Update: The 6.4 Million Hidden Comments at LGFPosted: June 17, 2014
Here’s an interesting update for something we covered a while back…
Some of you may recall that CJ had a bit of a thing for hiding LGF’s old comment sections from unregistered visitors (you see, a registered account would leave a nice trace if someone goes diving into the old stuff, and we know he’d want to know), and at one point the BRC was able to document that comments prior to November 1, 2008 were no longer visible to outsiders on the site. That was 6.1+ million comments that could no longer be referenced, linked to, or viewed by anyone who wasn’t registered and logged in. Essentially, they’ve been scrubbed from general discourse.
It’s been a while, and I saw a tweet that referenced one of CJ’s old comments, so I decided to do some quick detective work and see if anything had changed…
Sure enough, the cutoff for visible comments is no longer 11/1/08. At some point, Johnson decided to simplify it for himself and move the first visible comment to 1/1/09. In doing so, he tossed another 300,000 comments into the darkness (including whatever was left of the buzz around the ’08 election).
I suppose this little move puts to bed any of CJ’s arguments about how hiding all of it saves loads on the precious hamsters from bots crawling though old threads (or whatever), as it would appear that sweeping up another 300K comments wouldn’t make a major change in that regard. Rather, he’s hiding them ’cause he wants them hidden (as well as the ability to track who views them), and he simply switched the cutoff to a date that was easier to remember, in case he decided to reference old comments on his own.
In any case, since I don’t really have any graphs or anything for this thread, here’s a screencap of the very first thread that has visible comments, starting with comment # 6453536: