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Old 01-18-2011, 02:24 PM
Simon Willard Simon Willard is offline
 
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I can't resist pointing out this strange statistical fact. If you order the registered commenters by post count and locate the median poster, he or she has zero posts.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:16 PM
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I can't resist pointing out this strange statistical fact. If you order the registered commenters by post count and locate the median poster, he or she has zero posts.
Not really so strange. Just an indication that forum comment spam is prevalent.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:22 PM
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I can't resist pointing out this strange statistical fact. If you order the registered commenters by post count and locate the median poster, he or she has zero posts.
Far from "strange," it's an extremely well understood and long studied tendency in online communities.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:30 PM
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Default Re: Weird Statistics on Commenters

Wouldn't said tendency only be meaningful for sites that registration is required to view content? I can't offhand think of any reason to register with bloggingheads save participating in the forums.
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:32 AM
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Wouldn't said tendency only be meaningful for sites that registration is required to view content? I can't offhand think of any reason to register with bloggingheads save participating in the forums.
Spammers. Often we see accounts created solely to stuff links in the user profiles. Not only are the links a possible source of direct traffic, they also contribute to gaming search engine rankings.
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:47 PM
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Wouldn't said tendency only be meaningful for sites that registration is required to view content? I can't offhand think of any reason to register with bloggingheads save participating in the forums.
i originally signed up to make it easier to keep track of which posts i had read so i could quickly peruse new comments without wading through the muck.

obviously i decided to post too, but that was not my primary motivation.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:19 PM
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Wouldn't said tendency only be meaningful for sites that registration is required to view content? I can't offhand think of any reason to register with bloggingheads save participating in the forums.
Regardless of the theories we could come up with about why people have joined the site, it's clear that participation inequality at BHTV follows the pattern found elsewhere and predicted by research. It would be truly stunning and remarkable if this forum deviated from a pattern found everywhere else in online communities.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:21 AM
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Default Re: Weird Statistics on Commenters

If the quick math I just did in my head is right, 41% of the site's posts were made by the ten most blabbermouthed participants.

We also have 3 in the top ten with 2385, 2386, and 2387 posts, interestingly enough. They are badhat, pisc, and look.
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:40 PM
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Stats on the top 1% of commenters:

There are 4026 user accounts, and 123,430 posts. Research suggests 90% of posts will be made by the most active 1% of users.

How does BhTV compare?

Comments by top 10: 51352
Comments by next 10: 15656
Comments by top 20: 67008
Comments by next 10: 10520
Comments by top 30: 77528
Comments by next 10: 7868
Comments by top 40: 85396

Top 1% (40): 69% of posts.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:31 PM
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incrementing my post count

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Old 01-26-2011, 08:38 PM
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incrementing my post count
Heh. Me too.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:41 PM
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I think the lesson here is the healthiest # of comments here is to divide the number of comments a person has by 1352, the closer you get to the number 1 the more perfectly balanced and healthy that commenter is.

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Old 02-01-2011, 06:44 PM
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I think the lesson here is the healthiest # of comments here is to divide the number of comments a person has by 1351, the closer you get to the number 1 the more perfectly balanced and healthy that commenter is.
So every post Jon puts up, from this point forward, is an inevitable step away from health and balance.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:48 PM
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So every post Jon puts up, from this point forward, is an inevitable step away from health and balance.

Not at all, in this case I have the power to change the constants of the universe and normalize the results
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:47 PM
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Not at all, in this case I have the power to change the constants of the universe and normalize the results
You have mastered the "many-worlds" theory of commenting. I wonder: will you go back and adjust all your opinions when they begin to look foolish?
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:55 PM
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Not at all, in this case I have the power to change the constants of the universe and normalize the results
You could also leave the constants of the universe steady and just subtract a comment every time you write one.

(-comment +comment= 0)
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:24 PM
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You could also leave the constants of the universe steady and just subtract a comment every time you write one.

(-comment +comment= 0)
Or subtract 2 for every new comment, eventually it will reach zero, if I recall my math correctly, any number divided by zero yields infinity, perhaps the immortality equivalent. He can fulfill his delusion...

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:02 PM
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understandable. I've been coming here for months and I haven't posted until very recently
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:48 PM
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Bienvenidos, Cinco!!
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:04 PM
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One of my favorite subthreads ever.
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