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The ten most commented on posts for 2013

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, December 31st, 2013 - 23 comments
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And by popular demand here are the ten most commented posts for 2013.  Open mike posts, which often contain a number of comments, were not included.  Collectively the posts show the desire to tease out the subtleties of issues as well as the need to engage in verbal warfare with the many right wingers who post here, some of whom post with sufficient style and humour that their presence is welcome.

Number 10 was Eddie’s post on David Cunliffe showing leadership steel with regards to Jenny Michie.  She had made an inocululous comment about how Grant Robertson’s sexuality could cause some resistance to his becoming PM just before the leadership campaign started.  Rather than engage in a debate that could have sidetracked his campaign Cunliffe dealt with it by standing Jenny down to show that it was not going to be an issue.  The debate that then occurred in 351 comments showed a great deal of aroha for Jenny and an interesting mix of views as well as condemnation of Clare Curran for a rather bizarre tweet.

Number 9 was my post asking if in the light of Children’s Commissioner Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills’ call for a bipartisan political approach to child poverty there was a prospect of this happening?  353 comments later and it appeared the answer was a regrettable no.  There was still an insistence by some on debating the causes and the appropriate measurement of child poverty rather than deciding that our kids deserve better and just doing something.

Number 8 was a notices and features post on amnesty being offered by the Standard moderators to those who have been banned from the site previously.  There were 362 comments but none by Pete George.  Farmboy showed his inability to understand the meaning of the word “amnesty” by getting himself rebanned for breaching the policy …

Number 7 was Irish Bill’s post on Susan Devoy being appointed Race Relations Conciliator with 393 comments.  Irish’s suggestion that Devoy’s appointment was essentially Judith Collins telling liberal New Zealand to f**k itself was right on the money.  The comments then covered a number of areas including Devoy’s lack of qualifications, Race Relations generally, the anti intellectualism bent of some New Zealanders and National’s internal factional wars.

Number 6 was a notices and features post on Revolting Young with 400 comments.  The post itself was no more than a Bernard Hickey tweet suggesting that baby boomers have dominated politics for the past decade but the comments covered a number of areas including the Kiwi diaspora, the division of wealth, and issues relating to the ageing of the population.

Number 5 was Zetetec’s post Labour hating on the left which commented on Trevor Mallard attacking the Greens through Twitter for their quantitate easing  policy.  A total of 432 comments were made, many of them critical of Trevor.

Number 4 was my post speculating on whether John Tamihere would become a Labour MP.  There were 453 comments, and pretty well all of them opposed the proposal.

Number 3 was the notices and features post about David Shearer being confirmed as Labour leader in February of this year with 511 comments.

Runner up was my post about David Cunliffe entering the Labour leadership race with 529 comments.  The sense of optimism was palpable.

And the winner is … [another drum roll] … r0b for his post on Labour’s new housing policy with 702 comments.  This appears to be the most commented on post in TS history.  Congratulations r0b and a chocolate fish is heading your way.


23 comments on “The ten most commented on posts for 2013”

    • fender 1.1

      Oh you poor wee thing, your hero wasn’t the subject of any of the top 10. Never mind, his defamation case may make the list in a years time.

      • chris73 1.1.1

        I didn’t think I’d be the subject of post, at least not yet anyway 😉

        • fender

          Bit of a stretch to claim you are the subject of the post! 😉 But I suppose you were the ONE *popular* requestor, so you can retire satisfied with your services to counting 😉 y dink.

          • chris73

            Just humbly trying to help this blog remain relevant, look at redalert to see what happens when everyone agrees 🙂

            • fender

              You can worry about that when (hell freezes over) Mallard and Curran have posts here on a daily basis ❗

  1. r0b 2

    Yum yum.

    Hang on – fixing links….

    … done (MS, your links were to internal edit pages, not the viewable pages).

    Happy New Year All. I’ll be happy when my tents are dry….

    • karol 2.1

      Happy New year, r0b. And congrats!

      Hoping for dry weather in the next few days!

      • r0b 2.1.1

        Cheers karol – thanks for that. The forecast for Dunedin is fine today, then days of rain and wind. But I only need one day to dry the camping gear, so all good!

        Thanks to you, and MS, and all other writers for keeping the home fires burning here. I’m due a couple of months without internet connection shortly, but still hoping to get back here after that is over…

    • alwyn 2.2

      Oh dear, you should have taken Lyndon Johnson’s advice.
      You remember the one?. It is better to have your enemies inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in. Keeps the tent drier that way.

  2. Tracey 3

    Looking forward to your return rOb.

    and chris?

    Your pm has no clothes

  3. Philj 4

    And the 10 least commented on posts for 2013…?
    Hoping for a happier New Year for more Kiwis in 2014!

  4. Tracey 5

    Chris you are more naked than you will ever comprehend.

    fender mallard and curran daily here posting? As who??

    • fender 5.1

      Chris73 can worry about TS becoming irrelevant when Mallard and Curran post here daily as themselves .

      • chris73 5.1.1

        I’m just a helpful kinda guy

        • fender

          ShonKey is grateful for your attempts to be helpful to his agenda, just don’t expect any thanks or recognition while he’s busy restacking his gold-filled safe.

          Are there any Tories you would feel comfortable criticising, or is your faith blind?

          • chris73

            National could go more to the right but thats just a minor quibble, overall they’re doing all right

  5. Tracey 6

    Ah… sorry. Its hot up here in auckland today. Am in shock

  6. tricledrown 7

    Its is one of our best kept secrets lprent .
    Now blingish has gone its even better.
    Southland is one of the most beautiful areas in NZ.
    Being sparsely populated makes it even better no traffic jams.

  7. Tanz 8

    election year will be fun, can’t wait. not long now…

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