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A new way of counting readers

As far as I can tell, Piperka's retained its users pretty well. But, as is to be expected, not everyone stays. This matters when counting the amount of readers a comic has. With all the stale user data, older comics tend to be overrepresented. I added a rule there that disregards any users who haven't been active within the last half a year. I'm not removing anyone's account with it, if someone logs in again then they get marked as active users once again.

I've collected a table of how the top 50 changed with this. I'm happy with the results, at least. xkcd still keeps its first place and the changes in rankings seem sensible.

Rank Change Comic New readers Old readers
1 xkcd 586 957
2 Questionable Content 462 724
3 +2 Gunnerkrigg Court 409 542
4 The Order of the Stick 376 599
5 +3 Oglaf 370 434
6 -3 Penny Arcade 353 621
7 -1 Girl Genius 352 526
8 +2 Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 312 423
9 +3 Dresden Codak 294 408
10 +3 Looking For Group 292 393
11 -4 The Perry Bible Fellowship 283 489
12 -1 The Adventures of Dr McNinja 281 417
13 +1 Girls With Slingshots 275 355
14 -5 Sinfest 275 425
15 +2 The Meek 273 328
16 -1 Lackadaisy 270 345
17 +1 Hark! A Vagrant 253 311
18 +1 Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name 252 306
19 +3 Awkward Zombie 236 277
20 -4 Cyanide and Happiness 232 338
21 Erfworld 210 279
22 +2 Goblins 205 270
23 +4 The Phoenix Requiem 195 260
24 +7 Ménage à 3 189 237
25 +8 Johnny Wander 186 224
26 +18 Manly Guys Doing Manly Things 185 202
27 -7 Megatokyo 184 290
28 +12 Fishbones 179 214
29 -4 Something Positive 170 270
30 -1 Least I Could Do 169 245
31 +12 Darths & Droids 167 208
32 -2 El Goonish Shive 167 244
33 +1 Gone With The Blastwave 166 223
34 +1 Three Panel Soul 163 223
35 +12 Freak Angels 158 192
36 Misfile 157 221
37 +12 The Abominable Charles Christopher 151 186
38 -12 PvP 149 270
39 +24 Sandra and Woo 148 157
40 -3 Dominic Deegan 148 219
41 -9 A Softer World 143 229
42 +3 No Rest For The Wicked 143 194
43 -1 Schlock Mercenary 142 212
44 +14 Kukuburi 138 167
45 -17 8-Bit Theater 135 251
46 -8 Shortpacked! 135 218
47 +12 octopus pie 133 170
48 +23 Sfeer Theory 131 150
49 -26 Dinosaur Comics 130 275
50 +12 Teahouse 129 160

Though I do consider collecting comic rankings as a secondary function to Piperka. If only because Piperka isn't a generic comic listing, but only lists comics that it can index. Even if that fits most web comics with public archives. I suppose there is potential to get some pretty accurate rankings from Piperka's data, since it reflects what people actually read, not just whose readers are most active at doing something secondary like clicking a vote incentive. Collecting more accurate user data is yet another area where I could do more, of course.

Next up: search functionality. Ready whenever it is.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2012 19:00:07 UTC