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It has been a year since the site's first day in Private Beta. Six months ago JAL proposed that we should have aimed to double our activity in the time between then and now. Let's see what we've achieved:

Page Views

Before

On the majority of days in the first six months of Retrocomputing, we had fewer than 1000 daily views (except for a period from the start of public beta to mid-way through June). Our minimum was 187 views in a day and our maximum was 8122 views.

After

On the majority of days in the past six months of Retrocomputing, we had fewer than 4000 daily views (except for a period in the first third of December). Our minimum was 253 views in a day, which occurred near the beginning of this period, and our maximum was 20505 views.

Posters of Questions & Answers

Before

There was a massive peak of activity at the beginning of private beta, which peaked at our record of 29 users posting in a day. There was also a smaller peak of activity leading up to the start of public beta, peaking at 18 posters in a day a few days after launch. Posting was cyclic for a few weeks after this, but later evened out - at around 2 or 3 users per day for the latter part of this six-month period.

After

Whilst we haven't managed to beat that initial 29 posters in a day, 21 users posted in one day in early January. I haven't cross-referenced posting patterns to other things - I expect it correlates to Hot Network Questions - but around 5 or 6 users have been posting each day so far this calendar year (on average).

Edits

Before

There was a massive block of editing in May and June but, after that, there weren't really many edits or suggested edits (except occasional single-user editathon days). Excluding anomalies and the initial spike, there were around 1 or 2 edits per day and the occasional suggested edit every few days.

After

Mini editathons have been smaller, but more frequent. Since January there have been around 2 edits per day. Suggested edits have become slightly more frequent, and suggested edits from unregistered users have become significantly more frequent.

Backlinks

This page of the Site Analytics makes little sense to me. From what I can see, it's measuring new people, or people who have not visited in x period of time, for some definition of "people". It also appears to count groups of people as being referred from multiple sites at once, or there are lots of coincidences, or it's rounding in a way that I don't understand at the moment.

Before

During this time period, almost 30% (11200) of our traffic came from search engines (all from Google and none from Bing, although Bing is listed implying that some people came from it...), and just over 10% (4200) of our traffic was direct. Just over 60% of our traffic was from referring sites. The main referring sites were Reddit (off-site breakdown) and Stack Overflow (Hot Network Questions?) at almost 10000 referrals each. Runners up were Ask Ubuntu, Super User and Twitter at over 1000 each (the former two probably Hot Network Questions).

After

During this time period, over 20% of our traffic (22000) came from search engines (all Google again, though "none" were from DuckDuckGo) and just over a quarter of our traffic was direct. Over half of our traffic (26500) was from referring sites. Most of this (37000) was from Stack Overflow (Hot Network Questions?), closely followed by Reddit (14000). Super User (3000) and Ask Ubuntu (1500) probably linked people here from the Hot Network Questions sidebar.


We've approximately doubled our activity by these criteria. As far as this data is concerned, we have achieved that goal. Hooray!

What should our next goal be? Make suggestions below; let's try to attain as many as possible!

  • You beat me to it! – Chenmunka Apr 19 '17 at 7:13
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    @Chenmunka That was the plan. I've had this post sitting around for six days, because I misjudged the time (assuming 356 was the year, not 365) and thought I'd missed it. In that time I built it up a bit. I hope you hadn't written anything up already. Do you have any suggestions for a new goal? – wizzwizz4 Apr 19 '17 at 16:18
  • What I was planning was less impressive than this. I'll think harder about a goal. – Chenmunka Apr 19 '17 at 17:57
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    Great post @wizzwizz4... good to see the info out there and to see our growth in numbers. It was always going to be a slow burner of a site with so many established forums, but I don't think I'm alone when I see interesting things on here more and more often! – Matt Lacey Apr 20 '17 at 4:49
  • Do you have stats for posting broken out into questions and answers? – JeremyP Apr 24 '17 at 15:57
  • @JeremyP Unfortunately not... It should be relatively simple to create a T-SQL query for that though. I'll post another comment including a ping if / when I've done that. – wizzwizz4 Apr 24 '17 at 16:01
  • Congrats on the first anniversary! I would love to contribute more to the site, but unfortunately there are very few MSX related questions. – Konamiman Apr 27 '17 at 16:04
  • Is there a typo in "Over half of our traffic (26500)"? It's inconsistent with the preceding sentence about 22000 being 20%, and also inconsistent with the following sentence, about 37000 coming from SO. – user39 Apr 27 '17 at 18:13
  • @Gerry All of the stats are slightly out, as I wrote most of this six days before the actual end of the time period. I'll update as many as I have time to do now. – wizzwizz4 Apr 27 '17 at 18:42
  • FYI- Our anniversary inspired me to do a little pre-emptive CSS brainstorming, which I put in the answer to the "do we have a logo" question: retrocomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/96/… – Aaron May 10 '17 at 13:29

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