I was just looking at the Users Active statistic in the ACP -> Tools -> Statistics. What defines active? Page views, posts, number of distinct users, etc.? Just trying to understand the meaning of this statistic.
OK, but I can now assume that "active" means logged in for less than the cutoff time amount, and doesn't necessarily mean they posted, or read an unread message, or anything like that - is that right? IMHO, knowing how many people have actually done something would be a more useful statistic, although I supposed they'd be close in number since it's unlikely someone would bother to login and then not bother to do something.
It's users who visited per day, but it's cumulative in the week and month views. It's kind of silly, but I guess it was easier to do that way. So if a user visits once per day for 30 days, they will count for 30 active users in the month view.
It would be nice to be able to configure exactly _what_ this is so that each of us could tweak it to show something we think is useful.
E.g., for me, each member counting _once_, regardless of time period, would be a more useful statistic because, hey, that's what I'm trying to figure out: of 1000 members, do I have 10 or 100 regular contributors, and do I have 10 or 100 regular readers?
Those two things would be of interest to me. Anyone else agree, either in general with making this configurable and/or with my two choices of statistic?
I'm not sure it should be configurable (you can add your own statistics/records already using add-ons if you like), but I do think it should be changed to stop counting duplicate users in the week and month views.
I suspect right now it only really records the number each day, and then just adds them up for the other views. It would have to be modified to record which users are active each day, and remove the duplicates over the longer periods of time.