Some of you may have noticed a new page in the community section of the website devoted to Puppet Community Metrics. These metrics are the ones that Michael Stahnke has been presenting at various conferences and Puppet Camps over the past year, so they might look familiar. The difference now is that I will be gathering our community metrics for each calendar month and posting them to the Puppet Community Metrics page. Now you'll be able to see what is happening in the Puppet community on a regular basis, rather than waiting for the next event.
I'll post a quick summary and some thoughts here, but you can also download all of the metrics charts as a single PDF file if you want more details.
September Metrics Summary
- 4688 members and 809 messages in Puppet-Users
- 877 members and 121 messages in Puppet-Dev
- 848 nicks on #puppet IRC Channel
- 1625 Forge users and 528 Forge modules
- 3388 Redmine accounts
- 381 forks / 988 watchers of Puppet
For context, you can compare this to where we were six months ago in May 2012:
- 3907 members and 843 messages in Puppet-Users
- 751 members and 242 messages in Puppet-Dev
- 739 nicks on #puppet IRC Channel
- 1012 Forge users and 310 Forge modules
- 2783 Redmine accounts
- 298 forks / 696 watchers of Puppet
Top 5 participants (by number of lines posted) in the #Puppet IRC channel:
- Volcane: 1652
- zipkid: 920
- ashp: 472
- Randm: 457
- grim_radical: 406
You can see the list of the top 20 people in the full report for September.
Puppet Forge Modules
The number of modules on the Forge has been increasing more rapidly recently.
We're also doing a better job of merging code and keeping the number of pull requests low in Puppet, at least compared to some past months. We can always do a better job of more quickly merging pull requests, so we're continuing to work on improving this.
The full metrics report for September (PDF link) has several other charts that I didn't talk about here along with other details if you want to see more.
I also hope to be adding additional details over the coming months, so if there is additional data you'd like to see, let me know, and I'll do what I can to get it included.