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Some 2012 datawankery, courtesy of the infodumpster....

Metafilter

Who made the most posts?
- quin (226)
- Artw (221)
- the man of twists and turns (174)
- fearfulsymmetry (156)
- zarq (155)
All-time record holder: homunculus with 1193

Who made the most comments?
- Artw (6905)
- The Whelk (5853)
- homunculus (4954).
- delmoi (3425) (All-time record holder with 32717)
- elizardbits (3299)

Whose posts were most favorited?
- flex (7588) (By nearly 3000 favorites!)
- Artw (4856) (All-time record holder with 14675)
- zarq (4546)
- the man of twists and turns (4208)
- filthy light thief (3769)

Whose comments were most favorited?
- elizardbits (21174)
- The Whelk (21143) (All-time record holder with 57168)
- griphus (15857)
- Artw (12724)
- shakespeherian (11640)

Which posts had the most comments?
- gerryblog's US election post (8185) (All-time record holder)
- gerryblog's Mitt Romney fundraiser "47%" comment post (5187)
- Brandon Blatcher's Obama / Romney Rap Battle post (4475)
- booksherpa's Hurricane Sandy post (4136)
- sallybrown's Thrilla or Vanilla? post (3094)
A history of some of the longest threads on Metafilter, AskMe, Music and MetaTalk can be seen at the mefi wiki.

Which posts had the highest favorites to comments ratio?
- the neurochemistry of attraction and rejection by nickyskye (15:1)
- Wonders Of The World (Wide Web) by Bora Horza Gobuchul (15:1)
- A Compendium of Public-Domain Essays by misteraitch (30:2)
- ArtHistoryImages by ocherdracho (29:2)
- I keep the tank in Wales, I don't bring it down my road... by obscurator (14:1)
All-time record holder: Education For All by Bora Horza Gobuchul (32:1)

Which posts were the longest?
- High Weirdness By Mail by JHarris (82386)
- Coronet Instructional Films by Blasdelb (65816) (Blasdelb is by far the most prolific in this category, with six of the top ten longest posts this year, and three of the top ten of all time)
- The best free games from across the web by Rhaomi (60738)
- Annotated Filmography of Charlie Chaplin by Blasdelb (53227)
- Animating Medicine by Blasdelb (46517)

Which comments had the most favorites?
- codacorolla on the importance of public libraries (1040) (By more than 400 favorites)
- kyrademon tells a story, font-style (624)
- charlie don't surf regarding his forensic analysis of the Rodney King video (599)
- Slarty Bartfast takes his son to the perfect game (591)
- Admiral Haddock went to the NYC premiere of The Princess Bride, but had not counted on meeting Andre the Giant in the lobby. (548)
All-time record holder: Astro Zombie's Pixar story

Which comments were longest?
- delmoi's FIAMO (35357)
- Blasdelb's analysis of biblical passages regarding homosexuality, and how they apply to Christian doctrine (34014)
- Blasdelb on microbial evolution (32959)
- Z303 updates her "Demoscene - The Art of the Algorithms" post (27596)
- Rhaomi provides some "OLDNEW DAVESECRETARYATWORK STORIES" (25901)
All-time record holder: bigmusic, with a lot of exclamation marks


Ask Metafilter

Who had the most best answers in Ask MetaFilter during 2012?
- Ruthless Bunny (248)
- Sidhedevil (242)
- griphus (149)
- Sara C. (148)
- DarlingBri (145)
All-time record holder: Jessamyn (1099)


Who made the most posts?
- Anonymous (2302) (Current record holder: 15661)
- griphus (40)
- JoannaC (37)
- DisreputableDog (36)
- jsturgill (36)
- Admiral Haddock (34)
Non anonymous all-time record holder: zardoz (224)

Who made the most comments?
- Sidhedevil (3269)
- Ruthless Bunny (3088)
- griphus (1894)
- Sara C. (1813)
- DarlingBri (1749)
All-time record holder: Jessamyn (10805)

Whose posts were most favorited?
- Anonymous (16060)
- griphus (930)
- goosechasing (679)
- PuppetMcSockerson (627)
- DisreputableDog (610)
- Blasdelb (587)
All-time record holders: Anonymous (94684) and jasondigitized (2310)

