Many, many post no or a few posts, and a few post many posts

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Should the memberships of those members who post no or merely a few posts be terminated?

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Many, many post no or a few posts, and a few post many posts

Postby Alf » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:00 pm

Many ILP members post no or a few posts, and a few ILP members post many posts.

Look:

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5009 ILP members (69.10%) have posted no or less than 10 posts. Not more than 1435 ILP members (19,80%) have posted 10-99 posts. But merely 805 ILP members (11.10%) have posted 100 or more than 100 posts.

That's interesting, isn't it?

:-k

I'd like to know what you think about it.
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Re: Many, many post no or a few posts, and a few post many p

Postby Carleas » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:13 pm

Reminds me of Zipf's law, I wonder if it follows the same pattern. I would guess that nearly all* communities roughly track a similar distribution of participation rate.

*I'd expect communities that don't would be what you might call 'non-organic communities':communities where some constraining mechanism encourages a different distribution pattern, e.g. an ongoing and dominant forum game that requires roughly equal participation (e.g. moves made in a game of Diplomacy), or a rotating roles that dictate post frequency (e.g. a rotating role for someone who moves a group through a set agenda), or some external motivation for participation (e.g. a class forum where participation is required for a grade).

It would also be interesting (but harder) to see how it works based on word count; I'm not particularly high on post count, but I think my total words and words/post rate is pretty high.
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Re: Many, many post no or a few posts, and a few post many p

Postby Alf » Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:54 pm

On the internet, 20% of all nodes attract 80% of all links. All this seems to obey the 80/20 rule.
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