Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Dec 2010 18:43 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes What were the big themes this year? Which stories on OSNews were the most popular? We dove into our database (well, Adam did), and compiled a list of 2010's ten most popular stories on OSNews. As a metric, we didn't look at silly things like hits or whatever, but at the only metric that matters on OSNews, the only metric which really indicates what our registered (and thus, loyal) readers loved to argue about this year: number of comments. Yes, that headline is intentionally confusing.
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BlueofRainbow
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2009-01-06

Defining a metric which truly reflects the reality of what is being mesured is challenging.

In this case, the use of "number of comments" essentially ignores the "News/Page 2" stories which typically gather less than a dozen of comments. It is rare to see 50 comments or more for these stories. Should there be two categories - "Article" and "News"?

With a strongly debated topic, there are often strings of replies between two or three persons. Such exchange could easily account for up to a half of the total number of comments counted. This does not make such story "a popular one".

Some suggestions for metrics:

Most Read: number of unique readers of the story

Most Impact: number of readers commenting (or recommending to others?)

Most Debated: number of comments left

Most Dear to One's Heart and Soul: number of comments by one reader

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