Wait, Over 20,000 Blocked Accounts at LGF?Posted: April 25, 2014
A recent battle that appeared in the Lizardoid Twitterwarrior Theatre got teh Johnson a little defensive about the number of banned netizens on LGF. One of CJ’s responses got past me, but our BRC Engineer #6 caught it, and made an excellent point:
Late last year, we updated our list of confirmed blocked accounts to 16,027. But this revelation, if true(*), means that we are still missing thousands more. It’s just some simple math.
See, a couple years back, we verified that there were 35,578 total user accounts registered (since it was implemented in 2004, and of course there’d be a few more by now). If there’s about 15,000 still active (or more accurately, not banned), that means that there’s roughly 20,000 that have been banned, or about 4,000 more than we’ve confirmed.
That’s quite a number.
An interesting corollary is that with CJ’s spin and deflection, he’s not disputing that our numbers were at least in the ballpark. In fact, in the prior tweet, he attempted to justify these huge numbers:
This is a real howler, for a couple reasons. First, since CJ doesn’t venture outside his own virtual castle, it’d be pretty tough for him to know what “many other sites” do. I’ve never run across it. And why would they? Second, the data the BRC gathered on a previous expedition does not show a nice, even, phasing out of old accounts “automatically”. On the contrary, we found that about 10,000 disappeared virtually overnight:
It’s possible that CJ has implemented something like this recently, but that looks like an obliteration done manually. So given the context and our experience, we’re gonna throw out a fat BS on that tweet as well. I mean, he claims these things but offers up no evidence or examples, and it’s completely contrary to what is found when someone decides to fact check him. *And there’s certainly little reason to take him at his word, the guy who swore up an down he’d never uttered “Saint Pancake“.