Back in October 2021, @madhens opened a topic for the Community Team: Your Comments and Feedback on the Desktop Experience AND the Community/Contributor Experience
It was open for about 12 days, it gathered some notice in the press, and thus gathered 102 comments from 57 people, including a large number of first-time posters attracted by that press.
Let’s see what happened to those 57 people over the past year:
|Active Oct 2021||Still Active Oct 2022|
|57||21||Total number of people posting|
|6||5||Canonical employees active in the months before Oct 2021|
|14||11||Non-Canonical community participants active in the months before Oct 2021|
|12||4||Previous participants (1 yr+ without posting) who returned for the topic|
|25||1||New participants who created a Discord account for this topic|
20 reasonably-active participants participated in the topic. 16 (80%) are still participating on Discourse. 79% retention rate among non-Canonical volunteers over one year.
12 folks who had ceased participating were reeled back in by the interesting topic, 2/3 promptly drifted away again – no visits to Discourse since December 2021.
25 first-time posters, of whom 20 immediately vanished back into the fog. A single first-time participant has visited since August 2022.
So what does this mean?
Well, that’s a good question, what do YOU think it means?