Whose comments were most favorited?
- Sidhedevil (7963)
- DarlingBri (7461)
- the young rope-rider (7255)
- griphus (6793)
- Ruthless Bunny (6403)
All-time record holder: DarlingBri (17595)

Which posts have the most comments?
- Cat lost at Devil's Tower - help by k8t (380)
- How do you spot an amateur? by Blasdelb (373)
- Is my boyfriend controlling or am I making this into an issue when it's no big deal? by CheeseandRice (243)
- Gold teeth and a curse for this town were all in my mouth by holdkris99 (208)
- Is asking for immediate help from your partner unreasonable? by Anonymous (197)
All-time record holder: You were doing it wrong by colinmarshall (945)

Which posts have the highest favorites:comments ratio?
- Interior design blogs for us plebians? by zardoz (142:5)
- Language learning website using bilingual stories? by pont (96:4)
- Like all those fashion blogs. But for hair by Charity Garfein (43:3)
- Stuff. On my eyelids. How does it work? by Windigo (198:14)
- What are your five favourite websites of the last year? by rudhraigh (339:24)
All-time record holder: Freelance writing websites similar to textbroker and demand studios? by Tres

Which posts are the longest?
- how to get over an ex completely? by teaforone (17966)
- Hypomania or hype? by terretu (12685)
- I need a doctor who can help me with my problem, but what exactly IS my problem? by Argyle_Sock_Puppet (12570)
- hello i am a transperson; should i go to grad school? by BEE-EATING CAT-EATER (12373)
- I'm thinking of breaking up with you because you're depressed by Someone Else's Story (12273)
All-time record holders: Please suggest ways to improve my situation in life. by Anonymous and Why doesn't this page display correct in IE6? by mickbw

Which comments have the most favorites?
- rumposinc on the lessons one can take from a medical cadaver (534)
- psoas on a guy who invites you on a date and wants you to pay (264)
- cortex regarding the placement of mugs on The Daily Show set (from an anonymous commenter) (248)
- Monsieur Caution on regretting being honest (235)
- jessamyn offers an insight from an anonymous commenter. (227)
All-time record holder: tangerine on Ask Culture vs. Guess Culture(1391)

Which comments are the longest?
- satori_movement following up on the "How do I make a clean break?" post (22684)
- cairdeas gives relationship advice (20292)
- mondaygreens on mastering elementary mathematics to prepare for the GRE (19342)
- Blasdelb reposts a great comment from a previous askme about selling gold without getting ripped off (17080)
- nickrussell: In order to understand Los Angeles, one first must understand San Francisco. (16898)
All-time record holder: RichardP finds 2589 permutations for a set (while running into the AskMe comment character limit) (124514)
posted by zarq to MetaFilter-Related at 10:00 AM (120 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

The data set the infodumpster works off of was last updated on December 28. So there's a possibility that some of the numbers may be ever-so-slightly off.
posted by zarq at 10:04 AM on January 4, 2013


Wow, I am a lot more present in AskMe than I thought I was.

Also:

Whose comments were most favorited?
- elizardbits (21174)
- The Whelk (21143)


We know how to settle this.
posted by griphus at 10:06 AM on January 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


Some numbers may also be a bit off if the Infodumpster doesn't filter out counts of deleted posts or comments.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:06 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wow, I just now realized that shakespeherian is not actually shakesphereian. And here I was all this time imagining him as a rotund William Shakespeare.
posted by Afroblanco at 10:09 AM on January 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


He gets that a lot.
posted by zarq at 10:11 AM on January 4, 2013


...a rotund William Shakespeare.

O O O O
posted by griphus at 10:11 AM on January 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Jesus I need to step my game up.
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:11 AM on January 4, 2013


And here I was all this time imagining him as a rotund William Shakespeare.

Oh but he is! He was at the meetup on Wednesday and we just rolled him around the Goat shouting prithee and forsooth at him to taunt him.
posted by phunniemee at 10:12 AM on January 4, 2013 [9 favorites]


And here I thought he was so elegant.

