A comment on commenters who submit comments to Locally Grown

comments.jpgIn the lower right sidebar, we’ve added a listing of people who’ve contributed comments to this Locally Grown blog recently.

Current tally shows 76 different people contributing a total of 402 comments (not visible) in the past month.

The listing is automatically updated.

Is this helpful/interesting information to know?


  1. Ross Currier said:

    Griff –

    I noticed that although Tracy and I are listed as comment contributors, you are not included.

    Is this to help make clear to the public that LG is not a democracy but is in fact a dictatorship?

    Thanks much,


    December 14, 2007
  2. Holly Cairns said:

    Hi, you can add my url to my name if you can. I use a lot of different url’s when I post…

    December 14, 2007
  3. Chip Cuccio said:

    I have a comment about comments left by commenters about this post about a comment about commenters that submit comments…

    Oh wait. I forgot now.


    December 14, 2007
  4. Felicity Enders said:

    The order might not be obvious to the non-addicted reader. What about adding the number of posts after each name? Or would that look too much like a scorecard??

    December 14, 2007
  5. Griff Wigley said:

    Okay, Felicity, I’ve flipped that switch. # of comments are now included next to each person’s name.

    Holly, it’s automatically including your URL now.

    Ross, I have no idea why my name isn’t listed. I’m at least as powerful a dictator as Tracy.

    December 14, 2007
  6. John Thomas said:

    To be honest, I really do not want “metrics” run on the number of comments I post, and REALLY do not care to have them posted on the homepage.

    I see this is as unnecessary, not helpful, and counterproductive.

    If this continues, I will not be posting further.

    December 14, 2007
  7. Griff Wigley said:

    John, I agree it’s unnecessary but can you say more about why you think it’s not helpful and counterproductive?

    My initial reason for listing the names was just to give people a glimpse of the wide variety of participants we have here.

    The list of names — in order of most frequent to least frequent — wasn’t made explicit, so Felicity’s comment prompted the change, as I couldn’t think of a reason to not display the numbers.

    December 14, 2007
  8. John Thomas said:

    I just think that we need to consider quality, rather than quantity. It shouldn’t become a “game” of numbers, but rather continue to be an active discussion of what we feel to be important.

    The numbers are irrelevant in my opinion. One can just look at the left column, and see who is posting.

    I think that it may bring negative attention to those who may have the time and gumption to post prolifically.

    I really didn’t care to know that Kiffi was the most responsive, and that she posted 48 this month so far. Who cares…

    Also, it’s more than likely based on a database query, and probably slows the load time of the webpage down by a second or two as it is generated. 😎 Its just fluff.

    If you want me to post 26 more times, I would be happy too… Gotta get those numbers up! Got to produce! Got to do my part! If I am not in the top 5, I must be irrelevant!

    I don’t like my name on lists Griff… I cannot see the need. Why is this important?

    December 14, 2007
  9. John George said:

    Gosh, John, do you only do things that are “important?” If that’s the case, this blog is probably not for you. (Sorry, Griff. Don’t mean to denigrate the importance of this blog.) Do you ever do things just for the enjoyment? I personally think it is fun to see who is doing what. The fact that Kiffi has the highest # is no surprise. She has a lot to say. And, I’m on so many people’s lists right now, what difference does another one make?

    December 14, 2007
  10. John Thomas said:

    I am trying to understand why posting the list of posters, and the amount of posts is important to Griff. What is the value add?

    Yes, I do things for the enjoyment, but not everyone’s activities needs to be tracked and traced. If one wants to know how many times one has posted, they can go and look at the posts. Let them speak for themselves.

    December 15, 2007
  11. kiffi summa said:

    I’ll guess I’ll just accept the “Big Mouth with Too Much Time on Her Hands since the Gardening Season is Over AWARD”…
    Actually, since it wasn’t “offered”, I don’t need to “accept”; I’ll just grab it, being much too pushy a person , anyway.

    December 15, 2007
  12. Jerry Bilek said:

    This should put me in the top 10!

    December 15, 2007
  13. Nick Benson said:

    Since I’m currently wearing a T-shirt that has an SQL query on it my answer might be biased, but, I rather like the list. Does it have a useful purpose? Probably not… but it sure is fun.

    Griff – look into installing the plugin that also lists the social security number of anyone who has posted – that would be fun too!

    December 15, 2007
  14. John Thomas said:

    Um, no Nick… Don’t make me go “Sarbanes-Oxley” on you! (From a data security perspective…)

    I am curious. What does the shirt say, or what is the SQL Query? Is it sufficiently geeky, to where I would want one too?

    I must hurry and post more, as I see Anne is only 4 ahead…

    I guess I can get over it, and succumb to the list. I would entertain that a separate page be created, that gives FULL METRICS, like month to date, and year to date. 😎

    We could give out the “P3” award. Perpetually Prolific Poster, or something.

    Maybe the most prolific poster would get a guest invite to participate on a Locally Grown Podcast, and give a different viewpoint to what is being discussed? The most prolific poster, could be the most informed person other than the Trimvate?

    Just an idea.


    December 15, 2007
  15. Nick Benson said:

    > SELECT * FROM users WHERE clue > 0
    0 rows returned

    If you’d like to bump your geek IQ, that’s an SQL (structured query language) query, which asks a database to select all of the information (*) from the list of users that have a clue. Unfortunately, there are no such users.

    That shirt, along with plenty of other fine products, is available from thinkgeek.com.

    December 16, 2007
  16. John Thomas said:

    Very geeky cool Nick… 😎

    December 16, 2007
  17. Bruce Morlan said:

    John, you asked …

    Why is this important?

    I suspect that Griff is trying to give additional recognition to infrequent posters (so no numbers at first). Remember, he is sometimes focussed on how to build community and one way is to give participants extra strokes.

    My guess, at least.

    December 16, 2007

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