I keep seeing 3 or 4,000+ users shown as being online in the community. I know there are apparently 23,000+ members, but the number of online users rarely used to top 200 or so. Are we under attack from bots or something?!
Over the last year or so, I have rarely seen more than 100 people logged in and active on our community pages, likely due to time zone etc.
I too see a very high increase in such statistics
It is odd. I wonder if there's been a huge recruitment drive, and error with stale sessions being recorded, or indeed something more sinister.
I can promise one thing, it wasn't/isn't me
Thank you for letting me know about this. I am looking into it to see if it is a true number of online users or something else.
I would guess there is a sampling time window, say, 24hr, for the statistical accumulation. It is probably not a real-time statistics.
They seem to have either fixed or reset it: we're currently at 95 ...
This is interesting. On the 7th, @AlecTrevelyan noticed that it was 4000 +, on the 8th; @rslade found that it had dropped to 95; some 14 hours ago @AlecTrevelyan sees it as back at 4000 +; now I'm getting it at 153.
If the counter was put there primarily to cater to motivation / enthusiasm, we definitely can't bank on it being accurate.
Thank you all for posting about this. I have seen the number varying greatly myself, and I am working with our vendor to help identify what the cause may be so that we can fix it. When I have more information, I will keep you all updated.