Creeps come out at night

Playing the man under siege role, Clinton loyalist Charles Johnson is complaining about Sanders’ supporters being mean to him.

Charles attracts weirdos because he is a weirdo!
Update: “When I see this familiar pejorative pop up from the keyboard of CJ, I can’t help but wonder just how many times Johnson has flung it out there. I mean, is there anyone he hasn’t referred to as a ‘creep’?”ChenZhen 11 June 2011
Update 2: Seems to me we reviewed the LGF “incest” justification a while back.

120413 LGF on Incest 0.1

They both got updings for that, but what a coincidence – The Incest Monologues appeared on the same thread as Killgore’s Redemption.

Killgore's Redemption


Sergey Romanov shows his Stalinist colors

It pisses me off when someone who is not an American calls for a dictatorship in America. Russian born and Canadian resident Sergey Romanov is a hardline Marxist who wants to a one party communist state. In a display of his Stalinist tendencies, Sergey calls for a one party state in America. He hopes the Republican Party no longer stays politically viable.

One Party State

When called out for his desire of a one party state in America, Mr. Romanov answers like the weasel he is.

One Party State2


Sergey tries to be slick, but his calls for a one party state is clear to anyone who read his comment.

Where is Sergey?

Our old friend Sergey Romanov has disappeared the last 2 years from the internet. Although gone, the LGFers have not forgotten this fraudster.

Sergey gone

Smear merchant  Sergey is long gone, but not forgotten.

55 TedStriker  May 7, 2014 2:17:29pm

re: #31 wrenchwench

Looks like our old friend Sergey knew what he was doing when he went quiet a couple of years ago.

That (and this) fucking sucks.

I want Sergey back in the LGF fold, but not if it puts him in peril.


Signs of the LGF Decline: Unique Commenters

In the past, the talented Engineers here in the Boiler Room have used the LGF archive files to compile statistics for the site’s nose-diving commenting and registration rates, and just recently the steadily decreasing amount of front page content. Today, we’re going to track another compelling sign of the LGF decline: The reduction in unique commenters.

Now, by “unique commenters” we’re referring to the number of individual user accounts that are leaving at least one comment over a certain time period. This is probably the most efficient way to determine the overall size of the site’s active community. When we have Engineer No. 5 track these statistics through the last few years, we’ll have to say that what we see isn’t exactly surprising, but nevertheless a bit shocking:

The graph basically begins around the time of the election of Barack Obama, and from there the rate descends rapidly until around the time that Johnson officially declared his “parting ways” (Nov. 30, ’09). This was the period of what most ex-LGFers refer to as the “Great  Purge”, as evidenced by the high rate of public bannings and (presumably) departures of many of the long-time Lizards.

Again, this isn’t that surprising, as our previous work supports this, but what’s really worth noting is the portion of the graph that begins after Johnson’s Great Switcheroo to the left was complete. We presume that Charles was hoping that the exodus of the “righty” lizards would be followed by an influx of “lefty” newcomers, and eventually bring the size of the community back (or at least closer) to where it once was. But what we see here is quite the opposite; the active community steadily continues to shrink.

We had Engineer No. 5 take a closer look and give us a breakdown, using a month when LGF was closer to it’s “peak” (Feb. ’09), compared to last month (May, ’12):

Now that puts the shrinkage into some serious perspective. As you can see on the Feb ’09 side, you have to scroll down to #9 to find a top contributor that hasn’t been banned, and at a glance, only Gus has stepped up his contributions from those days. And although the average posts per active commenter has increased a bit, the size of the active community is a mere ~12% of what it was just a few years ago, and the total comment count shrunk to ~19%.

We’ve Got LGF Stats! (and they ain’t pretty)

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.

Before we present last week’s results, we’d like to present a flashback to a related LGF thread, wherein Charles took serious issue when NY Times columnist Jonathan Dee wrote the following:

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: 7822
LGF Pages comments:   761
Total comments:      8583
75% of comments were made by 32 individuals
50% of comments were made by 13 individuals
25% 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/comment
2. Lidane          +5.1
3. Obdicut         +4.4
4. jaunte          +4.3
5. WindUpBird      +3.8
Least Net ‘Karma’ (at least 70 posts)
1. Dark_Falcon     +0.4/comment
2. Killgore Trout  +0.5
3. sattv4u2        +0.9
4. NJDhockeyfan    +0.9
5. 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”.

LGF Stats: October

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:

October opened with devastating news:
“I finally decided it’s time to stop posting here. So long folks. Have a nice life.”
       — Gus 802, October 1, 2011  2:22:51 pm

6 days, 20 hours, 27 minutes, 16 seconds later:

“I’ll be breif [sic]…”
      — Gus 802

Gus was back!  And despite his little tantrum, he still managed to be LGF’s most prolific commenter in October.
1    Gus 802               2402
2    Sergey Romanov        2342
3    ggt                   1923
4    Obdicut               1671
5    SanFranciscoZionist   1669
And what’s this?!?  On the most unpopular list?  Could it be?  Is that really…  Dark_Falcon?

                     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

Without OWS, CJ’s October wouldn’t have been much better than his September.  The decline continues:

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

Another Attempt at Explaining the “Tweet Counter”

This evening, teh Johnson unveiled the much-hyped LGF dashboard feature for lizards posting their own threads (known as “Pages”).  In doing so, he posted up a screencap of what the interface looks like, and once again noted the “tweet” counter:

Tweets — This shows the number of incoming clicks from the shortened URL that is posted to Twitter when someone uses our retweeting tools.

Then Sergey chimes in:

Ah, yes…that probably would be better. After all, they aren’t “tweets”.  The Lizardoid, however, disagrees:

Yes, lizards ARE confused (including Johnson, as he himself called it a “tweet counter” again just a couple of weeks ago).  This light bulb must have appeared, as Johnson’s next comment was yet another attempt to justify his whacked-out reasoning on this whole issue:


Why the heck does need to supply the “retweet” count?  For the nth time, Twitter supplies their own tweet counters, free of charge, and they’re universally used by every other blogger and webmaster on the internet. They’re easy to add, and they don’t come across as an attempt to fool visitors (or lizards). If one feels that the “clicks” are an important statistic (apparently Johnson and Resig are the only folks who feel this way; incoming twitter traffic shows up on the list of referrers like everything else), it could easily be a separate, individualized counter. But for some reason, he just continues to insist on this misleading configuration.

Oh, and for old times’ sake: