Thursday, September 26, 2019

In Search Of New Metrics

A big part of my RMT tracking disappeared last week. Player Auctions, the big site that sells game currency like gold, platinum, gil, and ISK, stopped displaying how much PLEX and skill injectors are involved in transactions. In other words, I can track the number of transactions, just not how many PLEX and injectors were sold.

Last week was not the first time a change affected the data I collect. Back in January 2018, the RMT site stopped publishing transactions without reviews. Due to moving my data entry interface to Google forms at the beginning of 2017, I could remove the non-reviewed transactions from my data in 2017, but not for 2015 and 2016. What that meant is that I can still compare prices from before 2017, but not volumes.

I shouldn't complain too much. PA recently put in a feature that tracks the reviews of all ISK purchases, so I am more confident of the accuracy of my data on ISK sales than before. Also, I can at a glance tell if the ISK sellers are having a bad day.

For my blogging, I normally just wrote about ISK sales information anyway. I can continue as normal in that regard. I think I will need to do something new concerning RMT, though. I'm just not sure what.

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