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Doctor Q
Jan 4, 2004, 11:40 AM
I updated my computations from the Top 50 Posters Extrapolated into the Future (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=31339) thread from 6 months ago and here are the results.

The legend of column headings follows the chart.

As before, the results are only estimates because members change their rate of posting, current members will join the list or drop out, and new members will appear.

I've computed the numbers just for fun and to be a point of discussion. Members should not post just to achieve a high post count. Pointless posts are called spam and are against forum rules (http://forums.macrumors.com/announcement.php?s=&forumid=20), which everyone should read and follow.

I'll post some comments and statistics about the list once I type them up.

Top 50 Posters as of today and estimated top 50 posters in 6 months and at the end of time

Computed by Doctor Q on January 4, 2004

.. .............. Cur.. Cur.. PR DLT | Projection.... Proj
RK Current Top 50 Posts Rate. RK RNK | July 4, 2004.. Posts | End of Time
-- -------------- ----- ----- -- --- | -------------- ----- | --------------
.1 Mr. Anderson.. 14491 18.27 .1 ..0 | Mr. Anderson.. 17817 | Mr. Anderson
.2 eyelikeart.... 10874 .9.92 .2 ..0 | eyelikeart.... 12680 | Powerbook G5
.3 Rower_CPU..... 8,076 .9.85 .4 .+1 | Rower_CPU..... 9,868 | wdlove
.4 Macrumors..... 7,590 .7.62 14 +10 | Macrumors..... 8,977 | MacBandit
.5 jelloshotsrule 6,788 .9.77 .3 .-2 | jelloshotsrule 8,566 | shadowfax
.6 jefhatfield... 6,242 .4.90 .5 .-1 | MacBandit..... 8,244 | eyelikeart
.7 MacBandit..... 6,082 11.88 .6 .-1 | wdlove........ 7,981 | Rower_CPU
.8 wdlove........ 5,646 12.83 16 .+8 | shadowfax..... 7,186 | jelloshotsrule
.9 MrMacman...... 5,267 .5.77 17 .+8 | jefhatfield... 7,134 | scem0
10 shadowfax..... 5,222 10.79 11 .+1 | MrMacman...... 6,317 | vniow
11 arn........... 5,000 .5.01 15 .+4 | scem0......... 6,158 | Macrumors
12 scem0......... 4,597 .8.58 12 ..0 | arn........... 5,911 | King Cobra
13 AlphaTech..... 4,562 .5.56 .7 .-6 | Powerbook G5.. 5,845 | iJon
14 vniow......... 4,336 .8.12 .8 .-6 | vniow......... 5,814 | MrMacman
15 King Cobra.... 4,301 .6.40 10 .-5 | AlphaTech..... 5,573 | AlphaTech
16 iJon.......... 4,201 .6.04 19 .+3 | King Cobra.... 5,466 | bousozoku
17 Backtothemac.. 3,904 .5.34 .9 .-8 | iJon.......... 5,301 | edesignuk
18 krossfyter.... 3,897 .5.41 13 .-5 | krossfyter.... 4,882 | krossfyter
19 edesignuk..... 3,533 .5.44 20 .+1 | Backtothemac.. 4,876 | Backtothemac
20 paulwhannel... 3,318 .4.74 28 .+8 | edesignuk..... 4,524 | Phil Of Mac
21 job........... 3,221 .4.55 18 .-3 | paulwhannel... 4,181 | arn
22 tazo.......... 3,202 .0.00 NW ... | bousozoku..... 4,066 | Doctor Q
23 Durandal7..... 3,108 .2.98 21 .-2 | job........... 4,049 | jefhatfield
24 bousozoku..... 3,065 .5.50 39 +15 | teabgs........ 3,760 | bennetsaysargh
25 Powerbook G5.. 3,016 15.55 NW ... | Durandal7..... 3,650 | Kwyjibo
26 teabgs........ 2,997 .4.19 22 .-4 | Sun Baked..... 3,649 | Dont Hurt Me
27 mac15......... 2,848 .3.87 24 .-3 | mac15......... 3,553 | paulwhannel
28 Sun Baked..... 2,793 .4.70 32 .+4 | iGAV.......... 3,427 | Sun Baked
29 iGAV.......... 2,691 .4.05 34 .+5 | britboy....... 3,247 | mactastic
30 mischief...... 2,649 .2.99 23 .-7 | Doctor Q...... 3,244 | job
31 britboy....... 2,639 .3.34 25 .-6 | tazo.......... 3,202 | übergeek
32 cb911......... 2,359 .3.56 44 +12 | mischief...... 3,194 | jxyama
33 Doctor Q...... 2,340 .4.97 NW ... | cb911......... 3,008 | teabgs
34 Beej.......... 2,223 .3.05 26 .-8 | Phil Of Mac... 2,934 | iGAV
35 MacAztec...... 2,177 .2.73 30 .-5 | Kwyjibo....... 2,924 | MacFan25
36 sparkleytone.. 2,109 .2.65 36 ..0 | Beej.......... 2,779 | mac15
37 Kwyjibo....... 2,046 .4.83 NW ... | MacAztec...... 2,674 | patrick0brien
38 Phil Of Mac... 2,005 .5.10 NW ... | Dont Hurt Me.. 2,661 | Nermal
39 alex_ant...... 1,988 .2.85 27 -12 | sparkleytone.. 2,591 | cb911
40 Hemingray..... 1,934 .2.67 35 .-5 | bennetsaysargh 2,559 | WinterMute
41 AmbitiousLemon 1,869 .2.44 37 .-4 | übergeek...... 2,518 | medea
42 mymemory...... 1,809 .1.87 41 .-1 | alex_ant...... 2,507 | Stelliform
43 Dont Hurt Me.. 1,796 .4.75 NW ... | Hemingray..... 2,420 | britboy
44 medea......... 1,766 .3.42 46 .+2 | medea......... 2,388 | Beej
45 Ensign Paris.. 1,757 .2.22 40 .-5 | patrick0brien. 2,336 | mischief
46 G4scott....... 1,753 .2.42 45 .-1 | AmbitiousLemon 2,313 | Durandal7
47 mnkeybsness... 1,736 .1.88 NW ... | G4scott....... 2,194 | alex_ant
48 irmongoose.... 1,716 .2.25 42 .-6 | Ensign Paris.. 2,162 | MacAztec
49 Moxiemike..... 1,712 .2.34 NW ... | mymemory...... 2,149 | alset
50 übergeek...... 1,701 .4.49 33 -17 | Nermal........ 2,147 | benixau

Columns:
[list=1] RK = Rank (1 to 50).

Current Top 50 = members with the 50 currently highest post counts.

Cur Posts = # of posts by that member.

Cur Rate = average # posts per day by that member since joining MacRumors.

PR RK = Previous Rank, as of July 4, 2003 (six months ago), or NW for those who are new to the Top 50.

DLT RNK = Delta Rank (# of slots +higher or -lower in rank since 6 months ago)

Projection July 4, 2004 = 6-month projected ranking based on current post rate.

Proj Posts = 6-month projected # of posts based on current post rate.

End of Time = projected ranking at the end of time, i.e., the ranking approached as time advances to infinity.
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Doctor Q
Jan 4, 2004, 11:56 AM
First, some statistics about the # of months that the current Top 50 members have been members:
* average 23.2 months
* standard deviation 6.7
* minimum 6.4 (Powerbook G5)
* maximum 41.8 (jefhatfield)
MacRumors and arn re-registered in April 2001, otherwise they would be the oldest Top 50 members.

All Top 50 members other than Powerbook G5 have been members more than a year.

In September 2003, many members dropped to lower post counts because post counts were recomputed based on the policy that posts in the political forum are no longer counted. Wastelanded threads also do not count so post count can drop when a thread is moved to the Wasteland. See the Post count issues (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=36858) thread for a discussion about this. At that time, macfan lost the most posts of any Top 50 member.

Seventeen Top 50 members from 6 months ago have current post counts that are actually lower than 6 months ago. Their drop in post count is shown in parentheses: macfan (1299), zimv20 (896), pseudobrit (887), mcrain (424), lmalave (338), übergeek (267), Backtothemac (251), alex_ant (214), Taft (151), vniow (93), springscansing (55), Shrek (33), mischief (31), AlphaTech (21), Beej (15), Ensign Paris (12), MacFan25 (2).

Six months ago, shrek, who was banned from MacRumors in April 2003 after 1120 posts, was still in the Top 50. This time, tazo, who was banned in December 2003 with 3202 posts (although still a Demi-God!) is still in the Top 50 and is projected to be even 6 months from now.

eyelikeart
Jan 4, 2004, 12:00 PM
Wow, u are outdoing yourself again DrQ. Are u doing a case study on this website? If not, u have lots of material for anyone who would want to. ;)

Macmaniac
Jan 4, 2004, 12:02 PM
Dang I did not make the top 50, oh well, I guess I just don't post fast enough. Why did Tazo get banned anyway?
Doctor Q could you run a test to see who are the top 50 oldest active posters? I bet I would make that:)

latergator116
Jan 4, 2004, 12:04 PM
Ah, well. Maybe ill make top 50 in a few years.:rolleyes:

Wes
Jan 4, 2004, 12:06 PM
Originally posted by Macmaniac
Dang I did not make the top 50, oh well, I guess I just don't post fast enough. Why did Tazo get banned anyway?
Doctor Q could you run a test to see who are the top 50 oldest active posters? I bet I would make that:)

I was wondering about tazo too.

