Battle for the LGF Tweet Counter: Episode IV

Well, it’s been more than a week, and Johnson still refuses to correct, own-up to, or clarify the “retweet” counters and the related deceptive mischaracterization regarding them (although we have noticed that CJ has refrained from any further bragging about the counts since our revelation).  It would appear that, as far as he’s concerned, a “retweet” and a “click” continue to be the same thing.(?)

But wait! Today there’s a Sekrit Thread! I seem to recall the last time LGF had one of those; it was so that CJ could set the record straight about being caught with a busted “views” counter…in private. So it stands to reason that this cyber-huddle with the cultists was called to discuss this latest matter with the tweets.

And thanks to some brave souls who dared to go undercover, we find that we shall not be disappointed:


“Apparently”?  “some confusion”?

Ummm….newsflash…CJ’s the one who’s been calling them “retweets” this whole time!

(click for the montage)

So confusing…Is he being deliberately obtuse? Or is he really that dumb?

Anyway, as we’ve pointed out before, the mischaracterization is especially vivid when it comes to the member-authored LGF Pages, as they are not only ranked by number of “tweets” in a special section of the left sidebar:

..but in the right sidebar, the “recent” and “featured” Pages include their own “tweets” counter:

And when you visit one of the Pages, roll your mouse over the counter, and you still see this:

I know we’re getting into dead horse territory, but the number being displayed both on the main page and in the “Pages” section cannot be referred to as “tweets”, “retweets”, or viewed as having any connection to twitter at all.  CuriousLurker’s Page didn’t get 1000+ “tweets” there (we’re waiting to see if he jumps up and down, btw).

Bottom line: We aren’t contending that CJ didn’t explain how the counters really work when they were originally implemented.  We know he did. But he’s continuing to embarrass himself by representing those counts as equivalent to the numbers produced by every other blog’s tweet counter (including ours), and naturally we feel obligated to say something (since all the fact-checkers at the swamp have either left, or been scared into silence).  We’re trying to help here!

Rescued from Memory Hole: “Another Unrepentant Weather Underground Terrorist at the Obama Website”

The Great Strawberry Heist has given The Boiler Room Crew plenty of memory-holed LGF material to sift through, and today we thought it’d be fun to highlight another one of those deleted Obama-bashing threads that were so common in the months and weeks before the ’08 Election.

This one is revealed by a gap in the numerical thread sequence on Oct. 4, 2008…LGF article # 31472:


Before we reveal the screencap, we should add that proof of this thread’s former existence remains on Digg:

As you can see by that snip, the thread wasn’t submitted to Digg until the following day(?). This is important to note when we’re trying to figure out if what we’ve discovered here is another “thread vanishing event“, or if it was deleted a considerable time later. With a little more BSI (blog scene investigation), Engineer No. 2 determined that the thread had tallied ~160 comments, as evidenced by the collection of missing urls “centered” around that article #:

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Both of these factors lead us to believe that this thread wasn’t quickly deleted (like in the frequent and embarrassing cases of CJ posting year-old news), but most likely deleted months -or possibly years– later. But why?

Perhaps our DoD readership can tell us. Thus, we present long-lost LGF article # 31472:

Wait!  We haven’t checked the World’s Greatest Blog Search Engine™! Engineer No. 5 had the keys, and lo and behold:

Whoops, it WAS a thread vanishing event after all! Really… no update, no addendum? Just yank a thread and ~160 comments? We shouldn’t be surprised, I suppose…

In any case…another strawberry is in order (I know y’all were jonesin’ for one):

LGF Karma Stats 6/17/11-6/23/11

Weekly karma stats for LGF for the week beginning 06/10/2011 thru 6/16/2011 (Friday thru Thursday) [previous week’s stats].

It was a bland, boring week at the swamp last week. The departure of Walter seems to have been the last gasp of independent thinking there.

The average karma for every single comment last week at LGF was +1.70. Newcomer to the bottom ten navi won top spot in average negative karma. Relative oldtimer sattv4u2 took first place in total accumulated negative karma.

  weekly karma average – BAD     weekly karma totals – BAD
  k-avg   nic     k-tot   nic
 -0.444  navi     -38   sattv4u2
 0.045  okiefrommuskogie     -25   buck
 0.522  semper fi     -24   navi
 0.708  boxhead     -23   dark_falcon
 0.724  alexzander     -19   cog
 0.780  sattv4u2     -18   gamark
 0.833  njdhockeyfan     -13   reuven
 0.936  prolifeliberal     -11   boz44122
 0.968  albusteve     -11   wlewisiii
 1.020  commadore183     -8   albusteve

Below are the bottom dozen or so comments of the week in a GIF with a dozen or so second delay. Click GIF for a montage if there’s a long one you want to read:

Here are this week’s good karma stats. As always, Johnson is the per-comment karma leader. Unsurprisingly, since he was the top most active commenter last week, cannadian club akbar lead in total positive karma accumulated:

  weekly karma average – GOOD     weekly karma totals – GOOD
  k-avg   nic     k-tot   nic
 6.033  charles     673   cannadian club akbar
 4.500  shiplord kirel     496   killgore trout
 3.750  curiouslurker     489   albusteve
 3.474     474   kragar (proud to be kafir)
 3.405  publicitystunted     468   gus 802
 3.273  radicalmoderate     435   slumbering behemoth
 3.130  lidane     411   darthstar
 3.066  windupbird     368   charles
 3.048  iossarian     359   sanfranciscozionist
 3.018  recusancy     327   decatur deb

Below are the top dozen or so most highly rated comments of the week. Click the GIF image for a montage.

NB – karma stats measure net karma; minimum of 20 comments required for karma-per-comment averages stats.