Stephen Den Beste's 1000th comment January 23, 2001 8:41 AM   Subscribe

Stephen Den Beste's next comment will be his 1000th. Congrats, although Matt is still kicking all asses in terms of thread postings.
posted by norm to MetaFilter-Related at 8:41 AM (30 comments total)

Hrm, I guess I won't be able to squeeze in 33 comments before Steven gets his 1 in.

Actually, I just looked, and he's there. Congrats Steven. Pretty much all of 'em have been worthwhile, too, which is definitely more than I can say about my own. :-)
posted by cCranium at 9:50 AM on January 23, 2001


He is up to 1002 at this point, and only increasing his lead.

I'm sure a good 30% of my posts are me correcting my spelling from my last post, so I too am awed by SDB's quality track record. Well done.
posted by thirteen at 11:56 AM on January 23, 2001


Someone needs to get their own weblog . . .
posted by alan at 12:24 PM on January 23, 2001


<pout>

I broke a thousand a while back, and no one feted me.

:-)
posted by baylink at 12:34 PM on January 23, 2001


Aww... happy belated 1000th. heh.
I'm still like, at least 500 away for a thousand, maybe I aughta go back and post "hey" on every post starting in 99. Message stuffing, huh?
posted by tiaka at 1:02 PM on January 23, 2001


Person with most messages? Who was the first to break the thousand mark? Who posted most links? Best mefi poster ever? Contest to break 2000?
posted by tiaka at 1:04 PM on January 23, 2001


Remember I have almost a year's lead on most members, so my 600 threads were spread out along 365 days you probably weren't here.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:06 PM on January 23, 2001


I dunno, Matt... I've been here an awfully long time, and you have 10x the links I do... Of course, I always exercise a lot of thought and restraint in my posting behaviour, so that must account for my low numbers.

*cough*


posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 1:29 PM on January 23, 2001


thirteen: I don't think his lead's gaining, actually. He got here ~200 users (or ~5 weeks :-) before I did. I think I'm closing the gap...
posted by cCranium at 2:05 PM on January 23, 2001


I had thought and restraint once, but I put some ointment on and they went away.
posted by john at 2:07 PM on January 23, 2001


There can be only one.
posted by thirteen at 2:47 PM on January 23, 2001


Someone needs to get their own weblog . . .

"My problem, and the reason I don't have a web log, is that I can't come up with material daily."

Now, as then, I respectfully disagree.

If Stephen starts 107 threads between now and Feb. 27, he will have averaged one thread a day for an entire year. Impossible? He has posted 38 in the past 23 days, so 107 is not only possible but, I would assert, likely.

(This should not be taken as a slam. I just have to wonder what would happen if all 3155 members felt it was their duty to post a link every day. Perhaps it's already happened, hence Matt's call for discretion.)
posted by luke at 4:07 PM on January 23, 2001


In my opinion, 1.5 links/day is way too many links for one member to be posting here. That's more than some people post to their own personal weblogs.
posted by rcade at 7:12 PM on January 23, 2001


Damn, Luke, I was looking for that comment and just couldn't formulate the right search, nor even remember the right period of time it was posted in. And a thousand pardons, Baylink; if I had known you had that many comments I would have mentioned your overall comment lead (at least I think it is. . . ). I still kinda want to see the other stats discussed; like post/comment ratio and average comment per thread posted rating. But then I'm not nearly clever enough to parse the data myself.


posted by norm at 8:40 PM on January 23, 2001


I hadn't seen this thread when I ranted, but since it's already done, I might as well be the jerk and point out the little rant on my site that's relevant to this thread...

