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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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 29th Dec 2010 19:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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won’t be the first to say that comments are not a good measure, since the article with the most comments ever is Linus’ troll "Use KDE".

For *popularity*, it is actually a damn good measure.

For *quality*, not so much.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Wed 29th Dec 2010 19:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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Just for people’s curiosity, the 10 most commented articles on osnews, ever:

1. [590] Torvalds: 'Use KDE'
2. [539] Keep Internet Out of UN Control, Says US
3. [434] FSF Launches Campaign Against Microsoft Vista (How’s that going BTW FSF?)
4. [374] OS X Hacked Onto Generic x86 Hardware
5. [368] Editorial: X Could Learn a Lot from Vista, Windows...
6. [339] "Why Linux Is Not (Yet) Ready for the Desktop"
7. [338] What's Your "Killer App?"
8= [333] Show Us Your Desktop! (2006) We should be doing another one of these in a day or two
8= [333] GNOME To Split from GNU Project?
10.[306] Why KDE Rules (nice to see KDE trolling book-ending the list ;) )

Edited 2010-12-29 19:29 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by jack_perry on Wed 29th Dec 2010 21:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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For *popularity*, it is actually a damn good measure.

For *quality*, not so much.

For popularity, wouldn't you actually want to measure the number of people who commented, as opposed to the number of comments? If only two people care about a certain topic, but care enough to leave 500 comments, I don't think that's more popular than 100 people who care about a topic, but leave only 2 comments each.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by giffypop17 on Thu 30th Dec 2010 16:30 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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No, it's actually a horrible measure. Did you measure total comments, or total unique commenters? If it's just total comments, it's likely that only 4 or 5 people kept dialogging back and forth, driving the total up. Your metric doesn't tell you how popular it was, just that a few people really liked to argue about it.

Some metric of how many people read the article, or clicked on the link for the source article would probably mean more. And yes, I recognize that there are flaws and compromises with methods of measuring that.

What you measured would more likely be labeled as most controversial, not most popular.

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