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118,888 registered users today

Since I'm into numbers in quite a big way, couldn't help but notice Frihost reaching 188,888 in numbers today. All those eights gotta be lucky for us.

Tonight I am really missing our Frihost stats tool. Would be awesome if Bondings could fix it so we can start counting posts again. Wonder whether there is a way where one could do it through a third party stats tool? Should Google it when I have a chance.

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I don't know if the forum software provides a way to do that or not, especially since we would need to do it without admin access. As an alternative, I wondered about using the post number in the url.

I see this post has a vp-# in the url and the # value must be unique. How about the other, non-blog forum posts? I decided to look for one of your non-blog posts (not as easy to find now as your blog posts; you don't seem to get around as much anymore; but still not very hard). I see another number that appears to be independent. Possibly:

b(t) is the number assigned to the blog post begun at time t
p(t) is the number assigned to the non-blog post begun at time t

tp(t1,t2) = b(t2)+p(t2) - ( b(t1) + p(t1) ) # formula 1

tp might be a reasonable approximation to the number of posts between time t1 and time t2.

Very rough, though. Here are a few considerations:

We don't know if there are sometimes gaps in the number, for any good bad or random reason.
All spam posts which are later removed are probably included.
Private (moderater forums, who knows what) posts are probably included.

This might be a good test to see if anyone here really does "love numbers". Doubtless there are a large percentage of forum members capable of writing scripts to gather the information on a regular basis. We can get historical information, and presumably can compare it with the number of posts we already have been given from other sources. The "500,000th post" and similar messages might be a good place to start to see if the numbers make any sense.
SonLight on Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:22 pm
Wow, that's impressive Sonlight, well done!

You probably know that Bondings coded a stats tool, and when he moved Frihost from the US to Germany in June/July, some of the coding had to be retouched, for which he didn't have time to do at the time. The stats tool stopped functioning from then. Still hoping it may be fixed in the dizzy future. Pray
deanhills on Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:39 am
But it is showing as
We have 118921 registered users

See Image below:
cybersa on Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:49 pm
Aha. Well spotted. It probably was 118,888 when I wrote the blog post. Will fix it up, thanks for picking up on it Cybersa!
deanhills on Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:52 pm
Not so impressive -- I'm wrong. That would count threads, not individual posts. I think the link to a specific post will do it though, but I'm not sure if it will count blog posts or not. A link to a regular post has p=<number>#<number> where the two numbers are the same, and may be the total post count to that point. I'm having a little trouble getting google or ddg to cooperate. I'll see if I can search for the ones where the number ends in 4 zeros. So far inurl="0000" did NOT work -- apparently it can't divide numbers like it does words, or at least not in urls.

Interesting result so far. I searched for inurl:vt OR inurl:vp OR inurl:1000000
hoping to find the 1000000th post. Instead, it returned threads with 1000000 in the content, including
which is the thread about the 1 millionth post, and the number appears there but only with commas!

I don't see a way to carefully analyze the situation without spidering either frihost or google results, and I don't want to do that. We can probably look at the links to a few posts that we find by date though, and see if the numbers are reasonable.

Apparently there's nothing to automate, so my interest is declining at this point.

PS I had an extra OR in my search, so again I was misled. it appears that the links to individual posts are excluded from search engines, as they should be.
SonLight on Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:25 pm
Of those registered users since day one are currently active? One spam post and done users?
standready on Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:46 pm
You are welcome.
cybersa on Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:34 am
The only way to do it is to log the number of posts at the end of one month and deduct from the next months total.
truespeed on Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:28 pm
Great idea Truespeed. May try it at end of January. If I can remember. Probably using GMT time. Or maybe I should use Belgium time. Razz
deanhills on Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:19 pm

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