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Brilliant but slightly odd but very nice

Alden Bates
Date: 2004-05-12 18:36
Subject: LiveJournal Top 100
Security: Public

OK, so, it turns out that Nationmaster.com have a Top 100 LiveJournal users, except they're going by country rather than by user. So you'd expect this to be roughly the same as what you get on the LiveJournal stats page.

Nope.

Here's the top fifteen countries from each:

LiveJournal
United States
Canada
United Kingdom
Russian Federation
Australia
Germany
Singapore
Philippines
Netherlands
Japan
Ukraine
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Finland
Israel
Scotland
NationMaster
United States
Canada
United Kingdom
Russia
Australia
Germany
Singapore
Japan
Netherlands
Philippines
Ukraine
Israel
Sweden
Brazil
Ireland

OK, so the first 7 are the same, there's a bit of mixing up lower down - the NationMaster figures seem to be a week or so out of date, despite it claiming to be figures for "December 2004" at the bottom... The problem is that New Zealand doesn't appear anywhere on NationMaster's list.

Neither does Scotland for that matter, but I guess NationMaster don't regard it as a separate country.

I'm guessing their automated script is confused by "New Zealand (Aotearoa)".

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Ian: new zealand
User: ringbark
Date: 2004-05-12 00:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:new zealand
Yes, this is possible. It's also possible that they think NZ is a state of Australia: a disturbingly large number of people and Americans think that this is the case.
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Calapine: as sane as me (waxlion)
User: calapine
Date: 2004-05-12 03:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:as sane as me (waxlion)
And Scotland is a part of the UK, unless they think the UK is England/Wales 0_0
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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2004-05-12 04:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Apparently LiveJournal does, as Scotland's in the list of countries you can select from when you set your location... :)
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User: mannu
Date: 2004-05-12 06:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What, India has less users than Afghanistan? Huh.
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