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Geminispace Continues to Grow Even If (or When) Stéphane Bortzmeyer Stops Measuring Its Growth

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Summary: A Gemini crawler called Lupa (Free/libre software) has been used for years by Stéphane Bortzmeyer to study Gemini and report on how the community was evolving, especially from a technical perspective; but his own instance of Lupa has produced no up-to-date results for several weeks

THE work of Stéphane Bortzmeyer, notably Lupa, has helped us estimate the growth of Gemini in general (as a protocol). But the Botond/Bortzmeyer-led capsules (the former charts the latter) stopped updating their numbers that track Gemini's growth; maybe it's just too big and expensive for Stéphane to track all the time, as it's not 2020 anymore and many thousands of capsules exist, counting subsites (in the domain sense) too.

"It's perfectly plausible and possible that Bortzmeyer isn't aware of the issue and has just accidentally let the job fail (Botond uses a cron job at 1AM UTC since last year)."The video above explains that, based on our own experience, Gemini continues to grow. Even in the absence of crawlers estimating and reporting this growth, we're optimistic and last month was record traffic for us. We're talking about lots and lots of Gemini pages (about half a million pages in one month). It's perfectly plausible and possible that Bortzmeyer isn't aware of the issue and has just accidentally let the job fail (Botond uses a cron job at 1AM UTC since last year). is definitely active this month. Either way, tracking the growth of Geminispace has become a computationally expensive (and thus financial burdensome) task. It did help a lot -- a very positive contribution.

Stéphane Bortzmeyer
Stéphane Bortzmeyer (see image licence in Wikipedia). One of the more essential voices of Gemini, up there with "Skyjake", Sean, and Solderpunk.

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