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Diderot Mirabeau
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[quote="TOPGenosse":2wryybof]
To add something completely useless to this discussion, a quote:
[i:2wryybof]"The average length of a novel is 60000-100000 words"[/i:2wryybof]

So, Ash is already at roughly 33% of his 'novel'.
Considering that he wrote his 20,443 words in five months, with some luck, he will be able to finish his 'novel' by the end of October 2007.[/quote:2wryybof]
Although the purpose of my post was not to focus on the quantitative performance of individual posters but rather to focus on the diversity of opinion in the forums as represented by the relative contribution from posters I feel that the above merits a response as to the facts of the matter.

Actually, Top, the number "20,443" is not the total number of words written by the poster in question in the past year. It is rather the total number of words in the 30 posts selected for the sample according to the description in the previous post. The poster in question has submitted 34 times as many posts to the forums as the sample that generated the 20,443 words. If the sample were representative (of which I cannot be sure, but I made an effort to make it so) the total number of words written in 2006 would correspond to 11 small novels or 6 big ones.

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Post by Gwyneth Llewelyn »

Diderot — you actually took all the time to calculate all those statistics? :D

Oh my.

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Post by Diderot Mirabeau »

Ahem yes. Well it was fun getting a chance to re-read many of those posts on the Judiciary <coughs>.

I think the representation of a diversity of opinion in the forums is an important priority that is part of the SC's moderation duties and I have been increasingly concerned that it was suffering. That is why I thought it prudent to undertake such a study.

However, I have already found one weakness with my approach: If we intend to repeat it we should not include the 10 first posts of forum contributors since it would on a permanent basis unfairly discriminate against posters, who were very quick to unload their brains in the forums.

I'll bet next thing you're going to tell me there exists a phpBBS plugin that can do it automatically on the basis of MySQL queries ;-)

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[quote="Diderot Mirabeau":2mp3s87d]This week's statistics look like this:
1) Ashcroft Burnham - 1030 posts = 21.61% = 6.78 per day
2) Beathan - 416 posts = 8.73% = 6.40 per day
3) Claude Desmoulins - 318 posts = 6.67% = 1.43 per day
4) Patroklus Murakami - 310 posts = 6.50% = 1.45 per day
5) Aliasi Stonebender - 289 posts = 6.06% = 1.31 per day
6) Diderot Mirabeau - 274 posts = 5.75% = 1.27 per day
7) Gwyneth Llewelyn - 238 posts = 4.99% = 1.07 per day
8) Pelanor Eldrich - 159 posts - 3.34% = 0.72 per day
9) Justice Soothsayer - 154 posts = 3.23% = 0.73 per day
10) Gxeremio Dimsum - 143 posts = 3% = 0.77 per day

Over 21% of all posts by the top-1; 50% of all posts by the top-5; and almost 70% of all posts written by the top-10.[/quote:2mp3s87d]
This weeks statistics:

1) Ashcroft Burnham 1067 posts = 21.17% = 6.71 per day
2) Beathan (SP) 451 posts = 8.95% = 6.26 per day
3) Claude Desmoulins (DPU) 321 posts = 6.37% = 1.4 per day
4) Patroklus Murakami (CSDF) 321 posts = 6.37% = 1.45 per day
5) Diderot Mirabeau (SP) 307 posts = 6.09% = 1.38 per day
6) Aliasi Stonebender (SP) 302 posts = 5.99% = 1.32 per day
7) Gwyneth Llewelyn (CSDF) 247 posts = 4.90% = 1.08 per day
8) Pelanor Eldrich (DPU) 168 posts = 3.33% = 0.74 per day
9) Justice Soothsayer (DPU) 159 posts = 3.15% = 0.73 per day
10) michelmanen (CARE) 150 posts = 2.98% = 2.94 per day

Over 21% by Top-1; Over 30% by Top-2; Only 48.95 by Top-5; Only 69.3 by Top-10.

SP = Poster is a member of the Simplicity Party
DPU = Poster is a member of the Democratic Pragmatist Union
CSDF = Poster is a member of the Citizens' Social Democratic Faction
CARE = Poster is a member of the Citizens' Alliance for Rights and Equality

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Post by Justice Soothsayer »

Darn, just a few more and I could have had the smiley face #8 !

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[quote="Diderot Mirabeau":2gvpzgjq]This weeks statistics:

1) Ashcroft Burnham 1067 posts = 21.17% = 6.71 per day
2) Beathan (SP) 451 posts = 8.95% = 6.26 per day
3) Claude Desmoulins (DPU) 321 posts = 6.37% = 1.4 per day
4) Patroklus Murakami (CSDF) 321 posts = 6.37% = 1.45 per day
5) Diderot Mirabeau (SP) 307 posts = 6.09% = 1.38 per day
6) Aliasi Stonebender (SP) 302 posts = 5.99% = 1.32 per day
7) Gwyneth Llewelyn (CSDF) 247 posts = 4.90% = 1.08 per day
8) Pelanor Eldrich (DPU) 168 posts = 3.33% = 0.74 per day
9) Justice Soothsayer (DPU) 159 posts = 3.15% = 0.73 per day
10) michelmanen (CARE) 150 posts = 2.98% = 2.94 per day

Over 21% by Top-1; Over 30% by Top-2; Only 48.95 by Top-5; Only 69.3 by Top-10.[/quote:2gvpzgjq]

1) Ashcroft Burnham 1086 posts = 20.23% = 6.5 posts per day
2) Beathan (SP) 477 posts = 8.89% = 5.96 posts per day
3) Diderot Mirabeau (SP) 364 posts = 6.78% = 1.58 posts per day
4) Patroklus Murakami (CSDF) 334 posts = 6.22% = 1.46 posts per day
5) Claude Desmoulins (DPU) 331 posts = 6.17% = 1.40 posts per day
6) Aliasi Stonebender (SP) 310 posts = 5.77% = 1.31 posts per day
7) Gwyneth Llewelyn (CSDF) 248 posts = 4.62% = 1.05 posts per day
8) michelmanen (CARE) 202 posts = 3.76% = 3.42 posts per day
9) Pelanor Eldrich (DPU) 172 posts = 3.20% = 0.73 posts per day
10) Justice Soothsayer (DPU) 165 posts = 3.07% = 0.73 posts per day

20% by top-1; almost 33% by top-3; only 45% by top-5; only 66% by top-10

SP = Poster is a member of the Simplicity Party
DPU = Poster is a member of the Democratic Pragmatist Union
CSDF = Poster is a member of the Citizens' Social Democratic Faction
CARE = Poster is a member of the Citizens' Alliance for Rights and Equality

As you can see there has been some improvement in the representativity of forum postings. With this I predominantly mean that the amount of postings attributed to the 10 most active posters has declined suggesting that a higher number of more ocassionally active posters are contributing to the forums.

Also I believe the top-10 reflects the heating up of campaigning activities since it is pretty evident that some of the high jumpers in this week's chart relative to last week are at the same time prolific members of our campaigning factions.

I promised a few weeks ago that I would bring the question of how to promote greater diversity before the SC.

I did indeed do that but unfortunately due to the agenda having around 10 other items and to it being 4AM in the morning at the time when we reached that item (at least in my time zone) I had to reluctantly agree to postpone the discussion to some other time. I did get the impression however that the other SC members didn't see it as realistic for the SC to take responsibility for introducing any proactive or constraining measures could be taken by the SC to ensure a greater diversity in the forums. I will however try to raise the issue again in the next ordinary meeting of the SC.

And yes I know it's embarassing that I have myself jumped from #5 to #3 if I really value representativity and diversity so much. My only excuse is that it is campaigning time and well ..

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