Mr. Anderson
Jan 4, 2004, 12:09 PM
So a little more analysis and you could write and submit a paper....;)

You just need to make the pretty pictures now.

I checked back to the previous thread and see I'm slowing down....which I predicted back then anyway. I imagine I'll continue to slow down even more.

D

Mr. Anderson
Jan 4, 2004, 12:12 PM
Originally posted by Macmaniac
Why did Tazo get banned anyway?

Because.

Why does anyone get banned? Its always unfortunate when someone gets banned - we don't want to do it - but it boils down to the fact that everyone's different and sometimes handle situations in their own way. Sometimes its best to play by the rules. ;)

D

Stelliform
Jan 4, 2004, 12:13 PM
Shucks, I am at 65 now, no list this year. :)

Good work Dr. Q!

Kwyjibo
Jan 4, 2004, 12:16 PM
Originally posted in the Rules
Anything ongoing actions that require more work for everyone involved. If banning you is easier than dealing with the problems you are causing, you will be banned.


sure tazo was fun to have around here , but he was always a little bit disgruntled and he didn't really adhere to social norms when debating issues

Doctor Q
Jan 4, 2004, 12:29 PM
Members get banned for violating the rules, usually for using personal insults after being warned. If you are curious, you can search for all posts by a particular banned member and look at their most recent posts to see what was going on when they were banned.

CmdrLaForge
Jan 4, 2004, 12:31 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
So a little more analysis and you could write and submit a paper....;)

You just need to make the pretty pictures now.

I checked back to the previous thread and see I'm slowing down....which I predicted back then anyway. I imagine I'll continue to slow down even more.

D

Hi Mr. Anderson,

btw - what business are you working in ? I want to have such a lot of free time for surfing as well !

Have fun :-)

teabgs
Jan 4, 2004, 12:38 PM
I was under the impression there was to be punch and pie....

or at least a pretty graph? :p ;)

Oh yeah...another post securing my position in the top 50. :p

Seriously though, I find it interesting that I went down a few spots, yet I'm projected to be up again in 6 months. Because I think my rate has been constantly slowing down in the last 6 months...but I guess not as fast as others...

Are you tracking people that are close to the top 50 as well, to see who may enter the top 50?

I'd be interested in a study based on post rate as well... remember when jello and Dukestreet ;) were going about 200/day!? :eek: :eek:

if that were to happen again even a new member would get up there pretty quickly....

Macmaniac
Jan 4, 2004, 12:40 PM
Doctor Q are you a statistician? If your not I bet you would make a pretty good one, your results look so professional:)

G4scott
Jan 4, 2004, 12:46 PM
Wow, I'm still in the top 50...

I haven't been posting as much recently because of college among other things. Also, these forums have grown so much, it's almost overwhelming...

Doctor Q
Jan 4, 2004, 12:52 PM
Observations on the current Top 50

There are 7 new Top 50 members: Powerbook G5, Doctor Q, Kwyjibo, Phil Of Mac, Dont Hurt Me, mnkeybsness, and Moxiemike.

Biggest gain in rank within the Top 50: bousozoku (up 15 slots), followed by cb911 (up 12 slots).

Biggest drop in rank within the Top 50: übergeek (down 17 slots), followed by alex_ant (down 12 slots). mcrain, with all those discounted posts, dropped 21 slots, off the Top 50. If you eliminate tazo from the list, mcrain would be 50th in the Top 50.

Observations on the end-of-time rankings

New Top 50 member Powerbook G5 powers his way into the #2 slot! Can he keep up the pace? Eleven other new Top 50 members: Phil Of Mac, bennetsaysargh, mactastic, jxyama, patrick0brien, Nermal, cb911, WinterMute, Stelliform, alset, and benixau.

Phil Of Mac and bennetsaysargh made the Top 25! Members who were formerly in the Top 25 at the end of time but are now not in the Top 50: macfan, zimv20, pseudobrit, and lmalave.

Biggest gain in rank: Macrumors (up 22 slots).

Biggest drop in rank: übergeek and MacFan25 (each down 22 slots).

Macmaniac
Jan 4, 2004, 12:59 PM
Wow if Powerbook G5 keeps it up he may challenge Mr. Anderson(Dukestreet)
Although it may take a few years. Hmm maybe if Mr. Anderson senses a challange he may do 200 posts a day again;) That was a sight to behold.

MacFan25
Jan 4, 2004, 12:59 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
Biggest drop in rank: übergeek and MacFan25 (each down 22 slots).

Heh...yeah I haven't been posting much lately - been busy with school and a part-time job. Maybe this semester I'll be able to get some more time in for Macrumors.

As always, thank you Doctor Q for doing this. It's always interesting to see these stats.

Kwyjibo
Jan 4, 2004, 01:14 PM
i'm surprised vniow doesn't have more of a drop, i don't see her post as much anymore

Doctor Q
Jan 4, 2004, 01:17 PM
I guess it's time to answer some questions!Originally posted by eyelikeart
Wow, u are outdoing yourself again DrQ. Are u doing a case study on this website? If not, u have lots of material for anyone who would want to. ;) I guess you could call it a "case study". As you know (but others may not), my "source" material is simply the Top Posters list (http://forums.macrumors.com/memberlist.php?s=&what=topposters&perpage=10) and member profiles for the newbies. Anyone can look at this information, and I have no inside information. I just gathered what's there.
Originally posted by Macmaniac
Doctor Q could you run a test to see who are the top 50 oldest active posters? I bet I would make that:) Your wish is my command. See my next post below.
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
So a little more analysis and you could write and submit a paper....;)

You just need to make the pretty pictures now.Submit it to whom? The Journal of MacRumors Prognostication?

We talked about the graphing idea last time. What kind of graphs would make any sense? I can imagine producing a line graph showing the rate of posting over time for a given member. It would have two line segments based on the measured post rates at two points in time and their membership date. Or a pie chart showing how many Top 50 members joined in each quarter of each year. What else?
Originally posted by teabgs
I was under the impression there was to be punch and pie....

or at least a pretty graph? :p ;)
...
Are you tracking people that are close to the top 50 as well, to see who may enter the top 50?
I'm up for punch. What's your address and what time should we be there? Suggestions for graphs are welcome. You could even grab this data and do your own.

Yes, I gathered the stats on the Top 75 last time and this time, so I'd have info on almost anybody in striking range of the Top 50.
Originally posted by Macmaniac
Doctor Q are you a statistician? If your not I bet you would make a pretty good one, your results look so professional:) I took one statistics course once upon a time, and I've helped kids with statistics homework, but that's about it. My main qualification for this task is "geek who likes math and MacRumors".

Doctor Q
Jan 4, 2004, 01:23 PM
Here is a list of the members who were in the Top 75 six months ago and/or are in the Top 75 today, sorted by the date they became a member.

Joindate Member Name
-------- --------------
07/09/00 jefhatfield
01/02/01 eyelikeart
01/06/01 Macmaniac
02/24/01 Durandal7
03/26/01 applemacdude
04/09/01 arn
04/12/01 Macrumors
05/09/01 mymemory
06/18/01 evildead
06/22/01 Wes
06/25/01 mnkeybsness
07/04/01 MrMacman
07/24/01 SPG
08/01/01 mischief
10/04/01 AlphaTech
10/05/01 Rower_CPU
10/28/01 MacAztec
10/28/01 sparkleytone
11/01/01 Mr. Anderson
11/04/01 britboy
11/04/01 Ensign Paris
11/22/01 Falleron
11/28/01 AmbitiousLemon
12/03/01 irmongoose
12/09/01 GeeYouEye
12/29/01 mac15
01/01/02 Moxiemike
01/02/02 Backtothemac
01/03/02 madamimadam
01/05/02 Beej
01/07/02 3rdpath
01/09/02 Hemingray
01/09/02 G4scott
01/11/02 LethalWolfe
01/13/02 krossfyter
01/18/02 teabgs
01/19/02 Nipsy
01/22/02 Choppaface
01/25/02 job
01/31/02 Taft
02/02/02 paulwhannel
02/05/02 alex_ant
02/07/02 jelloshotsrule
02/07/02 iJon
02/08/02 mcrain
03/02/02 King Cobra
03/09/02 iGAV
03/12/02 cb911
03/25/02 edesignuk
04/10/02 drastik
04/14/02 mmmdreg
04/16/02 mc68k
04/25/02 peterjhill
05/19/02 Sun Baked
05/28/02 Royal Pineapple
06/04/02 topicolo
06/25/02 bousozoku
07/07/02 zimv20
07/07/02 ibookin'
07/16/02 scem0
07/18/02 vniow
07/23/02 pseudobrit
07/23/02 Shrek
08/04/02 medea
08/09/02 MacBandit
09/06/02 shadowfax
09/08/02 MacsRgr8
09/19/02 Doctor Q
09/22/02 Freg3000
10/09/02 benixau
10/13/02 springscansing
10/20/02 wdlove
10/21/02 Stelliform
10/24/02 patrick0brien
11/01/02 yzedf
11/05/02 Kwyjibo
11/08/02 lmalave
11/09/02 alset
12/06/02 Phil Of Mac
12/07/02 Nermal
12/20/02 übergeek
12/21/02 Dont Hurt Me
01/02/03 macfan
01/05/03 MacFan25
01/19/03 WinterMute
01/20/03 bennetsaysargh
04/03/03 jxyama
04/06/03 tazo
04/24/03 mactastic
06/23/03 Powerbook G5

Dates are in the American mm/dd/yy format, even through Europeans and others who use the dd/mm/yy format know that their format is more sensible!

applemacdude
Jan 4, 2004, 01:36 PM
Im the 5th oldest that is in the top 75. YAYYYY:)

Rower_CPU
Jan 4, 2004, 01:40 PM
Excellent work, as always, Doctor Q.

