The MDE research community has grown significantly in size and maturity in the last decade. During these years, a plethora of languages and tools has been proposed to address different challenges of the MDE approach to software development. As the community continues to broaden its expertise, it is worthwhile to assess its practices in order to identify areas of improvement. To this end, the authors propose to apply software analytics techniques on open source MDE tools and languages. In this paper, they describe how such an analysis can take place, and they present a set of preliminary results on analyzing the newsgroup activity of 10 Eclipse modeling projects.