Signs of the LGF Decline: Unique Commenters

In the past, the talented Engineers here in the Boiler Room have used the LGF archive files to compile statistics for the site’s nose-diving commenting and registration rates, and just recently the steadily decreasing amount of front page content. Today, we’re going to track another compelling sign of the LGF decline: The reduction in unique commenters.

Now, by “unique commenters” we’re referring to the number of individual user accounts that are leaving at least one comment over a certain time period. This is probably the most efficient way to determine the overall size of the site’s active community. When we have Engineer No. 5 track these statistics through the last few years, we’ll have to say that what we see isn’t exactly surprising, but nevertheless a bit shocking:

The graph basically begins around the time of the election of Barack Obama, and from there the rate descends rapidly until around the time that Johnson officially declared his “parting ways” (Nov. 30, ’09). This was the period of what most ex-LGFers refer to as the “Great  Purge”, as evidenced by the high rate of public bannings and (presumably) departures of many of the long-time Lizards.

Again, this isn’t that surprising, as our previous work supports this, but what’s really worth noting is the portion of the graph that begins after Johnson’s Great Switcheroo to the left was complete. We presume that Charles was hoping that the exodus of the “righty” lizards would be followed by an influx of “lefty” newcomers, and eventually bring the size of the community back (or at least closer) to where it once was. But what we see here is quite the opposite; the active community steadily continues to shrink.

We had Engineer No. 5 take a closer look and give us a breakdown, using a month when LGF was closer to it’s “peak” (Feb. ’09), compared to last month (May, ’12):

Now that puts the shrinkage into some serious perspective. As you can see on the Feb ’09 side, you have to scroll down to #9 to find a top contributor that hasn’t been banned, and at a glance, only Gus has stepped up his contributions from those days. And although the average posts per active commenter has increased a bit, the size of the active community is a mere ~12% of what it was just a few years ago, and the total comment count shrunk to ~19%.

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78 Comments on “Signs of the LGF Decline: Unique Commenters”

  1. Emperor says:

    Sure, there might be nearly 10x less people posting comments on LGF now than there was before, but just think.

    Charles Johnson made a bold move and separated the wheat from the chaff. Any one of those people who now comment on LGF can justly be called geniuses.

    Do you think the world renowned physicist, climate scientist, Jewish scholar, and modesty expert Dr. Ludwig van Quixote would have posted on the “old” Little Green Footballs? Come on.

    P.S. Weiner was framed! Please call your member of congress today and demand an immediate investigation into this travesty.

    • Bunk X says:

      Don’t forget that since Weiner admitted to sending his junk that he’s part of the conspiracy. Hell with Occam.

  2. Emperor says:

    In all seriousness, though, another great chart by the Boiler Room. Nice work.

    I’m sure CJ is kind of disappointed to see the proof of his failure put into plain numbers for him to see whenever he reads here, which is probably every single day.

  3. Emperor says:

    This is so stupid. It was just a week ago that Charles Johnson claimed that it was IMPOSSIBLE to use the block and report feature to get people banned. Now he attacks his enemies for doing exactly that!

  4. garycooper says:

    I don’t understand why more people aren’t drawn to Chunky’s unerring proggienosticating, like moths to a flaming fart. It’s not fair, in the Grand Scheme.

    His plan was solid:
    1. Ban everyone with an IQ over 60
    2. ??
    3. Profits!

    What went wrong? Nobody knows. It’s one of those great mysteries, like “Why hasn’t the whole world switched over to wind and solar energy, since they’re free and eternally sustainable?”

    We can only stand and watch, from this grassy knoll, and scratch our heads. It’s a puzzlement.

  5. Chuck Sees Stormtroopers says:

    DoD has graphs. LGF has dafts.

  6. jd says:

    This is one of the more telling charts

  7. haysoos says:

    I post, therefore I am….same as always
    grok that

    • Hi Elliott says:

      Yes…you are the same mental patient who used to claim he was SO honorable he would NEVER post on the “stalker blog”.

      • Zimriel says:

        I said words to the same effect about a week after I got the stick. Things change: LGF changed, the Blogmocracy changed, *I* changed (for better and/or worse).

        If you’re going to slam someone here, do it for what sins he’s committing now. Otherwise, meh.

        • Shit, I bet half the folks here said something negative about the “stalkers” when they were still in good standing at the swamp.

          Including you, Zimriel, if I’m not mistaken (insidious bad apples?)

          Same with Iron Fist, Walter, etc. etc.

          And most said something negative about me at some point, too.

          All bygones. This is too much fun.

      • jd says:

        I was totally anti stalker blog til i made the move and got the monkey off my back. I only look back to chide charles now. If KT arrives, he is welcome even though i have given him hell over time.

      • Rufus T. Rumpswab says:

        Back when I was there, “stalkers” meant lgfwatch.

