I’ve recently been playing around with the Data Explorer plugin in Discourse to see what I can learn about how engaged users are. Many of our users consistently come to the site and read posts, but do not (yet?) interact in any other way.
That means they don’t like anything or otherwise show themselves.
I had been occasionally checking the user list page in the Admin section, but there are also a number of users that bubble up in that list when their
last_seen_at time gets bumped even though they aren’t reading posts.
So those users were just noise getting in the way of my understanding of how many folks are coming back consistently to read.
This afternoon, I created some queries using the Data Explorer plugin to help fill this gap, and I’m pretty happy so far:
Here are some of the things I’ve been able to get out of this plugin:
- Posts Read (Daily)
Total number of new posts read by all users per day
- Posts Read Percentiles
Number of posts read for users in each percentile
- Active Readers (Past Month)
Users with the most visits in the past month that include reading activity
What other metrics do you try to keep an eye on?