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Monthly Meow XXXIX

Posted by Ember on August 30, 2015 at 12:05 AM

It’s been a fun month on the website! There has been a lot of drama across all of the clans. In MoonClan, Weepingtiger’s grip on his clan grew stronger after he fended off a fox while his clan attended a gathering. In NightClan, Coldstar welcomed in trouble by inviting a number of gang members to join his clan. DawnClan experienced a sudden and unexpected loss from a warrior speaking out against StarClan, little did they know he died of foxglove seeds planted by the medicine cats. SunClan’s leader and deputy began a quarrel that ended with the deputy forced into retirement and the leader being almost overthrown. And that’s only to name a handful of the events! Everyone, please stay up to date on the plot planning page so you know what events are planned. All ideas and opinions are welcome.

I’ve noticed an increase in the number of errors in Character Updates Page submissions over the past month and would like to give some reminders. Always follow the exact format provided. Don’t include notes with your updates, such as “will be redone soon” or what a cat’s future name will be on the name field. Character redos only apply to the description and history field, renaming characters or changing their clan or rank should be handled with character updates following “___ of ___Clan is/has ____” formats. A full guide to what is expected for each type of update can be found HERE.

Thank you to Angel for suggesting the topic of this Monthly Meow! This is the third clan statistics analysis I’ve done, the others can be found HERE and HERE. Please note that this Monthly Meow was written on August 14th, there will be some differences between the clans then and the clans now.


 

There’s been a smaller shift in the total number of cats than in the past due to new registrations being limited. The more members there are, the more characters there are. If the member count is allowed to grow very slowly, this will be reflected in the number of characters. Between the individual clans, the number of characters is split roughly evenly. MoonClan is the largest right now, probably due to the NightClan apprentices and kits they recently took in.

While we’ve always run a female majority, probably as a reflection of the majority of roleplayers on the website being girls, the gender ratio is more skewed than it usually is. I’m not certain of why, the only reason that comes to mind is that I simply don’t report the gender ratio in the clans as often as I used to. Members don’t know there are so many more female characters and therefore won’t make a personal effort to even out their own characters. Between individual clans, my first impulse was to suggest it was correlated to the clan’s personality. MoonClan and NightClan have traditionally masculine characteristics and would have more male characters, while the more traditionally feminine DawnClan and SunClan would have more female characters. However, this theory falls apart because it simply isn’t reflected in the actual clans. MoonClan does have more male characters in relationship to the other clans and SunClan has a relatively high proportion of female characters, however NightClan has the second highest proportion of females and DawnClan has the second highest proportion of males.

The thing that stands out the most to me on this new round is the sudden spike in age. However, I think this also goes back to registrations being closed most of the time. Newer members have, on average, younger characters, and members who have been on the site longer have older characters. The largest shift is in SunClan, which isn’t surprising to me. Fewer members gravitate toward SunClan than the other clans. The threads are replaced less often and it usually has the least number of characters. The characters that are there don’t switch out very often, it has far fewer updates each week than the other clans and often has the most elders going through. Members who don’t gravitate there often either have no characters in the clan or the characters they do have are played less often. This results in fewer kits being born to those characters and the characters dying and being replaced less often, which moves the average age up. It’s also possible it’s a reflection of the clan’s personality, because of the importance placed on caution and cooperation with the clan, cats simply don’t die at young ages. Hot-headed, impulsive MoonClanners are likely to bite off more than they can chew; NightClanners are known for being violent and starting fights within the clan itself, or for being eager for battles with other clans; DawnClan tends to have more kits than the other clans. All of these things can bring down the average age of cats in those clans.

The proportion of working cats is higher than in the past, probably due to the average age being older. Most of the nonworking cats are kits, if the average age is higher it means that there are fewer kits in relationship to the number of warriors. It makes sense that in DawnClan, where there is typically the largest number of kits and queens, the number of working cats would be smaller.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of this. What stands out the most to you? What do you think causes the changes between clans or from the last samples?


Ceremonies

Due to all of the cats changing clans that we’ve had over the last month, some of these cats aren’t in the exact same order as they appear on the pages.


MoonClan

Apprentices:

Pricklekit, Dango, Riverkit: Early September

Melody, Patchkit, Dragonkit, Batkit, Mossykit: Mid September

Brightkit, Breezekit: Late September

Warriors:

Tigerpaw, Katydidpaw, Guardingpaw, Cinderpaw, Risingpaw, Forestpaw: Early September

Lilypaw, Scorchingpaw, Raggedpaw, Chillingpaw, Freezingpaw Stripedpaw: Mid September

Duskpaw, Widowpaw, Meltingpaw, Hickorypaw, Sparrowpaw, Redpaw, Burrpaw, Toxicpaw: Late September

Elders: Weepingtiger, Fireflyshaser, Scarwhisper, Warriortears, Dreamcatcher, Earthstorm, Swanflight

Deaths: Shiningshell, Feathershine, Cloudyeyes, Featherfoot

 

NightClan

Apprentices:

Nettlekit, Eclipsekit, Ivorykit, Swiftkit: Early September

Ebonykit, Willowkit, Honorkit, Tranquilkit: Mid September

Lightkit, Dark-kit, Dusk-kit, Owlkit, Viperkit, Alderkit, Softkit, Aerialkit, Seakit, Midnightkit, Havenkit, Nightkit, Murkykit, Runekit, Snakekit, Timekit: Late September

