There is a little bot, quietly running around in the background of this site, diligently keeping track of all the activity on the forum. There are many different things we all do, but they contribute to a healthy, fun and dynamic community.
It measures all the posts we write, reply to and read. It sees how long we spend on the site, and how often we ‘like’ the best contributions. It even looks at the links we share, how popular they are, and which ones we follow.
The purpose is to give us some idea of whether you, the members, find the site interesting and useful.
A side-benefit is that it can use this knowledge to automatically give a small, but hopefully welcome, recognition to our newest members.
##New User of the Month
Each month, the site selects two “NEW Users of the Month” based on the content created, and the community reaction (through replies, clicks and likes) to the contributions of two members who joined during that period.
You can find the list of award winners on the badge page (and my apologies for not mentioning past winners, but that was the ‘test’ period).