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#1 2014-11-25 05:20:28

ylvs
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From: Art Central
Registered: 2001-06-19
Posts: 13406

Mint statistics

Number of Mints per year:

2001: 301 (Tad opened the first Mint on July 7th)
2002: 218
2003: 23  (Mints lost due to The Terrible Conflagration)
2004: 10 (dito)
2005: 25
2006: 102
2007: 46
2008: 56
2009: 13
2010: 6
2011: 3
2012: 3
2013: 20
2014: 46
2015: 27
2016: 24
2017: 17 (as of 10/30)

 

#2 2014-11-25 05:44:26

Kenan
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Re: Mint statistics

*like like like*


Wouldn't the plural form of Olaf be Olaves? ;) - Firsfron of Ronchester

 

#3 2014-11-25 07:26:12

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: Mint statistics

Hive mind! I was considering doing something like this!

Only thing: there were no Mints lost due to the TC in 2004. The TC occurred in late 2003, and the Mint was up and running again at/near the beginning of 2004.

Also, there are two 2006s. Easily fixed!

Yeesh! 2012 and 2011 were bad years for the Mint...


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#4 2014-11-25 10:42:27

Magpie
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Re: Mint statistics

Wow, those really were some bad years - but it's encouraging to see how much more active we are now!


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#5 2014-11-25 11:19:23

ylvs
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Re: Mint statistics

There are no Mints between July 03 and February 04. I was convinced this was the Conflagration loss. If not what is it Firs?

 

#6 2014-11-25 11:28:24

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: Mint statistics

I suppose it's a technicality, but there were no Mints at the very beginning of 2004 because the site was down, due to the Conflagration, but no Mints were lost in 2004. We just couldn't start a new Mint until the site was back up and running. Only the late 2003 Mints were lost (along with all the other posts that had not been backed up in late 2003, at the time of the Great Conflagration).

Edited to add: There was a Back Room Quiller's Mint that was started on January 4th, 2004.


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#7 2014-11-25 12:59:02

redNathalie
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Re: Mint statistics

Omg. And here I was thinking that it's been too busy to keep up with lately...comparing current numbers with 2001 & 2002? How did we do that? (And how did I not get fired from the job I had back then...I mean seriously...)

Apparently I just had a lot more energy and multitasking ability way back then... *shakes cane weakly*


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#8 2014-11-25 13:25:12

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: Mint statistics

*slowly approaches Red with my walker*

In my day, we Minted fast, backwards uphill both ways, and we liked it, see?

Those early Mints were crazy. On average, there were about two per day in 2001. Two per day, people!

Now get off my lawn! All of you!


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#9 2014-11-25 15:24:11

Peter
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Re: Mint statistics

I count 32 Mints in my archive for 2003, the first starting January 10, the last October 27, which would last till about Mid November. So I don't have those lost Mints either. I don't remember if Aan restored some of the lost stuff from my archive? I was pretty sure that the board lost more than I did.


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#10 2014-11-25 19:50:51

cyan
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From: Magic Loft of Design & Wonder
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Posts: 26887

Re: Mint statistics

I'm pretty sure that the Mint rooms of 2011 and 2012 were kept alive by Magpie.  I know I wasn't around much those years, but looking at the actual numbers makes me sad.


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#11 2014-11-25 22:17:40

Olaf
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Re: Mint statistics

I know I never went near a mint in those early years, because they were so overwhelming.


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#12 2014-11-26 00:45:58

Aan`allein
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Posts: 6073
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Re: Mint statistics

Peter wrote:

I count 32 Mints in my archive for 2003, the first starting January 10, the last October 27, which would last till about Mid November. So I don't have those lost Mints either. I don't remember if Aan restored some of the lost stuff from my archive? I was pretty sure that the board lost more than I did.

I had an old backup (from Matt, iirc) which ran from the very beginning until a couple of months before the Great Conflagration, and merged that together with the backup from after the Great Conflagration. It looks like there's a gap of ~6 months there now (from July 2003 onward).
Might be a worthwhile project some day to see how much work it'd be to restore July through Oct/Nov 2003 from your archive... Would be tricky to handle posts by members who registered during that time, though, as their userids would clash with the same userids for members who registered in early 2004.

