This graph is a somewhat different visualization of user activity on the One True Thread of Time, using my own peculiar ranking system. Each OTTer gets a ranking based on three factors: total number of posts [width of bar]; length of time active on the thread [length of bar]; and something I call "regularity" [color of bar], a measure of how uniform the timing of their posts has been.

As usual, don't take this too seriously. My calculations make no distinction between someone posting a "LOL" and BlitzGirl posting another Boom De Yada. This is just for fun—it's not intended to be a serious analysis of anyone's contribution to the OTT.

NEW FEATURE: The broken line down the center of each user's bar shows the user's actual posting pattern over the user's history.

NOTE: I've updated the ranking algorithm since the last version, to reduce the impact of the `regularity (R)` factor, so people like KarMann who return after a long gap aren't dropped quite as precipitously down the graph. Specifically, I now use the square root of `R` in the ranking. Since `R` varies between zero and one, this increase the value, but increases it more for low scores than for high scores: .16 increases to .40, but .49 only increases to .70.

Disclaimer: I like finding ways to visualize numbers, but I am not a mathematician (much less a statistician); I just played one briefly in college (thirty-odd years ago).

The user ranking is a straight product `P · A · R` of three values: `post count`; `active interval`; and `regularity`.

`P = post count`— The total number of posts the user has made to the OTT. Simple.`A = active interval`— The ratio of the interval over which the user posts to the OTT to the total time since the beginning of Time, measured in Outside days.`A = (Time of latest user post - Time of first user post) / (Time of latest OTT post - 03/25/2013 04:00 UTC)`.`R = regularity`— A measure of how much the*real*time between posts differs from the*average*time. At the moment I'm using a root-mean-squares (quadratic mean) calculation, ignoring the time gap before the user's first post or after the user's latest post. This gives a value from 1 (posting like a metronome) to near 0 (completely irregular). Then, to reduce the effect of`R`on the ranking, I take the square root of the value.

Regularity is why SBN and k.bookbinder are several rows apart, even though they have nearly the same number of posts over nearly the same span of time. But SBN posts nearly every day, and k.bookbinder's posting history has several long gaps.

*A lack of regularity should not be taken as a lack of dedication to Time!* I intend no criticism by analyzing posting regularity. I'm well aware that many of us have Outside commitments—how many marriages were there over 124 days of Time? As SBN commented about the 78-day version of this graph, "To look at it another way, my life is considerably more boring than Opiboble's, allowing me to ~~waste~~ spend way too much time on Time."

A final note: I lack the code-fu to distinguish between mscha and newpixbot. This graph combines their post activity, which improves their joint ranking both by regularity and by post count. You can easily see how mscha's post frequency increases after the introduction of newpixbot on day 27—thankfully, since without mscha and newpixbot the OTT would have certainly missed hundreds of ONGs.