Episode 34: The Subreddit Breakdown [FT MisterWoodhouse] plus AoT Weeklies
Learn how to get unlimited karma on Reddit's DestinytheGame! Also in this episode, tons of crazy stats on everyone's favorite subreddit, the story of Bungie's Super Secret Pax East Party, and the Age of Triumph Weekly Activity reveal, all for your listening pleasure. Finally, a super special first ever Patron's Corner with a big thanks to our first Patron!
Massive Breakdown of /r/DestinytheGame
So you know, you can also find this article on reddit (yeah, I'm super meta). There has been a lot of discussion there. I'm posting it here to preserve it for posterity.
So one of the first things I want to share is the some data on how quickly accounts posted or commented on this sub after being created (ie the number of people who joined Reddit specifically to comment on /r/destinythegame).
Number of AccountsHow Fast They Contributed To The Sub
So this is pretty cool, because I’m almost certainly counted in these numbers - I created my account specifically to participate in the community here, along with at least 18027 of you all.
Next up, let’s look at some data on the sub’s unique accounts, daily growth, and veteran accounts - plus a special shout out to most senior redditor on /r/destinythegame!
Estimated Total Lurkers135094
This is a really cool dataset as well. We can see that while things are cooling off considerably from where the sub was at Rise of Iron (yes, that’s 38 million pageviews from 1.8 million visitors), we still have very large community and a ton of incoming traffic using the sub on a regular basis. When Destiny 2 launches, we’ll have to revisit this to see how its launch compares for the sub - I suspect it will be truly astounding.
Prediction: We’re going to celebrate Destiny 2 by crashing Reddit.
The Unique Contributors number was also really impressive: that’s everyone who’s ever made a post or a comment on this sub. I also found it very interesting that nearly half of /r/destinythegame’s subscribers have never posted - that’s a lot of lurkers!
When you consider that some of those contributors may have since left the sub and been replaced, I suspect my number for lurkers is actually low - I reached it (as some of you will notice) by subtracting the Contributors from the Subscribers, but it’s an estimate, not confirmed data.
Account AgeTotal Accounts
<1 Day (rolling)10
The sub is still gaining about 10 new accounts every day!
/r/destinythegame’s oldest account is /u/sporkland at 11 years 220 days - now that’s a dedicated Redditor! For comparison, the average age of accounts here is 2 years, 220 days, and ~13 hours (as of when this data was pulled, so round up). I wonder what happened then to make so many people sign up?
Oh, and here’s a pop quiz! Can you guess which days of the week generate the most traffic on /r/destinythegame?
Moving on, let’s give the subreddit’s top Guardians their propers.
TOP 10 SELF-POSTERS
Unsurprisingly, /u/DTG_Bot comes out on top - leave it to a robot, right? Super impressive, but also unsurpring is /u/RiseOfBacon taking 2nd place by a wide margin. Major props to all for making this sub better with great posts, though!
TOP 10 ACTIVE SUBMITTERS
Also unsurprising, this is basically a demonstration of how these folks got all their Karma: they submit a lot of posts! DTG_Bot, you’ll notice, is clearly lacking in quality compared to the real Guardians, who average a lot more Karma per post.
TOP 10 COMMENTERS
NorseFenrir (Happy Birthday!)29172
So it’s pretty clear that the main reason /u/MisterWoodhouse brought this data was because his comments did beat both /u/DeeJ_BNG and /u/Cozmo23 - you’ll have to ask him where a lot of that Karma came from (or listen to our podcast ;-).
TOP 10 ACTIVE COMMENTERS
NorseFenrir (Happy Birthday!)5540
I know so many of these names so well - you see them everywhere on this sub, and you instantly recognize them as someone helpful. This is why.
Ratio of Comments to Submissions
That’s 14 comments for every submission!
I’m including this just because I think it’s awesome how much people participate with posts and submissions here on /r/destinythegame. Good job, Guardians!
Finally, we also discuss a big question near the beginning of the cast: When Destiny 2 Launches, What Happens to the Sub?
The short answer, per MisterWoodhouse, is not much will change. Given the popularity of the sub and the awesome community already in place (of whom most, we can all agree, will migrate to D2), the only changes they are considering are updating filters and flair to indicate content specifically targeted at 1 game versus the other. As Woody points out though, there will be a lot of overlap, especially in lore and storyline discussions, and we’ll all enjoy making video comparison between old crappy 30 FPS D1 and the shiny new 120FPS 4K Ultra HD graphics that Bungie had darn well better develop for D2.
the only changes they are considering are updating filters and flair
That’s right, Deej and Cozmo: if you guys don’t personally code a graphics engine so powerful it wholly replaces my real life, I’m quitting Destiny.
Okay, well that’s all I have for you, Guardians! Thanks for reading, and for being part of the numbers. Once again, you can hear the entire conversation with MisterWoodhouse, which I am not typing up (but if you do, please let me know!) in Episode 34 of the Massive Breakdown Podcast.
Until next time!