We spotted this oddity a while ago, and it got our attention due to the sudden downdings. What did newcomer “One Last Buddha” write to deserve them? Did the term “Berniacs” stir up the LGF Hive? Here’s the gist of what followed:
Lotta fish in that barrel to shoot and Charles can only respond with, “Wut?” LMAO at Decatur Deb‘s comment No. 9 about the “Bernie kids,” but she’s correct for once.
[Note that sometime later Charles put Buddha’s Comment No. 3 behind an LGF ClickWall.]
So here comes a new guy, presumably writing at Little Green Footballs for the first time, who posts a vague opinion page, gets jumped, adds a few mea culpas in the thread, and the LGF hive still pounces with downdings and snide comments.
“One Last Buddha” gave it one last shot:
Very polite and congenial, and it garnered a very polite and congenial response from a typical Little Green Lizard-Lapper:
“I AM Little Green Footballs. It’s only me.” – Charles F. Johnson, three chins ago.
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 is Part 3 of a monograph about a blog named Little Green Footballs and its founder Charles Foster Johnson. Click the links below for related posts. They will be updated as the series continues.
Part 1 – Overview
Part 2 – The Ascendance of Charles Johnson and LGF
Part 3 – The Bannings
Part 4 – The Flounces
Part 5 – The Turnaround
Part 6 – Current Events & The Future Of LGF
Bonus track: Revisiting Rathergate
PART 3 – THE BANNINGS
Every blogger, regardless of the size or popularity of his/her blog, eventually will have to deal with a troll. It’s no fun when someone shows up with the intent to irritate everyone.
[First banning, post-911, courtesy of The Boiler Room Crew]
No one would claim that Charles Johnson never banned anyone from trolling on LGF. Indeed one unpopular commenter was banned in April of 2005 for his/her continual “baiting” of other posters, often creating an incredibly hostile atmosphere. In addition, there were some posters who for one reason or another went overboard (especially when discussing Islam and the Middle East) and were told that they might be happier elsewhere. Fair enough.