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10-03-2009 @ 8:55PM
I'm gonna throw something out there, if you don't like it, give it back, but if you do, just let it lie there for a bit...Is it fair to define the most popular server as the one with the highest population? Or would a more accurate way to show popularity to be the one with the greatest transfers in/out ratio? A particular realm might have say 40,000 people, and be 10,000 ahead of the nearest rival - but if they've lost 10,000 additional toons in the last week, I'd suggest that it was no longer so popular. On the flipside, a realm might have only 10,000 people, but if the majority transferred in in the space of a few days, that might suggest something about that realm is attractive.
10-03-2009 @ 11:57PM
As someone has already said, a server with more frequent updates will show up with more active characters.If a single person on a server is running the censusplus addon, the data might be from the same time every day. He might miss a lot of people regularly playing at other times.If playing lots of alts is somehow very popular on a server, the server will show up having tons of characters without being more crowded.There are probably more ways the data could be inaccurate. The warcraftrealms data is not intended to decide the most popular server. It's there to provide info on the balance of classes, levels and factions.
10-04-2009 @ 1:37AM
@rollo: I think the point that db is making is not a critique of the data, but this article; that is, you're saying the same things in different ways...@dboobis: I thought the same thing when I first read the article; populous != popular...
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