Bring on the flames.
posted by anildash at 11:24 PM on January 23, 2001


I dunno, CuJoe... I've been here an awfully long time, and you have 10x the links I do... Of course, I always exercise a lot of thought and restraint in my posting behaviour, so that must account for my low numbers.

posted by dangerman at 7:59 AM on January 24, 2001


in the name of truth, justice, free arsdigita polls and linkslutting,
I proudly present:

"can/does steven come up with enough material for a weblog on a daily basis?"

no butterfly ballots -- and that's a promise!
posted by lia at 9:50 AM on January 24, 2001


Warning: Failed opening 'sbdpoll.html' for inclusion (include_path='./:/etc/apache/php') in /home/.divinepurrs/lia/cheesedip/index.php on line 75

The RNC struck again!
posted by tiaka at 10:30 AM on January 24, 2001


I would hope we don't get mean-spirited about this. A poll seems a bit much. This isn't an intervention.
posted by luke at 10:33 AM on January 24, 2001


I would agree. I'm as big a prick as the next guy, but that seems a little overboard.
posted by anildash at 11:17 AM on January 24, 2001


dang, that should've been http://cheesedip.com?p=sdbpoll.html. my fault -- although it would be nice to blame Katherine Harris.

p.s. luke, I actually like Steven's posts a lot; this is a tongue-in-cheek effort to get him to see that a lot of people would like to see him with his own blog. and I don't think that necessarily entails him leaving MeFi -- I hope not!
posted by lia at 11:18 AM on January 24, 2001


Well, I'll support Steven. Usually, it would suck to have a single person doing so much of the linking. But Steven is so good at picking topics, and so excellent at explaining his points of view, that I never see one of his links and think "Oh no, not again."

And that, I think, is what's most important here. Is it really so bad that he posts so many links, as long as they're good links, and varied? I was much more annoyed back a few months ago when johnb (just as an example, nothing against him) was posting anti-globalization links at least once per day, because they often ended up devolving into the exact same discussion (and because it made it seem he was only here to further a one-issue agenda). Steven doesn't show any such traits in his links.
posted by aaron at 3:11 PM on January 24, 2001



Uh, I think he was only here to further a one issue agenda. Nothing against him either, but my recollections certainly support that conclusion. . .
posted by norm at 3:16 PM on January 24, 2001


Steven is the hottest iron in the anti-Mac fire, and if he does have a single issue that is it.

I do not mind, he puts up good stuff, which seems like that should be the only yardstick by which we judge worthiness. I don't think he is a glory hound, I imagine if threads were unsigned he would be posting just as many.

I did not mind Johnb either, I thought some of his beliefs were horrible, but he presented everything in a cheeky, avalanching manner that you had to admire. I am sure he will be back when he finishes his dissertation on wealth redistribution.
posted by thirteen at 4:18 PM on January 24, 2001


Grab the domain while it's still avaiable Matt.
posted by alan at 10:08 PM on January 24, 2001


I'll say this: I run my own discussion site and I don't feel the need to start as many threads as Steven. (It is a much smaller community, with a sharp focus.)

I only start a thread here when I see the value in getting public input. Everything else goes to my blog. I like that balance. I'm sure Steven likes the balance he has, but I'm also concerned about MetaFilter's growth; it's getting to where I really have to pick and choose what I read let alone respond to. I'd hate to see Steven go, of course, but I guess I'm thinking it's time for a front-page ratings system like kuro5hin uses. Only the stuff that gets enough votes reaches the front. I did hear that may be part of Matt's plans, though ...
posted by dhartung at 3:28 AM on January 25, 2001


Ok, now I've noticed that Dan is also way over 1000. How many are in the Kilo-Meta club? I feel like a doofus for even starting this thread.
posted by norm at 10:44 AM on January 25, 2001


I would agree. I'm as big a prick as the next guy, but that seems a little overboard.

See? See how different people's reactions can be?

I read the posting about the poll, and I thought it was hilarious, and I wasn't offended, either personally or on SDB's behalf, at all.
posted by baylink at 12:21 PM on January 25, 2001


I want to say again: I think a simple categorization system for front page posts would put an end to most of the worries about MeFi overactivity. It has the added benefits of being easy for Matt to code (at least, I think it would be), of not forcing any one person or group of people to be singled out as "posting too much," and of not forcing anyone to ration posts of topics they're interested in.
posted by aaron at 4:28 PM on January 25, 2001


Steven's been awfully quiet since this thread got pointed. I hope he's not feeling too bad. I know if I were singled out like this I'd be uncomfortable.
posted by rodii at 7:52 PM on January 25, 2001


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