forum who haven't signed up officially, so it's hard to know how many there are. And, it's OK to just come and read without posting, if you are shy or just don't see the need to comment.

[img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/indy/gary_indycar25_vvsm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
Dartmouth, Mass.
'32 Indy car replica (in progress)
'48 M5
'65 Wagonaire Commander
'63 Wagonaire Standard
web site at http://www.studegarage.com

Mark57
02-08-2010, 01:24 PM
Gee Gary... are you aiming to become the new "Decimal Dude"?! ;)[}:)]:)

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island Chapter
http://visdc.shawwebspace.ca/ </h5>

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4hawks
02-08-2010, 01:46 PM
Ok... heres my first post of the year. Neat chart :). How did you come up with the numbers?

1959 4E2D 498 Studebaker Soctsman 4X4

studegary
02-08-2010, 02:01 PM
quote:Originally posted by 4hawks

Ok... heres my first post of the year. Neat chart :). How did you come up with the numbers?



If you click on "MEMBERS" it will give you the information.

I haven't looked lately, but I think that I have hovered around top eight in number of posts. I don't read anywhere near as many of the topics as I used to. I do check the Forum most days.

This is from another of the Garys (other than the two mentioned above).

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

Avantidon
02-08-2010, 02:22 PM
Gary, interesting information for those who want to understand it. Thanks for the effort as it really tells a great story.

Tom B
02-08-2010, 02:24 PM
Looks like three groups.
1) nubies that don't post more than 19 posts,
2) Folks that get involved for up to 99 posts, (they don't seem to hang around)
3) Us serious guys who just can't quit.

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Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
....On the road, again....
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

studegary
02-08-2010, 02:46 PM
In analyzing from this graph, you need to realize that the X-axis is not uniform in spacing/quantities before you put too much strength in the peaks shown. For example, one bar is for 80-99 posts and the next bar is for 100-199 posts. I can't imagine why it is graphed in this fashion. Looks like graphs that I used to see that were made to prove a point. I don't want to diminish the work that Gary A. put into this. I just question his graphing style.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
02-08-2010, 02:52 PM
I have also noticed that two of our top five posters have not posted since sometime last month.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

BShaw
02-08-2010, 03:05 PM
I've calculated those stats a few times over the years. Pretty typical breakout of any forum.

BShaw, Webmaster
webmaster@studebakerdriversclub.com
Woodbury, Minnesota

bob1944
02-08-2010, 03:36 PM
I would like to thank all of you that post and answer some of my newby and stupid questions. I gain alot of good information here and appreciate all who help.

garyash
02-08-2010, 04:05 PM
To answer Gary L's question about the form of the graph, it was chosen as a means to display information that has a wide range of values. We have five guys with nearly 50,000 posts between them and 1300 who have never posted at all. I "binned" them in an arbitrary fashion to have the vertical bars cover about a 10:1 range, i.e. about 25 to 250 people, so that there weren't tiny bars at the bottom or bars that went off scale at the top.

A big conclusion is that most of the posting is done by a small core group: 77% of the posts came from only 100 people and more than 93% came from a total of just 200 people. So, only 1 to 2% of all SDC members are active here. The data does not identify if anyone has posted under more than one user name. Additionally, of the top 500 posters, about 9% haven't posted in over 1 year, 23% of posters 500-1000 haven't posted in a year, and more than 50% of those in the 6-20 post range haven't posted since February 2009. Some stay addicted, some leave.

No Studebakers were harmed in the making of this graph.

[img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/indy/gary_indycar25_vvsm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
Dartmouth, Mass.
'32 Indy car replica (in progress)
'48 M5
'65 Wagonaire Commander
'63 Wagonaire Standard
web site at http://www.studegarage.com

Guido
02-08-2010, 04:12 PM
I think my title of "Decimal Dude" is being threatened.....

Another Gary

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/63/663/9/36/86/2567936860097493054TXiheL_th.jpgGuido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful" and real Studebaker horsepower lives

See pictures here: http://community.webshots.com/user/GuidoSalvage

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

bams50
02-08-2010, 04:16 PM
quote:Originally posted by studegary

In analyzing from this graph, you need to realize that the X-axis is not uniform in spacing/quantities before you put too much strength in the peaks shown. For example, one bar is for 80-99 posts and the next bar is for 100-199 posts. I can't imagine why it is graphed in this fashion.