So intelligent.
posted by griphus at 10:12 AM on January 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


CTRL+F 'carsonb' PHEW
posted by carsonb at 10:15 AM on January 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Nah, man. The worst part was that as he was flailing around trying to get his comically ill-proportioned limbs on the ground to right himself, he just kept saying, "I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THOSE WORDS MEAN." lol what a canker blossom.
posted by phunniemee at 10:15 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Griphus, if the avengers have taught us nothing it's the value of teamwork.

And butt shots.
posted by The Whelk at 10:18 AM on January 4, 2013


Which posts had the highest favorites to comments ratio?
- the neurochemistry of attraction and rejection by nickyskye (15:1)
- Wonders Of The World (Wide Web) by Bora Horza Gobuchul (15:1)
- A Compendium of Public-Domain Essays by misteraitch (30:2)


Pardon my math, but aren't 15:1 and 30:2... the same thing?
posted by xqwzts at 10:18 AM on January 4, 2013


Great post, zarq! Can we get MetaTalk facts, too?
posted by Chrysostom at 10:18 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


And butt shots.

Whatever happened to that official MeFi calendar of questionable taste?
posted by griphus at 10:20 AM on January 4, 2013


Pardon my math, but aren't 15:1 and 30:2... the same thing?

No you idiot those aren't ratios they're the actual favorite:comment counts.

Some people don't even know how to read anymore, jeez.
posted by xqwzts at 10:20 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


zarq: "jessamyn offers an insight from an anonymous commenter. (227)"

I was not prepared for what this comment was.
posted by boo_radley at 10:21 AM on January 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Can we get MetaTalk facts, too?

::dies:: :D

Sure. I can write them up and post 'em in a comment tomorrow. (As you might expect, this took a while to put together!) :)
posted by zarq at 10:21 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm Top 30 in AskMeFi comments. I'm not sure if I should be proud, or concerned.
posted by COD at 10:21 AM on January 4, 2013


butts lol
posted by Melismata at 10:22 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Welp, I quit my job that let me browse the internet for 8 hours a day and left the country for 3 months, and moved to a new city so my comment posting rate dropped way down, but even if I had kept up my pace from last year, Artw would have still topped me.
posted by empath at 10:29 AM on January 4, 2013


carsonb: "CTRL+F 'carsonb' PHEW"

I am glad the 'g' in griphus is lower-case, otherwise I would've done quite a few double takes on reading that post!
posted by Grither at 10:36 AM on January 4, 2013


I missed the favorites:comments ratio leaderboard by a hair, darn.

Here's to another year of overzealous media consumption!
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:37 AM on January 4, 2013


What is the emotion one humblebrags about? Proudbarrassed?
posted by griphus at 10:43 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wow, I just now realized that shakespeherian is not actually shakesphereian.

Wait, what?
posted by shakespherian at 10:45 AM on January 4, 2013 [21 favorites]


DON'T MESS WITH MY MIND, SHAKES.
posted by zarq at 10:45 AM on January 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


I suspect many of these numbers will change as people visit these links!
This one really got me.
posted by Glinn at 10:49 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Can we get MetaTalk facts, too?

Wait - MetaTalk has other subsites now? When did that happen?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:50 AM on January 4, 2013


One thing I've been kind of curious about that is not covered by the infodumpster is which posts have the most tags.
posted by Blasdelb at 10:52 AM on January 4, 2013


Damn I gotta step it up. I'm never going to make the bigs with my half assed commenting. I should really be focused on internet commenting full time.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:54 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


METATALK FACTS

Posting in MetaTalk is illegal in 12 countries but is rarely enforced.

MetaTalk comes to us from Italian, the name for a burned loaf or bread or soured wine

MetaTalk's color comes from the famous Maftiere Tali ranching hound, a " spoiler" breed designed ti throw aphames and loose. It is extinct.

MetaTalk is the only word in the English Language to contain the words MetaTalk
posted by The Whelk at 11:00 AM on January 4, 2013 [11 favorites]


So you're telling me Shmetatalk isn't an English word?
posted by bondcliff at 11:01 AM on January 4, 2013


Only in the Northeast and Yiddish theatre.
posted by The Whelk at 11:06 AM on January 4, 2013


And I was having a productive day... no more. But seriously, thanks, this is awesome.
posted by k8lin at 11:07 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I love these types of posts, because I get to catch up on all the quality input from the year prior that I missed in my overoccupied state.

