I'm managing the technical aspects of a growing private community. I have noticed that the vast majority of my users are not very participatory. We have a core group of about 80-150 active users (posters/commenters/journals/etc), and 400-900 lurkers on any given day. Due to various email invites, our user base is now over 10k users. My site is invitation only, and there are no anonymous users. Thus, I can definitely identify all of my users.
My questions for the slashcode community are these:
- How many unique users does your slashsite get in a day as compared with the total number of users that you have?
- Is it typical to have only 6% of your user base active and less than 1% of them regularly interactive?
FYI, my calculations for these figures come from the accesslog as:
select count(distinct uid), dayofyear(ts) as day from accesslog group by day;
For sites that allow anonymous users, the following would return (kinda) similar results:
select count(distinct host_addr), dayofyear(ts) as day from accesslog group by day;