Re: META: 328 subscribers

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Fri Mar 31 2000 - 04:11:32 MST

On Fri, Mar 31, 2000 at 01:21:41AM -0800, Eugene Leitl wrote:
> Anybody feeling like setting up a number of list members vs time plot?
> (crontab a hourly or daily sendmail who extropians to
>, get the first number from the last line, use
> some CPAN perl magics to cast it into a gif).
> An experienced websmith (moi am that not) could hack this together in
> less than 10 minutes.
> Apart from pure amusement value, it would give us a good indicator
> when certain list topics/conditions send the membership down
> plummeting.

It's a good idea but it's not as trivial as you think. For starters, how
do you correlate with time zone distribution? You can't do it by simply
assuming people in non-US domains are in the appropriate time zone and
people in TLDs are in CONUS -- I post from a .org, but I'm in Scotland,
for example. To actually understand how posting levels are going, you
need either to go for a long-term approach ( >24 hours) or take into
account geographical distribution.

-- Charlie

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