When was the last time a FPP neared 700 comments? June 2, 2013 9:03 PM   Subscribe

http://​www.​metafilter​.com​/128626​/Matt-Smith-is-leaving-Doctor-Who - Is there a way to search, sort, organized based on what's generated the most discussion?
posted by smallerdemon to MetaFilter-Related at 9:03 PM (14 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite



We don't have any features that do that here. The Infodumpster (powered by the infodump) is your best bet.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:14 PM on June 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


Thanks to you both. I'm always fascinated when a FPP hits big numbers in comments.
posted by smallerdemon at 9:22 PM on June 2, 2013


The wiki also has some discussion regarding the longest threads in MetaFilter history.
posted by RichardP at 9:36 PM on June 2, 2013


700 is not that big in these parts.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:37 PM on June 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh, it's also worth noting that on occasion conversations have been continued in newly created threads due to the unwieldyness of an existing long one.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:40 PM on June 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


700 is not that big in these parts.

It just looks small when held in your huge hands.
posted by The Whelk at 11:52 PM on June 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Congrats to all Dr Who fans.
posted by mullacc at 12:07 AM on June 3, 2013


Yes, the All-Time All-Sites Record is 8,185 comments by the Election Night 2012 thread, including four comments made within two minutes before closing.

The current MetaTalk record holder is still open, the 'Alphabethread' (as I have christened it, to overwhelming disinterest), which a few die-hards (myself included) have been attempting to push toward the All-Sites record, but appears to have run out of gas just short of 5,000 comments. With 12 days and 14 hours left, it's not impossible, but would require regaining a lot of lost momentum.

Then again, I wouldn't mind seeing the Doctor Who thread take off and become a contender - I'm sure that new rumors about the 'Next Doctor' will be surfacing daily and driving some response. I'm also personally pleased that my last comment there (so far), analyzing the likelihood of certain changes for the next regeneration got a handful of responses... mostly factual refutations of the thoughts that had come out of my ass. If that's what it takes, I'll throw in some conjecture about casting certain former Monty Python members as the Time Lord, or maybe Roger Daltry - he played a kind of an Evil Time Lord in a few episodes of "Sliders", didn't he?
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:01 AM on June 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


From my hasty count of the infodump, there are more than 110 posts with more than 700 comments. The most recent post to break the 700 mark went well beyond that, with almost 5,000 comments in Boston in lockdown as hunt for marathon bombers unfolds (warning: long load time). The thread started on April 19, and the last comments were posted on May 16th.

This year, there have already been a handful to break 700 comments, including both of the Boston Marathon threads. There were more last year, due to a number of the big election threads heading into live blogging territory.

Looking back, Now this is something I just don't get. is one of the first threads with a ton of comments. It was posted by Matt on March 28, 2000, and ended up with 1,614 comments, but comments were still posted up to September 20, 2002!
posted by filthy light thief at 9:04 AM on June 3, 2013


The threads that involved a lot of live-blogging comments might decrease somewhat in the future, now that Chat is a bona fide Official Feature.
posted by stopgap at 3:02 PM on June 3, 2013


The threads that involved a lot of live-blogging comments might decrease somewhat in the future, now that Chat is a bona fide Official Feature.

That is sort of one of our hopes.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:13 PM on June 3, 2013


The Betty Draper thread is over 2000, and we have a Mad Men thread like every week!
posted by Mister_A at 6:52 PM on June 3, 2013


Looking back, "Now this is something I just don't get." (aka "1142") is one of the first threads with a ton of comments. It was posted by Matt on March 28, 2000, and ended up with 1,614 comments, but comments were still posted up to September 20, 2002!

It predated any 30-day window on comments (which may have been instituted on September 20, 2002, that being the last day for comments on that thread AND the one that first beat its record, "metafilter parody" ("9622").

It also preceded the creation of MetaTalk, being a 'Metafilter-Related' post made by Mathowie that most certainly would've ended up on the grey today.

Just the fact that I remember this MetaFilter history makes me feel old... but not as old as if I couldn't remember it.
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:11 PM on June 4, 2013


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