Workspaces activity metrics


In the Workspaces directory, what is the activity number and how is it calculated?

The activity percentile assigned to each Workspace is calculated on a nightly basis
and gives an idea of the relative activity of different Workspaces. As
a percentile, a Workspace with a score of 90.0 can be understood to be more ‘active’
than 90% of the other Workspaces hosted on GotDotNet.

Activity is, however, a rather general word. The ranking is determined
in a batch job that compares the ‘point scores’ for each Workspace over
both the previous day and the Workspace’s standing the night before. Whenever something
happens in a Workspace, be it a check in, a message board post, a release download
or even a page view, some points are added to a running total for that Workspace on
that day. Note that that list is not exhaustive and that different events can
add different numbers of points to the total (for example, a release submission
is more significant than a simple page view).

As with any system involving ranking, there is always a risk of abuse whereby undeserving
candidates could artificially elevate their position. The GotDotNet team maintains
a general watch over the highly ranked Workspaces to make sure that their positioning
remains fair. So far, the top Workspaces really are the ones that are seeing
a significant amount of either development or release download activity and there
no weighting currently involved in calculating these metrics.

So how to get your Workspace to the top? Well, community projects with broad
appeal (to both contributors and users) are the best candidates; those that are generating
a cross-section of traffic in terms of source control actions, downloads and message
board discussion will tend to float to the top of the list. Good luck!

Comments (2)

  1. Omar Shahine says:

    How come the BlogX workspace is consistently ranked high when there is practically zero checkin, message boards etc etc?

    BlogX – 99.1329

  2. Andy Oakley says:

    Two reasons:
    1. People are still visiting it. Although there isn’t any significant development activity going on, incidental visits are still being recorded.
    2. It was once one of the top Workspaces (by quite a margin), so the ‘previous days standing’ factor still weights in. It’s been steadily dropping for a while and will continue to do so.

    We’re working on getting the dampening just right; too sensitive and just a series of checkins automatically take first place or at the other end, dead workspaces never disappearing.

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