Here's my gratuitous request:
How accurately was your previous prediction? What were the big surprises in ranking?

You covered the post loss angle, but not any actual post rate fluctuations. Inquiring lemurs want to know...

Wes
Jan 4, 2004, 01:42 PM
Originally posted by applemacdude
Im the 5th oldest that is in the top 75. YAYYYY:)

10th, I'm happy with that.

Kwyjibo
Jan 4, 2004, 01:47 PM
I'm a lot higher than the previous estimates

on the original Dr. Q estimated me to be at number 49 on Jan 01, 2004 and i'm currently number 37 but my end of time ranking only went from 29 to 24

Doctor Q
Jan 4, 2004, 01:47 PM
Originally posted by Rower_CPU
Here's my gratuitous request:
How accurately was your previous prediction? What were the big surprises in ranking?

You covered the post loss angle, but not any actual post rate fluctuations. Inquiring lemurs want to know... I've been writing some notes about how the previous predictions performed, and how to make the extrapolations more accurate, but I'm going to a movie right now (Oscar season, you know). After last night's and this morning's work, I deserve a break (assuming you don't mind). I'll post my analysis this afternoon.

Rower_CPU
Jan 4, 2004, 02:03 PM
No hurry, Q. Enjoy the movie. :)

eyelikeart
Jan 4, 2004, 02:12 PM
oh crap...I just made my 3 year anniversary...and didn't even know it! :eek: ;)

WinterMute
Jan 4, 2004, 02:26 PM
Wow, I made the End of time top 50?

When does the end of time officially start?

Cool, I feel like I've arrived...:D

Are you a real Dr. already Q, I feel a PhD coming on:p

Macmaniac
Jan 4, 2004, 03:11 PM
YAY I'm number 3, I feel so old;) Its my 3 year anniversary in 2 days on MWSF:)

wdlove
Jan 4, 2004, 03:47 PM
Thank you for your hard work Doctor Q. It is very intresting as always. Let us know about your trip to see a movie?

mac15
Jan 4, 2004, 04:51 PM
I'm still in there :) I'm the last of the dudes to join in 2001 and be in the top 75 :D

Mr. Anderson
Jan 4, 2004, 05:29 PM
Ah, well, for the record, I never did 200 posts in one day - that's a j-lo record that will probably stand till eternity. It was bordering on spam in many cases - ah, when MacRumors was younger....;)

I've been increasingly busier and with no end in site of that ever changing, I'll be dropping down even more....not that it matters :D

D

Doctor Q
Jan 4, 2004, 06:24 PM
I'm back from the movies. I saw Mystic River, which had great acting by a top cast. I knew Clint Eastwood directed, but I was surprised to find that he wrote the score too! OK, now back to the scores we've been discussing here.

Observations on accuracy last time

Hardly any Top 50 members came in with a post count near their projection from 6 months ago. Most post counts were less than projected, which must have partly been due to the post count drop that I mentioned above. The average projection deficit was 585, with a standard deviation of 1005. Not very good.

Only 3 projections were within 100 posts of being correct: jefhatfield (87 less than projected), Sun Baked (59 less), and iGAV (47 more).

Worst overprojection: macfan, projected to have 2732, actually had 60 (2672 less)!

Worst underprojection: Macrumors projected to have 4473, actually had 7590 (3117 more).

As far as projected rankings go, they weren't awful. The Top and mid-tier members shuffled around a bit, and members appeared in and dropped off the bottom of the list, but this is what you'd expect. Members who have been slacking off, like übergeek, came in under the projection, and members who have been running off at the mouth, like Doctor Q, came in over.

Observations on accuracy this time

As I did last time, I used a "constant velocity" method (assuming a constant posting rate over time) for these projections. This doesn't take into account what I suspect actually happens: a members posting rate will build up at first, hit a steady state for a while, and then more quickly drop off when the member's circumstances change (school, job, and/or family) and they don't frequent the forums as much. It also gives too much credit to new members who appear, post like mad, and then burn out.

So I'm playing with ideas for two other extrapolation methods:

(1) Weighting, where the recent post rate is favored more heavily for long-time members (favoring their steady state over their history), while the rates of newbies are given less weight, because they have not proven themselves over time.

(2) Constant acceleration, where I fit a second degree polynomial curve to the three known points (join date, 6 months ago, and today) assuming that the rate of change in posting is constant, with the rate of posting either steadily increasing or steadily decreasing over time. I figured out the formula for this, but I suspect people don't really behave as it would predict.

What does anybody else think?

WinterMute: Maybe I could petition arn to give me an honorary degree, as universities are always doing for well-known politicians, academic types, and celebrities!

Rower_CPU
Jan 4, 2004, 07:09 PM
Nice summary.

I suspect that weighting would definitely be more indicative for long-time posters, but like you said, individual circumstances will cause actual post rates to vary widely.

One thing that might be interesting for the next one (;)), would be a delta post/day rate. That could be used for additional factoring of post projections.

latergator116
Jan 4, 2004, 07:15 PM
Worst overprojection: macfan, projected to have 2732, actually had 60 (2672 less)!


Ouch! They gained somewhere around -2000 points!

Durandal7
Jan 4, 2004, 07:36 PM
Doctor Q, have you ever considered a career in stock analysis?

wdlove
Jan 4, 2004, 08:11 PM
I didn't realize how much work you have put into this porject. It appears that you accuracy will improve more data and increased experience. Dis you by any chance run an analysis with regards to the age factor of members?

Doctor Q
Jan 4, 2004, 08:25 PM
Originally posted by Durandal7
Doctor Q, have you ever considered a career in stock analysis? No. Should I apply to The Motley Fool (www.fool.com) even though I have no talent for stock picking? Personally, I've avoided the stock market and invested all my savings very wisely with my good friend "Ponzi", who I met over the Internet. He said I'll be able to double my money every 12 months, so I sent him everything I had! He had a little trouble getting me my last dividend payment, for some reason to do with the U.S. government freezing accounts, but I didn't understand what he said so I'll just trust him. ;)
Originally posted by wdlove
I didn't realize how much work you have put into this porject. It appears that you accuracy will improve more data and increased experience. Dis you by any chance run an analysis with regards to the age factor of members? I don't know the ages of most members in the list. We've had threads about member ages, but many people don't participate so I don't think I could gather enough data to do a good job. But it would be fun to speculate.

scem0
Jan 4, 2004, 08:26 PM
Wow Im suprised in still up there in the top numbers, it doesn't seem like I post all that much anymore.

Nice work with the whole thing :).

scem0

jelloshotsrule
Jan 4, 2004, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
Ah, well, for the record, I never did 200 posts in one day - that's a j-lo record that will probably stand till eternity. It was bordering on spam in many cases -

none of it was spam

Doctor Q
Jan 4, 2004, 09:42 PM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
none of it was spam Just what was the topic that day?

Powerbook G5
Jan 4, 2004, 09:53 PM
Wow, I didn't realize I posted quite so much in the past half year. Goes to show you how much I procrastinate :)

jelloshotsrule
Jan 5, 2004, 09:07 AM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
Just what was the topic that day?

i was drunk so i don't remember


but i doubt it was "one" topic.

sonofslim
Jan 5, 2004, 10:47 AM
is there a casino plug-in we can get for these forums? with this sort of information, someone could set up a fairly complex betting system based on expected post counts vs. actual at a given moment in time.

like, "$20 on rower at 10k by jul. 4." and then someone could pay mr. anderson to take a dive and not cover the spread... think of the possibilities! c'mon eyelike, papa needs a new pair of shoes!

Mr. Anderson
Jan 5, 2004, 10:54 AM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
none of it was spam

i said bordering on spam - not exactly the same thing ;)


D

Doctor Q
Jan 5, 2004, 12:02 PM
Originally posted by sonofslim
is there a casino plug-in we can get for these forums? with this sort of information, someone could set up a fairly complex betting system based on expected post counts vs. actual at a given moment in time.

like, "$20 on rower at 10k by jul. 4." and then someone could pay mr. anderson to take a dive and not cover the spread... think of the possibilities! c'mon eyelike, papa needs a new pair of shoes! Good idea. ;) How much do I get to "doctor" the results?

agreenster
Jan 5, 2004, 12:34 PM
I think this just proves that PowerbookG5 needs to get a life.:rolleyes:

Powerbook G5
Jan 5, 2004, 12:36 PM
That's a bit harsh.

agreenster
Jan 5, 2004, 04:12 PM
(shrug)

Sun Baked
Jan 5, 2004, 04:32 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
Members get banned for violating the rules, usually for using personal insults after being warned. If you are curious, you can search for all posts by a particular banned member and look at their most recent posts to see what was going on when they were banned. But I've only found ONE member so far that got locked out AND for some reason gets blipped by the bad word filter. http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?postid=158571

But I have not search too hard for others.

MrMacMan
Jan 5, 2004, 06:24 PM
I need to call a meeting!

I have a slight problem.

That being I registered really early, and for that reason our post count is really low.

I went up 8 rankings... but you still project me to go DOWN a rank for July!

:confused:

You predicted me to go down to #17... but I'm #9... and MacRumors came out of no where and totally screwed that rank up.

Heck I surpassed your estimates for me that estimated on 7/4/04 I would have 4973... I beat the system by that baddly.


