Gay But Not Narrow (ruakh) wrote in suggestions,
Gay But Not Narrow

On "Statistics" Page, Only Show Stats of Real, Active Users

On "Statistics" Page, Only Show Stats of Real, Active Users

Short, concise description of the idea
On the "Statistics" page are displayed various statistics (gender, free/EA/paid/perm, location, and age) about all LiveJournal accounts. I think only statistics about real, active users should be shown.

Full description of the idea
By "real users," I mean personal journals (as opposed to shared/community/news/syndicated); I know that not all personal journals are totally "real," but it's a good start. By "active users," I mean "active in some way." (I don't know quite what that phrase means, but it appears on the Statistics page with a precise-seeming figure, so I assume it's well-defined.)

There could be a special mode, stats.bml?all=1 or the like, to get statistics for absolutely all accounts.

The "Users" section of the page could remain the same, though it might be nice to add a few lines saying how many accounts are personal vs. shared vs. community vs. news vs. syndicated.

An ordered list of benefits

  • The statistics would better represent the actual userbase. (For one thing, I imagine the displayed age distribution would shift slightly older-ward, though I could be wrong.)
  • Change is good; the march of progress, and all that.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • If anyone's been following that page, and doesn't notice that the meaning of the displayed statistics has changed, they might be confused by a very sudden drop in certain numbers.
  • Change is bad; if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Back-end-wise, I've no idea. Piggyback the location, age, etc. queries onto the "active-in-some-way" query? I don't know MySQL at all, so I could be way off-base here.
  • Front-end-wise, add a line, "The following statistics are for active user accounts; all-account statistics are also available." Or something.
  • Tags: statistics, ~ deferred - needs retagging
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