Bruno's post about Gold Players in History at https://fold.it/portal/node/2003115 got me in the mood to revive my old analytical skills and look at some data from this game.
FoldIt has been around since 2007, and has had hundreds of thousands of players come and go. The leaderboards suggest that there are less than three thousand currently active players. One such question I had was "who is still playing, after all these years?"
I mined the data of the top five hundred players (by hand... you'd be amazed how complicated that is) and determined that we have one player active from 2007 (waves to spvincent!),
twenty-seven still here that joined in 2008:
ten from 2009:
178 from the 2010's, and 284 that joined just this year.
A spreadsheet with the join date of the current top 500 players is at:
Not all five hundred people have played, recently, particularly those who joined in 2020. One conclusion I have made from this study: we have a dismally low player retention rate.
Should we open a discussion in another post about why this is and what we can do about it?