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Is there any way (macro, script, addon, command, API method?) to check how many online players are in the realm you're connected to?

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The Census addon provides lovely minimalistic graphs/statistics about the realm population (classes, races, lvls, guilds). It does that by performing a series of /who so that it covers the whole population.

Each scan takes about 2 minutes (on my server) and at the end you get a small chat report that is like

Found 120 new characters and saw 580 existing

From which you can conclude that there are 700 characters online.

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THIS! This is what I was talking about. By the way... On what server do you play? Seems kinda dead to me :) – AeroCross Dec 12 '12 at 17:24
Tarren Mill, but numbers are imaginary! Usually we are fewer :] – Andreas Feb 18 '13 at 10:53

Have you tried /who? I think I remember that working

Edit: I found a simply LOVELY site after some googling: It looks exactly like what you need. If you need something more than a website, I think this is where my help ends

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Seems like you could do it by changing the default search, based on – Matthew Read Dec 5 '12 at 3:51
I've tried /who but it always returns 49 players. Tried looking for 10-90 lvl the last time I tried. Any other query I try ends up dumping the same result. – AeroCross Dec 5 '12 at 21:51
@Aerocross /who is capped at 50 results. Most 'census' type sites such as the one linked in this answer work by running a large number or queries designed to have minimal overlap and get a number of results under 49. It's a horribly inexact method at best, but the data you want isn't exposed in any other way - presumably by choice. – LessPop_MoreFizz Dec 6 '12 at 2:59

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