User group downturn?

Jima jima at
Sat Dec 1 18:24:30 MST 2012

On 2012-12-01 17:15, Dave Smith wrote:
> On Dec 1, 2012, at 5:10 PM, Jima wrote:
>> To be fair, over the last 5+ years I've observed a number of LUGs
>> experience a similar downturn in interest
> Indeed, I've seen the same downturn in all groups where I participate. I just happened to use data from PLUG to illustrate the point (no offense intended to PLUG members or leadership, both of which are top notch in my book).
>>   What'd you use to generate the graph?
> This python script outputs the PLUG stats as CSV, which I pasted into Excel for graphing. You'll need "requests", which is available via pip:

  Thanks for that.  Apparently archiving was broken for a few months, 
which skewed the graph pretty badly, but I had other data to fix it.

  Based on that, I'd say the downturn happened earlier there, which 
suggests StackOverflow may not have played a major role on a broader 
scale.  Sadly, I'd say Steve's assessment sounds pretty dead-on.


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