Thanks, zarq!
posted by batmonkey at 11:08 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Which posts had the most comments?

MetaFilter sure does love it some politics.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:10 AM on January 4, 2013


I'm the 2nd most favorited mefite... in Rhode Island.
posted by Slap*Happy at 11:16 AM on January 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


The Whelk: "a " spoiler" breed designed ti throw aphames and loose."

the whelk you are drunk
posted by boo_radley at 11:18 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Not sure whether it's worse to have more AskMe comments or more AskMe posts.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 11:22 AM on January 4, 2013


I'm the 2nd most favorited mefite... in Rhode Island.
posted by Slap*Happy at 11:16 AM on January 4 [+] [!]


I'm the 2nd most favorited MeFite... in my pants.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:24 AM on January 4, 2013


No, the Whelk's autocorrect is acting up - if I'm reading that correctly, it should have been:

"MetaTalk's color comes from the famous Maftiere Tali ranching house, a "spider bread" designed from titanium to grow aphanes and loosestrife. It is smelly.

posted by Slap*Happy at 11:24 AM on January 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Is there a way to see how many anonymous AskMe posts I made? I want to see if I actually had 52 questions this year.
posted by griphus at 11:24 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Spider Breads where once common, but a tax on them in the 15th century led to the creation of " false spider bread" now known as mittens, the tradition continues to this day.
posted by The Whelk at 11:27 AM on January 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Is there a way to see how many anonymous AskMe posts I made?

You made 9 anonymous askme posts. Give me a moment and I'll link to them individually here.

(kidding, kidding)
posted by zarq at 11:27 AM on January 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


" MetaTalk" referes to conversation the wealthy would have with each other before conversing with the local peasant folk, the talk before and about the talk, mostly MetaTalk consisted of " ugh look at this one" and " do we really have to do this?" which begat the common slur that someone being rude was "Speaking above ones head." This would later be bowlderized and softened to " that went over my head" to describe a confusing or poorly understood phrase, rather than referring to an outright insult.
posted by The Whelk at 11:32 AM on January 4, 2013


It was 10 anonymous askme posts.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:32 AM on January 4, 2013


> ...Artw would have still topped me.

If this should come to pass at some point in the future, please do (not) post photos.
posted by heyho at 11:35 AM on January 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


If this should come to pass at some point in the future, please do (not) post photos.

Yeah, video sells better. 1080p please!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:38 AM on January 4, 2013


Zero to slashfic in 47 comments, I'm proud of you.
posted by The Whelk at 11:38 AM on January 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


After reading through a couple of the linked treasures, I think Blasdelb should team up with Matthew Vines. Well done. Was surprised to see fewer favourites than I expected, but then noted the setting it was posted in and nearness to the end of the thread. Still! Good stuff.

Also: there is no "worse" about posting or answering in AskMe, really, as long as participation is in good faith. I don't understand why it's looked upon so sneeringly by some when it has some of the best features of the whole MetaFilter world: great resource, great contributors, and endlessly interesting.
posted by batmonkey at 11:50 AM on January 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Wow, this is fantastic. And now I feel better about my MegaPosts. I'm not even on the top 10 this year! In fact, I haven't been #1 ever!

Though I am confused about how my Royal Institution Christmas Lectures post of 2010, with it's mere 33,390 characters in the main post was cut off by system limitations, when Nomyte's awesome 17 Hours of Russian Animation post clocked in at 90,521 characters. The character counts appear to be based on HTML, not displayed characters.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:54 AM on January 4, 2013


batmonkey, I know a lot of people sneer at AskMe, but it wasn't my intention to do so. I love it and plan to post there again soon.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 11:55 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also: there is no "worse" about posting or answering in AskMe, really, as long as participation is in good faith. I don't understand why it's looked upon so sneeringly by some when it has some of the best features of the whole MetaFilter world: great resource, great contributors, and endlessly interesting.

I think the split between the Blue and Green (or White and White, if you're the professional sort) is due to the Blue being the original MetaFilter, and the Green is a sub-site. I could imagine that people who came to MetaFilter for the posts on the main site would be surprised to find that they actually spend more time trying to be helpful and answer questions (or posing questions of their own).

