It is that time of year again when people become reflective and review what has happened during the year. One of the ways to measure what important events happened this year according to Standarnistas is to measure the popularity of posts, both from comments made and page views. The page view post of the ten most popular posts this year will be made tomorrow. The most commented on posts gives an indication on what Standarnistas wanted to discuss most. So here is the list (excluding Open Mike) …
Tenth with 384 comments was the guest post submitted by Fleur, a supporter of Grant Robertson, on reasons why he should become the next Labour leader. The post was well written and sparked an intense debate about who should be leader and what went wrong in the 2014 election campaign.
Ninth with 399 comments was the notice and feature post comprising of tweets announcing the police raid on Nicky Hager’s property seeking information concerning Rawshark. The sense of anger was palpable and the timing of the raid, to occur just after the election, was noted. And the point was made repeatedly, why would the police act against Hager but not Cameron Slater who also had allegations of receiving and blogging information that had been “stolen” (Matt Blomfield’s) and of hacking a computer (the Labour Party’s).
Eighth with 404 comments was Karol’s post on Mana Internet Party relations following the Mana Party’s AGM in April when it formally decided to pursue a partnership with the Internet Party. She rightfully reserved judgment on the coalition’s prospects and expressed concern that the Internet Party’s relationship with Mana may destroy its flaxroot support and most of the comments did the same.
The seventh with 425 comments was my post on what David Cunliffe should say in his state of the nation post. Participative online democracy is alive and well!
The sixth with 482 comments was Anthony R0bins’ thoughts on lessons to be learned from the 2014 election loss for the left. The post and comments should be compulsory reading for the Labour and Green caucuses and for senior members in both parties.
The fifth with 486 comments was the announcement of Andrew Little’s election as Labour leader. The initial response of Standarnistas to the announcement of his candidacy was mixed but as time has gone by and with some assured performances his standing dramatically improved.
The fourth most commented post with 507 comments was Karol’s post on Shane Jones’ resignation as a Member of Parliament. The use of public money to persuade an opposition MP to resign is normally something that would attract adverse comment if not investigation by the authorities. The comments focussed on the implications for a future Labour Green Government and also the techniques used by National to persuade 15 of its MPs to stand down.
The third most commented on post with 509 comments was my post on the Mein Kampf distraction. This was published pre dirty politics yet the incident showed all the hallmarks of dirty politics as Slater used a smear and distract post to try and undermine Kim Dotcom and Mana. TV3 had a somewhat breathless release on how Dotcom owned a copy of Mein Kampf using information it appears was supplied by Slater. His post on the matter immediately followed the TV3 expose and the attack appeared to be coordinated and planned to disrupt the Internet Party launch occurring the day after.
The second most commented on post with 527 comments was the post of David Cunliffe’s speech A Nation of Opportunity published at the beginning of the year. The discussion and subsequent events set the tone for the year as the speech was put under the most intense media scrutiny. If only National’s offerings received the same treatment.
And the most commented post was Notices and Features Election Night Watch with 694 comments. It was not a good night …