Also... I notice... How did people register before arn... lol. :p


And Powerbook G5... Your a Posting Machine!

:eek:


My Suggestion... is compare the amount of posts over the last 6 months and divide by the amount of days for the last 6 month post rate... cause... I know mine is not accurate... at all.


BTW, very nice work.

Macmaniac
Jan 5, 2004, 07:04 PM
Maybe someone could find links to all of Jello's 200 posts so we can judge for ourselves;)

teabgs
Jan 5, 2004, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by Macmaniac
Maybe someone could find links to all of Jello's 200 posts so we can judge for ourselves;)

J-Lo.... you mean J-Lo....

:p

eyelikeart
Jan 5, 2004, 07:51 PM
Originally posted by teabgs
J-Lo.... you mean J-Lo....

:p

or jellow...however u wanna call it... ;)

teabgs
Jan 5, 2004, 07:56 PM
Originally posted by eyelikeart
or jellow...however u wanna call it... ;)

...or....


jrunkass :p ;) :cool:

eyelikeart
Jan 5, 2004, 08:01 PM
Originally posted by teabgs
...or....


jrunkass :p ;) :cool:

whatever's clever... :eek: ;)

gwuMACaddict
Jan 5, 2004, 08:01 PM
nice list... does anyone keep track of who submits all the news stories?

:D

MrMacMan
Jan 5, 2004, 09:49 PM
Originally posted by gwuMACaddict
nice list... does anyone keep track of who submits all the news stories?

:D

That would Be:

The Mr. Anonymous List!

;)

hehe the best we get to that is MacBytes keeps track of Links.

Doctor Q
Jan 5, 2004, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by MrMacman
My Suggestion... is compare the amount of posts over the last 6 months and divide by the amount of days for the last 6 month post rate... cause... I know mine is not accurate... at all.I'm working on something like that. But with other Mac stuff going on tomorrow (some kind of expo, I heard :) ), I might be distracted for a few days! Stay tuned.

MrMacMan
Jan 6, 2004, 08:19 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
I'm working on something like that. But with other Mac stuff going on tomorrow (some kind of expo, I heard :) ), I might be distracted for a few days! Stay tuned.

I can wait a while.

Your graphs are great.


Take all the time you need.

mnkeybsness
Jan 6, 2004, 11:04 PM
wow... sometimes i wish i wouldn't have taken that 3/4ths a year off from posting here... i've been around a long time... seen a lot of members come and go... it's sad to lose them, but fun to meet new members!

actually i'm quite surprised that i'm in the top 50. i usually only try to post if i have something that is truly worth saying. with school, work, distance running, travel, photography, and web design, i really don't get all that much time to read all the new threads or even check some of the old ones that i was interested in.

Doctor Q
Jan 7, 2004, 02:01 AM
I promised a graphic of some kind, so here's one to get us started.

It's a distribution showing the number of members having a given length of membership, from one member (Powerbook G5) who has been a member 6 months to one member (jefhatfield) who has been a member 42 months. The chart covers the members who were among the Top 75 posters 6 months ago or are among the Top 75 posters now.

It appears that one to two years (12 to 24 months) is the main range for these members.

MacBandit
Jan 7, 2004, 02:13 AM
Originally posted by Macmaniac
Wow if Powerbook G5 keeps it up he may challenge Mr. Anderson(Dukestreet)
Although it may take a few years. Hmm maybe if Mr. Anderson senses a challange he may do 200 posts a day again;) That was a sight to behold.

Well last time that Doctor Q worked this up I had the honor of being the challenger. At the time there was a lot of threads I was interested in here and I chose to not have a life elsewhere. My average post count was actually going up by several points a day I was posting so much. I remember a couple days in excess of a 150 posts. Over the last couple months though I just haven't seen all that much to post on. Just a couple main threads I continue to participate in but everything else is really uninteresting. Things look like they are changing around though.

So I guess what I am getting at is post counts per day fluctuate and things change. All in all I guess it really doesn't matter so this thread doesn't matter other then an excuse for a bunch of us high ranking posters to get together and talk about something totally utterly useless.:p :D

Powerbook G5
Jan 7, 2004, 02:28 AM
My count went up over late summer when there was so much going on between WWDC and Paris, it was hard not to find threads all over of interest. Either way, it really doesn't make much difference as long as you don't spam or attack others. It's just nice to find a place with so many knowledgeable people from all over the world where you can come together and talk about a little of everything. I bet between every member on here we have the collective knowledge of just about anything related to technology, history, hobbies, tech support, cultural diversity, and just general useless info. You can't beat that, not to mention that it's faster and easier than calling Applecare up when you need help fast and you end up learning more than you ever thought possible. After my 6 months here, I now know a great deal of Apple history, learned a lot about Unix, learned how to tinker with OS X without being scared after only 3 months of experience with it, fixed the battery I long declared dead on my G3 PowerBook, and found a great place to just kill time and find out what's going on in the world of computers, which has always been of fascination to me. Not only that, but now I have found that I have been able to help others with their problems and helped my girlfriend over the phone to both fix a problem with Print Center and do an upgrade install of OS X without ever once using OS X until a short while ago. This is why Mac Rumors is such a great site, it's both a powerful tool and an incredible community of some of the most awesome people out there who all share multiple common interests.

yamabushi
Jan 7, 2004, 03:12 AM
I was wondering why my post count was a little lower than I thought it should be. Now I know it was because my posts in the political forums don't count. Wish I knew that a couple of months ago. I guess I 'll have to concentrate on posting in the "Have You Ever Been Drunk" thread in order to be accepted into the Mac community here. :rolleyes:

Sorry, just rather annoyed.

manitoubalck
Jan 7, 2004, 03:52 AM
PBG5, how you keep up 15 posts a day is beyond me, I'll be happy when mine gets abouve 5.

Mr. Anderson
Jan 7, 2004, 07:37 AM
Interesting graph the Q - but I imagine that in a years time or two it might be a little more interesting since MacRumors has gained greatly in popularity.

Its too bad you couldn't go back and look at the stats for 1 year ago and see how it might be different.

D

eyelikeart
Jan 7, 2004, 09:13 AM
Originally posted by yamabushi
I was wondering why my post count was a little lower than I thought it should be. Now I know it was because my posts in the political forums don't count. Wish I knew that a couple of months ago. I guess I 'll have to concentrate on posting in the "Have You Ever Been Drunk" thread in order to more accepted into the Mac community here. :rolleyes:

Sorry, just rather annoyed.

It's been known, for quite a while now, that posts in the politicals do not count towards total post count. The forum was shutdown at one point several months back, and then decided it wouldn't count upon reopening.

Raid
Jan 7, 2004, 10:17 AM
Hmmm don't know how many posts I have, but it's not like it matters much. I prefer to think it's the quality of the post and not the quantity that matters. Than again I just added one more to my count here... ;)

Mr. Anderson
Jan 7, 2004, 10:21 AM
Originally posted by eyelikeart
It's been known, for quite a while now, that posts in the politicals do not count towards total post count.

And there are quite a few members who just post in there and never come out. This is a Mac site, remember ;)

D

yamabushi
Jan 7, 2004, 10:26 AM
Originally posted by eyelikeart
It's been known, for quite a while now, that posts in the politicals do not count towards total post count. The forum was shutdown at one point several months back, and then decided it wouldn't count upon reopening.
It wasn't known by me. I read the notes from Arn about the rules before posting and tried to stick to them as best I could. However, I never saw anything about politcal posts not being added to the post count until I came across an old thread yesterday where it was mentioned. I understand the reasoning but I would like to have been informed of this. I didn't know exactly how much the political forums were despised by Arn and others until I read that old thread.

eyelikeart
Jan 7, 2004, 11:35 AM
I think in the future, the politicals may not be there...or hopefully at least. They aren't as bad as they used to be with fights & such, but it seems there are people here who only post there...making the point of the site useless.

yamabushi
Jan 7, 2004, 11:50 AM
There is plenty of good discussion going on there right now. I don't understand why the political forums in particular are so disliked. There are plenty of less than civil threads outside of the political forums and plenty of threads unrelated to Macs. In fact political issues do occasionally intersect with issues at least vaguely related to Apple. For example check out this recent thread about Consumer Debt Issues (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=53948).

Rower_CPU
Jan 7, 2004, 12:49 PM
That forum were created as a holding area to prevent that kind of discussion from flooding the regular community and those who prefer not to get into that sort of thing.

Unfortuntately, this gives the appearance that such discussion is promoted and/or condoned. This resulted in people registering for the sole purpose of discussing politics and not contributing to the overall site.

Long story short, it's arn's site to run as he sees fit. If you think you have a legit reason for changing things, let him know what you think.

MacBandit
Jan 7, 2004, 01:01 PM
Originally posted by yamabushi
I was wondering why my post count was a little lower than I thought it should be. Now I know it was because my posts in the political forums don't count. Wish I knew that a couple of months ago. I guess I 'll have to concentrate on posting in the "Have You Ever Been Drunk" thread in order to more accepted into the Mac community here. :rolleyes:

Sorry, just rather annoyed.

Don't feel that way. Being accepted is not the point of this site. If you are out to make friends there are great sites like friendster. If you want to get to know more about Macs and just hang out in a place where you won't get debased for liking Macs this is the place. A high post count will not gain you respect so don't attempt to do it for that reason or you may find your self kicked out of the forum.