But for more direct sneering, I could see AskMe being (incorrectly) lumped with Yahoo Answers and other crowd-sourced solution sites. It could be a mental evaluation made without thought, or intentional.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:57 AM on January 4, 2013


I think it's one of Ramones/Sex Pistols things where the Ramones (MeFi) were on the scene first but the Sex Pistols (AskMe) rode that wave and got more popular than the Ramones ever were.

Meanwhile, MeTa is G.G. Allin throwing feces around a squat.
posted by griphus at 12:00 PM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, zarq, it looks like a bunch of the (NUMBERS) links are pointing at the wrong things.
posted by griphus at 12:03 PM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


If we include MetaTalk I really clean up on the longest comment category, except that it was a stratagem to test the limits of comment size. However, I at least had the sense to do my spamming inside an attribute so that the text of the comment is only 8 words.
posted by Rhomboid at 12:08 PM on January 4, 2013


IN MY DEFENSE I spent about 6 weeks with ritalin-induced amphetamine psychosis and another 2 months on no meds at all.
posted by elizardbits at 12:08 PM on January 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


griphus however has no excuse
posted by elizardbits at 12:09 PM on January 4, 2013


I'm the 2nd most favorited MeFite... in my pants.

Compared to RI, there's less institutional corruption in your pants, but the food is worse. A bit like Massachusetts. So, there you have it: Massachusetts is pants.
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:11 PM on January 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


My presence in this list is a clear indication that I need to stop being semi-un/under-employed, stat.
posted by Sara C. at 12:13 PM on January 4, 2013


Rustic Etruscan: ah, I understand. My apologies.

I think that some of that sneering got to me and I've been a little irritated about that for a while - while I paid up in '06, I'd been reading for a looong time prior, yet it took until '08 to finally delve into AskMe...and I was shocked at how useful, fun, and thoughtful it was. I don't know what I expected of it, but not what it is, hence my overeager defense of it.
posted by batmonkey at 12:14 PM on January 4, 2013


I have (fortunately?) never actually seen this sneering, but then I am not exactly Captain Paying Attention. Where does it happen? I mean, talking about other subsites -- in the gossipy "what they do over there" sense, not the "check out this relevant thing happening here" sense -- is considered about as gauche as talking about favorites outside of an official discussion of favorites.

Plus, it's not like anyone who spends a significant portion of their MeFi time on the gray has a leg to stand on about sneering over someone else's habits.
posted by griphus at 12:18 PM on January 4, 2013


Wait I don't get an excuse?
posted by The Whelk at 12:19 PM on January 4, 2013


It's that over in the Green you have the plebs asking questions about insipid things like what they should name their kittehs and over on the Blue you have more high-brow posts like videos of corgis falling asleep.

TOTALLY DIFFERENT.
posted by phunniemee at 12:21 PM on January 4, 2013 [9 favorites]


MOAR METATALK FACTS PLEESE
posted by slogger at 12:21 PM on January 4, 2013


From now on my assumption is that all anonymous AskMes are really griphus.
posted by Sara C. at 12:22 PM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Don't you work from home, Whelk?
posted by griphus at 12:22 PM on January 4, 2013


FACT

MetaTalk is 18% Riboflavin by volume, which is why it cannot be legally sold in the EU.
posted by The Whelk at 12:23 PM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


FEAR OF SPIDERS IS ARACHNOPHOBIA. FEAR OF CLOWNS IS COULROPHOBIA. FEAR OF METATALK IS JUST COMMON SENSE.

Wait wrong website sorry.
posted by phunniemee at 12:23 PM on January 4, 2013


Nothing I do can be called work, griphus..
posted by The Whelk at 12:24 PM on January 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


So does this mean that griphus is actually a member of the Clinton family?
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 12:25 PM on January 4, 2013


FACT

MetaTalk was original established by the mods as the as the Mandate of Dramastine. The "Thunderdome" nickname came from the unexplained and ongoing lighting strikes to the server hosting MeTa.
posted by griphus at 12:27 PM on January 4, 2013


I am happy that people find my many, many, many comments on askmefi useful/interesting/funny/horrible. Happy New Year, everyone.
posted by the young rope-rider at 12:30 PM on January 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


Rhomboid: "If we include MetaTalk I really clean up on the longest comment category, except that it was a stratagem to test the limits of comment size. However, I at least had the sense to do my spamming inside an attribute so that the text of the comment is only 8 words."

