I wonder if there's a way to determine the amount of different SCPs that can exist on the site before every new suggestion is similar to an already existing SCP ("A memory -affecting acoustic sphere? We already have SCP-XXXXX").

By the time we hit 1 million SCPs we’ll either be dead or bought out by Disney

It'd be interesting to know how valid your initial assumption is. I wonder if there's a way to find out which pages have the exact same tags as other pages, and see how different - or similar - those pages are

I don't think you did the maths correctly.

More specifically, I think you simply used n^{r} where n= number of tags (50-100) and r= unique tag number (3 is assumed). Which gives 1.25 x 10^{5} — 1.00 x 10^{6}.

However, this doesn't take into account two factors: spherical+mind-affecting+acousitic = acoustic+mind-affecting+spherical. The order doesn't matter, which significantly reduces the number of permutations.

Also, n^{r} would also mean that you could have spherical 3 times, which doesn't make sense. Instead use the equation:

which gives a range of 1.96 x 10^{4} — 1.62 x 10^{5}

or about 20,000 — 160,000 unique SCPs.

When I joined this site in 2016, we were in Series III. We had a total of approximately 3000 SCPs, not including -J's, -EX's, -ARC's, or any international SCPs.

Since then, we have made it to Series V and now have an upper limit of 5000 SCPs.

That took about 3 years.

So, starting from today, if we continue to go upwards, we can multiply 2000 SCPs per every 3 years until we find how long it will take for us to reach the lower limit for unique SCPs: SCP-20,000.

In 3 years, we will have 7000 SCPs.

In 6 years, 9000 SCPs.

In 9 years, 11000 SCPs.

In 12 years, 13000 SCPs.

In 15 years, 15000 SCPs.

In 18 years, 17000 SCPs.

In 21 years, 19000 SCPs.

And finally, adding 1.5 years to account for the 1000 SCPs remaining, we find that it will take us 22.5 years to reach SCP-20,000 — the *lower* limit for totally unique SCPs. Theoretically.

Now to find the upper limit. The site started in 2008, and according to the above calculations SCP-20,000 will be reached in 2041. That's 33 years of SCP.

Our upper limit for totally unique SCPs is 160,000. So, we simply multiply how long it will theoretically take to reach SCP-20,000 from the very first SCP, by 8.

This gives us a total of 264 years before we reach SCP-160,000. That's about three lifetimes!

Assuming both of our calculations are correct, we'll still be here writing for a *very* long time.

Despite all my rage… I am still a bacteriophage.

Including new material, things poached from myth, urban legends brought to life, basis for local unexplained phenomenon that are not quite urban legends, and folklore and extremely subtle references (the first ever created has a very weeping angel vibe after all)… there's a very long way to go.

In the Serpent's Embrace, we stand together, and shall not fear the howling abyss.

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