4 Aug 2005 lloydwood   » (Journeyer)

The results of reporting on SourceForge's new, more accurate, project statistics system are bemusing.

My previous diary entry on SourceForge statistics generated some extra traffic for SaVi, with that SourceForge project climbing slightly higher from 99th percentile to 99.15th percentile in project activity rankings, at around 1180th most active project in the listings.

Yet today, we've dropped like a stone down to ranking 7887th, or 94.2 percentile. Coincidentally, Geomview, which SaVi uses for 3D output, ranks just slightly higher up the listings, at #7881. Geomview hasn't had a release in several years (and a release to support gcc 3.x is long overdue, which is why I make an alpha Geomview snapshot available in the interim), but does have a larger user community (almost all mathematicians) and a lot more downloads than SaVi.

All in all, odd. Even now, the SourceForge statistics reliably inform us that each of these projects is clearly still more popular and active than over 90% of projects on SourceForge, despite both projects being pretty moribund. So, as I previously concluded, it's still a long, long tail of dead, dead projects.

It's interesting how making observations on the results appears to affect the results.

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