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Re^3: Terminal decline?

by jdporter (Canon)
on Jun 12, 2015 at 17:11 UTC ( #1130221=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Terminal decline?
in thread Terminal decline?

One class of statistic which, I think, readily paints the picture is the reputation of undisputedly popular posts. The Best Nodes over the past year have rep in the 50s to as high as 90. In the old days, breaking 100 was not unusual. In contrast, today's 50 Selected Best Nodes all have rep over 99; 5 are above 190, the highest being 260. Not one of those 50 is later than 2008. Of course, nodes which have been around since 'the old days' have had more time to collect upvotes; but I believe that in general the vast majority of votes are cast on a node within the first few weeks of its existence.

Another way to see something similar might be to look at the reputation of your own "best nodes". My 49 best nodes are all 2010 or earlier; and all of my nodes which are better than 90 rep (there are seven of them) are 2007 or earlier. No post of mine has hit 40 rep since 2012. I am not a prolific poster, though; someone like BrowserUK might have a more meaningful trend line.

(Update: s/XP/rep/g for nodes.)

I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.

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Re^4: Terminal decline?
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Jun 13, 2015 at 03:27 UTC
    someone like BrowserUK might have a more meaningful trend line.

    Your impression is born out by my posts. These are my highest scoring nodes for each year I've been here. The trend you cite is clear.

    180320 219 2002-07-08 20:44 262941 208 2003-06-04 10:31 409922 143 2004-11-23 15:57 433614 134 2005-02-23 08:26 614216 127 2007-05-08 18:44 532956 125 2006-02-27 03:57 678668 97 2008-04-06 18:45 876153 83 2010-12-09 02:50 735910 72 2009-01-13 10:25 995694 71 2012-09-26 04:28 939629 61 2011-11-23 10:09 1128661 61 2015-06-01 22:09 1060710 55 2013-11-01 05:20 1090675 55 2014-06-20 19:28

    Which is even more depressing if we can assume that at my best; I've gotten better year on year.

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      even more depressing
      To check your progress, compare the numbers with the monthly average XP: Average Node XP per Month.
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Re^4: Terminal decline?
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Chancellor) on Jun 12, 2015 at 23:13 UTC

    The Best Nodes over the past year have XP in the 50s to as high as 90. In the old days, breaking 100 was not unusual.
    Indeed. I've kept historical data on best nodes since 2007. As you can see, prior to 2009, even the twentieth best node of the year was 100+ while today the best node never reaches 100. The last centurion was in 2011.

    That said, I don't see any dramatic decline in best node scores over the past three years. And I find it encouraging that the recent Re: why does location of function matter? quickly shot up to 61 in only a week or two.

    In the good old days, if I had a node in the top nodes of the year, it used to pick up several points per month for pretty much the whole year. Nowadays, it might pick up a point or two for the few months, then tends to stagnate for the rest of the year; for example, The First Ten Perl Monks is now stalled on 90 points and will probably stay there indefinitely (unless the act of mentioning it here "un-stalls" it :).

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