The graphs below are from a real polis conversation and illustrate an important point. Polis engages lurkers - users who don't engage if their sole option is to write a comment.
Number of unique hits, voters, and comment authors over time
This graph shows participation rates across three segments:
- Users who loaded the page
- Users who wrote and submitted a comment
- Users who clicked agree and disagree at least once
~1% of users commented. ~25% of users voted.
Votes per participant
The graph above begs a question: of those who voted, how much did they vote? The next graph gives us insight in to that. People vote a lot!
The light gray bars denote users who voted less than 7 times. These users are not included in the statistical computation or the visualization, because of a lack of data for them.
Number of votes over time
How many votes were cast, and when?
Comments over time
How does that compare to the number of comments submitted? In this conversation, there were ~250x more votes than comments!