NAIF Metrics

NAIF Metrics is a new and creative measurement, which stands for Native Americans Inflated Figures. It is being used by free software projects pretending to be successful, to artificially inflate numbers which are simply not there.

The new measurement was created the very day that a Boston based (not even) native American decided that it was time to pretend that the project’s developers were more than the real dozen they are, and added to the code repository also the web and the wiki ones.

If The Document Foundation used NAIF Metrics instead of real figures from independent third parties, LibreOffice whould have over 1,600 developers, or more than three times as many than in the reality (544).

You can then imagine how many developers might have in the reality a projects that has less than 80 developers (based on NAIF Metrics).

Funny enough, there are several people that do believe in NAIF Metrics, and have embraced them to the point that today – in order to pretend that the software is popular in more countries than in the reality – they are faking the number of world countries.

According to a recent native americans press release, the free office suite – which is available in a mere 20 languages [1] (against 109 for LibreOffice) – is available in 228 countries, or 22 more than the highest number available from any source, which is 206 ( including all territories claiming their indipendence but not always recognized, such as Abkhazia, Cook Islands, Kosovo, Nagorno-Karabakh, Niue, Nothern Cyprus, Palestine, Sahrawi, Somaliland, South Ossetia, Taiwan and Transnistria.

It looks like analysts are not interested in implementing NAIF Metrics, so I do not think they will start to be used outside the native americans territory (which is probably one of the 22 additional countries mentioned in the press release…).

[1] Arabic, Chinese (Simplified + Traditional), Czech, Dutch, English (UK + US), Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Slovenian and Spanish.

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