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Hacker News Users Ages - 2015/04/19
Poll: How old is your HN account? Just wondering about how much HN has grown.
They got a few replies, but these things always depend on the selection, so they're pretty much worthless. What you're getting is what those who choose to reply choose to claim.
You can see the responses by following the link, but I asked:
Your handle is "codegeek". Why not: * Pull down the top 5 pages * For each handle: * Look up their profile page * Compute how long they've been on HN.
They took that rather well, I thought, but it got me wondering. So I wrote the scripts and did the calculation. In particular, I looked at the 30 most active pages, downloaded them, from them I extracted all the usernames of those who had contributed, then checked their profile pages for how long they'd been on HN.
This isn't perfect, but it's something, and there are certainly more results than the poll got. Here are the results.
With the general growth of Hacker News we would expect the ages to be biased towards the lower end, but it would be interesting to know if the bias we see is in line with the growth function.
So I'm not sure what this shows, if anything, but I thought I'd do the work I suggested. If anyone is interested I can upload both the scripts and the resulting data. Be warned, the scripts run the risk of an IP ban, but that won't be my problem.
I've decided no longer to include comments directly via the Disqus (or any other) system. Instead, I'd be more than delighted to get emails from people who wish to make comments or engage in discussion. Comments will then be integrated into the page as and when they are appropriate.
If the number of emails/comments gets too large to handle then I might return to a semi-automated system. That's looking increasingly unlikely.
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