Originally Posted by bob
Nope, I just checked. It's now 5:17AM.
However, I just can't believe that at any one time we have over 5000 people, not members, just checking things out here. It would seem that with a testing distro, especially one with a less-than-perfect search engine, you'd take a couple of minutes to join and ask a question once in awhile. I mean, does it seem reasonable that we'd have a 50-1 ratio? Might be, I suppose, but I'd expect closer to a 5-1 ratio.
I more often then not just search and browse without logging in so I can believe it, many browsers may never register. Many counted guest could be Google spiders also.
I was doing a quick comparison of other forums guest vs registered users ratio mainly:
Sabayon Forums: In total there are 17 users online :: 4 registered, 0 hidden and 13 guests
Ubuntuforums: does not publish this info at all to browsers not signed in, if at all?
Sidux: does not publish this info at all to browsers not signed in, if at all?
Linuxmint: In total there are 17 users online :: 3 registered, 0 hidden and 14 guests
Puppy: In total there are 52 users online :: 8 Registered, 0 Hidden and 44 Guests
Archlinux: Registered users online: 18 Guests online: 74
PC-BSD: In total there are 9 users online :: 2 registered, 0 hidden and 7 guests
Gentoo: In total there are 65 users online :: 13 Registered, 3 Hidden and 49 Guests
Xubuntuforums: Online now: 1947 Guests, 54 Members
Debian: In total there are 25 users online :: 3 Registered, 0 Hidden and 22 Guests
Slackware: In total there are 6 users online :: 2 registered, 0 hidden and 4 guests
OzOS: Online now: 7078 Guests, 50 Members
OpenSUSE: does not publish this info at all to browsers not signed in, if at all?
PCLinuxOS: 54 Guests, 11 Users (1 Hidden)
Mandriva: In total there are 241 users online :: 33 Registered, 208 Guests
CentOS: does not publish this info at all to browsers not signed in, if at all?
Fedora Forums: Currently Active Users: 3672 (134 members and 3538 guests)
The variability of time counted is all over the place so you really can't make any conclusive arguments about popularity here, but you can compare registered user to guest for each forum that releases the data...but then again this is distorted by time also.
I think for the most part there are 3 perspectives on this:
1. don't release the data to general public, then if times are slow the distro doesn't appear dead or dieing.
2. set the time longer for a historical perspective, mainly useful for the admins
3. set the time shorter for a quick snapshot of whose on now, mainly useful to forum users
all 3 perspectives is decided on by the admins of the particular forum and all 3 are right or wrong depending on perspective.
That's just my 2 cents