When committing to an Area 51 proposal, you're asked to make the following promise:

I commit to participate actively in [Proposal X] for at least three months, especially during the private beta, and to ask or answer at least ten questions.

What it means to "participate actively" is obviously subjective, so let's ignore that.

Statistically, how many of the users who committed to Area 51 sites followed up and asked or answered at least ten questions?

I found these statistics in another post:

However, these are apparently a selection of sites with somewhat poor statistics, and perhaps not representative. Thus, I'm asking for more comprehensive statistics.

  • I guess you can find out yourself. The number of beta badges/The number of people who committed, disclosed in A51.
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 19:41
  • @Rubisco Cool. I guess I could compare manually or even write a script to get the percentages. (If I was that good at coding, that is.)
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 19:43
  • then get to work! I'll upvote the self-answer.
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 19:45
  • @Rubisco Thanks for the encouragement :) Will first have to consider what method to use :) The only one I have any skill at is doing it manually with a spreadsheet. Sounds doable for a single proposal, but still a lot of manual work. Perhaps someone skilled with Data Traveler or something would be more equipped to find the answer quickly.
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 19:49
  • I'll see if I can get rene to have some compulsory free time
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 19:50
  • @Rubisco Haha. I like the Orwellian sound of "compulsory free time" :D
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 19:50
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    @Rubisco Are51 is not in SEDE, us mortals can't get that data easy.
    – rene
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 20:20
  • @rene I suspected that might be the case. But this guy seems to have compiled some statistics. How did he do it? Manually?
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 20:32
  • @Fiksdal it looks like that data comes from the right side bar of any lauched proposal.
    – rene
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 20:44
  • @rene I see. It sounds like that would make compiling this data tricky.
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 20:52

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The average % fulfilled is 16.1121212121%. About 16% in other words.

Long story short, I used a bunch of things:

  • AppleScript to get a list of URLs for launched sites, and the content of their Area51 pages.
  • Regex to get the numbers with ([0-9.]+)% ful and also format them into a list: (^.*) replaced with $1,.
  • Python to calculate the average. Using the code from here.

(I could do a similar thing for other things on the page, but it's late. This is a start, at least...)

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