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DdmrDdmr
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August 09, 2018, 11:23:13 AM
Merited by Foxpup (6), xandry (2), LoyceV (2), theyoungmillionaire (2), vphasitha01 (2), Piggy (1), finaleshot2016 (1), Coin-1 (1), Coolcryptovator (1)
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1.   Introduction

I wanted to see posting habits of forum members (volume wise) in general. In order to do so, we either need the complete posting history (no way I’m going to scrape that), or a couple of database snapshots to compare. The information that I keep track of is all related to members that have at least been awarded 1 sMerit, so that is the base for the following study.

What I’ve done is play around with 3 merited user profile snapshot databases:
-   06/08/2018 (normally it should have been 03/08/2018, but I was away for a few days).
-   06/07/2018
-   08/06/2018
Now using these three snapshots, we can derive some interesting information concerning posting volumes, associated ranks and merit.

On this occasion, the information is presented in tabular mode, since graphics seem more difficult to follow and I have discarded them in favour of tables.


2.   Posting Segment distribution

What I’ve initially done is compare the database snapshots on merited user profiles for 06/08/2018 and 06/07/2018. I wanted to see how much people post on average on a daily basis for the month between the two snapshot dates. After studying the information, I derived the following segments:

01. Very Heavy:      >= 5 posts per day during the last month.
02. Heavy:            >= 3 and <5 posts per day during the last month.
03. Mid:                >= 1 and <3 posts per day during the last month.
04. Low:              >0 and <1 posts per day during the last month.
05. Zero:              0 posts   per day during the last month.
06. Negative:       <0 posts per day during the last month (deleted greater than created).
07. New to Merit:   They appear on the 06/08/2018 snapshot, but not on 06/07/2018 snapshot (therefore, cannot derive incremental posts).

We could argue on the segment definitions, buy I find them adequate after studying the data.The distribution of merited users according to this distribution is as follows:



What’s interesting to see is that there are 198 heavy users making >= 5 posts per day on average (more on that later).
In order to rank-up, on the activity side, we should be creating an average of 1 post per day. Nevertheless, only 20,74% of merited users do that (segments 01, 02 and 03). What’s more, 28,06% have not posted during the last month (holiday break?), and a surprisingly high 17,77% have a decrement their post count during the month. That is quite a lot, even more so considering that we’re talking about merited users.

I guess we wanted to see the list of posters in the "very heavy" user segment, so here it goes (NewPost -> number of posts in a month; NewMerit-> in 1 month):
Code:
user_id   name                     rank                NewPost   merit     NewMerit  url
1176794   ChiNgadOr                Full Member         1130      119       0         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1176794
1068464   Xal0lex                  Staff               954       225       31        https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1068464
1719931   Custterol                Jr. Member          725       2         0         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1719931
1773383   tumis                    Jr. Member          550       1         0         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1773383
1302577   Ardipwnz                 Member              546       13        0         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1302577
1016855   JollyGood                Sr. Member          541       254       1         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1016855
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155345    gentlemand               Legendary           267       1198      22        https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=155345
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1411023   virendarnagpal           Jr. Member          266       4         2         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1411023
181806    HairyMaclairy            Hero Member         266       549       54        https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=181806
994859    CryptoBry                Sr. Member          266       272       1         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=994859
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557798    TryNinja                 Hero Member         258       707       35        https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=557798
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507856    LeGaulois                Copper Member       255       793       14        https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=507856
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To my amazement, the top poster on the list,ChiNgadOr, is from my local board (although he posts in sections I barely visit there such as Ann threads). Second on the lists is Xal0lex, a staff member on the Russian board who does some heavy work cleaning up his local thread. The third person on the list is an Ann thread owner, Custterol.
I recognize some forum members on the list immediately : mdayonliner, TheQuin, LoyceV, krogothmanhattan, Jet Cash, xandry, TryNinja, Gothorum, LeGaulois, coinlocket$, JayJuanGee, The Pharmacist, digaran, suchmoon, o_e_l_e_o, hugeblack, stompix, hilariousetc, pugman, LFC_Bitcoin, Welsh, and seoincorporation. These are known to me mostly due to their posts, and probably also for posting often and therefore being visually acknowledgeable (a bit like a personal brand I’d say).

