For the upcoming meetups, or more exactly for press and blog coverage of upcoming meetups, could PB or Cortex or somebody gin up a kind of graph or visualization of brute quantities of user signups over time, along with user numbers?
posted by joeclark to MetaFilter-Related at 10:44 AM (54 comments total)
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I’m assuming user numbers are often nonconsecutive (there may be a 23417 but not necessarily a 23418), but those numbers probably do not jump entire orders of magnitude (if there are 11000s there are probably also 12000s). Sometimes people leave or just forget about the site and their user numbers lie fallow.
Everyone’s interested in the growth of MetaFilter contributors (the first half of my request), but I am also interested in the distribution of user numbers. This is almost exclusively because, by coincidence, mine is a nice round 250. (Sometimes I believe low numbers are important or significant in some way and sometimes I don’t. What amazes me about my own user number is just that it’s a multiple of 2, 5, and 10.)
With those data visualizations, people covering MeFi 10th would have a way of understanding how many people have joined up over time. Then those of us who are unusually interested in numerical patterns would be able to study those too.