The problem with the political threads is not so much that it isn't Mac related as it is that Politics divides a community which we are trying to bring together. Also politics more then not brings out the worst in a person for some reason.

jelloshotsrule
Jan 7, 2004, 01:07 PM
Originally posted by MacBandit
Also politics more then not brings out the worst in a person for some reason.

that reason being that politicians are scumbags and politics therefore suck.

not that they aren't important/interesting. ;)


oh, and having a high post count doesn't earn you respect. but supporting the site and becoming a contributor does. especially with the ladies/men/whomever you are trying to work it with...

just look at tazo... a personal hero of mine, ever since he's contributed/got banned/came back again

Powerbook G5
Jan 7, 2004, 01:10 PM
Bring out the mugs again and I'll contribute.

eyelikeart
Jan 7, 2004, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule

oh, and having a high post count doesn't earn you respect. but supporting the site and becoming a contributor does. especially with the ladies/men/whomever you are trying to work it with...


totally...that line works everytime with the beautiful babies... ;)

teabgs
Jan 7, 2004, 01:42 PM
Originally posted by eyelikeart
totally...that line works everytime with the beautiful babies... ;)

It also works with the beautiful babies beautiful babies.... ;)

plus you get special parking spaces at the apple stores...and a few other things that I'm not allowed to talk about....but they involve a sticky punch :eek: :cool:

MacBandit
Jan 7, 2004, 01:44 PM
Originally posted by Powerbook G5
Bring out the mugs again and I'll contribute.

I have talked to Arn about this recently and he told me something would be happening soon. If you notice I still show contributor even though my expiration time is up. He's working on it.

yamabushi
Jan 7, 2004, 03:05 PM
Originally posted by Rower_CPU
That forum were created as a holding area to prevent that kind of discussion from flooding the regular community and those who prefer not to get into that sort of thing.

Unfortuntately, this gives the appearance that such discussion is promoted and/or condoned. This resulted in people registering for the sole purpose of discussing politics and not contributing to the overall site.

Long story short, it's arn's site to run as he sees fit. If you think you have a legit reason for changing things, let him know what you think. So political discussion of any kind anywhere on these boards is actually discouraged? Then by posting in the political forums in the first place haven't I already annoyed Arn enough?

I tried to contribute a while back but wasn't able to via the links provided. I asked about this and was told to just wait. I was inspired to contribute due to some of the lively political debate that I was engaged in at the time.

I thought that it was commendable to keep such a broad variety of discussions going on even if they weren't directly related to Macs. Apparently I was way off the mark since the mods seem to want to axe that part of the forums entirely. I enjoy talking about Macs and computing in general but I also like to talk about a variety of other things as well.

I have a good deal of experience with Macs and other computers. My main reason for being here is that I thought this might be helpful to others and that I might be able to learn some things as well by participating in the forums.

I was never too concerned about post count for it's own sake. I just wanted to participate in a way that didn't annoy the mods too much and maybe get an avatar someday.

Rower_CPU
Jan 7, 2004, 04:01 PM
yamabushi-
Since you weren't around the last time this was discussed, I'll point you to prior discussion (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=36858) and ask that you discontinue this line of discussion.

Let's get back on topic, folks. :)

Mr. Anderson
Jan 7, 2004, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
just look at tazo... a personal hero of mine, ever since he's contributed/got banned/came back again

he's back!?!?:eek:

where?

D

eyelikeart
Jan 7, 2004, 07:52 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
he's back!?!?:eek:

where?

I think he means the first time.

Macmaniac
Jan 7, 2004, 08:10 PM
Doctor Q's graphic chart was cool, I'm proud to be one of the few 3 year posters;) I'm starting to think about getting a mug, but I wish a t-shirt got you demi-god status cause those shirts are hot:) I want one for my next MacWorld.

MrMacMan
Jan 7, 2004, 09:18 PM
Ahh.

I was disapointed by that graph... I don't know it was weird.

Spaced out largely... no names or anything, didn't flow well.

Still great work Doctor Q!

edit:
Originally posted by eyelikeart
I think he means the first time.
Tazo was banned twice? :confused:

teabgs
Jan 8, 2004, 02:40 AM
Originally posted by Macmaniac
Doctor Q's graphic chart was cool, I'm proud to be one of the few 3 year posters;) I'm starting to think about getting a mug, but I wish a t-shirt got you demi-god status cause those shirts are hot:) I want one for my next MacWorld.


pm arn about it. I got a clock the first year, and nothing for this year....cause I dont need anything. One option is a $20 donation...no need to buy anything.

When I got the clock, I asked if I could just throw in an extra $10 (I think that's the amount) and arn was cool with it.

So make talk to arn...the rules aren't black and white.

MOFS
Jan 8, 2004, 05:25 AM
Shucks! Not on it! How did that happen?!:D

Doctor Q, could you do a "bottom 50" posters of those who have been members for mre than, say, 6 months? That'd be funny to see me plummet down the table!

PS: Dr Q, how do you work the predictions out? Do you do a linear graph based on the current posting rate or do you extrapolate a sigmoid graph?

Mr. Anderson
Jan 8, 2004, 10:44 AM
Originally posted by MrMacman

Tazo was banned twice? :confused:

The second one was final - the first one was a vacation from MacRumors for just 2 weeks. ;)

D

rueyeet
Jan 8, 2004, 11:36 AM
Wow. I'm astounded by the post totals of some of the people that haven't been here much longer than me! Well, at least I know I'm not posting too much (though maybe too long)!

I figure if I'm here long enough, I might actually accumulate enough posts for an avatar without even noticing....but then I'd have to come up with one.

Anyway....nice work, Doctor Q!

Doctor Q
Jan 8, 2004, 12:37 PM
Originally posted by MOFS
Doctor Q, could you do a "bottom 50" posters of those who have been members for mre than, say, 6 months? That'd be funny to see me plummet down the table!

PS: Dr Q, how do you work the predictions out? Do you do a linear graph based on the current posting rate or do you extrapolate a sigmoid graph? Last time I used a simple linear extrapolation based on average rate over the entire membership. I did so again in my first post above, but I'll make another chart based only on the last 6 months. As soon as I get to it, that is. I've been spending a lot of time on Mars!

I may be crazy, but I'm not going to gather statistics on all 22,795 members, so I've limited myself to the union of the Top 75 from 6 months ago and the Top 75 now, from which I can make computations, sort, and take the Top 50 remaining. Of those, I noted who has plummeted as well as who has ascended in my observations above. In any case, a real Bottom 50 of members would be flat zero. There are many registered users with 0 posts or 1 post.

I figured out how to fit a polynomial curve to a given member's posting stats (the date they joined, the #posts 6 months ago, and the #posts today), which I'll "publish" after I apply it to the Top 50 list. Now maybe you can teach me something: What's a sigmoid graph?

MacBandit
Jan 8, 2004, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
Last time I used a simple linear extrapolation based on average rate over the entire membership. I did so again in my first post above, but I'll make another chart based only on the last 6 months. As soon as I get to it, that is. I've been spending a lot of time on Mars!..........

You're on Mars? Be sure to wave to the rover if you happen to see it.:p

Doctor Q
Jan 8, 2004, 04:17 PM
Yes, I'm a stowaway. But don't tell NASA.

wdlove
Jan 8, 2004, 06:56 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
Yes, I'm a stowaway. But don't tell NASA.

Well this is a historic event for MacRumors forum, we are the only here on the good Earth to have someone posting from Mars! :p

Powerbook G5
Jan 8, 2004, 06:59 PM
I never thought Airport Extreme had that kind of range. I definitely need to start saving for one now.

MrMacMan
Jan 8, 2004, 11:22 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
The second one was final - the first one was a vacation from MacRumors for just 2 weeks. ;)

D

Of Coarse!

How could i have forgotten! ;)

Tazo... your wild outburst of ranting will be long remembered. :o


Originally posted by Powerbook G5
I never thought Airport Extreme had that kind of range. I definitely need to start saving for one now.

Yeah its not like the Rover's satellites get any better range then Airport Extreme. ;)

A 'Bottom 50' would be all the people who joined 'at the beggining' yet never posted.

But there really wasn't any reason to register and NOT post since you could post as a guest. :o


Still waiting for those calculations to add in the last 6 months of posting, or is that coming in the next revision?

MacBandit
Jan 9, 2004, 12:02 AM
Originally posted by MrMacman
Of Coarse!

How could i have forgotten! ;)

Tazo... your wild outburst of ranting will be long remembered. :o

He certainly will. I really kind of liked the guy and tried to help him cool off. He just had an authority and control problem.

Doctor Q
Jan 9, 2004, 12:16 AM
I miss tazo too. I had to remove two of his three photos from the Photo Directory since they are no longer at the same URLs. But he still has a link to MacRumors on his web page. Thanks, tazo.

Kwyjibo
Jan 9, 2004, 12:42 AM
i love how drq keeps the same signaure and just updates it with the most powerful powermac ...

Mr. Anderson
Jan 9, 2004, 07:13 AM
Originally posted by Kwyjibo
i love how drq keeps the same signaure and just updates it with the most powerful powermac ...

he should be using the 'Big Mac' cluster from Virginia Tech :D

D

MOFS
Jan 9, 2004, 10:01 AM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
Now maybe you can teach me something: What's a sigmoid graph?

A sigmoid graph is an s-shaped curve! I've just realised that I used the wrong terminology anyway (me and my big mouth!). The graph I had in mind was a curve where you plotted your original readings down onto it and then extrapolated the final posting amounts by just continuing this "curve of best fit". I think you need at least a third point thoough to make an accurate graph though (so maybe next time - no pressure!).

