don't suppose the user id's are of any reflection?
Correct. The database did not start at zero and has been reset a couple of times since late 2002.
A simple Search reveals just under 25,000 UK Model and 10,000 UK Photographer accounts. (Above figures do not include Inactive / Pending / Suspended accounts, which do not show up in Search Results)
A crude measure using search options is the number of models with 5+ feedback logged in since Jan 1st is about 1850 and number of togs with 1+ feedback is around 4500.
Which looks about right as the ratio of blue models names to red tog names logged in is always about 1:3 ish in the "whose logged on" list.
So (my guess of) active (eg working) live (eg logged in this year) members is around 6000..... all other members are still using the portfolio hosting facilities but just inactive on the site. .
Just did a search for all UK based models, returns a total 24,432 profiles but that doesn't account for those who haven't logged in since 2007.
9920 UK photographer profiles, similarly includes abandoned profiles from 2007.
Can't be arsed doing it for the rest of the world, if someone else wants to and wants to save time, do a search by country, select a random page in the first set of results then in the address bar scroll to the end where it says start= followed by a number and randomly increment that number until you don't return a result. You'll figure it out.
the number of models with 5+ feedback logged in since Jan 1st is about 1850 and number of togs with 1+ feedback is around 4500.
Site statistics and demographics are very complex and could no doubt produce a Ph.D all on their own for a mathematics graduate specialising in this area.
The first quarter of the year is quite a quiet time for us so in January and February we only averaged 60-65 new registrations each day, slightly up on 2011, whereas in the summer months we can often double that. As we have not had an Open Door policy on Purestorm for several years only about one in three Registrants makes it past Approvals, and often it takes many of them some time to get their application in order, so probably only in the region of 1200-1500 new members (no, we're not going through the boring job of manually counting them all so don't ask) have been accepted into our community in the last two months. Few of the newcomers will have built up many Recommendations yet, so they will not be included in Plymjack's rule-of-thumb figure.
To balance out the new influx, about 600 members, predominantly Models, have requested Deactivation over the last two months. Models, being in the main relatively young, tend to have a comparatively short initial site presence as they are usually in a phase of their life where circumstances can alter dramatically (e.g. babies / partners / studies etc.) and it is not unusual for them to be very active for a short period before drifting away, only to come back in a year or two for a second or even third incarnation. It is not unusual for us to receive Reactivation requests from Models after two or three years, and invariably on the odd occasions when we have switched switch off a batch of seemingly dormant Model accounts (usually after a Photographer with a bee in his bonnet, fortunately no longer with us, had gone through the accounts of girls in his region and Reported them as Inactive) we received howls of anguish from Models who were seemingly just Resting, to use the stage and screen term. Photographers, being mainly older and with more stable home and work lives, tend to stay with the site considerably longer or near permanently. Unlike many Models, who only log in to the many portfolio sites they are on to check their mail or to apply for Casting Calls that have caught their eye, Photographers seem to log in more frequently and stay online longer. This is not only Moderator perception but appears to be echoed by the external statistics generated by the leading provider of global web metrics.
So, in short, Moderators don't know how many active members we actually have and even if we could work out a figure it would quite variable and not all that accurate.