So, everyone, I've been tracking the wiki site through Google Analytics for a while and I have never released the data in full until today. You can't imagine the wealth of information I get. Knowledge…so much…so fast. It's glorious! And this is all from the period of Jan. 8th, 2012-May 2, 2012.
Just a few notes here:
- The period for average users did not include May 2nd because the results from that day are still increasing, given this is submitted on May 2nd.
- The average users per day for the period was calculated by taking the total number of unique visitors for that period and dividing that by the period length.
- The average user number for the period of 1/8 to 1/28 may be larger, since Google Analytics for the wiki was instituted on 1/8.
- The referral origins have been altered, since a good deal of traffic was from direct links, Google searches, or from within the wiki itself. Direct links account for a significantly higher number of visits.
- The browser bit doesn't really have an impact on how the site works. It's just a nice little tidbit.
When I was putting the data together I almost shit my pants.
Okay, maybe I could say that more eloquently but it doesn't change how true it is. I was simply blown away by the growth and activity of this community. I can honestly say that - given the sheer volume of visitors - we're now turning into a tangible part of the internet. The community is starting to spread more and more, with our community being referenced at a plethora of places. This is an amazing change from three years ago when I first joined. In chat, we maybe had about 21-24 people on a busy day. The wiki community was smaller, but just as active as it is today. We were hidden, mentioned in the occasional creepy-pasta thread. Our mods were "ghosts" in other communities, thought to be as bizarre as Slenderman is/was. It was hard to imagine that, three years after I joined, we would be so prevalent.
Today, the community is doing great. Fresh faces stream in, with dozens of new applications daily. Granted, there have been more than a few incidents, but for the most part everyone - both the old hats and new 'uns - are eager, motivated, and excited about what is done here. This is what the community thrives on. This is what makes us so successful. We are a group of people who love what is done here and what can be done. We share ideas, advice, critiques, and excitement. We write stories in a genre saturated with the same ideas, yet time and time again the members of the community manage to surprise us all and create unique takes on cliché concepts.
I'm happy to see what this place has turned into. Yes, I know there is drama; this is unavoidable. However, the amount of excellence and good this community puts out far far outweighs the negatives. From the now thousands of SCP articles in the library to the many amazing works of fiction in the archives - and even the many creative artistic renderings made by the users - we can see just what your imaginations can produce from a simple concept: a secretive Foundation that secures, contains, and protects anomalous artifacts and creatures.
Alright, since I have to get back to the work piling up on my end, I'll cut it short: Keep up the good work, mates. All of you. It's going to be a great time together.
Oh, one more thing: Remember to never stop thinking, never stop creating, and certainly never stop laughing.