(I think ylvs made a typo in the opening post, btw - at least I count 23 Minths with a last post date in 2003. (Which I imagine is how she counted?))

We also lost nearly a month of posts during the changeover to punBB (Dec 21st 2007 through Jan 17th 2008).


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#13 2014-11-26 01:49:03

ylvs
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Posts: 13406

Re: Mint statistics

Typo corrected.
And as to my counting: I took the lazy lane and counted Mints opened in a given year (that way I did not have to look into the Mints itselves).

 

#14 2014-11-26 04:20:29

Peter
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From: Austria
Registered: 2001-08-23
Posts: 39617
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Re: Mint statistics

I just got a scare when my server died. Turned out to be the power supply, so it was back up quickly and no data were lost, but it was a good reminder that I need to replace the ancient machine with something more cost effective (and still way faster (not that I need it)).

And I need a backup... never bothered to figure that out (I am better with backups for my desktops). The Smarch archive is backed up half a dozen times though, so I should not ever lose that data.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#15 2014-12-11 10:27:55

ylvs
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Registered: 2001-06-19
Posts: 13406

Re: Mint statistics

Only four more and we'll equal 2007!

 

#16 2014-12-11 10:30:48

Kenan
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From: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Re: Mint statistics

That's one every 5 days, 5 pages per day... we can do it!


Wouldn't the plural form of Olaf be Olaves? ;) - Firsfron of Ronchester

 

#17 2014-12-11 11:25:14

Peter
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Re: Mint statistics

That should be about our normal pace these days, but it's going to be close.
People could talk a lot about Christmas, yet they could also disappear in a shopping spree and holiday frenzy.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#18 2014-12-11 11:35:33

Magpie
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Registered: 2006-03-27
Posts: 32884
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Re: Mint statistics

Well, I'm going to be at home a lot more in the coming weeks, so I'll probably also be posting more.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

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Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#19 2014-12-11 11:40:41

Kenan
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From: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Re: Mint statistics

At least two people are needed to make conversation though ;) But I hope to be here to chat with you.
I don't know how much I'll be here around the holidays, perhaps not much more than stopping by to say hello some of the days.

But seriously, we should all just be happy that the mint is alive and kicking :)


Wouldn't the plural form of Olaf be Olaves? ;) - Firsfron of Ronchester

 

#20 2014-12-11 11:45:57

Magpie
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Re: Mint statistics

Oh, I remember a lot of days during the very quiet years when I just talked to myself.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#21 2014-12-11 11:51:50

Kenan
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From: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Re: Mint statistics

That's comforting to know :)


Wouldn't the plural form of Olaf be Olaves? ;) - Firsfron of Ronchester

 

#22 2014-12-11 11:59:57

Magpie
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Registered: 2006-03-27
Posts: 32884
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Re: Mint statistics

It was a bit boring. But also kind of fun to see how many pages I could talk to myself until someone showed up.
Although I think I didn't do that any more during the really quiet time. Because it did get too boring eventually.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#23 2014-12-11 12:05:22

redNathalie
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From: ubiquitous
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 12703

Re: Mint statistics

If we all do our part with greetings, goodbyes, describing breakfasts/lunches/dinners, talking about the weather, and random glittering/confetti-flinging, I think we might make it!


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Oven though we're far apart, I'm still a huge fan! ~Firsfron
There was also a toast commercial that made me tear up.... ~Libra

 

#24 2014-12-11 12:08:34

Kenan
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From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Registered: 2005-06-19
Posts: 8976
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Re: Mint statistics

Also we should move the conversation from here in there!


Wouldn't the plural form of Olaf be Olaves? ;) - Firsfron of Ronchester

 

#25 2014-12-11 13:26:31

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: Mint statistics

redNathalie wrote:

If we all do our part with greetings, goodbyes, describing breakfasts/lunches/dinners, talking about the weather, and random glittering/confetti-flinging, I think we might make it!

That's the spirit, Red!


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