We passed 700 thousand comments sometime today over our last 6 and a half years. I was going to have a whole pile of statistics ready for the occasion. However a dose of flu caught me on friday after threatening for the whole of the previous wee. Having three days in bed asleep only waking up for panadol put paid to that idea. But we’re pretty much tracking towards a million comments in August 2015 when the site turns eight years old. Eddie predicted that back in December 2012, and we were bang on prediction when we hit 600 thousand comments in August last year
It looks like our active moderation policies have contradicted the naysayers who said that having it would make the site moribund. Of course most of them said it as they were being booted off the site so the rest of us could live without their mosquito like mindless whining.
Last august, I was preparing to shift the site completely into cloud space. That is now completed. So most of the niggles I was talking about back in August have disappeared.
Of course (in another long tradition) our very success also revealed more technical issues. The volume of comments coupled with a new database caused a problem with the database not coping with simultaneous comment posting, and last months total includes 98 duplicates that I have to figure out how to clean out (without disturbing comment threading)
These days we’re running on a database server, a file server, and a memcache server that are the back end for a cluster of web servers going on and off line depending on the need of the site. Overnight it slumbers with a single web server. During the day I’ve seen it with seven running. Most of the time (like today) it peaks at 3 or 4. It should scale well into the coming election as the site winds up with an extra 50% or more of load.
BTW: I’ll have a hunt for some “free” time to pull stats out this weekend. The main one of interest to me is that the trend for the density of comment detail is continuing to rise.