It sounds like you'd need to poll the network's new discussion RSS feed externally, and keep track of how many discussions each individual member started on a particular day. Once you've collected that information for a while it would let you determine how many discussions each member has started, say, in the last month.
Popular Contributors measure all time discussions and replies.
If 'keep track' means to manually count, that isn't quite what I had in mind.
That will be fine but having to manually keep counting these things is just getting too time consuming. I am trying to acknowledge members activity but the time to do so is getting too much.
I will be counting blog posts, discussions, photos, comments etc. I can't see that this is a sustainable method.
Can't Ning just make these stats available in a simplified manner? Even a CSV dump summarized by day. Number of posts, comments etc per member per day. Make it something we can get, just like the member list, when we need it.
How dose Popular Contributors decide who goes to the top of the list? It is different on the main forum page and on the Popular Contributors page??
I was imagining a script that polled the RSS every 30 minutes, parsed the results, and counted these things up for you rather than something that needed to be done manually.
Stats like this are more likely to be attached to a points and ranking system, which is something we're currently looking at.
The Popular Contributors list on the main (old style) forum page lists members numerically by the number of topics and responses that they've made. Topics and responses are weighted equally, and the list shows the 5 most active of all time. The Popular Contributors page (confusingly, I agree) shows all those who have ever created a topic or made a response, ordered by the date they joined the network, with the newest first.