They were accounting for 1694 users on http://mastory.social, they have just been removed, we are now back under 200 000 :( https://mastodon.xyz/users/TheKinrar/updates/157294
The crawling tool is now working in standalone mode, gently finding new users to add to the 190k+ already in the database. Time to improve user interface and play with data.
First thing: statistics about the number of users in mastory compared to mastodon.xyz instance list by @TheKinrar : http://mastory.social/index.php?page=instances . Lot of missing users but I suspect they are mainly inactive/unlinked users.