Its lucky the US of A sent you then to Mars, Dr Q. If you'd gone by the Royal Mail (aka Beagle 2), you'd probably still be fine (although slightly minaturised!) but lost forever. Whereas Nasa can find their dune buggy, arm it, and then send it to fight the Soviets...before losing it! Whoops, that was Osama Bin Laden!;)

PS: Good luck on your mission to Mars, Dr Q. I'll give you a warm welcome!:D

MrMacMan
Jan 12, 2004, 11:42 PM
:revives thread:

Is this it until 6 months?

Or are we still expecting more for this update?


Great Work again!

MacBandit -- Tazo was fine until he started to debate something or fight... alas.

vniow
Jan 12, 2004, 11:47 PM
Originally posted by MacBandit
He certainly will. I really kind of liked the guy and tried to help him cool off. He just had an authority and control problem.

Eh, knowing him he'll be back under another screen name, just like the first time he was banned....

teabgs
Jan 12, 2004, 11:50 PM
Originally posted by vniow
Eh, knowing him he'll be back under another screen name, just like the first time he was banned....

ok....you got me. I'm tazo :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

why is this even a topic of discussion?

Doctor Q
Jan 13, 2004, 12:09 AM
Originally posted by MrMacman
Is this it until 6 months?

Or are we still expecting more for this update?I still "owe" you guys a few more numbers. I'm writing a filter to turn spreadsheet-exported data into the form I post it in, so it'll be easier to post the other numbers. And that'll make it easier to do this every 6 months for the next 100 years.

wdlove
Jan 13, 2004, 04:56 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
I still "owe" you guys a few more numbers. I'm writing a filter to turn spreadsheet-exported data into the form I post it in, so it'll be easier to post the other numbers. And that'll make it easier to do this every 6 months for the next 100 years.

I will look forward to your additional data. Sadly I won't be around to see the data for the next 100 years! :p Thank you for writing a program that will assist you with the task. It will essentially make you immortal. Are you going to set it up so that it will almost run automatically? What kind of additonal data are you hoping to provide?

Doctor Q
Jan 13, 2004, 06:36 PM
I realize that I could automate the whole process if I worked at it long enough. A cron job (automatic Darwin process) could parse the Top Posters page at MacRumors, extract the numbers, pump them through a spreadsheet, export the results, reformat it (the part I'm automating now), and even auto-post the results. Every morning we could have fresh extrapolations with our morning Starbucks.

However, I'm not planning to go quite so far. I don't think the results would be interesting to read that often, and I'm sure auto-posting of any kind would be frowned upon. And one little goof could send it auto-posting every 24 seconds instead of every 24 hours! News report: "Doctor Q banned for spamming MacRumors!"

The two other computations I plan to post based on the data from January 4th are (1) extrapolations, as before, but based only on posting habits over the last 6 months, and (2) extrapolations based on second-degree polynomial curve-fitting, which I suspect will produce foolish but interesting predictions.

#1 is easy, but I'm using it to test my formatting program. #2 will take a few more evenings, so I will probably wait for a dull day when there are no Apple announcements, no exciting MacRumors discussions, no Mars landings, no Golden Globe or Oscar nominations, no Alias episodes on TV, and no other geeky activities to attend to!

MrMacMan
Jan 14, 2004, 11:59 PM
You Rule --

Doctor Q!


24 second post updates!


Hell yeah bring em ON!

;)

[BTW, isn't it impossible to post under 30 seconds?]

Doctor Q
Jan 26, 2004, 11:21 PM
I have some new projections to report, calculating a new way using the same data as before.

My previous projections were based on posting rates over each member's entire membership. This extrapolation, in contrast, is only based on the most recent posting rate. For members who joined more than 6 months ago, I used the posting rate from July 3, 2003 to January 3, 2004. So if they posted a lot or a little during their "formative years", that makes no difference here. For more recent members, I used the actual posting rate since joining.

Projected Top 50 Posters for July 4, 2004

7-04 .............. 6-mo. 07-04 1-04 Delta
Rank Member Name... Rate. Posts Rank Rank
---- -------------- ----- ----- ---- -----
...1 Mr. Anderson.. 14.97 17215 ...1 ..0
...2 eyelikeart.... 16.61 13897 ...2 ..0
...3 Macrumors..... 21.43 11490 ...4 .+1
...4 Rower_CPU..... 09.02 9,717 ...3 .-1
...5 wdlove........ 12.15 7,858 ...8 .+3
...6 MacBandit..... 07.78 7,497 ...7 .+1
...7 MrMacman...... 10.63 7,202 ...9 .+2
...8 jefhatfield... 04.49 7,060 ...6 .-2
...9 jelloshotsrule 01.35 7,034 ...5 .-4
..10 shadowfax..... 07.02 6,499 ..10 ..0
..11 arn........... 08.00 6,456 ..11 ..0
..12 Powerbook G5.. 15.55 5,845 ..25 +13
..13 iJon.......... 07.48 5,562 ..16 .+3
..14 scem0......... 04.07 5,337 ..12 .-2
..15 King Cobra.... 01.57 4,587 ..15 ..0
..16 AlphaTech..... -0.11 4,541 ..13 .-3
..17 paulwhannel... 06.42 4,487 ..20 .+3
..18 bousozoku..... 07.02 4,342 ..24 .+6
..19 edesignuk..... 04.37 4,328 ..19 ..0
..20 vniow......... -0.51 4,244 ..14 .-6
..21 krossfyter.... 01.05 4,088 ..18 .-3
..22 Backtothemac.. -1.36 3,656 ..17 .-5
..23 Sun Baked..... 04.48 3,608 ..28 .+5
..24 Doctor Q...... 06.64 3,548 ..33 .+9
..25 Durandal7..... 02.08 3,486 ..23 .-2
..26 iGAV.......... 04.22 3,460 ..29 .+3
..27 job........... 01.23 3,445 ..21 .-6
..28 teabgs........ 01.53 3,276 ..26 .-2
..29 cb911......... 04.84 3,240 ..32 .+3
..30 tazo.......... 11.65 3,202 ..22 .-8
..31 mac15......... 01.85 3,185 ..27 .-4
..32 Kwyjibo....... 05.07 2,969 ..37 .+5
..33 Phil Of Mac... 05.10 2,934 ..38 .+5
..34 britboy....... 01.45 2,903 ..31 .-3
..35 mischief...... -0.17 2,618 ..30 .-5
..36 bennetsaysargh 04.83 2,559 ..52 +16
..37 MacAztec...... 01.06 2,370 ..35 .-2
..38 patrick0brien. 03.78 2,336 ..53 +15
..39 sparkleytone.. 01.12 2,314 ..36 .-3
..40 Dont Hurt Me.. 02.64 2,276 ..43 .+3
..41 Moxiemike..... 02.73 2,209 ..49 .+8
..42 Beej.......... -0.08 2,208 ..34 .-8
..43 mnkeybsness... 02.55 2,201 ..47 .+4
..44 Nermal........ 03.74 2,147 ..57 +13
..45 Stelliform.... 03.36 2,087 ..56 +11
..46 medea......... 01.65 2,066 ..44 .-2
..47 mymemory...... 01.33 2,050 ..42 .-5
..48 G4scott....... 01.56 2,037 ..46 .-2
..49 mactastic..... 04.67 2,034 ..69 +20
..50 Hemingray..... 00.14 1,960 ..40 +10

Columns: 7-04 RK = Projected Rank (1 to 50) on July 4, 2004.
Member Name
6-mo Rate = average # posts per day over the last 6 months or entire membership, whichever is shorter.
07-04 Posts = Projected total number of posts as of July 4, 2004, based on the post rate shown.
1-04 Rank: Rank as of January 4, 2004.
Delta Rank = # of slots +higher or -lower for July ranking compared to January ranking.

MacBandit
Jan 27, 2004, 01:09 AM
Thanks for the continued work on this. I know it doesn't have any real value and in some ways could be looked down upon by those trying to prevent a posting war but the data is still interesting.

Doctor Q
Jan 27, 2004, 10:47 PM
Comments on my new chart above:

1. The reason some people have negative rates over the last six months is not that they were "unposting". It's simply that they didn't add as many new posts as they lost when threads were wastelanded or discounted for being in the Political/War forum. I'm afraid that those lost posts made these predictions fairly flaky for the affected members.

2. Look at that post rate by Macrumors over the last 6 months! Whoever that guy is, he sure seems to have a lot to say lately! ;)

3. eyelikeart is outposting Mr. Anderson but, even at current rates, he will need 7 years and 7 months to catch up!

4. Everyone knows that Powerbook G5 has been rising in the ranks (making one post, on average, every 93 minutes), but among the projected Top 50, it's mactastic who jumped furthest in the rankings, from number 69 (way off the charts) to number 49 (just barely on the Top 50).

5. tazo, having been banned, won't be keeping up his post rate, which I took into account. Yet his current count of 3,202 posts will probably keep him in the Top 50 for at least the rest of the year.

6. There is only one letter of the alphabet that occurs only once among the names of the Top 50 projected members. Letter Q!

Powerbook G5
Jan 27, 2004, 11:05 PM
Funny thing is, I don't really see myself as posting that often between classes and work, but I guess those few minutes before class, before lunch, and after work add up.

Doctor Q
Jan 27, 2004, 11:41 PM
92... 91... 90...

