Every time Charles introduces a “New Feature” on LGF, I ponder on the intent of the *ahem* improvement. This particular enhancement has been around for a while, yet the question is: what triggers a comment to be hidden from view? Is it something a Monitor Lizard or Charles himself decides in order to attract downdings from the LGF Hive, or do downdings trigger an algorithm that automatically hides the comment as offensive? It’s amusing to me that someone would go to so much trouble to thwart a perceived problem with a solution that makes it worse.
Since anyone can click on the button to find out what the BFD is, all the feature does is amplify The Streisand Effect.
So why the downdings Lizards? Dork’s right on this one, despite his feeble insult.
This is an update to a post I wrote a couple of years ago about the echo chamber that LGF has become.
A community in which members find their own opinions constantly echoed back to them, reinforcing their individual belief systems and creating an insular communication space that is of no interest to outsiders and which rejects their input.
Charles’ insipid rating system played a key role in LGF’s ruin, and now it’s the tie that binds the hive-mind. As the chart below shows, 87% of all comments made 2014, no matter how banal, were met with congratulatory twinkles. Of course, when a heretic appears, they still pounce on it with a passive aggressive fury. But the chart also shows, as Purity of Thought has increased, fewer posts are earning downtwinkles (only 0.4% in 2014).
For every 1000 comments at LGF, 869 are praised, 4 are frowned upon.
That is an echo chamber.
- If the contributions of just 3 commenters are removed from the data, the mutual admiration rate climbs to 89%, and the downtwinkle rate falls to 0.2%
- Who are these misfits?
- Killgore Trout – 1st place *by far* in downdinged posts, 2nd in 0 karma posts
- Dark_Falcon – 2nd place in downdinged posts, 1st in 0 karma posts
- NJDhockeyfan or sattv4u2 – roughly tied for 3rd in both, waaaaay behind KT and Dork
Most Downdinged Post of 2014 – regarding the Wendy Davis wheelchair ad:
Most Updinged Post of 2014 – an incoherent non-response to Dork’s post:
This second entry in the 2014 year end statistics series is a look at the most prolific commenters for the year. As the title of this post has already revealed, and for the first time since 2010, Gus was NOT the top lizard. Though Gus and Alouette both posted thousands fewer comments in 2014 than 2013, Gus’s notable Twitter obsession may have cost him the top spot this year.
Of particular note:
- Charles continues in his quest to dominate the comment section of his own blog, climbing 4 spots up to 5th this year. The two newcomers (both joined in 2013) more than doubled their post count in 2014, but the rest of last year’s leaders seem to be losing interest.
- Dark_Falcon might be tiring of getting slapped around and forced to recant whenever he offends the hivemind.
- Obdicut, a Top 6 commenter for 3 years (2010-2012), dropped to 46th.
- ProLifeLiberal seems less interested, dropping 39 spots to 70th.
- HoosierHoops, since moving to Northern Wisconsin last December, has had much less to say about his love life.
The content at The Swamp has been thinner than usual lately. Chuck’s laughing at cartoons and Gus is making lame Lolpics about past presidents taking the Oath of Office while Dork Falcon chastised someone about masturbation.
Okay, I know you deniers want proof for everything so here you go.
Charles the Polite said “I loled my a o” over Jazz That Nobody Asked For, a cartoon about a young man whose father passed away. It’s mildly amusing, but God is not in it – it’s the boy’s deceased father. Please pay attention before you lol your a o.
Now Dork thinks he’s a monitor lizard and The Swamp is no place to be a wanker. Careful there, Dork, or you’re gonna upset the status quo. Just wait until Jimmah and Asswhistle get done filming “Loving The Rottweiler” because that’s when the Gus hits the fan.
Okay, let’s look at that arbitrary round number in a minute. The very first comment on that inane waste of bandwidth was posted by the brave little green mountain lion himself, who boldly snurped at the figure.
Dork_F came out with some lucid smack, yet he weenied out as the resulting hive-mind dogpile downding frenzy reamed him a new Gus for even questioning the questionable 3.5 x 10k propaganda number.
However, the author of that promoted page, Loyal Lizard-Lapper Randall Gross, linked to USA Today, that linked to Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org.
“This was the biggest climate change rally in U.S. history,” said rally organizer Bill McKibben. “By our count, 50,000 people gathered by the Washington Monument and then marched past the White House, demanding that the President do more than pay lip service to what one speaker called “the climate crisis.”
