What happens if your account runs out, can you still do reviews etc on your existing lessons? Can you do more lessons on your current level? Can you just do reviews on content from the free level?
I ask because I could see myself at the point where the year I have paid for is up, and I want to focus on other priorities for a bit but don’t want to lose the progress I’ve made. I wonder whether some of the free level 4+ users are maintaining, rather than off the wagon completely.
Since it’s been a while since we last made a level distribution graph. I went ahead and made a new one. Although the distribution isn’t all that different from last time, we just have more users now. We finally managed to cross 100000 users with the Basic badge on this forum this year
First of all, the basic graph of the total number of users per level, split up into subscription type. I’ve also added a graph with a logarithmic scale to make the drop-off slightly easier to see:
They shouldn’t be, the second one is logarithmic, so it’s a bit shorter since it’s at the top of the graph. If you take a look at the scale on the left and determine the values for the bottom and the top of the segment they still match up.
It’s a bit of a problem with bar segments on logarithmic scale. The segment at the bottom looks a lot larger than the one at the top even if the one at the top might actually have a larger number. I included the logarithmic scales mostly since they make it clearer that the drop off in users per level is roughly exponential (it’s a line in the logarithmic graph), but that does mean that reading the exact values for the sub-segments becomes a bit harder
The data is based of the forum’s categories, which divide users based on subscription type. You’re marked as free if you don’t have any subscription active, so free users above level 3 must have let their subscription run out. I assume the majority of them quit, although there might be a small percentage who later resubscribes.
Since I still have a dataset from November 2020 I could quickly check how many of the free users above level 3 resubscribed in that time if you want to. It could give us a rough idea of how many users end up resubscribing later on.
I just think, well it depends on what we’re trying to see I guess. “How many people have ever achieved” level X would be the bar that shows on these graphs, PLUS all the ones above it. “How many people are actively on” level X seems like it would be the bar on these graphs MINUS the “free” users, because they’ve quit already.
Not a criticism, just, you know, thinking to myself.
some fraction of the “lifetime” subscribers probably aren’t actively working on it either, but there’s no way to know
For the active users I could make a second graph, where I simply remove all users who didn’t level up since the last time I fetched the data a little over a year ago. It would probably remove a few users who just level up slowly or only do reviews and no lessons and leave in a few users who quit during that time, but the vast majority of active users would probably level up within that time. If you’re interested I could see if I can generate a graph for that.
I decided to generate this graph since I thought it would be interesting to see the differences, but aside from taking out most of the higher-level free users and a lot of level 60 users, it doesn’t really change all that much about the actual distribution. The following graphs were made by only including users that either changed their level (either by leveling up or resetting) since November 2020, or joined after that time.