OK. I confess to a strange curiosity about numbers and changes. Therefore, I have been following a few BANJO-L statistics for a while, including our numbers of subscribers each week, the List's growth rate, the numbers of posts by subscriber, and, beginning in Dec. of 1997, the numbers of posts per day. For those similarly afflicted with an interest in the boring, here are some graphs & comments...

As of 24 August, 1999, this list comprised

The percentages of banjo-interest among subscribers have remained relatively stable, i.e., a several-month-long survey showed that we hover at ca. 60% who are primarily interested in bluegrass banjo, 25% who are interested in old-time styles, mostly clawhammer, and some 10% whose interests lie with tenor and plectrum banjos. Of particular note is that this list serves each and every banjo interest, and we can all learn something from this mix every day.

The mean numbers of posts per day from 01 Dec 97 through 10 May 98, are shown below. The overall average during that time was

As of 19 Jan 1998, there had been ca. 14,679 messages posted to BANJO-L.

Herewith are some stats about those posts and the posters:

- There were
**816 folks currently subscribed**on 18 Jan 1998. - Those
**14,679 posts were contributed by 967 subscribers**, which tells us that ca. 150 posters have left the group. - There are many subscribers (current and departed) who have
*never*posted to BANJO-L.

- On average, people who have posted have done so 15.2 times (SD=44.3).
- The graph above--or to the right, depending on how you're viewing this-- shows the number of posts by individual subscriber. Clearly, a few individuals are responsible for most posts:

The graph (theoretically) to the left shows these same data, in the form of cumulative percentages. I have indicated on this chart that**80% of all posts have been contributed by ca. 23% of all posters**.

So there you have another snapshot of our posters' posting habits. All this, of course, still begs the question: "So what?"