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Perl Monks in numbers?

by szabgab (Priest)
on Nov 04, 2012 at 19:16 UTC ( #1002234=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

I just saw this nice graph about Perl posts on Stack Overflow.

I wonder if there is anything similar available for Perl Monks?

Comment on Perl Monks in numbers?
Re: Perl Monks in numbers?
by marto (Chancellor) on Nov 04, 2012 at 19:24 UTC

    Hmm, tye recently posted this which has some information about the content for the site.

Re: Perl Monks in numbers? (flat)
by tye (Cardinal) on Nov 04, 2012 at 23:51 UTC

    Nodes per month was roughly flat for PerlMonks since the start of 2001, and extra flat since the start of 2010. I have little clue how closely this related to the popularity of Perl more broadly.

    There was a hump of growth across 2001-2006, with the end of 2005 and all of 2006 being a slow decline to a level about the same as the start of 2001. This was followed by a slow climb that peaked with a burst of spam around Aug 2009 which was followed by a shorter decline. Things have been quite flat since then except for maybe a recent growth in the rate at which new users sign up. Those two humps were relatively small compared to the baseline rate but since 2010 the rate has stayed very close to that baseline so the last 2.5 years has an average a little lower than most prior years.

    I put up a chart as well. The lines represent

    node
    Number of nodes created each month, excluding reaped nodes (divided by 100)
    reply
    Number of replies created each month (divided by 100)
    root
    Root nodes created each month (divided by 10)
    sopw
    SoPW root nodes created each month (divided by 10)
    user
    New users each month (divided by 10)
    user2
    Same but excluding users that became zombie users
    infra
    Infrastructure nodes created each month (divided by 10)
    catqa
    Categorized Q+A nodes created each month (divided by 5)

    To be clear, "root" includes all of "sopw" but does not include categorized questions (those root nodes are only included in "catqa").

    - tye        

      Really intriguing .. I hope you keep this up, I love to see long-ranging statistics like this.

      I know that my involvement in Perlmonks varies wildly -- sometimes I'm far too caught up in stuff to visit, sometimes I need a break more often from what I'm doing and need to come visit again. And sometimes I'm chasing down a technical problem and need help.

      My guess is that there were a lot of people starting to use Perl, but the user base has solidified and no longer needs to post about the usual questions, as Perlmonks has a good base of knowledge that can be searched. Which leads me to the logical next question, which is, How much is the search function used over the same time period. Are there stats about that?

      Alex / talexb / Toronto

      "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

Re: Perl Monks in numbers?
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Canon) on Nov 05, 2012 at 06:28 UTC

      Voting rose quickly from "none" to "peak" from Mar 2000 through Mar 2002. It stayed peaked throughout most of 2002 through most of 2005, oscillating between 100k and 120k votes per month (following a yearly cycle with the lower rates in Nov-Feb). The last quartermonth of 2005 saw voting drop quickly to 85k/month where it stayed nice and flat through all of 2006. 2007 through Q1 2011 showed a slower and quite steady decline to the much lower 35k..40k votes/month, where it has stayed steady for the last 1.5 years.

      I won't upload a chart, but I'll include the data:

      - tye        

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