800,000 Comments

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 pm, September 10th, 2014 - 24 comments
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Dolphin Over World 2010Well that time rolled around again today some time. We are now past 800,000 comments. It seems like only yesterday that we were at 700,000. But it turns out that was just over 6 months ago.

I think that we are slightly ahead of the schedule that Eddie estimated back in December 2012.

a million comments

 

As anyone who reads the site for any length of time is aware, the comments make this site the community that it runs as. Most of the time they’re pretty interesting because we deal with people who want to transgress our policy with one of the many ways to disrupt debate. I read their forlorn comments in the auto-spam every day so others don’t have to. 😈

To comment here is a privilege that we automatically give to most guests. However dealing with people who want to waste moderator time coming into an election we can’t be bothered with. They tend to get bans lasting until after the election. Small wonder there will be a mass release of the banned after the election.

To give you an idea of just how much extra traffic we are getting. There were just under 200 people online just after the debate finished, who’d clicked into a page in the last few minutes. During the day at present, that is usually over a hundred *all* day. In the last 30 days, we’ve had nearly 850,000 page views, and just over 79,000 unique visitors reading the site.

This is the number of people that google can identify from their data as being unique. It is probably completely accurate for people like me who have gmail on all computer browsers. Less so for others. This is all well over double what it was in March.

And it doesn’t go down much after the election either. So I guess we will have to get used to it. However I now have the costs of running the server at this level down to less than $300 per month and falling. It isn’t as expensive as 3 months ago.

What hasn’t changed is that you humans are on average reading 3.2 pages per visit and spending an average of 7 minutes reading per visit. Note the average. In the last 6 hours 34% of the visits only lasted a few seconds, but 31% spent more than an hour on site.

Anyway, good luck with the election. Remember to vote early, and drag a few more people out to vote early on Saturday week. You know who they are…

 

24 comments on “800,000 Comments”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Who got comment #800,000? (or closest thereto, if it was deleted/edited/spam/troll)

  2. weka 2

    Thanks Lynn, and congratulations all round. Great to see the site and community going from strength to strength.

  3. Vaughan Little 3

    thanks heaps boss.

  4. BLiP 4

    Yaaah for the collective!! Viva Standardistas!! Viva lprent – thanks for all you do.

    Just wondering, of the 79,000 unique visitors in the last 30 days, are you able to provide a breakdown by country? I would be particularly interested in knowing the figures for the UK and Aussie if you have them available Also, from your perch at the server side, are you able to discern which users are coming in via proxy?

    • lprent 4.1

      Nothing directly on visitors that I can see easily. However visits (sessions) should give a pretty good idea what is happening. Notice the US is the home of the googlers. The rest tends to follow the kiwi diaspora.

      Country
      % Sessions
      % New
      sessions
      % New
      visitors
      Bounce
      Rate
      Pages per
      session
      Avg session
      duration
      1.
      New Zealand
      88.83%
      23.83%
      80.84%
      36.79%
      3.31
      00:07:19
      2.
      Australia
      3.27%
      34.74%
      4.33%
      45.80%
      2.73
      00:04:58
      3.
      United States
      1.60%
      60.32%
      3.68%
      66.24%
      1.93
      00:03:15
      4.
      United Kingdom
      1.46%
      33.71%
      1.88%
      46.66%
      2.75
      00:05:23
      5.
      Germany
      0.45%
      54.08%
      0.93%
      59.23%
      3.32
      00:07:43
      6.
      Canada
      0.42%
      61.58%
      0.99%
      66.27%
      1.97
      00:02:15
      7.
      South Korea
      0.32%
      8.21%
      0.10%
      28.86%
      3.37
      00:10:31
      8.
      France
      0.24%
      57.98%
      0.54%
      64.93%
      2.64
      00:05:31
      9.
      Spain
      0.20%
      76.85%
      0.60%
      78.37%
      1.80
      00:02:09
      10.
      Italy
      0.20%
      92.68%
      0.71%
      94.22%
      1.16
      00:00:22
      • dv 4.1.1

        What is bounce rate?

        • BLiP 4.1.1.1

          Excellent, thanks lprent.

          Hey, dv – the bounce rate, in the statistics above, is the percentage of visitors which navigate away from the site after viewing only one page. As I understand it, the bounce rate is a metric used for trend analysis – a rising bounce rate over a period of time being indicative of the site needing to put more effort into engaging with visitors – rather than as a one-off as we see here and which seems to have an oddity or two. It seems logical, for example, that most non-English-language visitors wouldn’t spend too long reading here, like, say, the Italians who have a 94 percent bounce rate. But then check out the South Koreans who have a 3 percent bounce rate and spend longer at the site than any other group??? 0.32% of 79000 is 253 unique visits or just over 8 visits per day from there in the 30 day period. Bizarre. Virtual chocolate goldfish to the person who comes up for the best explanation for that anomaly.

          • lprent 4.1.1.1.1

            South Korea is easy
            ESOL teachers. There are lot of kiwis teaching english in some countries. South Korea is one of them.

