On Tue, 10 Apr 2001, Dave Thomas wrote:

> Robert Feldt <feldt / ce.chalmers.se> writes:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > My inpression is that the volume on ruby-talk has decreased after the rush
> > following on Dave and Andy's book and articles last fall. Anyone got
> > scripts for analyzing and confirming this?
>
> Here's by-month volume from my own archives: I can't guarantee to have
> absolutely everything, but I suspect the trend is about right:
>
>
>      2000/08:    407 |********
>      2000/09:    512 |**********
>      2000/10:    751 |***************
>      2000/11:    701 |**************
>      2000/12:   1700 |**********************************
>      2001/01:   1729 |**********************************
>      2001/02:   1546 |******************************
>      2001/03:   1574 |*******************************
>      2001/04:+   188 |***
>      +partial
>
> I agree: something dramatic has happened to the volume over the last
> two weeks. I was beginning to suspect some kind of technical problem.
> If interest is waning (which, judging from the comments I receive is
> not the case), I wouldn't expect to see such a sharp drop-off.
>
> Anyone got any ideas?

Probably some wearing off of post-pickaxe rush, which I imagine is inevitable,
and:

1. warmer weather (at least in some hemispheres)  :-)
2. activity shifted elsewhere (wiki, irc, conference planning)


David

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