      • Pakimon says:

        “insidious bad apples”

        I like that.

        Has “gravitas”. 😀

  8. theebl says:

    That is some amazing work. Well done!

  9. garycooper says:

    Why does California corner the market on genius-ideas? It’s not fair to the rest of us, with our normal-sized brains. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/13/4558619/sf-to-unleash-puppies-for-panhandlers.html

    What could go wrong?

  10. haysoos says:

    CA is doomed, spent themselves into oblivion…
    they will be crawling to the feds soon enough and you will be responsible for 100k teacher pensions while you go hungry

  11. mrpaulrevere says:

    As I documented downstairs, not even Alan Colmes or the Daily Kos indulges in the sort of whacked out rhetoric CJ does. Its all very simple at the end of a day; he’s putting out a product no one wants to buy.

    • garycooper says:

      Maybe if he included obituaries, that would make up for the rather threadbare content? Just spitballin’, here. Recipes? Pretty pitchers? Gotta be something, that would halt the slide…

    • dwells38 says:

      Based on the decline, looks like they don’t even want it for free!

  12. Daedalus says:

    Pig :

    Oh good…..I believe we have a visitor.

    From Scotland. Probably the porn actress and her sucker husband.

    • mrpaulrevere says:

      Memo to Jimmah and Ice: After LGF crashes try to hook up with a blogger without mental health issues and who actually generates some traffic.

  13. garycooper says:

    Well, they would know about sucking on public teats. How’s that Soros-babysittin’ gig going, kids? Tits-up?

  14. ThreeHundred says:

    Graph likely reflects in part that the banned got steadily bored registering new socks on Chuck’s sputtering blog.

  15. Minnow says:

    My comment above was for the malnourished brain case by the name of Hi Elliot

  16. Chuck's Orange Jumpsuit says:

    Daedalus :

    Pig :
    Oh good…..I believe we have a visitor.

    From Scotland. Probably the porn actress and her sucker husband.

    Daedalus :

    Pig :
    Oh good…..I believe we have a visitor.

    From Scotland. Probably the porn actress and her sucker husband.

    funny how they show up when the destruction they helped unleash on that place gets exposed. It’s almost as if it was coordinated.

  17. swamprat says:

    If ye be jimmah, elliot, then “hi” to your spouse and yourself.

  18. poteen2 says:

    Less than a thousand comments a day. The top 25 averaging 10 to 80 comments a day. KT at about 25 a day.
    Every banning from here on out is a significant percentage of his total.

  19. doppelganger says:

    Little Green Freefall

    LGF esta moriando

  20. Chuck's Orange Jumpsuit says:

    poteen2 :
    Less than a thousand comments a day. The top 25 averaging 10 to 80 comments a day. KT at about 25 a day.
    Every banning from here on out is a significant percentage of his total.

    I wonder if he keeps KT around simply because he knows that if he boots him, a *WHOLE* slug of emails will come pouring out. That also may be why fatass hasn’t hopped n the SLAPPing wagon like his new heroes at Team Kimberlin (besides the fact no credible attorney will take Cheetos as payment): discovery would be an Iceweasel for him.

    • livefreeor die says:

      That’s what I think. I think Charles’ “innocence” about a lot of LGF behavior would be thrown into question.

    • poteen2 says:

      KT’s the luthier, right? If he fixes Charlie’s guitars they may have a separate history. Either way, he’s out of the clique on the blog and on the bubble. The bubble pops when Charlie works himself into feeling ‘betrayed’ by his longtime bud (projection, ya know),
      Then we can throw a party here for him. Lotsa beer and cake.///

  21. Bunk X says:

    Charles needs to focus more on offensive comments across the blogosphere. That’s what he’s really good at – finding and reposting. He’s a little teapot.

    • livefreeor die says:

      But is he a very angry little teapot, like Ponytail Chick from Wisconsin?

      • Rufus T. Rumpswab says:

        Pigtail chick.

        I’m an angry teapot,
        Swear and shout,
        I’m gonna cuss,
        And then I’ll pout…

  22. doppelganger says:

    charles is between a rock and a hard place on KT
    first he loses 24% of his comments. then he gains an enemy

    KT is the same as well. He’s like a socially retarded Fletcher Christian without the Tahitian pussy. He’s a man without a ship if he does the mutany and there is no Island for him.
    So he’s sort of locked into fluffing Captain “Bligh” Johnson at the same time making some jokes but as he has no refuge to take the ship, he’s stuck

  23. doriangrey1 says:

    The seven degrees of separation that define Charles Ickyfish Johnson…

    Watch for the Chuckie logic… Here it comes….
    Fact One: Cheeto’s are made from Corn
    Fact Two: People who eat lot’s of corn, are corn fed.
    Fact Three: People who are Corn fed are Rednecks
    Fact Four: The term Redneck is often considered synonymous with racist.

