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messing around with the NG BBS topics

2016-03-18 12:49:40 by RedN

I wrote a small program in Ruby that can gather interesting stats from any given topic in the NG forums:

1) The users who have posted the most in the given topic.

2) How many supporters,moderators,staff members have posted in the topic.

3) How many people with a given aura (gamers, audiophiles, programmers etc.) have posted in the topic.

4) The levels of the posters.

Tried finding the user who has posted the most on  (New User Introduction Thread), result :

It was kinda slow, 55 seconds to go through 1351 posts.4256992_145831977863_BJOO10u.png

Well, the topic has 1351 posts, and DoctorStrongBad has 243/1351 = 18% of the posts there, almost 1/5 !

The resulting USERS hash will contain all the posters, their post counts in the topic, their level, status, aura...

What is interesting is that it's possible to represent the data in a pie chart, with :

- Only 2 options : supporters vs non-supporters.

- Staff, Moderators and Members.

- By the levels (with or without ranges like 10-20,20-30 etc.).

- By the auras.

- By the usernames (only the top posters)

I found a good Ruby library to do it (

[EDIT] Here is the script, if anyone's interested:

Just some artwork

2013-03-08 05:14:57 by RedN

Corvette C6
Porsche 911 gt3 rs coloured
Porsche 911 gt3 rs


Berzerk ball 2 Riddles guide

2012-12-31 09:44:26 by RedN

Walkthrough for Berzerk Ball 2 :
Riddles: [?], [?], [?], [?], Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select : (Do 2 "Hell Raisers" followed by 2 "Meteor Smashes.")
One is Silver and the other's Gold : (Have a silver item, and a gold item at the same time [both not from blacksmith.])
Rough way back - (Click on the Geek after a launch, when he comes back to you.)
Geek ain't no dev' - (Click on the "Geek" signs on the credits page in the options until they break.)
Girls around the world - (Dress the Geek in a princess costume and use "V-P" in a launch.)