Once in a while it’s kinda fun to check on the Decline of Little Green Footballs. Remember this one from 19 February 2010?
About a year later, on 9 February 2011, we posted this:
The Webworth.info site is now defunct as far as we can tell, but now there’s WEBUKA. Here’s the February 2017 estimate for LGF:
GAH! What a graphic abomination, and there’s not much we can do to fix it. On the other hand, the estimated numbers are relevant. In just six years, Charles Johnson’s website value has decreased in value by approximately 75%. So what does Alexa have to say about all this?
Since we last checked in with Alexa, it had been purchased by Amazon and a lot of the freebee stats are no longer available without a pay-to-play subscription. So what. This is all we need.
What happened in September 2016 to drive down his rank, and why did he get a bump once Trump was inaugurated? I don’t know, Babs, but I do know this: Little Green Footballs is STILL slower to load than 2/3 of all websites tracked by Alexa. Go figger.
SitePrice estimates the value of a blog differently, and comes up with this number:
It also provides a graphic of the top 5 search terms that lead to Little Green Footballs:
No real surprises in that subliminal goatse, but how does “A. J. Delgado” make it to the Top Five with only 5%? Something smells like your socks, Charles.
Before we get into the meat of this post, there’s a reason for the odd title featuring Charles Johnson’s Twitter address and the hashtag. It’s for protection.
According to @Twitter rules, if you Tweet someone directly, using their address, and that person has previously blocked you, you run the risk of having your @Twitter account suspended. Johnson is a master at sending out his minions with instructions to “Block And Report.”
Oddly, Twitter’s TOS Rules seem to always go in Charles’ favor, which makes no sense as he’s one of the biggest harassers and abusers of the “Block and Report Function” on Twitter. This is not news.
So here’s the dodge. If you want to retweet this post, copy and post the full URL, @Charles_Johnson will get the alert, as will his followers, and Twitter won’t ban you as you’re only quoting and linking to a website that you have no control over. Penis penis penis lol, ya’ll.
So Charles Johnson was crowing about traffic recently despite his rigged Twitter counter. Looky here:
Kinda obvious that Our Boy is stuck in stoopid, ya?
P.S. Some folks were wondering why @Gus_802 went quiet for a day.
A little birdy told us that there’s a third scenario that can’t be confirmed… yet.
Good Lord is it dyin’ over there at the swamp. On Monday, it took nearly a half hour for the first comment on that Bela Fleck thread to appear.
And the thread before that? It snagged two comments total. Yes, that’s TWO. As in… 2. As in, tee to the double-u to the ohh. TWO! (and one of the TWO was Johnson himself)
No wonder Johnson chose to hide the stats drop-down in the sidebar. It’s fuckin’ boring over there.
He’s gonna put us out of business…
Anyway, the last time we reported the actual statistics on this was back in January, and it was sorta good news for CJ and the gang of Loozards, because we’d determined that it looked like the decline was flattening a bit . But alas, with apparent Newtonian certitude, this freefall cannot be stopped, as Engineer #5 puts together a mid-year graph:
Now, we expect the numbers for this week to be slightly better for the LGF gang, because there’s bound to be a SCOTUS/Obamacare bump, but I think it’s safe to say that they’ve entered into a new era over there. But what to call it?
Last month, we noted that teh Johnson decided that the figures in the long-standing LGF “statistics” sidebar widget were apparently becoming too embarrassing to continue featuring, so he decided to quietly make it disappear (then make it reappear once we noted it, only to make it disappear again after a few days, we assume for good).
Luckily, it’s not hard for our BRC engineers to track those missing comments/day numbers ourselves. In fact, we’ve been able to do one better, and break down who’s leaving the comments, and how many are being left on front-page articles vs. in those sleepy user-authored “LGF Pages”. And as DoD regulars can recall, we can track those meaningless “karma” scores, too.
L.G.F. still has more than 34,000 registered users, but the comment threads are dominated by the same two dozen or so names.