I though seeing some (top 10 due to post limit restrictions I believe) of the profiles with most deleted posts in the last month could be interesting too. Many of them are bounty/ann related deletions by the looks of where the remaining posts are located. Others are reset accounts (sold or such):
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user_id   name                     rank                posts     PostLoss  merit     NewMerit  url
1071531   serneo                   Full Member         664       -1647     101       0         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1071531
1014315   Mungurul                 Sr. Member          640       -595      254       0         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1014315
1310923   set08air                 Newbie              17        -437      1         0         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1310923
1007399   SSowellSVT               Full Member         168       -422      101       0         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1007399
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3.   Posting Segment distribution by Rank

If we breakdown the Posting Segment distribution by Rank, we get the following table:


Nothing too remarkable on this breakdown, since distribution by rank also depends on how many members there are per rank, but I’ve highlighted in yellow how the negative post count concentrates on the lower merited ranks as expected.


4.   Posting Segment distribution – 2 consecutive months

The following table shows us how many forum members actually maintain their posting segment for 2 consecutive months, and/or the segment movements that occur. I’ve also added here the total merit gained by each segment combination over the two month period, and averaged to keep it simple but comparable.



Roughly half of the forum members maintain their posting segment for two months in a row, with the exception of the "01. Very Heavy" segment which keeps it up for 73,74% of its forum members, and surprisingly 39,51% of the "06. Negative” segment do too.

The average Merit per segment combination is higher the more posts that are made. This is a chilly conclusion and with a lack of context would be interpreted the wrong way. The base of the analysis is that of users with at least 1 sMerit. The best posters are therefore included here and therefore, it is logical to see more merit given to heavy posters since they have more decent posts that postulate to being merited. This only works in this context, and should not be extended to posting in general on the forum for all users (merited and unmerited).

By the way, I’m a "03. Mid" looking over my last month’s postings, but was "02. Heavy’" the previous month.
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(quote taken from your deleted thread, now there's more to read again Cheesy)
What I’ve initially done is compare the database snapshots on merited user profiles for 06/08/2018 and 06/07/2018. I wanted to see how much people post on average on a daily basis for the month between the two snapshot dates.
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I guess we wanted to see the list of posters in the "very heavy" user segment, so here it goes (NewPost -> number of posts in a month):
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user_id   name                     rank                NewPost   merit     NewMerit    url
"NewMerit" in your table is the total amount of Merit earned since its introduction, until last Friday. Shouldn't that be the amount of Merit earned in the period between those two profile snapshots? This has been fixed.

a surprisingly high 17,77% have a decrement their post count during the month.
My guess would be Mods are more active lately cleaning up Spam Megathreads.

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That is quite a lot, even more so considering that we’re talking about merited users.
Two days ago, I realized almost all 2053 accounts with exactly 10 Merit must have been Merit trading. I think I'll make a thread on this later, that's a very large percentage of all new Member accounts.
And if that's true, it doesn't surprise me many of them lose posts when Spam Megathreads are deleted.

Can you get me a list of all 1033 Member accounts that lost posts? I'd like to cross-reference them to the ones that earned exactly 10 Merit.

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"NewMerit" in your table is the total amount of Merit earned since its introduction. Shouldn't that be the amount of Merit earned in the period between those two profile snapshots?
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Thanks, I got the wrong column there. It's since been corrected.

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Can you get me a list of all 1033 Member accounts that lost posts? I'd like to cross-reference them to the ones that earned exactly 10 Merit.
I'll get to it in a while (after lunch) and give you a google sheet link to the data.
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Another great work (again..) Smiley. So after looking back at your analysis, I have two questions

1) How you derived the posting segments (eg: Very Heavy >=5 posts per day). Because I believed that threshold number matters the most and it will clearly affect the data when we move to the comparison or talking about percentages.

2) Can we cross-referenced the posts of the users(636+1033+973) actually having negative posting state with posts that got deleted on ANN/ Bounty threads?

 

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Can you get me a list of all 1033 Member accounts that lost posts? I'd like to cross-reference them to the ones that earned exactly 10 Merit.