    Ergo, anyone who has a diet high in Cheeto’s is therefore automatically a redneck racist.

    Oh… and it get’s worse.

    Fact One: Mountain Dew was originally the name given to moonshine made in the Kentucky Hills.
    Fact Two: Moonshiner’s were the first NASCAR Race Car Drivers
    Fact Three: Most NASCAR Fan’s are Rednecks
    Fact Four: The term Redneck is often considered synonymous with racist.

    Ergo, if you drink Mountain Dew you are automatically a Redneck Racist.

    • Rufus T. Rumpswab says:

      He makes his own brand of fermented stuff in the mt dew bottles.

    • Abu bin Could Be My Cock Photo Squid says:

      We can’t say with certitude that lard-butt Charles drinks Mountain Dew, but we know with certitude he uses the bottles as urinals. Fuckin’ pig!

  24. garycooper says:

    Mountain Dew Code Red…this is also code for redneck, i.e., racist.

  25. Abu bin Squid says:

    ^^Sorry about the white space^^

  26. Emperor says:

    ChenZhen, as The Minotaur :
    I must have missed the memo on that one. Really?

    Yep. Looks like Charles Johnson finally clued in that allowing a poster with admitted mental health issues rant on his blog fantasizing about mass killings of his political opponents might lead to a Breivik-level embarassment.

    In the immortal words of the BlogFührer himself: “I’m not a counselor.”

    • Emperor says:

      P.S. I personally found the changing of the nic from “Pro Life Liberal” to “Pro Gun Liberal” kind of concerning, too.

    • Emperor says:

      P.S.S. I was also surprised that this news didn’t get much play, here. I thought it would be a big story. In fact I forgot all about it.

    • snowcrash says:

      Totally missed that event.

  27. sigmund fraud says:

    Emperor :

    ChenZhen, as The Minotaur :
    I must have missed the memo on that one. Really?

    Yep. Looks like Charles Johnson finally clued in that allowing a poster with admitted mental health issues rant on his blog fantasizing about mass killings of his political opponents might lead to a Breivik-level embarassment.
    In the immortal words of the BlogFührer himself: “I’m not a counselor.”

    if that was completely trye about the mental health issues he’d just close his blog since that’s 100% of the remaining people at his assburger blog

  28. Thomas The Rhymer says:

    Bolier Room Crew:

    In looking at the column on the left I noticed that a username “Kosh’s Shadow” has the dreaded strike-through. What on earth did “Kosh’s Shadow” say or do to get Ban-Hammered by the obese, scaly, loser?

    • Engineer #5 says:

      Kosh’s Shadow stopped posting at LGF on October 16, 2009. At some point later he/she was observed posting at the Correspondence Committee site, a bannable offense. BRC archives indicate the account was blocked some time before Dec 10, 2010.

      • Thomas The Rhymer says:

        Undeniable proof that Charles Johnson is a world-class Stalinist Asshat. Banned for posting on the wrong website. Just Darn.

  29. Bunk X says:

    • Bunk X says:

      Crap. Now Sergey’s gonna think I’m @SemperBanU, too.

      • df's puddy tat says:

        Do not let other people dictate the essence of you but define yourself from what is inside your true beingness within the truth of essence from within. #pushback

        Damn, now Beed posts from a previous thread are even making sense to me tonight.

      • Bunk X says:

        “Bartender, I’ll have what she’s having.”

  30. theebl says:

    In a way it is not surprising Charles Johnson and MSNBC are similar. They have about the same sized viewer base. http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2012/06/little-green-lies-twisted-mind-of.html

  31. Pakimon says:

    Sick bigotry: Armed with Pig’s Head, Evangelicals Confront Michigan Muslims

    They got Pig!

    It must have been right after he posted his “Oh good…..I believe we have a visitor.” comment.

    Poor guy.

  32. Pakimon says:

    If Killgore really wanted to tweak Chunky and the sycophants, he should comment about this:

    Occupy Oakland protests in Favor of Child Sex Trafficking

    He can’t actually link to that article since PJ Media is verbotten at The Bog.

    • garycooper says:

      When I saw that link, about Occupoops protesting in favor of child sex trafficking, I thought it had to be some kind of ironic, tongue-in-cheek characterization of these confused young dweebs’ message. But no…they really are in favor of child sex trafficking, and in violent opposition to any attempts to curb the rights of children to fuck for cash.

      Alrighty, then. Way to be, Occupoops! That’s showing the 1% how the 99% really feel about things.

  33. garycooper says:

    KT could get really passive-aggressive and link to a link about this child sex trafficking support-protest. Chunky can’t have every website on the verboten-list, can he?

  34. pat says:

    It is approaching flat-lining.
    Perhaps the blog can retheme itself once more. Fence And Gate.

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