Hey! I'm in the top four and five for something. I knew that crapflooding with the Treaty of Westphalia would pay off someday.
posted by double block and bleed at 12:45 PM on January 4, 2013


I am actually kind of embarrassed that my contribution to this Top5ucopia is a snarky tossed-off one-liner that I regretted writing shortly thereafter.

But really, second most-favorited AskMe comment of the year? Jesus.
posted by psoas at 12:48 PM on January 4, 2013


double block and bleed: "Hey! I'm in the top four and five for something. I knew that crapflooding with the Treaty of Westphalia would pay off someday."

Let's be clear about this: I appreciate you posting me but I'm not paying you anything.
posted by Treaty of Westphalia at 12:49 PM on January 4, 2013 [4 favorites]



We know how to settle this.


I was hoping for a dance-off.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 12:50 PM on January 4, 2013


In an airport.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:11 PM on January 4, 2013


Flash Mob!

Please don't. Really.
posted by slogger at 1:26 PM on January 4, 2013


OK, everyone, when you get to JFK International, make sure you have your plate of beans with you.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 1:44 PM on January 4, 2013


...

Man.
posted by Artw at 2:01 PM on January 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Whoa. Did I really make the most posts? How the hell did that happen?
posted by quin at 2:16 PM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sleep posting. Posting. In your sleep.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:24 PM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


That would explain the TAB key lodged in quin's forehead.
posted by arcticseal at 2:27 PM on January 4, 2013


Actually that's been there for a while; it was the result of a catastrophic keyboard failure back in the flame wars of 2010. Someone threw a live Rickroll into the room we were in, and I jumped on it to save the commenters around me.

I still wake up at night screaming sometimes.
posted by quin at 2:34 PM on January 4, 2013 [8 favorites]


Compared to RI, there's less institutional corruption in your pants

Another problem with Favorites in RI is that you are always giving up 10-15% in kickbacks to legislators on various favorite-laundering schemes. Don't believe me? Go up to some of the small restaurants on Federal Hill; you'll see shady-looking fatcats trading bags of favorites for co-sponsorships all the frakin' time.

And honestly, I don't want to meet the person who has more institutional corruption in their pants than RI....
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:42 PM on January 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


...if the Infodumpster doesn't filter out counts of deleted posts or comments...

Halfway down the list I started looking for the "worst of" awards: most metatalk callouts, most deleted posts and comments, most flagged, and the timeout leaderboard. Who's posts had the most attempted doubles? Who had the last word [last comment] in the most threads? Who made the most favorites, and did the most flagging? Who lost the most favorites? Who made the most edits? What are the banhammer batting stats for each mod?

But if the infodump doesn't track those, then I guess we can only have nice things.
(We could still graph them, though).
posted by ceribus peribus at 2:49 PM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


ceribus peribus: "Who had the last word [last comment] in the most threads? "

This has come up in MeTa before, although I can't find the thread. I ranked pretty high on the list; I often leave a threads unread in my browser for a long time, and end up leaving a comment after all the discussion has died down.
posted by Chrysostom at 2:55 PM on January 4, 2013


At the end of time Homoculous will be allowed an edit window in which to add revelant closing links to all the threads.
posted by Artw at 3:07 PM on January 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


As will Ericb, god of follow up links.
posted by The Whelk at 3:12 PM on January 4, 2013


I like to imagine ericb and homunculus have a friendly rivalry going.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:13 PM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Now that we have the edit window can we have a 'Best Editing' category?
posted by mazola at 3:14 PM on January 4, 2013


Now that we have the edit window can we have a 'Best Editing' category?

No.

Edited to add: Actually, it's not my call

(FYI: Not really "Edited to add" for real. God I'm so afraid of getting into trouble, I had to stop all over my not very funny joke. It's like elementary school all over again.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:36 PM on January 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


Hmm, filthy light thief, if I c&p your displayed text & run it through wc, I get (lines words chars):
  177 2860 17495  (vs infodumpster 33390)
and nomyte's:
  177 8823 54946  (vs infodumpster 90521)
posted by Westringia F. at 3:40 PM on January 4, 2013


If one of the categories was, who made the most comments in the Ask category "clothing, beauty, & fashion" during 2012, excluding Sidhedevil, I'd be first!