Google him/them if you wish, but meanwhile Anthony Watts takes the number down to about 5,ooo cold and wet protesters.
So here we go. If five thousand people can be erroneously estimated to be 50k, then maybe Watts’ number is mistaken as well, and there were only 500 people. Perhaps fewer. With such huge margins of error, we suspect that the Protest for Action looked more like this:
The polls are closed and the votes as tallied by PollDaddy.com have a healthy margin of error that even Dan Rather would envy. No tracking of individual votes is possible. The polls could have been set up to block by IP address but that creates undesirable side effects – for example, every McDonald’s in Culver City might be inadvertently blocked by a single corpulent wifi vote. With those caveats out of the way, let’s proceed.
PRESENTING THE 2012 LGF AWARDS AWARDS
THE BUZZSAW AWARD is for intrepid and pithy flouncing, and is hereby awarded to right_wing2, aka MF Horn, who quietly kept his LGF account alive through The Great Purge, until resurfacing on 3 November 2012. His flounce survived for 6 hours and garnered a mere 7 downdings before Mr. ThinSkin was alerted and deleted it. It’s preserved in all it’s glory here courtesy of The BRC. Congrats.
THE IRISH ROSE AWARD is awarded to those sycophantic echo-chamber lizards possessing the thickest calluses on their lips. It takes a lot of suckage to earn this one, and it was a close race between Dark Falcon and Gus_802, both well deserving of this ignominious award.
Before we proceed with the formal award, we’d like to point out that Destro was in the running. This full-blown piece of anti-American crap got exactly ZERO votes. Anti-semite lizard Curious Lurker was a write in candidate who deserved to be included on the ballot, but she’s got nothing on the two front runners.
Dark Falcon, winner of the 2010 Irish Rose Award, is the mountain lion of this category once again. Dork climbs the LGF ladder rung by rung, gets smacked down, apologizes and repeats, over and over. Dork, you’re the epitome of a sycophantic suck up of the worst kind, and you deserve every last steaming chunk of This Glorious Award. You’ve held onto your crown of awesome, so kudos and congrats go to you, The Electrolux Posterboy, Dark Falcon.
THE JOHNSON AWARD – Really, who gives a Chuck, but before we move on to our final Award, we should mention some awesome that happened in 2012 on Diary of Daedalus.
The Ruse and Fail of Little Green Footballs was requested by the late Andrew Breitbart via direct communications with The BRC in fall of 2011. It resulted in the most extensive and detailed monograph on Charles Johnson & LGF ever posted on the internet to date. Perhaps the best smackdown came last June as a stand-alone report.
Revisiting Rathergate ripped apart Charles’ specious claims that he’d discovered and exposed the Killian Documents Forgery by creating the “throbbing memo” that eventually brought down Dan Rather. (Hint: He didn’t.)
This brings us to the final award of this auspicious occasion. A Most Prestigious Award was created to recognize those sentients from Beyond The Valley of Diary of Daedalus who chose to expose and mock the hypocrisy of Charles Johnson elsewhere in the blogosphere. Without further adieu, we are proud to present THE MILYO.
Awarded To One Most Deserving for the Following Excellent Reasons:
- He introduced Charles Johnson to Pajamas Media (and Pamela Geller) and explained his stunned amazement at Charles’ penchant for unwarranted backstabbing.
- He stuck Charles Johnson with the nic “The Magical Jazzy Ponytail.”
- He beat Charles Johnson in the #TwitterWars of 2011 and got him to whine about being blocked.
- He exposed Twitter links between Charles Johnson and some nefarious characters, eventually forcing Johnson to delete his own tweets and direct messages, and to abandon his former persona as @Lizardoid.
- He participated in an interview on Blogmocracy Radio, without pretense and with cordial nonchalance, and referred to Charles Johnson as “fuckface.”
- He passed away unexpectedly on 1 March 2012, yet Charles Johnson continues to attack him.
THE 2012 MILYO AWARD is hereby bestowed upon the late
Congrats to all who stalked, mocked, monitored, nominated, were nominated and voted for the 2012 LGF Awards. Rock on, y’all.
[Update: Poll results may be viewed here.]
Lots of Downdings, but who received the most Updings? The painter of figurines, the one with the inner demon, the mountain lion, the bard of the bootlickers, none other than Dork Falcon!
Thank you, Charles.