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I just had an idea. Is it possible to collect statistics on how many users have chosen each of the system styles? Obviously it would need to exclude / account for custom styles in some way, and feed accounts which can't change their style. It would be interesting to see actual statistics on which styles and colour themes are most commonly used.

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Date: 2009-09-15 05:16 pm (UTC)
foxfirefey: Fox stealing an egg. (Default)
From: [personal profile] foxfirefey
Not that I know of, not easily. Although it might be possible to spider and grab the colors journals are using.

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Date: 2009-09-15 05:46 pm (UTC)
janinedog: (Default)
From: [personal profile] janinedog
That said, the data is certainly available...it's just a matter of getting it somewhere machine-readable (and actually, it's already in support requests, but that's not useful for getting all users' data). It'd probably be appropriate in one of the data files, but I'm sure you know better than I which one is best. :)

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Date: 2009-09-15 06:26 pm (UTC)
foxfirefey: A wee rat holds a paw to its mouth. Oh, the shock! (myword)
From: [personal profile] foxfirefey
To be honest, I've kind of been wanting a new file with basic user stats. The only thing this would really fit into would be FOAF, but that would require starting to extend FOAF, yadda yadda, and FOAF is heavy.

I think what I want is a simple little JSON file with some easy stats, like:

* last post time
* paid account status
* default icon
* # comments posted/received
* # posts made
* external accounts (ie, AIM, Twitter listed stuff) maybe?
* location if given
* birthdate if given
* email would be nice but my guess is we wouldn't due to harvesting

It wouldn't need interests or edges data. But yeah, styles could go there, if we made it.

Mostly I really really want last time updated and paid account status for some scripts I want to make. I want to have a script that lets me buy paid time for actively posting free users who post to communities I like, for instance, and right now I can't do that without scraping the profile.

But, yeah, if we had to had to had to, it could go into a FOAF extension.

There might be privacy concerns, I wager--it should probably only report publicly available layers.

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Date: 2009-09-15 06:34 pm (UTC)
janinedog: (Default)
From: [personal profile] janinedog
Yeah, that sounds great. I think it should show any data that is publicly available except for external accounts and email, simply because those things are personally-identifying data, and not generally necessary/useful for analyzing general user trends (and there's the whole privacy concern, especially with bots getting the data more easily). I could see perhaps recording which external accounts are filled in (but not the actual usernames), and maybe the domains on the emails if they're common ones like gmail/hotmail/yahoo (but not the whole emails), but that's about it.

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