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[2]: Comment by Kroc
by giffypop17 on Thu 30th Dec 2010 16:30 UTC 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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