Metafilter Usage Graphs 2018-2021
September 13, 2021 2:08 PM   Subscribe

Metafilter Usage Graphs 2018-2021
I figured it was time to update these.
Role: person who made graphs
posted by Tell Me No Lies (17 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Now I feel like I'm not pulling my weight, because I comment less frequently than I used to. I lurk a lot and rarely comment.

Oh, wait...
posted by avapoet at 2:41 PM on September 13


Those are only for the blue. Comments in projects don’t count. :-)
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 3:00 PM on September 13


Are your old graphs (2010-2019) still around somewhere?
posted by mpark at 6:08 PM on September 13


No, unfortunately they were the victims of an overenthusiastic cleanup effort.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 8:53 PM on September 13


Ah, the wayback machine does have them.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 8:57 PM on September 13 [1 favorite]


First, great project.

Second though has to be context.
Numbers may have fallen but if quality has remained high then the numbers do not matter? Or do they?
Numbers may have fallen, but when looking at peaks / troughs are there particular issues causing those?

I would also like to see a graph where the vertical index was the same for all.

Please do not take this as a criticism - it is absolutely not meant to be. I would love that this information was compiled and available through the wiki / infodump.

I think this qualifies for an FPP but I'm no expert in that.
posted by I shot a fox in Skyrim and it made me sad at 5:34 AM on September 14


Seems bad.
posted by overeducated_alligator at 6:33 AM on September 14


Second though has to be context.

I've done these periodically over the years. I stay strictly to numbers. Why things happen or what should be done about them is definitely not in my purview.

Seems bad.

Yeah. There were a bunch of other graphs I was going to make but the data so far just reflects a continuation of the 2010-2019 slide. It's dispiriting.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 11:21 AM on September 14 [1 favorite]


Looking at those peaks around the last american federal election and the proceeding inauguration... It sure seems like a whole helluva lot more of metafilter was (american) politicsfilter than I'd realized.

I have fluctuations in how I use the site and it's components but, well, not american. So I don't think I'd noticed that much difference.
posted by mce at 2:42 PM on September 14


There's the option on the front page to hide American political posts. You may have hit that in which case you definitely wouldn't notice the uptick.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:12 PM on September 14


Tell Me No Lies, thank you for this project.

If it's easy for you to crunch the numbers on unique posters per week and say approximately where it's at now, I'd appreciate it.
posted by brainwane at 9:58 PM on September 17


Okay, I added that although I made the assumption that you meant average unique commenters and not posters. I can do posters instead if you like.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 6:44 PM on September 18


Tell Me No Lies, I did mean unique posters (by which I mean: unique users making front-page posts), thanks. I have made an effort to make frequent posts to the blue and am curious about how rare I am.
posted by brainwane at 7:14 PM on September 18


Okay, I've added unique posters per week. I put total posts on there too for comparison.

I'm surprised at how many different people post. I would have guessed it would have been 20% of the people providing 80% of the posts but it's not even close to that.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 7:37 PM on September 19


Thanks!
posted by brainwane at 8:37 PM on September 19


That makes me wonder if MetaFilter is becoming a revolving door (and is also seeing less overall foot traffic over time). New people come in, look around, comment or post, and leave.
posted by iamkimiam at 1:22 PM on September 21


I added a graph of the new users per day.

Given that the site only sees about one new user per day I'm not sure that much can be gleaned from charting their behaviour. For example, I'm certain that some are accounts created by existing users for asking semi-anonymous AskMe questions. Others may be stunt accounts.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 7:31 PM on September 21 [1 favorite]


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