I've created two google sheet documents:

a)  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fVkH12ZVS50LEJWG5WjuvLqdAB144zWxP0AIY3f5N2o/edit?usp=sharing
It contains all the users in segment '06. Negative' (not just Members, but Rank is included so it can be delimited by filtering).
There are very few cases there that have earned 9 or 10 merits in the past month and deleted a buch of posts, so I think it won’t really be useful to you.

b) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u9bgcvKRDJwCi4NsuxFKjo57pPPWXCD-crsBwBJwJhA/edit?usp=sharing
This file contains all users with 9 or 10 merits on their profile (as of last scrape 06/08/2018) and 9 or 10 merits derived from the cumulative merit.txt files (therefore, earned merits with no airdrop). The total is less than the amount you pointed to (I’ve got 1.672) , so there must be a criteria difference. The interesting column is the last one (MeritReceivedFromNUsers), since it tell us how many people have awarded each of these users with merit.


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1) How you derived the posting segments (eg: Very Heavy >=5 posts per day). Because I believed that threshold number matters the most and it will clearly affect the data when we move to the comparison or talking about percentages.
The posts per day is calculated as an average per user per month. It is done by simply substracting the most current Posts value on User Profile from that of the DB snapshot a month ago, and dividing by the number of days between the two snapshots.

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2) Can we cross-referenced the posts of the users(636+1033+973) actually having negative posting state with posts that got deleted on ANN/ Bounty threads?
Not with the data I have, since I’m just using basically the User Profile information, without actually looking at posts themselves (I’m not even sure if deleted posts can be read on a log on some sort, but it would be rather tedious to download, classify etc.). What I did is go through 20 or so profiles and by seeing what posts are still there you get a pretty good idea of what must have been deleted (i.e. some profiles have plenty of bounty reports still in their profiles, others one-liners trash, etc).
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a)  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fVkH12ZVS50LEJWG5WjuvLqdAB144zWxP0AIY3f5N2o/edit?usp=sharing
It contains all the users in segment '06. Negative' (not just Members, but Rank is included so it can be delimited by filtering).
There are very few cases there that have earned 9 or 10 merits in the past month and deleted a buch of posts, so I think it won’t really be useful to you.

b) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u9bgcvKRDJwCi4NsuxFKjo57pPPWXCD-crsBwBJwJhA/edit?usp=sharing
This file contains all users with 9 or 10 merits on their profile (as of last scrape 06/08/2018) and 9 or 10 merits derived from the cumulative merit.txt files (therefore, earned merits with no airdrop). The total is less than the amount you pointed to (I’ve got 1.672) , so there must be a criteria difference.
My list included all users who earned 9 or 10 Merit, including the ones who received a Merit airdrop. That explains the difference, you don't have this one for example:
89349: erwinbit (history)

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The interesting column is the last one (MeritReceivedFromNUsers), since it tell us how many people have awarded each of these users with merit.
It's quite likely the Members who received 10 Merit from one user either got them from their alt, or bought them.

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My list included all users who earned 9 or 10 Merit, including the ones who received a Merit airdrop. That explains the difference, you don't have this one for example:
89349: erwinbit (history)
Yes, that has to be it.

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It's quite likely the Members who received 10 Merit from one user either got them from their alt, or bought them.
That's what I thought. It's a possible indicator that can raise suspicious cases (along with other patterns we could think of easily). The thing is if could effectively lead anywhere practical in terms of tagging at least, since probably more than that is needed (especially in the lower end of the merit abuse/alt chain).
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August 10, 2018, 06:17:34 PM
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I am going to confess I felt good for not being in the very heavy category. I thought I was. I spend too much time here already lol

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August 10, 2018, 06:23:58 PM
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I am going to confess I felt good for not being in the very heavy category. I thought I was. I spend too much time here already lol
Nearly.. you're in segment "02. Heavy" for the last two months..

Yeah, the reading time is not quantified, and that probably adds up to a fair share for many of us too in relation to the time actually spent on posting. You may be on the very heavy side there.. I probably am (I’m not going to analyse logged in time, just in case that comes up..).
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