Top 50 Posters Extrapolated, January 2019

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  1. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    #26
    If it is any comfort, I certainly know how you felt.

    My grandmother came to live with us when I was 16 and stayed a year before my father was forced to put her in care. She was undiagnosed with Alzheimer's/Dementia (it wasn't a thing back in 1986) and it was my sister's job and my job to take care of her when we got home from school (before my parents got home).

    My wife cared for her ex-husband's mother during her final years with dementia and both me and my wife cared for my wife's mother during her final years of Alzheimer's. So, both my wife and I have been through this twice over (and my sister at least once).

    My condolences as well.
     
  2. Doctor Q Administrator

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    #27
    Did you try using the same vertical scale for both graphs, rather than let them each use their natural-fit scale? You'd end up with blank space at the top or bottom, but that's not so terrible, and then the post-rate slopes would be comparable.
     
  3. chown33, Jan 4, 2019
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    #28
    Yeah, that still looks bad. There's too much white space, and the lower half is still tangled, because it's compressed into a smaller vertical area. I'll post some examples later.

    EDIT:
    Here's an example

    GRAPH-93--bad-3.gif

    I took the list of users from Graph 2 (Second Half of Top 50), with only the active users. Then I added @maflynn, who has the highest post count. This effectively forces the graphing code to cover the complete range of post counts in the Top 50.

    I used the "large graph" parameters for graph size, text size, etc. rather than the "small graph" ones from Graphs 1 & 2.

    As you can see, the lower range must be compressed vertically in order to fit, because the top line is so far above the upper-most line of the lower data-set (the eyoungren line).

    If I'd left in the inactive users, it would have been even more cluttered.

    It's nice that the slopes are now comparable, but the rest looks so bad I think it's worse overall.

    Or maybe I misunderstood what you were suggesting.
     
  4. Scepticalscribe, Jan 4, 2019
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    #29
    Thank you.

    I never wanted to put her in a home and she had never wanted to go into one - I know that would have been akin to signing a death warrant, and I couldn't do that to her, - she loved her home and was happy and comfortable in it.

    We were incredibly lucky with the wonderful carer we had, and also fortunate that when my mother's savings ran out, - she lived a lot longer than initially predicted - I held a number of well remunerated positions in some of the worst spots in the world, and so could fund her care.

    She died content and comfortable and at peace in her own home, knowing that she was surrounded by the people she loved. The medical people said it doesn't really get any better than that; and, as with yourselves, the fact that we cared for her as best we could, means that while there is grief, there is no guilt, and while there is sorrow, there are few regrets.

    But thank you for your kind words; much appreciated.
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    #30
    Nice work Chown. And the charts are an interesting guage to see other members post rates.
     
  6. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    #31
    Statistics and numbers are really not my thing..... someone brought this to my attention and I am still trying to figure it out -- so, OK, in the various rankings, in one I am #134 and in another #208? I'm suddenly on the charts in any event! Wow. That's a surprise. OK..... Either way it really doesn't matter to me, to be honest. The reality here is that for years I have maintained the habit and I suppose policy (thanks to early training on Usenet) of posting when I have something to say or something to share; accumulation of or overall post count has never been a big deal for me. That said I am surprised to see myself listed in two rankings now! Don't worry, folks, I won't now all of a sudden start increasing my posting in an effort to race to the top...... :)
     
  7. chown33 thread starter macrumors 604

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    #32
    You're #134 in the list of Active members, which means those members who made at least 1 post in the last 6 months.

    If we include all members, which adds members who made no posts in the last 6 months, then you're at #208. So there's a bunch of members who have more totals posts than you, but they didn't post in the last 6 months.

    You also had the 15th highest post rate (in posts per day) among all members with 4000 or more posts. That's an achievement, even if you didn't set out to achieve it. That rank (15th) isn't directly given in any of the data, it's calculated from your position in one of the files I uploaded.

    I'm neither encouraging or discouraging anyone from posting more (or less). You were mentioned this time because I wanted to show that there are some interesting numbers coming from members farther down the list.
     
  8. Gutwrench Contributor

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    #33
    Very well done!

    Any possibility to group by poster, forum of the the top ten or so, so we can see where the activity is occurring?
     
  9. chown33 thread starter macrumors 604

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    #34
    Sorry, I don't have a practical way to extract that data.

    If you want to see it for yourself (or any individual member), you can visit their Profile Page, click the "Areas" tab, and see where they're posting sorted by post-count in a forum area.

    For example, here's your Profile Page URL:
    https://forums.macrumors.com/members/gutwrench.526537/

    The "Areas" tab is at the far right next to the tabs "Postings" and "Information". Clicking it, I see you have 5693 posts in PRSI (which isn't counted in these post counts), and 1706 in Community Discussion (this forum, which is counted in stats).

    Some users have blocked general access to their Profile Page, so you can't look at where they're posting.
     
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  11. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    #36
    Thanks for clarifying! This is really interesting and I can see why people are fascinated by the statistics.....

