Shaddows - 3:11 pm on Apr 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
OK, I'll bite, what was learned from all the hours spent watching IP addresses, everflux & the rollout of caffeine?
You mean apart from the sheer visceral thrill?
In a word, screenshots. Data for later analysis as you compare different routes to a converging result. A few weeks down the line, you might be able to work out what penalties are added in where, which sites got temporarily abandoned or promoted (interesting if they go/ come back after the "rollout" finishes) and any other tidbits.
I have to say I'm not an avid DC-watcher, even in the midsts of turmoil. As steveb observes, its never the whole story there. Best to watch the public version- at least then you know what you're watching.