What's my score in the global Discource instances database maintained by Discourse?


(Anton) #1

I know such a database is a piece of private information.

However, as the owner of my own Instance, I would be very interested in finding out my position in the global database that you, the Discourse, receive and collect when our instances ping your server for version updates.

This info could be shown in our admin panel and might be encouraging for the whole team of admins and mods!

There could be a total average score calculated by some secret formula, as well as separate scores for number of users, topics, messages, average daily activity etc.


(Sam Saffron) #2

Competing with others is not that interesting, instead compete with yourself.

Make sure that more users are getting engaged, the community is growing and becoming more interesting and useful. We provide you with lots of stats in the admin dashboard.

That is far more important that getting a #1 in some sort of global leaderboard.


(Anton) #3

Still, people’s nature is to compete between each others. It is in our DNA.


(Logan Mathews) #4

No matter the metric used, it’d be gamed by someone else through fake accounts, fake posts or whatever else. Sure, the metrics may not be published, but there isn’t that many different variables that could be used.

Additionally, as Sam said, compete with yourself. Be it a weekly, monthly, or 6month basis, try to grow faster than the previous chunk. Not only will you strive for something, but you’ll actually gain something from ‘winning’.

Finally, to state that its in people’s nature to compete may be a bit presumptuous. Its quite possible that its simply social constructs that are incredibly pervasive.


(Anton) #5

I disagree but, well, that’s why I published the idea for public discussion :slight_smile:


(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #6

More of this kind of info will probably be publicly available the closer we get to some concept of a Discourse Hub. But right now we don’t have a simple way of letting people opt-in/out of such lists, which is very important seeing as not all communities will want their data open to the public.

So, better to err on the side of caution while we figure out a good way to present this data without stepping on any toes.

If you’d like, feel free to start a “Share your data” topic and invite other admins to share their stats. That could be pretty interesting, and is also quite fitting around this time when many of us are starting a new calendar year. Just try to make it about something more interesting than “who’s got the highest numbers”.


(Alessio Fattorini) #7

Which numbers?
How Make sure that more users are getting engaged? How do you measure that?


(Tobias Eigen) #8

What numbers does discourse collect about our instances? Didn’t even know about this.


(Jeff Atwood) #9

Basically what you see on /about, it is no different than Google crawling you.