How add a forum to statistics side panel or footer (as in other forums phpbb3 or IPB):
1. number of users
2. number of posts
3. number of topics
4. number of online users
1) It's not common to make a username called : 'spam' but I'll let that slide for now
2) If there isn't a 'module' for what you would like, I can suggest to make a plugin with those 'modules' in mind
Modules in Vanilla are the same as 'Blocks' or 'Widgets' in other systems
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and for #2 - I misread your question so I added up total views.
so it now has
I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.
I added the number of posts in version 1.1
if your view count isn't working
that was selfless of you @422 clicking awesome when I'm only 2 points behind you on the leader board .
thought I could trick you into clicking again
I might be able to do a 3-5 minute sample of users hitting site and provide a primitive online user count. It wouldn't be using the same technique as this forum with notifications inform, if anyone is interested. it would require a new db table and a read and write on every page click, if anyone thought that was useful.