Enter the main underlying reason for CJ’s disappearance of the “statistics”, as Engineer No. 5 finds that Mr. Dee’s assessment is actually true as ever:
Some old fashioned weekly LGF commenter stats:–For the week Sat-Fri, 5/12-18/2012–Front Page comments: 7822LGF Pages comments: 761Total comments: 8583–75% of comments were made by 32 individuals50% of comments were made by 13 individuals25% of comments were made by 4 individuals
Most Active Commenters
——————————–1. Gus 802 789 10.1%2. ggt 477 6.1%3. b_sharp 411 5.3%4. sattv4u2 288 3.7%5. HappyWarrior 287 3.7%6. Kragar 274 3.5%7. Decatur Deb 258 3.3%8. Dark_Falcon 243 3.1%9. Sergey Romanov 188 2.4%10.darthstar 186 2.4%11.Obdicut 174 2.2%12.freetoken 168 2.1%13.Targetpractice 164 2.1%14.Killgore Trout 156 2.0%–Most Net ‘Karma’ (at least 70 posts)———————–1. Charles +6.1/comment2. Lidane +5.13. Obdicut +4.44. jaunte +4.35. WindUpBird +3.8–Least Net ‘Karma’ (at least 70 posts)———————–1. Dark_Falcon +0.4/comment2. Killgore Trout +0.53. sattv4u2 +0.94. NJDhockeyfan +0.95. ProLifeLiberal +0.9
Look at Gus! Ten percent! Where would LGF be today if Gus had actually made good on last October’s mini-flounce?
Update (from panoftheforest)
I don’t want to bury Chen’s thread but just add the Monday Evening Mocking ‘toon (because I’m proud of myself this time!) May I present to you “Chuck’s Play”.
I was going to post something on this before, having noticed that Johnson appears to be,um, streamlining the handy drop-down resources in the LGF sidebar. For the record, this is what this section of the sidebar looked like when we saved a page back in January:
The first to go were “Never Forget” and “LGF Hits”, as I had noticed that those were gone about a month ago (possibly in reaction to our mention of the “Hits” and “Rathergate”, but CJ doesn’t read here). Now, today (yes we can confirm that this happened today) there was another notable disappearance, and the sidebar now looks like this:
Wow! The LGF “Statistics” have vanished! As a reminder, here’s an example of what it displayed when you clicked the drop down:
Of course, we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind the move. We’ve long assumed that the “views” section especially was a complete joke anyway, but it is a little surprising to see it quietly go away.
But don’t fret, as the engineers of The Boiler Room can easily track those comment counts ourselves. We were going to post an update anyway, and when you see this it may become apparent why teh Johnson decided to do away with this thing.
From Engineer No. 5:
+++ Chart: Average comment volume, by weekAs has been clear to anyone watching lately, LGF is in somewhat of a freefall. The week just ended had the lowest comment activity (801/day) since the week before the invasion of Iraq, over 9 years ago. Is Charles tweeting his blog to death?
+++ Chart: Average daily comment volume, by month.The whole month of April will likely also be the slowest LGF month in 9 years. With 3 days left, average daily comment count is holding just above 1000. It could easily go under 1000 by the 30th. (After 18 hours, < 350 comments so far today.)After digging into the archives a bit to identify the proximate cause of each positive or negative turning point, I added some annotations to the monthly chart. Of note: nearly the entire 2009 meltdown took place in two brief spans totaling only 7 weeks:
- During the 3 weeks immediately following the first Tea Party protests on April 15th, the average daily comment volume declined from ~5200 down to ~4200, or nearly 20%.
- During the 4 weeks following the September 12th Tea Party event in Washington D.C., comment volume declined from ~4200 down to ~2900, or more than 30%.There’s no doubt Charles alienated many as he became increasingly obsessed with Eurofascists, Birthers, Creationists, Climate Deniers, et al. But from the numbers, one could conclude that LGF’s undoing was primarily due to Charles’ reaction to the Tea Party movement, (and his subsequent descent into madness).
