Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, March 18th, 2015 - 28 comments
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Yesterday morning we went though 900k comments. We have done another 100k comments in 188 days since the 800k at September 10th.

In the meantime we have had an election, its aftermath, and the summer break.

a million comments

Looking against Eddie’s graph, I am pretty sure that we aren’t going to quite hit the million comments at the 3rd of August. That is just 137 days away.

The site is looking pretty healthy. For instance this is the last 30 days compared to the same period last year when we were coming into an election.


A significiant weight gain in page views and sessions. Reduction in new sessions and the bounce rate as non-political voters drop back to their usual somnolence post election.

Incidentally the sessions are meant to be like sitemeters ‘unique visits’ that are reported on Open Parachute (like the Feb figures). They are meant to have the same parameters. However at present sitemeter is reporting 212k unique visits to google analytics 138k. There is a reason why I think that sessions / visits suck as a measure on a large site.

I have bug off to work. However, there was discussion yesterday about gender ratios.



Minor variations over the last 30 days. Google analytics still sitting very close to the 30% for females, and at a slightly reduced accuracy. I can’t show you against last year because we had only just started collecting this then.

28 comments on “900,000 comments”

  1. mickysavage 1

    I wonder who the lucky 900,000th comment belongs to?

    • adam 1.1

      I was thinking the same thing.

      And will there be praise for the 1 millionth comment/commentator?

      • PG is already writing his acceptance speech 😉 Or … maybe … it’ll be …. Phil …Ure.

      • David H 1.1.2

        Who will get the Choccy fish for the millionth comment?

        • Pasupial

          Lprent should automate a comment to go out immediately following the 999,999th one. He’s fully earned it. Though that might slow down the last thousand or so comments depending on how he codes it (the last coding I did was in Basic as a teenager, so am entirely out of touch with the techniques).

    • greywarshark 1.2

      Me! Me! Can it be me Miss-ter!

  2. r0b 2

    As near as I can calculate the 900K comment was the one and only felix:

    How much is National’s Northland panic costing the taxpayer?

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    Gender ratios ?

    Ive heard that NSA can do wonderous things, but google analytics can tell what gender you are ??

    Wouldnt it have a large number of ‘them’

    • lprent 3.1

      Have a close look at it (click into the graphic). It reckoned that it could for 48.39% of the sessions.

      These are people with cookies that it “knows” something about their gender either from google services like gmail or partners who pass information to google that they have collected about you – things like facebook, twitter, and others come to mind. The information is usually offered by a user of a “free” service in exchange for the service.

      Generally such services only ask if you are male or female. Which is a bit disappointing in some ways. Eunuch is clearly discriminated against. As are the unfortunates with XXY gene patterns

      This is what google has as a business. Selling tightly targeted ads means that they try to learn as much about your demographics as possible.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1.1

        Ahhh The benefits of mass collection..

        now if they can only find a way to keep the 5 eyes from getting hold of it…. too late.

  4. fisiani 4

    900.000 posts and 600,000 of them trying to call Honest John a liar. That’s 600,000 fails.

  5. The lost sheep 5

    Would be interesting to know if there had been any perceptible change in the number of individuals commenting since PU and PG have been absent?

    It would not surprise me if the removal of such, er, dominating voices lead to an increase in other voices being willing to join the conversation.

    Like LPrent has nothing better to do than organise obsure data obviously!

    • Just had a look at the site stats and it does appear that the readership has risen since PG and PU went on their enforced holiday. But the week that I believe they copped the bans was unusually quiet, so it might be entirely coincidental. But why worry about quantity, what about quality?

      • swordfish 5.1.1

        I would of thought PU’s ban would’ve been over by this stage. Didn’t he cop just 2 weeks ? (more than a fortnight ago ?)

        Has….Phil….in fact…..moved…..on ?….whoar !!!….eh !!!

      • weka 5.1.2

        trp, I hope you are not implying that the quality has dropped since the bans.

        • te reo putake

          No way, weka! Definitely a lift in the average quality, I reckon. But that’s mainly due to PG’s absence, I’d say. Phil at least is here to spread the gospel, not shut the church down.

      • The lost sheep 5.1.3

        Quality over quantity absolutely.
        I hope PU and PG are listening!
        Half as many posts, with twice as much thought into each one. (If they come back).

        If they do, it would be interesting to check the stats a bit down the line and see if there has been any decline in readership…

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