Keep those cards and letters coming

by Kieran Healy on February 3, 2006

“Brett”: just left the one hundred thousandth comment here on CT, at least as far as I can tell. Not bad for a couple of years work. Making the estimate precise is tricky because of the bad old Last Days of Movable Type when comments were often left in duplicate or triplicate (or worselicate) because the software couldn’t keep up. A further complication is the spam we routinely get. I’m confident there is basically no spam in our comments, as we’ve always aggressively weeded it out, but while it sits in the moderation queue waiting to be deleted it gets a comment id number and so makes the total tick up by one. The difference between the number of comments in the database and the ID number of the latest comment tells you how much spam we’ve gotten (and deleted) since March of 2005, when we moved to WordPress. As of now, it’s almost forty three thousand.

At any rate, a hundred thousand comments is a lot of chatter from the chattering classes. Thanks to all our readers and regular commenters for their contributions.



Barry 02.03.06 at 6:34 pm

Forget all of that ‘maybe more, maybe less, spam, duplicates, yadda, yadda, yadda’ crap.

Brett is officially commenter #100,000.

The sacrifice will be at midnight, on the pyramid, usual dress. Kieran, you bring chips, Estzer, you bring the dip, John, you bring the beer.


Kieran Healy 02.03.06 at 6:47 pm

Who’s got the knife? Always with the “Oh let me just borrow the sacred knife I just need to open some envelopes in my office” and then you never see it again.


yabonn 02.03.06 at 9:02 pm

Hey, n°100 001 !

Neneer neneer neneer !


yabonn 02.03.06 at 9:05 pm

Warning: unlink(/home/ctimber/ No such file or directory in /home/ctimber/ on line 271

Thus spoke Moloch.

Forget the fancy dresses, that sacrifice is urgent.


luci 02.03.06 at 9:32 pm

Yea for us nattering nabobs!


melissa spore 02.04.06 at 12:13 am

Would this be a good time to remind everyone of the Frapper map? A new post on the subject could lead to more entries.



Bill Gardner 02.04.06 at 3:09 am

Congratulations to the CT authors on the fine writing that attracts those many comments.


rilkefan 02.04.06 at 3:27 am

“Thanks to all our readers and regular commenters for their contributions.”

What about us irregular commenters?


bad Jim 02.04.06 at 4:29 am

All thanks are due to you, you crooked crew, for hosting such a twistedly intriguing place.


Russell Arben Fox 02.04.06 at 8:45 am

Indeed. Many thanks to the CT crew, for making this place worth stopping by every single day.


John Quiggin 02.05.06 at 4:54 am

I have at least found the sacred Esky, so the beer will be cold.


abb1 02.05.06 at 11:47 am

…we have all become as one… do you feel it, brothers and sisters?.. do you feel it?.. ah, forget it.


eszter 02.05.06 at 11:54 am

I just attended a meeting on online communities where some people seemed to suggest that blogs aren’t really communities. Not to be deterministic, and of course some (many) blogs do not constitute communities, but I think it’s fair to say that we’ve got quite a community going around here. Thanks to my fellow Timberites, our readers, and both occasional and frequent commenters.:)


Simstim 02.06.06 at 1:33 pm

There’s a slight problem with the current commenting system: comments don’t always get appended at the end, they sometimes get inserted beforehand. I assume this is something to do with the moderation element. Anyway, this means that sometimes comments become more nonsensical than usual as the comment they are referring to (e.g. “commment 5” or “the first comment” or “the comment directly above here”) gets out of order. Unless you’ve fixed it recently, of course.

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