As mysteriously as it disappeared, the “Statistics” have returned!
It’s been a while since our last update, and this time I suppose we can report a bit of good news for the LGFers. Don’t get us wrong, the decline continues, but overall we’re beginning to see the descent level off! From Engineer No. 5:
In the next graph -the closeup-, note that they’re rebounded slightly from those alarmingly low numbers we reported back in January, but the 12 month trend is still unmistakably downward:
Since our analysis revealed that Johnson largely targeted dormant accounts in the great lizard holocaust, we don’t believe that it had a significant effect on the decline. It’s the departures of prolific commenters (like albusteve), along with the plummet of the registration rate that are the primary factors here. Trending….downward…
Always a DoD favorite; we’re going to send you into the weekend with your monthly dose of LGF “by the numbers” and analysis, brought to you by Boiler Room Engineer No. 5:
2 Sergey Romanov 2342
3 ggt 1923
4 Obdicut 1671
5 SanFranciscoZionist 1669
1 Beltboy -495 38 -13.0
2 chunkymonkey -512 71 -7.2
3 Winny Spencer -92 48 -1.9
4 lostlakehiker -45 95 -0.5
5 Dark_Falcon 282 545 0.5
Full stats: Busy Lizards (posted 53% of October comments) 1 Gus 802 2402 2 Sergey Romanov 2342 3 ggt 1923 4 Obdicut 1671 5 SanFranciscoZionist 1669 6 OhCrapIHaveACrush ... 1662 7 Kragar ... 1285 8 000G 1270 9 Cannadian Club Akbar 1268 10 Killgore Trout 1215 11 sattv4u2 1152 12 Fat Bastard Vegetarian 1041 13 HappyWarrior 808 14 darthstar 775 15 windsagio 723 16 Varek Raith 716 17 makeitstop 690 18 Targetpractice ... 634 19 RogueOne 627 20 albusteve 615 33 Charles 440 The Popular Kids (min. 100 posts) net karma posts k/p - Charles 3605 440 8.2 1 goddamnedfrank 1599 312 5.1 2 Shiplord Kirel 449 109 4.1 3 Obdicut 6317 1671 3.8 4 bratwurst 542 145 3.7 5 publicityStunted 781 210 3.7 6 iceweasel 477 136 3.5 7 Lidane 1637 473 3.5 8 blueraven 520 160 3.3 9 Kragar ... 4074 1285 3.2 10 The Ghost of a Flea 623 199 3.1 The Untouchables (min. 30 posts) net karma posts k/p 1 Beltboy -495 38 -13.0 2 chunkymonkey -512 71 -7.2 3 Winny Spencer -92 48 -1.9 4 lostlakehiker -45 95 -0.5 5 Dark_Falcon 282 545 0.5
OK, it’s been a little while since we’ve posted on the LGF stats around here; our regular engineer at that position is on an extended leave. However, as I’ve said before, we’re got some smart and resourceful people here in The Boiler Room, and engineer no. 5 stepped in, sat down with the pails of strawberries and a calculator, and managed to put some interesting things together:
- LGF averaged 1245 comments/day in September 2011, the lowest monthly average since January 2004.
- Charles was the 30th most active commenter on his own blog last month. Who else does that?
