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Hi,

This is the second of a series of geeklists dedicated to pointless (*) BGG numbers. I'm making this up as I go along, so these geeklists will be about numbers, but I won't necessarily show the numbers to you, but might present the data in different shapes and sizes.

I abhor statistics as a discipline, even though I love numbers in general, but even I know that sometimes some numbers can tell us something. Having said that, don't expect scientifically sound analysis from me... I'm a geek who is sometimes bored with my job, but I'm also somewhat lazy...

Feel free to discuss the subject at hand, add some more pointless data or simply point out the many mistakes I certainly made in presenting the pointless numbers.

(*) absurd, aimless, around in circles, fruitless, futile, going nowhere, impotent, in vicious circle, inane, inconsequential, ineffective, ineffectual, insignificant, irrelevant, meaningless, needle in haystack, nongermane, nonsensical, not pertinent, on treadmill, powerless, purportless, remote, silly, stupid, trivial, unavailing, uninteresting, unnecessary, unproductive, unprofitable, useless, vague, vain, worthless
(in a nutshell, most sane people - let's hope that that includes you - will ask "Who cares?")
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Clouds

I'm sure most of you will be familiar with the concept of tag clouds. BGG has its very own tag cloud, which looks something like this:


Basically, the most frequent tags are shown in increasingly larger font sizes.

So, I set about taking a look at some of BGGs mini-communities and forums to see what is most discussed in each, and then created word clouds with the most frequently used words in each. I could've removed some of the most common words (especially game, which we apparently talk a lot about!...), but ultimately I chose to leave them. Maybe I'll revisit this one day and remove some of the very common words from the clouds, so that the differences between the various communities/forums are more apparent.

You might think all this is only mildly interesting, at best, and you'd be right, of course. If you're very bored at the moment, you can try to make a few sentences that represent some of the forums or threads laugh
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