LGF Comments Participation – Crush Depth Imminent?Posted: January 15, 2012
As most of our loyal readers know, the BRC has been keeping an eye on the participation side of LGF, and noticing that activity continues to slow down on a relatively steady pace over there. While Johnson rides off onto twitter to engage in pointless slap fights and bite the ankles of more popular internet entities in a desperate attempt to get attention, the site that was (not so long ago) a strong contender for “best online community” is left twisting in the wind and has declined to a point that hasn’t been seen since 2003 (before the ajax commenting system and account registration).
In a way, it’s kinda disappointing. After all, it gives us a lot less to laugh at. Where’s the excitement?
Boiler Room Engineer No. 5 delivers the latest stats, complete with our usual visual aids:
Attached be three views of LGF comment trends across different time scales.2009-2011, by month: the average daily number of comments in each month for the last 3 years. It clearly shows the bottom falling out in 2009-2010. But what about 2011? It sort of flattened out. That doesn’t look so bad. Enter chart 2.2011, by week: the average daily number of comments in each week of 2011. It shows the continuation of the downward trend which was mostly obscured on the monthly chart by a series of nicely spaced “Big Stories” from April through November. In the absence of a big story or (successfully) manufactured outrage, December had the lowest commenting rate since July 2003.2012, by day: the actual daily number of comments each day so far this year. Statistically, it’s not really fair to say that 14 days can show a continuing decline. But the chart shows such a pretty downward slope, it would be wrong not to.The daily numbers are also approaching lows rarely seen since 2003.