;)

alset
Jan 27, 2004, 11:48 PM
Though I'm happy to see my name pop up on there, I wonder if it's a good idea to promote large numbers of posts over quality of posts. Some of the people I have flagged for respect points (due to informative/interesting posts) are also some of the least active. I think that many of the best content providers watch the forums and only contribute when they have something useful or funny to say, rather than just posting to get an avatar. This isn't a bash against high posting, I'm just thinking of some of the people we have seen post a hundred times in a week in an effort to get an avatar, offering little to nothing to a discussion.

Dan

edit: fascinating chart, though - i love it!

Powerbook G5
Jan 27, 2004, 11:50 PM
*coughs*

Doctor Q
Jan 28, 2004, 12:12 AM
I share your concern about encouraging posting, Dan, but my experience after a couple of these threads about the high posters has been that we have had semi-interesting discussions, and spam by other members has not been the result.

Just in case, I'll repeat my notice from the first post of the original thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=31339):

Disclaimer: Having a high post count or a high post rate doesn't mean that you are a better person or that your posts are of good quality. But post counts are a reflection of the time and attention members give to MacRumors, and they are interesting in that regard. Don't spam!

Counterfit
Jan 28, 2004, 12:28 AM
PBG5:

http://www.spiegel.de/img/0,1020,227060,00.jpg

:D

alset
Jan 28, 2004, 12:37 AM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
I share your concern about encouraging posting, Dan, but my experience after a couple of these threads about the high posters has been that we have had semi-interesting discussions, and spam by other members has not been the result.

As I said, my former post aside, I love that you're doing this. I'm really interested in seeing how these numbers evolve over time.

Dan

MacBandit
Jan 28, 2004, 01:27 AM
Originally posted by Powerbook G5
*coughs*

Cough Cough and this very post of yours was what!?

It just makes me question the rest of your high post count that much more. I'll be keeping my eyes (http://www.flashkit.com/movies/launcher.php?url=http://www.flashkit.com/movies/Basics/Interactivity/Funny_Ey-Colin_Le-220/Funny_Ey-Colin_Le-220.swf&width=742&height=594&bg=#000000) on you.

Mr. Anderson
Jan 28, 2004, 08:43 AM
Originally posted by Doctor Q

3. eyelikeart is outposting Mr. Anderson but, even at current rates, he will need 7 years and 7 months to catch up!

But MacRumors is out posting us all - at the current rate, when will he pass eyelikeart and me?

D

Powerbook G5
Jan 28, 2004, 09:49 AM
I was just replying to Doctor Q's countdown, sorry if I annoyed anyone. I don't try to spam.

Steradian
Jan 28, 2004, 10:07 AM
Originally posted by Macmaniac
. Why did Tazo get banned anyway?

Tazo got banned, I knew I was away from this place for too long... I should start posting more, perhaps I can earn a 'tar by the end of the year :-P;)

shadowfax
Jan 28, 2004, 10:14 AM
how did alphatech get -0.11 posts per day? Dr Q, are you doing FUZZY MATH?!

;)

MacBandit
Jan 28, 2004, 11:21 AM
Originally posted by Powerbook G5
I was just replying to Doctor Q's countdown, sorry if I annoyed anyone. I don't try to spam.

It's was a joke son. Hehehe;) :p

Mr. Anderson
Jan 28, 2004, 11:24 AM
as posted above :P

Originally posted by Doctor Q
1. The reason some people have negative rates over the last six months is not that they were "unposting". It's simply that they didn't add as many new posts as they lost when threads were wastelanded or discounted for being in the Political/War forum. I'm afraid that those lost posts made these predictions fairly flaky for the affected members.

MacBandit
Jan 28, 2004, 11:27 AM
Originally posted by shadowfax
how did alphatech get -0.11 posts per day? Dr Q, are you doing FUZZY MATH?!

;)

No, Shadow you're doing fuzzy reading! :D

Check out his explanation of the latest numbers in a post just under them.

Powerbook G5
Jan 28, 2004, 12:04 PM
It'd be amusing to see some of those posters who registered and only posted in the political forums and then lose a possibly high rank and go back down to newbie after they stopped counting for a real post count.

shadowfax
Jan 28, 2004, 06:29 PM
Originally posted by MacBandit
No, Shadow you're doing fuzzy reading! :D

Check out his explanation of the latest numbers in a post just under them. yeah, i was in a hurry this morning so i skimmed. pfft.

Doctor Q
Jan 28, 2004, 09:47 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
But MacRumors is out posting us all - at the current rate, when will he pass eyelikeart and me?Sorry, my previous prediction about your doomed rank was lacking in detail. Based on 6-month post rates, the exact dates are:

July 4, 2004:

1. 17,215 Mr. Anderson
2. 13,897 eyelikeart
3. 11,490 Macrumors

November 16, 2005 - Macrumors overtakes eyelikeart:

1. 24,700 Mr. Anderson
2. 22,205 Macrumors
3. 22,202 eyelikeart

December 8, 2006 - Macrumors overtakes Mr. Anderson:

1. 30,498 Macrumors
2. 30,493 Mr. Anderson
3. 28,630 eyelikeart

January 18, 2010 - eyelikeart overtakes Mr. Anderson:

1. 54,864 Macrumors
2. 47,516 eyelikeart
3. 47,514 Mr. Anderson

Woah! 50,000 posts!

MrMacMan
Jan 28, 2004, 11:11 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
Sorry, my previous prediction about your doomed rank was lacking in detail. Based on 6-month post rates, the exact dates are:
[snip]

Woah! 50,000 posts!

Wow... haha.

How is MacRumors getting all those posts?

There are only like 2-5 front page articles daily... what gives?

:confused:

Rower_CPU
Jan 28, 2004, 11:16 PM
Most of them come from submissions.

With 200 people submitting any small bit of news from Apple, that user gets a lot of posts.

Mr. Anderson
Jan 29, 2004, 07:04 AM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
December 8, 2006 - Macrumors overtakes Mr. Anderson:

1. 30,498 Macrumors
2. 30,493 Mr. Anderson
3. 28,630 eyelikeart

January 18, 2010 - eyelikeart overtakes Mr. Anderson:

1. 54,864 Macrumors
2. 47,516 eyelikeart
3. 47,514 Mr. Anderson

That's a lot of posting and so far into the future, that someone will have to dig up this thread in 2006 and see if it even close. I can't see having 30k post by the end of 06....:D

D

MacBandit
Jan 29, 2004, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
That's a lot of posting and so far into the future, that someone will have to dig up this thread in 2006 and see if it even close. I can't see having 30k post by the end of 06....:D

D

Well if someone told me I would have nearly 6500 posts after being here a year and a half I would have doubted it as well.

virividox
Jan 29, 2004, 01:53 PM
once you start posting and getting really involved with the forums its hard to pull yourself away

wdlove
Jan 29, 2004, 02:22 PM
Originally posted by virividox
once you start posting and getting really involved with the forums its hard to pull yourself away

Quite an understatement. It does seem that the more you participate, the more you get involved. It is all about contributing relevant information. A very addicting activity.

Doctor Q
Jan 29, 2004, 03:05 PM
Originally posted by wdlove
Quite an understatement. It does seem that the more you participate, the more you get involved. It is all about contributing relevant information. A very addicting activity. Maybe its about time we started a self-help group to deal with this dangerous addiction. We could meet here, in a thread devoted to the subject, every few minutes around the clock, and discuss our shared affliction.

MacBandit
Jan 29, 2004, 03:19 PM
Originally posted by wdlove
Quite an understatement. It does seem that the more you participate, the more you get involved. It is all about contributing relevant information. A very addicting activity.

So when are you going to start?


Contributing relevant information that is?

:p ;)

Doctor Q
Jan 29, 2004, 07:01 PM
Originally posted by MacBandit
So when are you going to start?

Contributing relevant information that is?

:p ;) At least one of wdlove's posts was good - when he gave us information about the flu and probably saved 1000s of lives among MacRumors members alone.

But wait a minute. Saving our lives isn't related to Macintosh rumors, so you are right - it wasn't relevant at all!

;) ;) <-- one for MacBandit, one for wdlove

wdlove
Jan 29, 2004, 09:30 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
At least one of wdlove's posts was good - when he gave us information about the flu and probably saved 1000s of lives among MacRumors members alone.

But wait a minute. Saving our lives isn't related to Macintosh rumors, so you are right - it wasn't relevant at all!

;) ;) <-- one for MacBandit, one for wdlove

I try to contribute to the best of my ability. My post tend to come from my knowlege base and comfort level. :(

MacBandit
Jan 29, 2004, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by wdlove
I try to contribute to the best of my ability. My post tend to come from my knowlege base and comfort level. :(


That would be too easy to pick on so I'll just be nice instead. It's nice to have you around thanks for your contributions.

Doctor Q
Jan 30, 2004, 12:43 AM
Let's tease me instead.

Doctor Q... Too lazy to ever change avatars. Can't resist lame jokes whenever they come to mind. Subjects people to inane spreadsheet computations. Posts other people's photos without contributing one. Relentlessly tries to get everyone to watch Alias.

Wheee! This is fun!

MrMacMan
Jan 30, 2004, 12:53 AM
Originally posted by Rower_CPU
Most of them come from submissions.

With 200 people submitting any small bit of news from Apple, that user gets a lot of posts.

Ah, always wondered.

Thanks...

Private Forum Counts for posts?

Thats weird IMO.

If that didn't count MacRumors Post would drropp.

Originally posted by Doctor Q
Let's tease me instead.

Doctor Q... Too lazy to ever change avatars. Can't resist lame jokes whenever they come to mind. Subjects people to inane spreadsheet computations. Posts other people's photos without contributing one. Relentlessly tries to get everyone to watch Alias.

