Ask Ubuntu update for September 2012

Marco Ceppi’s interview with OSS Watch
Marco Ceppi, one of the community moderators of Ask Ubuntu, was interviewed by Mark Johnson for OSS watch. Marco Ceppi explains the target of the site are “those people who have a problem, go to a search engine, then click a link and expect a fix.” Marco also notes that there were resistance to Ask Ubuntu initially but the general Ubuntu community has fully accepted Ask Ubuntu for what it brings to the table.

Top contributors
Following are the top five contributors who have accrued the most reputation points in the month of September.

Hottest questions
Some of the hottest questions for the month of September:

Wikipedia page
The Wikipedia article for Ask Ubuntu has been updated to include the updated Alexa page rank as well as the number of users and questions on the site. As it is on Wikipedia, if you think the article could be improved upon, feel free to edit it and add more information as you see fits. We are always looking for more help. 🙂


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Why I think Jorge Castro is actually a bot!

profile for Jorge Castro at Ask Ubuntu, Q&A for Ubuntu users and developers

Time and again, someone starts to wonder if Jorge Castro is a human or really a robot disguised as one. With the amount of things he does in Ask Ubuntu, I think it is only fair that someone wonders the true nature of him. With the need and curiosity to dig out the truth behind the greatest mystery of all time in Ask Ubuntu, I set out to collect some hard hitting facts about some of his activities in Ask Ubuntu.

Of the 161860 posts that are on Ask Ubuntu, Jorge Castro has managed to edit a staggering 14605 of them and vote on a good 18588 posts. If you can’t comprehend that, here’s the deal in a much simpler way: Jorge edited 9.02% of all posts on Ask Ubuntu and vote on 11.48% posts.

Pretty graph of Jorge Castro’s roller coaster reputation:

Now, if you are wondering why the reputation seems to have stopped after a while, it is because Jorge Castro has turned into a true altruist, giving away his hard-earned (!) reputation as bounties. He has given away nearly half of what he has earned overall, to the point that he now has given away more than what he has currently. A staggering 191 offered bounties for a lump sum of 22,550 reputation.

Here’s the not so full set of stats about Jorge Castro (it took a good couple of minutes to populate the data):


Statistics for Jorge Castro (235):
- Reputation: 21761 ⚫ 36 ⚫ 168 ⚫ 340
- Member of askubuntu.com since Thu Jul 29 19:07:34 2010
- Last activity on Tue Sep 25 22:29:36 2012
- 20818 views of profile page

- Asked 109 questions
- Answered 735 questions (336 accepted answers, 45.71%)
- Commented 2682 times (received 919 'great comment' votes)
- The average comment received 0.34 votes (min: 0, max: 8)

- Voted on 17696 posts (16764 upvotes, 932 downvotes)
- Edited 15709 entries (13213 without re-tagging)

- Total votes received: +5457
- Received 5475 up-votes (1362 on questions, 4113 on answers)
- Received 18 down-votes (2 on questions, 16 on answers)
- Average score 6.47 (12.48 on questions, 5.57 on answers)

- Views of questions: 385218 (min/avg/max: 29, 3534.11, 52034)
- Views of answers: 1809185 (min/avg/max: 15, 2461.48, 212807)

- Reputation from questions: 7012
- Reputation from answers: 46138
- Average reputation per day: 27

Without needing to say, I think Jorge Castro is indeed a bot.

By the way, we are in the midst of getting askjorge.com aliased to askubuntu.com.