actually, in te first 4 or 5 years when i was still able to spend a lot of time on the whole project (because of personal issues i had to almost completely stop around 2004/2005) there were roughly 90 people who were actively searching for new files, renaming them, creating dats, verifying those en doing all the other things that needed to be done to keep the project rolling.
in those times i was running a pretty structured project which was divided in subgroups which each had their own coordinator because it was simply impossible to manage all the info (we then were already working with well over a hundred dats from which roughly 70% were [wip] which meant dozens to hundreds new files per month per dat) by myself.
so no, i have never spent much time on trying to track the activity of 80~90 people who were working on dats because that was the job for the system-coordinators who sent me the dats when they were ready to be released.
Keeping TOSEC going was a 7 days a week job on which i spent about 40~60 hours per week and wasn't just something you could do in a few hours on your friday night off. With TOSEC i was working towards a goal (preventing a part of our cultural herritage to disappear and preserve it for future generations) and with so much to do and so little time i didn't have much time to keep track of trivialities like names in dat headers or which individual renamed which file and should be "credited"
so no, i have absolutely no idea how many dats were "yours" and neither would i be able to tell you the number of dats i started or contributed to myself and to be honest i couldn't give a rat's a55 (well, maybe a teenie-weenie bit :wink:) if my name was completely removed from everything related to the TOSEC project. TOSEC is about the project. not about me, not about panda, not about ido, not about kirkland, not about xnurfz, not about c0llector, not about vax, not about any of the literally hundreds of contributors there have been since i thought up this project in the late '90's.
Since my health didn't allow me anymore to work so much on the project and besides that RealLife(tm) getting in the way, i had to retire from TOSEC and hid myself in the background while people like panda and ido picked up where i had to leave. I assure you though that once it starts to look like the project is coming to a stand still i will come crawling out of my hole and start pushing against the cart again to get things back in motion.
...and that won't be so the world can see how fantastic i am, no, it will be so my youngest daughter will be able to learn and see how our computers evolved and became what they are now.
that's what it should be all about and that's the only thing that's really important when it comes to the TOSEC project.
well, and now it's time to crawl back to my little hide-out again so the kids can continue playing
ps: the first name in a dat header was (still is?) not the name of the person who made/started the dat but the name of the person who coordinated the work done on the files for the system and was the one who could contact me directly if there were problems. that format was introduced back in te days when we were working on an online dat generator (which actually worked pretty well..) which parsed dat info and added that to an online dbase. de first author name in a dat was parsed and would be presented as a link on the site so people who were interested in joining the project or who had found errors could directly contact the coordinator of the system involved without having to figure out for themselves who of the gazillion contributors of the dat they had issues with they had to try to contact....