Wheee! This is fun!
You forgot spews random facts. ;)

Alias is a great show, your stats are wonderful and lame joke are always good jokes.

haha, I still like you anyway!

All of you.

Expect the Mods, I hate them. :p (viva la resistance!) ;)

--MrMacMan

Doctor Q
Jan 30, 2004, 01:09 AM
Originally posted by MrMacman
You forgot spews random facts. ;)Thanks for reminding me. I have to post the answer to the poem puzzle in the Alias thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=676076&highlight=poem#post676076)! We'll all be too busy talking about American football and Pepsi on Sunday.

MrMacMan
Jan 31, 2004, 01:36 AM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
Thanks for reminding me. I have to post the answer to the poem puzzle in the Alias thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=676076&highlight=poem#post676076)! We'll all be too busy talking about American football and Pepsi on Sunday.
Alice and wonderland... bah who would have thought.


Posting is great.

forums are great.

Greatness is great.

wdlove -- Don't get yourself down, no one is dissing you. You just post about stuff you know about, like Medical stuff.

I know nothing there for I dont pos... wait that doesn't make sense.


Where did my logic fail?

WHERE?!

MacBandit
Jan 31, 2004, 02:22 AM
Originally posted by MrMacman
Alice and wonderland... bah who would have thought.


Posting is great.

forums are great.

Greatness is great.

wdlove -- Don't get yourself down, no one is dissing you. You just post about stuff you know about, like Medical stuff.

I know nothing there for I dont pos... wait that doesn't make sense.


Where did my logic fail?

WHERE?!

Are you sure you were using logic? That might be the failure.:p ;)

MrMacMan
Feb 1, 2004, 01:29 AM
Originally posted by MacBandit
Are you sure you were using logic? That might be the failure.:p ;)

Damn I never thought of that.

I will have to input that into the equation.

:p

:drone:
'Must be like Spock, Must use logic!'

:D

alset
Feb 1, 2004, 03:43 AM
Originally posted by MrMacman

'Must be like Spock, Must use logic!'

Fool! Everyone knows DATA is cooler. (Don't listen to me... I prefer Star Wars over Star Trek.)

Dan

Powerbook G5
Feb 1, 2004, 09:38 AM
I never really liked Star Wars that much, even though I am a pretty big Sci Fi buff. I have always been about Star Trek, though.

MacBandit
Feb 1, 2004, 11:39 AM
Originally posted by Powerbook G5
I never really liked Star Wars that much, even though I am a pretty big Sci Fi buff. I have always been about Star Trek, though.

I have to agree on that one. I think Star Wars extremely good but Star Trek especially TNG is just better. Oh, and by the way Spock is definitely cooler but I think Data is really cool as well.

latergator116
Feb 1, 2004, 11:57 AM
Originally posted by Powerbook G5
I never really liked Star Wars that much, even though I am a pretty big Sci Fi buff. I have always been about Star Trek, though.

Totally agree..Star Wars is way overrated. You can still watch Star Trek TNG re-runs on Spike TV.

Powerbook G5
Feb 1, 2004, 03:17 PM
The Next Generation is the best series. I agree that Spock is a great character, but besides him, I am not too big on the original series and I cannot take Shatner in large doses, or even minute doses come to think of it.

teabgs
Feb 1, 2004, 03:26 PM
I wasnt gonna get into this, but since everyone's getting a hard on for TNG I have to. DS9 is the best Star Trek and Empire is ****** awesome. they both kick ass...excluding the newest of both worlds...

Powerbook G5
Feb 1, 2004, 03:28 PM
Sisco is the best commanding officer of any series, but Picard is a close second. It's a shame you can never catch a DS9 rerun on tv, though.

latergator116
Feb 1, 2004, 03:29 PM
I think I am gettinf mixed up here. Which was the one with Cpt. Picard? Whichever that one is.. that is my favorite.

Powerbook G5
Feb 1, 2004, 03:31 PM
The Next Generation.

MacBandit
Feb 1, 2004, 04:26 PM
Originally posted by teabgs
I wasnt gonna get into this, but since everyone's getting a hard on for TNG I have to. DS9 is the best Star Trek and Empire is ****** awesome. they both kick ass...excluding the newest of both worlds...

Hate to break it to you but DS9 was a sci-fi soap opera. I can't stand soaps.

teabgs
Feb 1, 2004, 04:29 PM
Originally posted by MacBandit
Hate to break it to you but DS9 was a sci-fi soap opera. I can't stand soaps.

I hate to break it to you, but it's my
personal favorite out of the Star Trek's.


at least you can't argue with Empire...

MacBandit
Feb 1, 2004, 04:38 PM
Originally posted by teabgs
I hate to break it to you, but it's my
personal favorite out of the Star Trek's.


at least you can't argue with Empire...

Nope Empire's cool but your personal taste in Start Trek series is hugely distorted like many other parts of your mental aspect.:p

teabgs
Feb 1, 2004, 04:43 PM
Originally posted by MacBandit
Nope Empire's cool but your personal taste in Start Trek series is hugely distorted like many other parts of your mental aspect.:p

maybe. maybe not.

but since I'm the one writing history, my side will be the one that's correct in the history books. :p

I don't really care though. As long as you don't like Enterprise...

virividox
Feb 1, 2004, 06:23 PM
is it just me or is this thread slowly veering away from the topic at hand.

Mr. Anderson
Feb 1, 2004, 09:05 PM
Lets start another thread to discuss this and try and keep the discussion topcial, here.


Thanks,

D

Counterfit
Feb 1, 2004, 10:55 PM
Topic? Wazzat? :p





I am a posting machine! Total Posts:
1068 (6.47 posts per day)

Doctor Q
Feb 2, 2004, 02:51 PM
I was going to do some work on the curve-fitting projections this weekend, but I got distracted by another project. When you use the iPhoto "export to web page" feature, it makes two mistakes in the code it generates: using < and > instead of &lt; and &gt; and omitting the Next link from the last photo on each page. So I spent my "play time" trying to write a program to fix those goofs automatically in the html files it generates. Shame on me, when thousands of members are waiting anxiously for new projections! Well, maybe hundreds of members. Well, maybe a couple of members.

MacBandit
Feb 2, 2004, 02:58 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
I was going to do some work on the curve-fitting projections this weekend, but I got distracted by another project. When you use the iPhoto "export to web page" feature, it makes two mistakes in the code it generates: using < and > instead of &lt; and &gt; and omitting the Next link from the last photo on each page. So I spent my "play time" trying to write a program to fix those goofs automatically in the html files it generates. Shame on me, when thousands of members are waiting anxiously for new projections! Well, maybe hundreds of members. Well, maybe a couple of members.

Hey if you do write script or something to do that I would like to have a copy.

MrMacMan
Feb 3, 2004, 09:48 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
I was going to do some work on the curve-fitting projections this weekend, but I got distracted by another project. When you use the iPhoto "export to web page" feature, it makes two mistakes in the code it generates: using < and > instead of &lt; and &gt; and omitting the [snip]

If you wrote it, why not distribute it.

Then it will not be a waste of time!

Or send it to apple and yell at then for crappy coding.

:p


Doctor Q -- Thankksss foorr thhee grreeaatt sttaattss!


:D

--MrMacMan

Doctor Q
Feb 4, 2004, 02:01 AM
OK, the majority wins. I'll post my script. It was finished and worked for me, but I need to tidy it up so it can work for other people too. For example, not everyone puts their exported photos in the Sites folder like I do, and I'm making it smart enough to handle a case that is always hard in shell scripts - directories with spaces in their names. And I just found another minor error in the web pages iPhoto produces, so I'll add a fix for that too. Stay tuned. And apologies to whoever started this thread for getting off topic. :)

wdlove
Feb 4, 2004, 10:05 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
OK, the majority wins. I'll post my script. It was finished and worked for me, but I need to tidy it up so it can work for other people too. For example, not everyone puts their exported photos in the Sites folder like I do, and I'm making it smart enough to handle a case that is always hard in shell scripts - directories with spaces in their names. And I just found another minor error in the web pages iPhoto produces, so I'll add a fix for that too. Stay tuned. And apologies to whoever started this thread for getting off topic. :)

I think that you deserve cudos for you hard work. You should receive some kind of renumeration for intellectual property. I will admit that I'm not sure exactly what your program is about.

Doctor Q
Feb 9, 2004, 10:58 PM
I'm asking for help with my side project: Bugs in iPhoto export to web page (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=59854)

jsw
Jan 4, 2005, 10:17 PM
Is it time yet for this years version?

Doctor Q
Jan 4, 2005, 10:43 PM
Yes it is. But since I'm on the west coast, I get 3 more hours per day to finish it than "normal people" would. :)

bousozoku
Jan 4, 2005, 10:48 PM
Yes it is. But since I'm on the west coast, I get 3 more hours per day to finish it than "normal people" would. :)

Being that you live in SoCal, that statement could not be more relevant. <ducks>

Doctor Q
Jan 5, 2005, 02:59 AM
Well, I missed midnight here, so I'll cheat by claiming I live in Hawaii.

Top 50 Posters Extrapolated, January 2005

Alooooooooooooooooha!

Mechcozmo
Jan 5, 2005, 08:29 AM
I guess it's time to answer some questions!I guess you could call it a "case study". As you know (but others may not), my "source" material is simply the Top Posters list (http://forums.macrumors.com/memberlist.php?s=&what=topposters&perpage=10) and member profiles for the newbies.

...and time. Much of it.