Regardless, seems to have a lot of potential (organizing links and collected data on games; editing pieces of writing for the main site; potential roleplaying opportunities) so it certainly seems worth a shot. Heck, maybe it'll attract some outside interest....
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I do hope to put the code under a GPL, though I want to see the MySQL stuff running before I put any code up for download. Of course, html is, as always, free.
I'm doing a study of the internet which I hope will turn into a
So far, the ones I'm still testing are (in alphabetical order for quick reference):
Fark (though I'm having trouble getting post totals for the entire site; just doing post-a-link right now)
Go-Gaia (though I'm having trouble measuring individual boards)
Slashdot (bet you didn't see this one comming)
And the other one's I've looked at, but stopped testing because they were too small (though I have enough data to place them roughly):
Something Awful (I can't even test the thing because I need to pay to even see the forums. Either it has a fast purge rate or it's small from the one single piece of data I did get, though).
Yahoo (Message Boards, not groups which are private)
You can find most of my old data and analysis at
In addition, most of the people who have been helping me are from Current Events, GameFAQs (Though note that you need a GameFAQs account that's been active for...I think a day to view this forum).
GameFAQs purges topics if they haven't been posted in for a given amount of time (for most larger boards about a day; but the purge only happens once a day). Hard to get posts per day for that reason...at least as far as individual boards go.
Taken at 9/24/2003 19:09:29
Individual boards: taken at 19:06 GameFAQs time
CE: 1735; 17528
And a few a bit later:
SC2003: 626; 17194, 9/24 7:12PM
PotD: 929; 17476, 9/24 7:15PM
IGN Doesn't seem to purge...or maybe they purge every two years or something; hard to tell. Fortunately they tell total posts.
Total Messages: 60,807,042 (38,322 posted today) Taken at 7:19pm IGN time.
Vestibule: 371,251; 5,689,766; 7:19pm
GCN General Board: 106,834; 2,199,845; 7:25pm
XBox General Board: 77,941; 1,280,921; 7:27pm
The thing to do is to check back later, and then estimate Posts per Day (PpD). Obviously post raw post counts between sites don't tell much due to varying purge rate; and moderated messages are not insignificant for some boards. My estimation just by pressing the refresh button is that LUE is larger than the Vestibule, but not by too large of a factor.
Why am I doing this? Scientific curiosity... Cataloguing the Internet... something like that. If anyone is reading this, can you direct me to other particularly large boards (or suggest a way to estimate the size of Slashdot...)?