            My brther and sister-i-law just got back from teaching in the great Chinese interior

          • BLiP 4.1.1.1.2

            Ooops – South Koreans have a 29% bounce rate, not 3%. Its still very low by comparison which was my point.

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    The Standard is a remarkable, crucial, increasingly powerful piece of left wing infrastructure. MOAR!!!

  6. Tracey 6

    Well done Lynn and the authors.

  7. Ad 7

    The commenting and hit stats for The Standard and Whaleoil start to explain the already apparent difference between early voting and polling. Why are so many more voting this time when the landline polls said it was a cakewalk?

    These sites are our new land lines, our new town halls, our new neighbour-over-the-fence, our new massed crowds.

    I have no idea of the average age of the viewership, but I bet most of them use this as their primary discursive venue. The format is superior to television because it requires you to think and respond.

    The Standard is one of the primary sources for hollowing out the MSM, hollowing out the stale legitimacy of polls, and indeed hollowing out the Old Zealand of National. We knew last year that The Standard and Whaleoil would outstrip the daily newspapers in influence. Next stop, relegate the public power of television into second place. Imagine if Kiwiblog and The Standard were given alternate hosts rights for the live debates. It will happen.

    After that, it’s goodbye Hosking and Henry and the whole apparatus.

    The sooner the next Labour PM’s office anoints The Standard as the primary vehicle for all its digital party communication, the better. And I hope the Greens do it to. Imagine the fun we’d have.

    We know Whaleoil has power. The Standard is the answer and foil to that power. And it’s more. I could not do without it.

    • brian 7.1

      Correction: We know Whaleoil HAD power.
      But I’m optimistic that the power was largely due to:

      (a) His contact with Key, Justice Minister Collins, Tolley etc
      The ability of being able to promise any “inside” knowledge has now been taken away from him. (c) His falsified statistics exaggerating his importance

      (b) His secretive club of bigoted and/or misogynist and/or racist cronies:
      Who had power with their positions in Law, PR and National Party relatives. Publicity is a wonderful antidote. May we see little more from “Cactus Kate” Odgers, Jordan Williams, Carrick Graham, Simon Lusk and Jason Ede. May Kiwiblog be recognised for it’s shallow propaganda, and maybe be superseded with a more intelligent right wing blog that discusses policy

      (c) Falsified Blog Statistics, exaggerating the “importance” of the Blog.
      These falsified statistics have been, or are becoming more general knowledge, and there is a limit in the future to the traffic making abilities of posting cute pictures of puppies, and personal bigotry.

      (d) His sleaze, sex, and gossip
      Unfortunately New Zealand is a country which maintains double standards with regard to sex. Gossip sells (Glucina). Sexual gossip, which is a speciality of Slater, was the backbone of a “story” that won him “best” blog of the year! Heaven help us. I’m less inclined to point the finger at Slater, as much as I point the finger at all of “us”, for providing him an environment, where sleaze can prosper. This remains a pigsty in which Whaleoil can maintain a preeminent role

      • Chris 7.1.1

        “The ability of being able to promise any “inside” knowledge has now been taken away from him.”

        I don’t think it has. These people will keep doing what they’re doing but will be more careful whether that means making data more secure or finding other ways of communicating. Whatever happens I just can’t imagine the level of filth and nastiness will stop. These people have evolved into what they are.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1

          …and if it isn’t them – say we shut them down completely, Ede and Key go off to jail, Slater to some sort of hospital, another batch will spring up in their place.

          Gardening is an ongoing process: we have to keep on pulling out the weeds.

  8. JanMeyer 8

    Well done – I am not generally of your political persuasion but read your blog every day without fail (several times). Robust debate – keep it up.

  9. miravox 9

    Brilliant job. Thanks so much for keeping this place running for us.

  10. Rosie 10

    What a little ripper this site is. Where would be be without Lynn and our authors?

    It’s kept me sane and even hopeful since I discovered it after the 2011 election. I receive an education from the articles and people’s comments and often tootle off on another voyage of discovery when I open people’s links. I’m not always commenting but I’m always reading, so big ups to all the fabulous posters as well 🙂

    The Standard is an oasis of rational and considered thought in a reactionary, ignorant, short attention span media world. Long may you reign!

  11. philj 11

    From acorns grow mighty oaks. Thank goodness for an alternate media view. Thanks to all involved.

  12. anker 12

    Thank you Lynn and all the others who put in the hours to make this site work.

    At last election, I was only beginning to become interested in politics again (turn away in the 80’s due to Rogernomics). This site has really increased my politicization and has made me an active and determined voice on the left. I am sure there are many others the Standard has influenced.

  13. One Anonymous Bloke 13

    Thanks Lprent et al.

    There’s a place on the web from the Left,
    Well known for intellectual heft,
    Where the mods all say fuck,
    And yet have no truck,
    With inferior right-wing brain-theft.

    Groan 😎

  14. JRT 14

    I’m loving the absence of people who come here just to disrupt. It is a better place without them. If they came for an actual left/right discussion that would be fine, but that doesn’t seem to be their intention.

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  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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