    That makes sense that among members with 4000 or more posts it shows that I have the 15th highest post rate in posts per day as I do tend to post at least once or twice if not more during any given day, especially since I am now sharing photos in the digital photography area on nearly a daily basis, too. I had participated actively there years ago but then had stopped taking photos for a while.

    Very cool, all of this. Well, I'll just keep doing my thing as I have been doing and let the numbers fall where they will..... :D
     
  12. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    What a blast from the past! Thanks for bringing this thread to my attention @Doctor Q, it brings back memories of my epic posting days from pretty much a decade ago now. Funny to see my old friend "mad jew" still high in the ranks, we had quite the run back in the day!

    It is great to see the MacRumors community still thriving, and although I am mostly silent on the Forums these days (including a 2-3 hiatus while working overseas for a while), I still swing by often to stay on top of the latest news, rumors, live feeds and the Buyers Guide. I'll try to be slightly more active as time permits going forward.

    Congrats to all the Admins who continue to manage this amazing site and to everyone in the MR community for keeping this great place going all these years!

    Cheers
     
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    #38
    Great Caesar’s ghost...He lives!!!
     
  14. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    #39
    Wow; a legend from the past pays a visit - welcome.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 5, 2019 ---
    Fascinating distinction, and an excellent idea to include references to and discussion of the posts of more members than simply those already in the Top 50.
     
  15. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    I wonder if any other inactive top 50 posters check in on these stats each year?
     
  16. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    #41
    Well, some may have moved on, to other lives, other commitments, and - for that matter - other dimensions, as you have pointed out yourself in earlier posts.

    Some may have been too ill to participate - it can take months to recover from a grave illness - and your priorities may change as you need to heal yourself and be kind to yourself.

    @chown33: Brilliant work; Those graphs look amazing.
     
  17. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    #42
    Or some might have gone over to Windows and Android! :eek:

    But agree things in life have seasons. Well most things.
     
  18. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Most things, yes.

    A chap - and older chap, with whom I have shared a glass of wine in the cheesemonger's wine bar (something I had completely forgotten) - I ran into at the market today (at the olive oil and olives stall) was breezily cheerful when he accosted me, reminding me that he hadn't seen me around for ages. Usually, this means that I have been abroad, but these past two months, I have been at home.

    I had to ask him who he was and how and where we had engaged in what had clearly been a most convivial conversation; fortunately, he grinned, took no offence, and enlightened me. I mulled it over for a minute or two, and decided he deserved an explanation of my oblivion, distractedness, apparent coolness, and absence (though present). Therefore, I then proceeded to tell him what had happened, and he was immediately and instantly sympathetic; "three years", he said sympathetically, 'it'll take, and you'll need to give yourself, three years. At a minimum."

    A lovely, gentle man; I'll be happy to see him for a glass of wine some evening.
     
  19. chown33 thread starter macrumors 604

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    #44
    Sometimes I double-check the members with very low post-counts, to see if there might be a problem with the collection of post-counts. In this round, @bartelby had a single post, so I did a search for posts. Sure enough, there was only the one post this round.

    But there was also this post from last round, which probably summarizes some views:
    https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...ted-january-2018.2101006/page-8#post-25796736

    And this post from 2015:
    https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...ted-january-2015.1834993/page-3#post-20584751

    It's kind of interesting to dig back and see who's mostly dropped out, but also who's still posting, with their lives mostly intact (I assume).
     
  20. Gutwrench, Jan 5, 2019
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    #45
    I’m noticing Private Talk must be the place to be. Be there or be square. Moseying to over there.

    :cool:........

    Is that a collective groan I’m hearing?
     
  21. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    It’s where the cool kids hangout!
     
  22. eyoungren, Jan 5, 2019
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    #47
    One may assume that if I ever fail to check in for a significant amount of time, I'm probably dead.

    My life has been online since 1985 when I logged in to my first BBS. Many people I've met online and some in person. Because of being online I know people in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Japan, Belgium, South America, Germany, Sweden, all over. People I'd never have met otherwise.

    Some of the forums I've been involved in have topics I've moved away from but I go back because of the community of friends I have met.

    It's different for everyone, but this has always been a priority of mine. Of course, I have no life and my wife is my only real in person friend (and I'm happy with that) so this fills a need. But this is something only the cold bonds of death would force me to give up.
     
  23. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    Couldn’t agree more.
     
  24. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    #49
    I, too, seem to spend a rather lot of time online and, yes, if suddenly my posting activity seems to have come to a halt, chances are that there would be some serious reason I could no longer participate, whether it be major, disabling illness or severe vision impairment or loss of the use of my hands, whatever, or of course, yes, no longer being in the world. Otherwise, you guys are stuck with me!

    It is fun seeing old-timers returning to say "hi!" Cheers back at you, ~Shard~ ! :)
     
  25. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Yes, it is easy and gentle over there; I must say that I quite like it.

    That, or some other almost equally dramatic life change would be the only (credible) explanation for a precipitate decrease in my own posting habits.

    Mind you, when I first became a member of the site, I had no idea that I would ever become such an active member as it was the first online community I had ever joined.
     

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