So, I'm over at the rep league page wondering how to keep my slim quarterly lead over Separatix... (OK, I was just curious. No, really, I was just curious....) and noticed two numbers:

  • Reputation change of 1+: 1,754 users

  • Total reputation of 1+: 52,385 users

Does that mean that the number of people who swoop in on the social media currents, leave a (usually very poor) answer, and never return outnumbers we, the blessed of Glarnak, by 30:1?

  • If so, what have we tried in the past to help people stick around long enough to gain a basic understanding of our limitations?

  • If not, what do those two numbers really mean?1

1this partially came about due to my haunting meta.WB for the last few days and realizing that the number of Main users to Meta users is probably, itself, 30:1. Meaning that the number of all users to active meta users is about 900:1. I've been wondering how to get more activity in Meta and now I'm wondering if I shouldn't ignore meta and focus on ideas for recruiting loyalty to Main.

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    $\begingroup$ It's my busy season at work, I'll get my lead back later in the year ;) $\endgroup$
    – Separatrix
    Mar 29, 2019 at 8:54
  • $\begingroup$ 1+ means equal to or more than 1, right? You get a rep of 1 by creating an account, even if you never answer or ask a question. A lot of those "total rep of 1+" may never have left an answer at all, poor or otherwise. $\endgroup$
    – Cyn
    Mar 29, 2019 at 18:32
  • $\begingroup$ Not really answerworthy: if I were you, I'd concentrate first on (continuing!) to educate all the New Persons what WB:SE is about & how it works -- a never ending task!; secondarily on recruiting even more New Persons; and then teriarily on educating all the Even More New Persons you've brought in as what WB:SE is about & c. I may be wrong, but I think meta is more for those folks with questions about the System itself. A quiet Meta with relatively few but very high quality queries allows for good ponderment and discussion. Thousands and myriades of people flocking here might muddy the waters? $\endgroup$
    – elemtilas
    Apr 1, 2019 at 2:01
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry to interrupt your work schedule @Separatrix : stackexchange.com/leagues/579/month/worldbuilding/2019-04-01/… , Of course, the status quo so far doesn't cite specific figures for turnover - the old giving way to the new etc.. $\endgroup$ Apr 4, 2019 at 1:23
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    $\begingroup$ @Agrajag Now the gloves come off! It's on! It's absolutely on! :-) $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Apr 6, 2019 at 0:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Agrajag. getting lucky at the start of the month isn't enough, you have to keep it up, week after week, year after year ;) $\endgroup$
    – Separatrix
    Apr 18, 2019 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Separatrix I need to take your advice or it'll end in divorce..... ;) $\endgroup$ Apr 18, 2019 at 19:35
  • $\begingroup$ As long as you're looking at the "all time" board you're interpreting the numbers/ratio correctly but not necessarily the reasons behind them. $\endgroup$
    – Ash
    Apr 24, 2019 at 18:04

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I think it's more like the total amount of people actively participating in the last few weeks is about 1/30 of the total amount of all registered users.

I participated in the site very actively a few years ago, then I stopped for a while. During the time I was out I was not in the "users with a +1 rep change during the period" group, but that doesn't mean I was someone who came from a social media current to leave a poor answer and disappear.

Sometime later I was jonesing for a virtual score so I came back. Just kidding... I usually browse other SE sites and the hot network questions had some really interesting questions on display. Also, I like sciences and this site presents interesting, creative challenges that are answerable with them. I think exploring that side of WB may lure more nerds like me into the site.


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