Warriors:

Thunderpaw, Stormpaw: Early September

Brokenpaw, Rivenpaw, Blackpaw, Hauntingpaw, Hissingpaw, Bleedingpaw Pumpkin, Frostpaw, Horizonpaw , Deathpaw, Sparrowpaw: Late September

Elders: Howlingmoon, Creepygrin, Prosperity

Deaths: Stonedust, Silkstep, Twistedleg, Rippleclaw


DawnClan

Apprentices:

Luckykit, Lightningkit, Hawk-kit, Electrickit, Dolphinkit, Wavekit, Rainkit, Whitekit: Early September

Tigerkit, Dustkit, Badgerkit, Runningkit, Skykit, Cherrykit, Dragonkit: Mid September

Shortkit, Dwindlingkit, Lagoonkit, Seahorsekit, Havenkit, Bramblekit: Late September

Warriors:

Bear, Coalpaw, Axolotpaw: Early September

Burnedpaw, Fishpaw, Peachpaw, Branchpaw, Streampaw: Mid September

Survivingpaw, Sacredpaw: Late September

Elders: Waverunner

Deaths: Troutfur

 

SunClan

Apprentices:

Ashkit: Early September

Boulderkit, Rabbitkit, Maplekit, Cheetahkit, Yuccakit, Swiftkit, Amaranthkit, Beetlekit, Grass-kit, Dartingkit: Mid September

Sourkit, Sorrelkit, Solarkit, Mintkit, Icekit, Gravelkit: Late September

Warriors:

Angelpaw: Mid September

Sunpaw, Bluepaw: Late September

Elders: Daniel, Tim, Goldenhaze, Goose

Deaths: Ryestep, Vanessa, Smallshadow, Fallingskies, Wishingwell

Categories: Monthly Meows

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19 Comments

Reply Riversoul
12:56 PM on August 30, 2015 
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Reply L
1:24 PM on August 30, 2015 
It's cool to see that some of the average ages went up :) I feel like it makes the clans a lot more interesting when there's a wide variety of age groups in it.

I hadn't realized that the gender ratios were so askew. Not that it's important in any way. It's just interesting.
Reply Flower
6:54 PM on August 30, 2015 
Okay I'll try to keep five cats in each clan most of my cat are in Dawnclan and Moonclan but I don't know why so I'll try to keep it even between the four clans and genders from now on
Reply Riversoul
11:22 PM on August 30, 2015 
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Reply Swan
1:00 AM on August 31, 2015 
I definitely like having more female characters, I never realized how different the male and female characters are overall so I will make more male characters for sure.
Reply Lost
8:28 AM on August 31, 2015 
It funny. I've always made more males characters than females.
Reply Whiteflower
9:03 AM on August 31, 2015 
I guess I'm usually pretty even with male and female ratios. Right now I'm a little off, with ten female and eight male, but I'm making more male characters soon for an even ten and ten.
Reply Henry MacArthur
9:44 AM on August 31, 2015 
I did not expect to see so few males in the clans, but it is still really interesting how the population grew drastically from the time span of March all the way to August.
Reply L
7:58 PM on September 10, 2015 
Whitekit isn't supposed to be an apprentice until Mid-September. He was posted on the same day as Dustkit and Tigerkit (the 11th) :)
Reply Mint
3:12 PM on September 13, 2015 
I havent kept track of time, when will Hopepaw become a warrior?
Reply Queen of Warrior Cats
5:50 PM on September 13, 2015 
Dewkit and Lightning kit become Apprentices late September.
Reply L
5:53 PM on September 13, 2015 
@Mint I've looked through all of the descriptions posted in Character Updates since the beginning of August, and couldn't find any record of a Hopepaw.

@Dewsong Kits are made into apprentices based on when they're posted in Character Updates. A kit is made into an apprentice one month after they have been posted, so your characters will become apprentices in October.
Reply Mint
9:46 PM on September 13, 2015 
I added Hopepaw. Could she become an apprentice soon? She is about the age of Bear Coalpaw & Axolotpaw.
Reply L
10:20 AM on September 14, 2015 
@Mint All characters have their ceremonies scheduled based on when their descriptions are posted in character updates. Hopepaw's warrior ceremony will be in mid November because she was posted in mid September.
Reply Queen of Warrior Cats
10:50 PM on September 14, 2015 
Lightningkit from SunClan and Dewkit from DawnClan become Apprentices in early October.
Reply Ember
10:52 PM on September 14, 2015 
Dewsong says...
Lightningkit from SunClan and Dewkit from DawnClan become Apprentices in early October.

Yep, they'll be listed in the Monthly Meow that will be published toward the end of September, don't worry about posting them here. :)
Reply Riversoul
8:33 PM on September 20, 2015 
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Reply Riversoul
9:13 PM on September 22, 2015 
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Reply Ember
3:43 PM on September 27, 2015 
Sorry Angel and River, I just now saw your corrections. Both have already had their ceremonies, so I'll leave them off of the next Monthly Meow. Thanks for telling me!