Studegary- I think the answer is simple; the graph maker chooses the x-axis based on what stats he's trying to illustrate, as it relates to the desired y-axis, or vice-versa. Anyone can take the stats and plug them into a graph with their own axes, depending on what they're wanting to say. The graph is fine for this discussion; but one could theoretically make a graph with all actual post numbers on the x... it would give a fine-tuned result, but they may go nuts doing so[:0] It's certainly beyond me to do so[xx(]

Intersting stats, Gary A., and thanks for making the effort[^]

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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GOD BLESS AMERICA

Guido
02-08-2010, 04:19 PM
quote:Originally posted by bams50
Anyone can take the stats and plug them into a graph with their own axes, depending on what they're wanting to say.
Would you be able to demonstrate that at York? :D (I believe Bob meant to say axis, but maybe that is an evil word).

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/63/663/9/36/86/2567936860097493054TXiheL_th.jpgGuido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful" and real Studebaker horsepower lives

See pictures here: http://community.webshots.com/user/GuidoSalvage

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

53k
02-08-2010, 04:20 PM
quote:Originally posted by studegary

I have also noticed that two of our top five posters have not posted since sometime last month.

In an off-Forum email conversation Mr Biggs told me that he isn't posting any more. I didn't ask if someone drove him off or he was just tired.



Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

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bams50
02-08-2010, 04:25 PM
quote:Originally posted by Guido


quote:Originally posted by bams50
Anyone can take the stats and plug them into a graph with their own axes, depending on what they're wanting to say.
Would you be able to demonstrate that at York? :D (I believe Bob meant to say axis, but maybe that is an evil word).


No, 'axes' is the correct plural of 'axis':)

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag1-1.gif
GOD BLESS AMERICA

stude53
02-08-2010, 04:28 PM
Note to Gary Ash - get another truck project going, it's obvious you have too much free time. Leave the numbers to Guido.

[img=left]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/stude53/studesmall2.jpg[/img=left]Bob Feaganes (stude53)
53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

Chris_Dresbach
02-08-2010, 04:46 PM
Either I need a life or this forum is way too much fun, this is my 1272 post since September of '09![:0][:p] Yeah, way too much fun.:D[^]

Chris Dresbach
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/ModelN-1-1.jpg
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/40champion-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/N10-1.jpg

StudeDave57
02-08-2010, 06:10 PM
quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

Either I need a life or this forum is way too much fun, this is my 1272 post since September of '09! [:0] [:p] Yeah, way too much fun. :D [^] Chris
Well, if it'll make you feel any better- ALOT of your 1200 posts are because you have so many duplicate posts. They happened when the Forum was having those 'issues' we got to deal with not too long ago... ;)


StudeDave '57 [8D]

ozarkman
02-08-2010, 06:35 PM
when stuff gets archived, do the numbers go down?

From deep in the Ozarks...

Fred

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af137/ozarklark/OzarkTtrailLogoSmall.jpghttp://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af137/ozarklark/P1140079.jpg http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af137/ozarklark/StudebakersofArkansas2-1.jpg

PlainBrownR2
02-08-2010, 06:57 PM
quote:
when stuff gets archived, do the numbers go down?


For an individual poster or in the graph above?

For individuals who post that post count number should not go down. That's a record of sorts from the number of times an individual posted to the forum. The graph above, I think that's a little more dynamic since that shows the members as a whole who posted to the forum. The graph above is a representation of the total number of members on the forum, that has been organized into how have posted a certain number of posts. That will change on behavior of the forum(a big one), technical problems(another big one), seasons of the year, what month the harvest eclipse occurs on, and so on. In this case, the number of posters above, those who enter and leave the forum will change. However, depending on how long the server retains a name, if a member leaves, that representation above may not change very fast.

