"Jim Charter" <jrc### [at] msncom> wrote in message
| We have a distinct trend in fewer and fewer entrants it seems. Yet
| these newsgroups seem to be as lively as ever. I can't keep up with
| all the threads. I wonder, can you analyte the data and see if there
| is any trend in the number or percentage of new participants versus
| returning? Say if you pick some threshold, for an individual's degree
| of participation, does it peak and then wane? Have regulars moved on?
| Is this a constant process or was there a bulge? Does the data reveal
| anything more about this trend?
The statistic in which I would be interested, although I doubt the
discovery of it could be automated, would be the percentage of entries
per round made with commercial software. This seems to be less a free
software competition and more an amateur commercial software competition
every round. This is just a feeling. I haven't taken the time to
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