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I've noticed many 1- and 101-rep users contributing a lot of good comments and also some good questions and answers lately. (See, for example, What are the dangers of walking barefoot in towns/cities?). Is this correct? Any theories as to why this is so? Has this happened before, and if so, do these new users stick or do they wander off?

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So I ran this query which shows the number of registered users over time and it looks like the rate of increase has actually slacked off some.

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The Y axis is the number of users and the X is the number of months.

Some more statistics,

  • 7.4% of users have over 200 rep
  • 1.03% of users have over 2000 rep
  • 0.77% of users have over 3000 rep

  • The top 10 most active users wrote 890 questions and 1684 answers for 26% of the questions and 20% of the answers.

  • In this month so far there has been approximately 6400 votes, 17% of that has come from the top 2 voters this month and the top 4 have contributed 21% of the votes.

The point I am trying to make with those statistics is that a great deal of the activity is being driven by a very small amount of users. So I don't think that there is a real uptick in usage from newer users.

As for why you are seeing a lot of activity from new users on that question is because it hit the Hot Questions and it's one of those questions where everyone has an opinion.

  • So the top 4 voters each voted an average of 336 times so far in March 2017? That's an average of 12.4 times a day. This is amazing! I thought I voted a lot, but I've averaged only 80 votes a month since I joined. What we can tentatively conclude is that of the 47 new users this month, zero to two will continue on to get a rep of 2,000 or more. (1% of 47 = 0.5; I'm going up to 2 to be generous in the error bar.) – ab2 Mar 28 '17 at 2:48
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    @ab2 See my edits because the voting is much more lopsided when you only count the top 2 users. – Charlie Brumbaugh Mar 28 '17 at 2:57
  • Wow! That's an average of 20 votes per day so far in March 2017 (counting today, March 27) by the top two voters. I would not have guessed there were an average of 20 (Qs plus As) per day. – ab2 Mar 28 '17 at 3:06
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    @ab2 They are probably drifting through the related questions lists voting on older posts. I'll do that some times. – Erik Mar 28 '17 at 22:18
  • I think your graph shows the rate of increase has actually increased (not slacked off) in the last 30 months. – Martin F Apr 4 '17 at 23:36
  • @MartinF It depends on what you count as recent. In the last month or slow it seems to have slacked off some – Charlie Brumbaugh Apr 4 '17 at 23:55

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