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Maoist Internationalist Movement

January, 2003 Central Task Report

by PIRAO Chief, February 1, 2003

  • See also previous Web Minister reports
  • See also overall situation of prison censorship and prison struggle

    Summary statistics comparing January 2002 and January 2003

    Statistic January, 2002 January, 2003 % change
    Number of different computers MIM served 15388 23536 +53%
    Avg. MIM pages served per day 1614 2271* +40.7%
    MIM data transferred 2.285 Gbytes 7.148 Gbytes +213%
    MIM Notes printed copies compared with pre-911 (%) +111%
    MIM prison circulation averaged over two months compared with year earlier -25%
    Number of different MIM web page files actively chosen from 3732 4496 +20.5%
    Amazon visitors sent from web page 163 273 +67.5%
    *Starting with this report, we are not counting pages taken by search engines (robots), because they are taken more and more often with more and more robots. This will result in an underestimation in the growth in pages taken per day.

    January 2003 ended up having an operational plan that would make it by far the biggest month in MIM history in all combined public opinion building. Thanks to some breakdowns in the plan regarding things being done for the first time, January 2003 ended up being only a record month, not a real breakthrough type of month. On the plus side, the many decent people demonstrating against the war in Iraq boosted our circulation beyond what was in the plan.

    One thing I would point out about the table above is that it shows that almost 100 pages went out to the public every single hour of every day on average.

    Because I was not happy with my report for last month, I did some more research this month on the question of slowing readership growth. I'm still in the process of looking at some leads into the question, to see if there is something very basic that I am missing from the picture. At the very least, I thought this month I would break down the results more to see if there were some departments that were growing better than 100% while others lagged. So for the first time, we break down departments into "movers & shakers," "pulling their weight" and "laggards."

    In effect, some departments of the web page are not growing anymore, because there is not much development interest in them. Other departments like Chinese have done a stupendous job developing but suffered a sudden loss of interest a few months ago for reasons that are not entirely clear but which must involve someone with a great deal of social, economic or political power somewhere.

    This month I will take credit in two areas where I have recently taken some lumps. Our prison circulation is back on track and in many ways doing better than ever before. Though uneven, our print circulation is also at record levels. We are definitely back to the problem of not having enough money instead of having circulation bottlenecks and that's the way it should be. I suspect some of January's gains will not show up in statistics until February.

    January was a big month in terms of proving to our web page developers their effectiveness; even though overall growth figures would not seem to prove it. While I was uploading a movie review--before it had been done and advertised in "What's New," someone read it, reviewed it on his web page and criticized it for spelling errors present in one version but not the final version up on the web page. That's how closely people are watching the movie reviews page.

    I was also in the position to put up a document that didn't seem particularly special that quickly received over 800 hits. Seeing things like that happen make it difficult to turn away from web development work. The fact that the impact of developers can be seen should remind us that our growth figures are relative to ourselves--relative to our own past development efforts. It's not that we are having no impact, but to grow we have to surpass what we ourselves did before.

    Web traffic broken down by department

    Department Jan. 2002 users Jan. 2003 users % change

    Movers & shakers

    Japanese -- 98 N/A
    Korean -- 95 N/A
    Vietnamese -- 98 N/A
    About MIM 1402 2997 +114%
    Bookstore 794 2031 +158%
    FAQ 817 1763 +116%
    Movies 308 1718 +458%
    RAIL 464 933 +101%
    Notas Rojas (Spanish) 354 918 +159%
    Agitation (campaigns) 388 904 +133%

    Departments pulling their weight

    MIM Theory 893 1540 +72%
    California 487 806 +66%
    Contemporary Controversies page 353 621 +76%
    German 128 224 +75%
    Finnish 130 212 +63%
    Study packs 58 114 +97%


    MIM Notes 3738 3755 0%
    Art 2078 2954 +42%
    Black Panther Page 2273 2659 +17%
    Massachusetts 1125 1485 +32%
    Under Lock & Key 834 1204 +44%
    French 605 726 +20%
    Washington, DC 477 722 +51%
    Chinese 839 651 -22%
    Classic quotes department 353 563 +59%
    Maoist Sojourner 203 293 +44%
    Russian 136 212 +56%
    PIRAO 103 153 +49%
    Polish 73 69 -5%

    The above table counts the languages all the same way, based on number of visitors. It reveals that Spanish is now language number two, French third and Chinese fourth for our web page.

    Top five movie reviews

    Movie review # times requested
    Spiderman 333
    Lord of the Rings: II 250
    Matrix 141
    Black Hawk 118
    Bugs Life 100

    Appendix on counting methods

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