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Re: Top level node creation trend update

by mr_mischief (Monsignor)
on Mar 03, 2008 at 23:05 UTC ( #671734=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Top level node creation trend update

I'll take this opportunity to say I think it's probably normal for posts/nodes in a knowledge network like this to spike quickly (as word about the site gets around) and then taper slowly off to a consistent lower rate. So many things have been said so well here that many threads become a discussion of which past threads make the best examples for a particular situation. Searching PerlMonks probably accounts for a great many answers that in 2002 would have required a fresh post.

That recently we've seen an upward trend since about November and perhaps August (month over month and year over year) is a promising sign. However, I think that we slowed somewhat in posts from 2002 to 2006 isn't a drastic problem.

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Re^2: Top level node creation trend update
by Mutant (Priest) on Mar 04, 2008 at 09:02 UTC

    I would guess only a very small portion of posters do a Super Search before posting. And even then, anything other than trivial questions are hard to find previous answers for. The Q&A section may have some impact though.

    IIRC, there was a period where the site wasn't indexed on any of the search engines, which probably had a downward impact on traffic. That's now been rectified, which may account for the recent upturn. Other than that, I'd say things are tapering off because of other places to ask Perl questions (and get answers), and a general (but relatively slow) decrease in the popularity of Perl over the last few years.

Re^2: Top level node creation trend update
by Herkum (Parson) on Mar 03, 2008 at 23:42 UTC

    But if the posts don't pick up, I will never be able to pass vroom's XP!

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