in reply to Perl Monks in numbers?

As a hobby, I record the number of votes received by the best nodes of the month and year at Re: Selected best nodes - nothing recent, why?. As you can see from that node, while there was a significant drop around 2009, the number of votes for best nodes of the month/year has been stable for the past year. That said, the pre-2009 glory days, when all twenty best nodes of the year were 100+ and a really good node garnered over 200 votes, appear to be over.

I speculate without proof that we lost quite a few users (e.g. brian d foy) after the "hacked catastrophe of 2009" -- which may partly explain the drop in votes received by the best nodes of the month/year around that time. Changes to the Perl monks levels/voting may also have had an impact.

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Update: later nodes on similar topics:

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Re^2: Perl Monks in numbers? (votes)
by tye (Sage) on Nov 05, 2012 at 07:41 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