I have been watching this thread for many years, and I am still wondering what is learned from watching G in the middle of a change.
One of the easiest things to learn is what they're not exactly looking for and what the final results will not be, which can be an interesting study in and of itself.
One of the funniest things I used to be able to do back when McDar was a site and you could 'watch the update happen' was project a 3 to 7 days ahead of time when the update thread was going to end... I could usually be fairly accurate about the 'level of ranting' and the number 'G's broken posts' on a given day by looking there before I looked at the thread here too. :)