@lizardoid Ups #LGF Front Page Thread Count to 20Posted: June 13, 2011
Rather interesting title, isn’t it? I mean, who cares, right? After all, the amount of articles a blogger chooses to display on their front page is one of those trivial, purely cosmetic decisions. Every blogger, that is, except the one who runs the green football blog.
To elaborate, I think all I need to do is paste in a series of screencaps and graphics, and I think it will be obvious why this move is particularly significant, and why we can feel free to point and mock one more time.
Per Johnson, from last year (note that CJ mentions 10 front page articles):
Here’s what happened when we watched the “views” counter for a thread over time, after the front page articles were upped to 12 earlier this year:
And now, from just the other day:
Of course CJ didn’t explain it this way, but you don’t have to get into advanced mathematics to realize that, because of this “app”, the “views” for any given thread will increase exponentially as you add articles on the front page (all other things equal).
It’s kind of a simple, quiet and clever way to artificially bump those counters, especially since the explanation is buried in the comment section of some thread from last year, and for those who know about it, it’s difficult to explain in a single tweet. In fact, if it wasn’t for The Boiler Room Crew, everyone would believe @lizardoid and his 217,000 claim as representative of -and comparable to- the way the “views” statistics are calculated on every other blog in the ‘sphere. But as you can see from Johnson’s own explanation, it isn’t, and they aren’t. It’s been a cheat since he implemented it, and by going to 20, he just turned up the dial (a lot).