Busiest Posters posts 1 ggt 1560 2 OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin 1498 3 Gus 802 1448 4 albusteve 1298 5 Obdicut 1109 6 sattv4u2 1020 7 Decatur Deb 908 8 Cannadian Club Akbar 800 9 Killgore Trout 762 10 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir) 746 11 darthstar 710 12 Targetpractice... 689 13 SanFranciscoZionist 683 14 Dark_Falcon 682 15 000G 673 16 HappyWarrior 656 17 Fat Bastard Vegetarian 621 18 Sergey Romanov 603 19 jaunte 586 20 Varek Raith 575 30 Charles 375 Popular Kids (min. 100 posts) net karma posts k/p - Charles 2810 375 7.49 1 goddamnedfrank 1136 257 4.42 2 Shiplord Kirel 719 164 4.38 3 The Ghost of a Flea 438 103 4.25 4 celticdragon 526 138 3.81 5 moderatelyradicalliberal 699 190 3.68 6 bratwurst 363 100 3.63 7 Lidane 1689 480 3.52 8 publicityStunted 798 229 3.48 9 Killgore Trout 2595 762 3.41 10 Obdicut 3729 1109 3.36 The Untouchables (min. 30 posts) net karma posts k/p 1 ConservativeMe -259 60 -4.3 2 chunkymonkey -204 50 -4.1 3 Buck -1046 278 -3.8 4 Gepetto -89 30 -3.0 5 gamark -73 40 -1.8 6 NJDhockeyfan -178 286 -0.6 Note: ConservativeMe and chunkymonkey never posted before Sept. 2011.
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|
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|
|6.033||charles||673||cannadian club akbar|
|4.500||shiplord kirel||496||killgore trout|
|3.474||reine.de.tout||474||kragar (proud to be kafir)|
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.
Weekly comment stats for LGF for the week beginning 06/17/2011 thru 06/23/2011 (Friday thru Thursday).
Dee’s NYT article, characterizing LGF as ‘the blog version of Animal Farm’ where a couple of dozen posters are responsible for most of the comments is still accurate. Last week 25 lizards were responsible for 60.8% of all LGF comments for the week. [previous week’s stats]
LGF stats for week beginning 06/17/11 number of commenters (including socks) 214 number of comments 8,248 total net positive karma 14,233 total net negative karma -229 average karma per comment 1.70 contribution of top 25 lizards 60.8%
cannadian club akbar displaced
albusteve as most prolific LGF commenter.
Charles wasn’t one of the top 25 commenters last week, and total comments were off about 20% from the week before. Coincidence, or causality?
Gus802 is finally back, finishing in third spot.
Windupbird‘s contributions have been spotty ever since he came out as a white guy; this week he didn’t even make the top 25.
Lizards with the most total comments for the week:
weekly total comments rank count nic % total % 0 527 cannadian club akbar 6.39% 6.39% 1 497 albusteve 6.03% 12.42% 2 372 gus 802 4.51% 16.93% 3 337 sattv4u2 4.09% 21.01% 4 247 darthstar 2.99% 24.01% 5 224 rogueone 2.72% 26.72% 6 221 killgore trout 2.68% 29.40% 7 216 slumbering behemoth 2.62% 32.02% 8 213 fat bastard vegetarian 2.58% 34.60% 9 181 ggt 2.19% 36.80% 10 167 dark_falcon 2.02% 38.82% 11 166 kragar (proud to be kafir) 2.01% 40.83% 12 150 lazardo 1.82% 42.65% 13 141 decatur deb 1.71% 44.36% 14 140 varek raith 1.70% 46.06% 15 140 prolifeliberal 1.70% 47.76% 16 137 windsagio 1.66% 49.42% 17 130 boxhead 1.58% 50.99% 18 129 jasona 1.56% 52.56% 19 127 sanfranciscozionist 1.54% 54.10% 20 125 stanley sea 1.52% 55.61% 21 121 freetoken 1.47% 57.08% 22 107 obdicut 1.30% 58.38% 23 102 researchok 1.24% 59.61% 24 94 wrenchwench 1.14% 60.75%
Comment statistics for all 214 commenters for week beginning 6/17/11:
Update: Here are a couple of charts that help visualize where the current LGF is at in terms of weekly comments and commenters [charts current as of January 2011]. The format might be a little confusing – both charts each have two Y-axis scales, so you need to associate the proper Y-axis scale with the proper line in each chart. In both charts, the lefthand Y-axis scale is associated with the red line, and the righthand Y-axis scale is associated with the green line.