MacRumors membership statistics (oh boy, trivia!)

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  1. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I didn't want my CPU to get cold, so I gave it some number crunching to do this weekend. I collected statistics about MacRumors members, to see what useful or useless charts I could make. Here's the first one, based on registration dates. It shows how many members joined each month. Not what I expected!
     

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  2. makisushi macrumors 6502

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    Can you do a break down of how many members actually post? I am interested in that.
     
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Wow, what made that one month in the chart so special?
     
  4. munkle macrumors 68030

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    I'm trying to figure out what was released then. The iMac came out at the beginning of the year I think but I can't remember what else, apart from .mac and surely that couldn't have caused the surge!
     
  5. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Nice... I've been around almost 2 years... Oct 2002 for me... the 8th to be more specific... I bought my first Mac (iMac G4 800 15") in February of 2002 and joined up a few months later... now I only have an iBook G4 800 12" (same computing power really... but just portable). Hopefully I'll be able to hold off for the rev B. iMac G5 but I'm... just one person!

    And today I finally paid up the $20... :)
     
  6. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    I'm pretty sure that spike coincides with arn requiring registration for forum access during/after the MWNY 2002 keynote and the site getting mentioned on TechTV (see: Traffic and Server Load).
     
  7. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    yep, that was it. I remember the membership numbers going up 100s in one day, it was quite bizarre....

    Funny, though, I thought that when the new forums went into effect way back when, there were a whole bunch of members who all joined on the same day (just because of the data base transfer) Guess there weren't that many members back then...

    D
     
  8. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    Jaguar ? iChat beta ?

    I reckons it was when the iPod started to get REALLY big in the conciousness of the self-appointed cool.
     
  9. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Nope.
    ;)
     
  10. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

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    The two specific events matching the spikes are:

    MacWorld Expo July 02
    rumor summary: http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/07/20020714223731.shtml
    keynote report: http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/07/20020717115700.shtml

    MacWorld Expo January 04
    rumor summary: http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2004/01/20040101213714.shtml
    keynote coverage: http://www.macrumors.com/events/mwsf2004.html
    rumor wrapup: http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2004/01/20040109013227.shtml

    The first spike is explained both by the need to register and by interest in MacWorld Expo. The second spike is presumably based only interest in that month's show.
     
  11. munkle macrumors 68030

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    It would be nice to know the percentage of members that actually post, you can't go wrong with more trivia! :p
     
  12. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

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    Got it!

    56.9% of members have at least one post. So 43.1% of members are lurkers.
     
  13. emw macrumors G4

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    Okay. Next challenge. Now that you have posting information, is there any way to break it down:

    1. Percentage of members in each sub-category (newbie, 6502, 68020, etc.)

    2. Percentage of members in "buckets" based on posts per day:
    - PPD < 2
    - 2 <= PPD < 4
    - 4 <= PPD < 6
    - 6 <= PPD < 8
    ...
     
  14. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    If he's doing this by hand, that's a ton of work.

    It would be interesting to know if it could be automated....

    D
     
  15. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Great work Doctor Q, you computer skills and CPU power certainly aren't going to waste.

    Congratulations SilentPanda on becoming a Contributor, welcome aboard. It's important to support that awesome site.
     
  16. emw macrumors G4

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    Ouch, you're right. I am assuming he has a spreadsheet of some kind that he can sort the data. From there, it's cake to make these sorts.
     
  17. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

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    I'm using pebbles to count, and stone tablets and a chisel to record the results, but I'm thinking of upgrading to an abacus and a slide rule next. :D

    Here's the same chart as in the first post, but with the lurkers removed, so we can see how many members who have posted joined each month. This time January 04 is the winner.
     

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  18. zelmo macrumors 603

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    OK, I've searched the FAQ trying to find out the deal with becoming a contributor, to no avail. HELP!
     
  19. emw macrumors G4

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    Yes, the charts are a dead giveaway... Thanks for putting all this together; being a data guy, I love to see the statistics on things.
     
  20. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Thanks Doctor Q, very impressed with your work!

    Isn't that a pretty high percentage of registered lurkers? I was a lurker for a long time but never bothered to register, why register just to lurk? Unless a heck of a lot of people only registered for the WWDC events etc. Other explanation is that people who were prepared to post suddenly became too frightened, fearing that they might commit the ultimate Macrumors sin and inadvertantly refer to their computers as MAC's and thus be forever consigned to Macrumors hell! :eek: :p
     
  21. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

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    See here and here. Basically, you send $20 via PayPal or Amazon and then e-mail contributor@macrumors.com to report the payment information and your forum member name so they can be linked together.
     
  22. munkle macrumors 68030

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    From the Macrumors About Page.

    Edit: beaten to it!
     

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  23. zelmo macrumors 603

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  24. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    the breakdown of members by percentage would be interesting to see, by ones who post and who don't because obviously all the registered users who do not post are newbies

    but, here is my challenge for you, along the same lines as what you have already done, can you figure out and show the number of posts by month? that way we can see where the spikes fall in terms of general activity on the site, i guess its pretty obvious that it occurs around large events, but it would be cool to know for sure
     

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