DavRob60 posted this on Reddit. And we suddenly had a huge explosion of views.

Did this translate into any new users?

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I've been looking at the stats, and while there was a bit higher anon voting going on, I don't think there is actually a huge increase of users. The new users looks like a typical day, although perhaps a bit on the higher end. Not sure about compensating for the day of the week, which usually makes a difference. Still, stuff like this tends to increase the google power, and will no doubt result in a few new users at some point in time, but I don't see a huge direct benefit, unfortunately. Of course, you never really know, so...


So the TIL post was timestamped Fri Aug 3 12:48:13 2012 UTC.

Looking at our users list sorted by creation date, I looked at each user's creation time until I found the first one after that timestamp: logoff, who registered at 2012-08-03 12:53:39Z (Z being shorthand for UTC, so there's timezone agreement).

So, that means 36 new user accounts were registered after the TIL post was created. Of those 36:

  • 11 already had accounts elsewhere on the network (they got the 100 rep association bonus)
  • 5 actively contributed to gain reputation

The user list doesn't track unregistered users, though, and I've seen several around the site today. I vaguely remember the moderator tools having something that can track those.

  • Mods do have such tools, but we couldn't give an exact number, so... Aug 4, 2012 at 20:50
  • @Pearsonartphoto Right, but you could give a general ballpark, n'est-ce pas? A couple dozen? Hundreds?
    – user366
    Aug 5, 2012 at 4:07
  • @MarkTrapp Although not a mod, so I don't have the tools, I'd guess 42.
    – Xantec
    Aug 16, 2012 at 18:30

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