And I'm also first in the category who posted the most Ask questions in the category "pets & animals" during 2012, excluding Anonymous and patheral.

Very exciting!
posted by insectosaurus at 4:54 PM on January 4, 2013


I made the most comments list!

Also, I was unemployed
posted by zippy at 5:03 PM on January 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Datawankery just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Thanks, zarq!
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 5:11 PM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wow, I just now realized that shakespeherian is not actually shakesphereian

An e or not an e, that is the question.
posted by SpacemanStix at 7:07 PM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, I was unemployed

I was not. Which would explain why none of my filing has been done since September.

September 2011.

posted by elizardbits at 7:40 PM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


As requested, here are the stats for....

MetaTalk

Who made the most posts?
- griphus (16)
- mathowie (13) (User 1 is the all-time record holder with 468)
- pb (9)
- zarq (9)
- Wordshore (8)
Non-mod all-time record holder: MiguelCardoso (172)

Who made the most comments?
- jessamyn (1963)
- cortex (1844)
- zarq (1369)
- The Whelk (1224)
- Brandon Blatcher (1095)
All-time record holder: cortex (23268). Non-mod record holder: stavrosthewonderchicken (8317)

Whose posts were most favorited?
- mathowie (579) (Our fearless leader holds the all-time record with 1719)
- peppermintfreddo (196)
- k8t (179)
- stupidsexyFlanders (172)
- mrs holdkris99 (172)
Non-mod all-time record holder: carsonb (600)

Whose comments were most favorited?
- jessamyn (7669) (All-time record holder: 37709)
- cortex (7188)
- elizardbits (4843)
- griphus (4330)
- zarq (2879)
Non-mod all-time record holder: The Whelk (9619)

Which posts have the most comments?
- April Frist! by filthy light thief (2030)
- Girlzone by eas98 (1973)
- holdkris99's death was a hoax. by cortex (1339)
- Comment Editing by pb (1009)
- Bored now by Acheman (779)
All-time record holder: Sans quoi? by heatherann (3649)

Which posts in MetaTalk have the highest favorites:comments ratio?
Note: most of these were closed by the mods.
- jobs + home + ??? by royalsong (65:8)
- Unfavorite is my unfavorite by airing nerdy laundry (21:3)
- Everybody Has One by trinity8-director (6:1)
- A Mefi profile guide: recommending web hosting, domain registrar, cms, e-mail services by Foci for Analysis (92:30)
- Everything alright? by MattMangels (3:1)
All-time record holder: Can a n00b post to MetaTalk? by econous (25:1)

Which posts are the longest?
Note: 6 of the top 10 on this list are podcast posts
- This is how I tell it, ohhhhhhhhhh but it's long by mrs holdkris99 (23305)
- 68: Best Post Contest Results by mathowie (14700)
- 70: phylactery, gegenschein, narthex, miasma & catarrh by mathowie (13719)
- 72: Best Post Contest Results by mathowie (8702)
- 71: Best Concert Ever by mathowie (8458)
- Top post in this category by a non-mod and someone not trying to scam the community: sort the beans into four categories, decide each one is the less-preferred option. by rebent (6018).
- All-time record holder: Of making many books by paduasoy (26991)

Which comments have the most favorites?
- Greg Nog on being invulnerable to geese (304)
- ook makes a popular request (264)
- mathowie responds to the holdkris99 hoax (263)
- scody responds to the holdkris99 hoax (257)
- koeselitz on the Men's Rights Movement (211)
All-time record holder: Ian A.T. on the sad future fate of the AskMetafilter server (635)

Which comments are the longest?
- not_on display gives us all the finger (21100)
- Skygazer posts The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot by Skygazer (20542)
- Blasdelb waxes passionately about phages (14748)
- the latin mouse discusses targeting facebook ads (14271)
- LordSludge defends himself against an accusation of sexism (14051)
All-time record holder: Rhomboid, who cleverly crammed 256K into 6 visible characters in a post referred to earlier in this thread (255990). Honorable all-time mention: brain_drain's post quoting the biography of Helen Keller (206130)
posted by zarq at 9:03 PM on January 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


Who made the most posts?
- griphus (16)


I win!
posted by griphus at 9:43 PM on January 4, 2013


(...the annoyance of any mod on duty.)
posted by griphus at 9:44 PM on January 4, 2013


griphus all this data makes us look like giant nerds
posted by elizardbits at 9:48 PM on January 4, 2013


griphus, and you didn't even flame out.


