November 24, 2004

The membership jump!: FWIW, the membership has not increased as rapidly as it has lately since March of 2002. Welcome, rookies. (crap ass table inside)...

posted by gspm to navel gazing at 09:44 AM - 26 comments

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posted by gspm at 09:44 AM on November 24, 2004

Hi Scooter. Hi Blondie. Hi Daunte. Hi Everyone.

posted by 86 at 09:56 AM on November 24, 2004

That sounds like Romper Room, 86.

posted by smithers at 10:49 AM on November 24, 2004

I see smithers, and gspm, and....

posted by sauril at 11:31 AM on November 24, 2004

This post prompted me to check out the members list with the homepages of each user. There are some great sites to visit. If you haven't wasted atleast an hour clicking around, I highly recommend it. Some even made it to my favorites. OT : Is there a complete user list that is accessible? I'd like to stalk a few people, but can't find them on the current user list.

posted by garfield at 11:50 AM on November 24, 2004

I'm a geek that's fascinated with the visual presentation of this kind of stuff, so I charted the membership numbers on a constant date scale. It's interesting how displaying the same basic info in a different format can show drastically different results. gspm's table makes the membership growth rate look wildly varied, but on my chart it looks fairly constant (other than the initial six months and, to a lesser extent, the last two months). Of course, we aren't working with the same numbers - we're using two different sets to illustrate the same growth rate. Hmmmmmm... Here are my numbers if anyone wants to check them (the November 04 totals are to date):

Jan-02    70 Feb-02    329 Mar-02    401 Apr-02    424 May-02    463 Jun-02    538 Jul-02    582 Aug-02    608 Sep-02    631 Oct-02    658 Nov-02    668 Dec-02    681 Jan-03    705 Feb-03    728 Mar-03    751 Apr-03    771 May-03    797 Jun-03    814 Jul-03    849 Aug-03    880 Sep-03    908 Oct-03    951 Nov-03    973 Dec-03    992 Jan-04    1015 Feb-04    1033 Mar-04    1054 Apr-04    1079 May-04    1094 Jun-04    1118 Jul-04    1148 Aug-04    1160 Sep-04    1184 Oct-04    1254 Nov-04    1304

posted by dusted at 02:22 PM on November 24, 2004

I was just going to ask for a graph. But nicely done, dusted. Looks like we have a little uptick there in the last quarter of 04. But then again, we don't have Dec. numbers yet.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:29 PM on November 24, 2004

i plotted the results of my "data" and it looked much the same (given that it should, given that my data points are from the same set as your data points). when you look at the graphical representation it is not big whoop, but looking at the numbers perhaps this is the cusp of something... ...and it ocurred to me that the recent rookies might not visit this thread. I think I considered the lockerroom to be kind of clubby when I first joined.

posted by gspm at 03:07 PM on November 24, 2004

So should I be buying or selling stock in SpoFi?

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:04 PM on November 24, 2004

Sell! Buy! Buy! Sell! HTH.

posted by squealy at 06:08 PM on November 24, 2004

I wish my portfolio looked like that. I guess it would help to have a portfolio.

posted by dusted at 07:07 PM on November 24, 2004

Actually, that's a graph of the value of the Euro v. the Dollar.

posted by NoMich at 07:55 PM on November 24, 2004

dusted: One word. Tufte. I'm thinking of going to one of his prezos in SF next month. Mmmmm ... free books. gspm: why didn't you post the bluddy graph after doing all the work? btw, you are such a geek, and I love it. NoMich: re: the Euro v Dollar joke ... it's only funny if it's not true. Buy Euros now! Buy! Buy! Buy! Oh, and I'd short SpoFi [NASDAQ: SPOF] about now.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:42 PM on November 24, 2004

I know all about Tufte. I own two of his books. Email me the presentation details - I'd be interested in going.

posted by dusted at 11:20 PM on November 24, 2004

If we continue at this pace, we will take over the world by the next century.

posted by jacknose at 11:34 PM on November 24, 2004

Ooh, and shall we have a Spofi 2004 awards? Categories could include: Best Thread, Best Member, Most hideous homepage, Best Troll, etc.

posted by BigCalm at 05:52 AM on November 25, 2004

wc2k: making the graph is one thing. but then exporting it to an image and uploading that image some place - that requires a whole OTHER level of geekery. especially when the graph is a little underwhelming.

posted by gspm at 06:47 AM on November 25, 2004

I would definitely enjoy a SpoFi 2004 Award show/thread.

posted by dusted at 01:57 PM on November 25, 2004

You'll be Best Boy and you'll like it.

posted by Samsonov14 at 11:57 AM on November 28, 2004

dusted: I'd be interested to see the graph reworked to include some sporting landmarks along the way - the Soccer World Cup, the Olympics, the World Series etc. I suspect a correlation (or possibly a lagged correlation) between major sporting events and new arrivals. Who will host the awards?

posted by JJ at 04:33 AM on November 30, 2004

Who will host the awards? Ron Artest?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:57 AM on November 30, 2004

Seems like a good choice... Not like he's got anything else to do for the rest of the season.

posted by JJ at 08:58 AM on November 30, 2004

Thank god I wasn't drinking anything reading the last two comments! I also suspect you're right about the correlation between registration and major sporting events. Anecdotally, I remember that there were a number of new registrations during the last world cup.

posted by trox at 09:02 AM on November 30, 2004

i guess it would need a finer filter than one month or 100 users (the basis for the posted graph and the similar but unposted graph i made). just sos you know - 20 new users have joined since the thread started. there were 1303, there are now 1323. and that was less than 6 days.

posted by gspm at 10:17 AM on November 30, 2004

If someone made a nice little button, I'd put it on my website with great pleasure.

posted by JJ at 11:18 AM on November 30, 2004

The odometer clicks...

The apparent* surge continues... * fuzzy math, fuzzy math

posted by gspm at 09:36 AM on December 14, 2004

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