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André Staltz
On the internet, you only need 10k volunteers to sustain a community of 1 million users. Examples: thread below...
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André Staltz Aug 5
Replying to @andrestaltz
YouTube has approximately 15 million active creators (each with more than 100 subscribers), while there are 2 billion monthly active users, meaning that less than 1% of users are active creators. The 1% create enough content to serve the 2 billion.
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André Staltz Aug 5
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Wikipedia's active contributors are 128k while total registered users are 39 million, so it's merely 0,3% which produce content for others. Arguably many more people read Wikipedia without logging in, so the actual percentage is probably even smaller.
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André Staltz Aug 5
Replying to @andrestaltz
On Tor, 6000 relay servers support 2,5 million users, just 0,24%, a quarter of 1%.
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André Staltz Aug 5
Replying to @andrestaltz
In the Mastodon slice of the Fediverse, 2k servers support about 1 million active users, just a fraction of 1%.
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André Staltz Aug 5
Replying to @andrestaltz
Probably true in many other areas: Thousands of open source maintainers support millions of open source users. Thousands of stable torrent seeders support millions of torrent leechers.
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André Staltz Aug 5
Replying to @andrestaltz
There's a theory for this called the "1-9-90 rule" 90% only lurk without contributing 9% do minor contributions 1% are active creators/volunteers
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André Staltz Aug 5
Replying to @andrestaltz
This is why I believe that peer-to-peer protocols can scale and go mainstream while relying *entirely* on voluntary altruistic infrastructure. You only need thousands of volunteers, you don't need every person to volunteer. In a world of billions, we *can* find 10k volunteers.
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Pendar Aug 5
Replying to @andrestaltz
That was a very interesting analysis! Thanks for sharing
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Coenraad Loubser 🇿🇦 Sep 10
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I think you can expand this to explain civilisation: production vs consumption. Key is in the insane number of things being produced... crux is that all production is ultimately driven by consumption. Doesn't make us consumers when every "user" also a producer...
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