Hmm, filthy light thief, if I c&p your displayed text & run it through wc

My character total came out close to the listed total from Infodump by copying the HTML of the post into MS Word and checking the character count there. I didn't check Nomyte's character total, assuming it was close if my post was. pb talked about the length cap on comments:
We have a 512,000 character limit set for text at the ColdFusion level. I was confused because Rhomboid's comment text that made it though was about half that. Since this is UTF-8 text, it must be throwing off a standard "character" for ColdFusion.

Anyway, 256,000 characters seems like an ok upper-limit. That's almost three treaties westphalia.
But nothing there about limits on FPP lengths.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:54 PM on January 4, 2013


Don't encourage these weirdos.
posted by fleacircus at 10:36 PM on January 4, 2013


Do we know the total number of comments in that period?
posted by ambient2 at 12:08 AM on January 5, 2013


This was an heroic effort, zarq, bravo!

In my dream Mefi we have an employee with the official position title of Metafilter Datawanker who does nothing but wank data all day and night and serves it to us in myriad splendid and intriguing ways. When the site is dull and uninspired, s/he serves up a dashing and provocative histogram appetizer to whet our posting hunger; when skies are gray and spirits are down, a tasty and filling pie chart to soothe our souls; when things are tense and testy, a gentle amuse bouche of unexpected correlations. I long to know how organic food sales affect number of favorites, for example. Do we need to relax and wind down after work? An "Open Bar" Chart of time and frequency cocktails! And, O! The Venn Diagram Buffet every Friday! Wear your yoga pants!
posted by taz (staff) at 12:45 AM on January 5, 2013 [8 favorites]


Who's never made it on a list?

sniff
posted by infini at 6:00 AM on January 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Datawanker sounds like Jughead's kind of job..y'know right up there with HamburgerTaster and MattressTester
posted by infini at 6:01 AM on January 5, 2013


It's a rather different job on the Enterprise, though.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:26 AM on January 5, 2013 [4 favorites]




infini, you're just not applying yourself. I bet that if you really worked at it, slacked at your job, gave up real-life social relationships, and really and truly devoted your time and effort to metafilter, then you, too, could play second fiddle to griphus.

It's really all about envisioning what's possible and setting your mind to it.
posted by phunniemee at 7:51 AM on January 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


Whose comments were most favorited? All-time record holder: DarlingBri (17595)

I had no idea. I mean, I was vaguely aware I am approaching 25,000 favourites (I am planning to buy myself a cupcake) but I didn't realise there were records or that I held one. That's big fun, thanks for pointing it out. Also, that is a classy list of people to find myself lumped with. Like, I actually feel better dressed now than I did when I put this bathrobe on this morning. Way to go, Ask!
posted by DarlingBri at 7:56 AM on January 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


...then you, too, could play second fiddle to griphus.
posted by griphus at 8:27 AM on January 5, 2013


> Whose comments were most favorited?
- jessamyn (7669) (All-time record holder: 37709)
- cortex (7188)
- elizardbits (4843)


Clearly, elizardbits should be made a mod.
posted by languagehat at 8:31 AM on January 5, 2013


Sure, if you want to warm your hands for a bit over the burning wreckage of metafilter before the zombies eat you.
posted by elizardbits at 8:38 AM on January 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


You give yourself far, far too little credit.

The fire will destroy the zombies as well.
posted by griphus at 8:56 AM on January 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also, my hands are very, very cold, seeing as I'm already a zombie.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:37 AM on January 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is there a way to see how many anonymous AskMe posts I made?

FYI, I can tell you this if you drop me an email. I don't know which posts you've made but I can tell you how many you've made.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:05 AM on January 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


[visualize wastepaperbasket under desk overflowing with many crumpled pieces of parchment bearing words meant to be this comment, written and torn up]
posted by infini at 2:09 PM on January 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


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