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[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010550-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

Flashback
02-08-2010, 07:12 PM
I am not questioning the graph style. I just don't understand it.
:(

Edit: Correction, yeah I Do.[:I];)
Tex E. Grier
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn320/Flashback53/DSC_0045-3.jpg

barnlark
02-09-2010, 12:52 AM
Maybe the axis is less questionable this way..;):D
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh48/newshooter44/SDC_forum_posts_020810_G_Ash-1.jpg

I'm waiting for a really serious decimal dude with a graph of those among us whom has the most misspelled posts, which leads to nit picking posts, to pointless posts, think I'm funny posts, need help posts, which leads to actual helpful posts, always inserting vinegar posts, philanthropic posts, too many photos posts, wrong forum posts, self impressed know it all posts, pita posts, having a bad day posts, which leads to the eye roll posts, to wish I hadn't written that posts, success on a Stude project posts, eBay and Craigslist car posts, nos parts posts, too many emoticons posts, lol posts, rambling on until no one reads it all posts, to the never ending posts....;)
Pretty sure I've made all those mistakes along the way for that graph. [B)]:D

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh48/newshooter44/DSCN2488-1.jpg

PlainBrownR2
02-09-2010, 01:02 AM
quote:
I'm waiting for a really serious decimal dude with a graph of those among us whom has the most misspelled posts, which leads to nit picking posts, to pointless posts, think I'm funny posts, need help posts, which leads to actual helpful posts, always inserting vinegar posts, philanthropic posts, too many photos posts, wrong forum posts, self impressed know it all posts, pita posts, having a bad day posts, which leads to the eye roll posts, to wish I hadn't written that posts, success on a Stude project posts, eBay and Craigslist car posts, nos parts posts, too many emoticons posts, lol posts, rambling on until no one reads it all posts, to the never ending posts....
Pretty sure I've made all those mistakes along the way for that graph.


Or the Excel document to end all Excel documents. I'm sure we will want a large graph per forum to make for easier reading for each graph needed. Well there are 11 forums, with XXXXXX(meaning obscene) amount of posts per forum, start rifflin', lol!!

(Another piece of data to the graph project for the general section [:o)])

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[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010550-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

bezhawk
02-09-2010, 07:18 AM
One more for me:D

clonelark
02-09-2010, 09:12 AM
These pretty pictures have raised my posting. Post an ugly picture and i wont comment. Maybe :D

http://i45.tinypic.com/15cnk3b.gif http://i49.tinypic.com/20zsg13.jpg

55 prez
02-09-2010, 11:13 AM
Some posters are one or two word comments. I think some do just to increase their post count. Its nice to see real content instead of;
pretty car, nice job, I like, cool, etc. This isn't intended to start a flame war.:D

Jim Caldwell
"The view don't change if you ain't the lead dog"
http://ozarktrails.tripod.com/

studegary
02-09-2010, 01:21 PM
Gary A. and Bob A. - I understood the graph and the reason for doing it in the displayed manner. I just wanted to alert people to the uneven grouping of the data when they review/analyze what is before them.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

Flashback
02-09-2010, 05:40 PM
WELL, "How many do I have?" This looks like this
is the "one thousand" milestone for me.:):D[^]
HOO RAA

Tex E. Grier
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn320/Flashback53/DSC_0045-3.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
02-09-2010, 05:47 PM
quote:Originally posted by 55 prez

Some posters are one or two word comments. I think some do just to increase their post count.




Agree.






[:o)]

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA
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ozarkman
02-09-2010, 08:18 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp


quote:Originally posted by 55 prez

Some posters are one or two word comments. I think some do just to increase their post count.




Agree.

[:o)]

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA
http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/1963%20Avanti/pics005-1.jpg


lol

From deep in the Ozarks...

Fred

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COMMANDERPINK1
02-09-2010, 09:00 PM
Cant think of anything funny to add and not good at adding great content in 100 words or more so Ill just say you Kids just go out there and have fun playing the game and it doest matter what the score is at the end :)

Tom
(see only 46 words w/spelling errors) now 55!

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woodysrods
02-09-2010, 09:36 PM
I just started last year. Love the networking this forum provides and the speed in which you can get help, if you just ask.
I am hooked for now.
Brian

Brian Woods
woodysrods@shaw.ca
1946 M Series (Shop Truck)
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