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TPI - Forum ratio

Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:58 pm
by mklcst
Hi everyone,
I saw a lot of community as web developer and I use a ratio to identify the type of community and the "liquidity" of discussions.
It's very simple: topics/posts
I analyzed the best community with a big forums and I discovered it out that a good community have ratio equal to 0.04-0.05 (4-5%).
If you take it under control you will see that higher is this ratio and lower will be the iteration between users, major than 15% could be a bad situation in my opinion.

Let me know your opinion!

Re: TPI - Forum ratio

Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:41 pm
by ChrisRLG
I don't think a single type of 'statistic' is very useful to 'grade' forums.

They would depend on what the forum is about as to how that statistic could be interpreted.

Take a discussion type forum, and the higher the number of posts per member the better.

Take a help site where 'hopefully' the user NEVER has to return and you would want a ratio the opposite - as small a average of posts per member, with just the 'helpers' have high post counts.

As an accountant I can tell you, that statistics can be made to tell you anything you want - just don't expect them to help you decide if the result is what you require in a given situation.