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Noticed The Top Commentators Got Reset

written by John Chow on March 3, 2007

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When I set the Top Commentators Plugin to reset every week, I wasn’t sure what day of the week it will reset on. Now I know – Saturday. I just noticed this now because comment spam king, Michael Kwan, wasn’t on the list. *Completely shocked* However, I’m sure he’ll power his way back on somehow.

This is the first day of the weekly reset and I see our number 1 commentator, Alex Becker, has 39 comments already. Considering it’s only 3PM and there’s still nine hours left in the day, that’s pretty amazing. For being the top commentator on day 1, Alex gets a link on this post.

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{ 113 comments }

Nick March 3, 2007 at 3:24 pm

I’m finding that alot of people leave it on monthly and you’ll see 1000+ posts – weekly makes perfect sense.

Stuart March 3, 2007 at 3:41 pm

I think it matters on how active your blog is. Leaving it on monthly(with an inactive blog makes it look more active), with an active blog, you don’t give others much change to make it. John made a great choice.

Nick March 3, 2007 at 3:44 pm

I have mine set to monthly because comments are not that active – other sites I own I do weekly because the level of traffic. To each site – its own settings and preference

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 4:12 pm

I still have mine set to monthly!

I noticed that there are a lot more comments here now that John has changed the reset time to weekly.

Ajith March 3, 2007 at 8:17 pm

John always makes great choices, May be Evil are googd at making choices

lyndonmaxewell March 3, 2007 at 8:20 pm

I agree. Depending on how one plays it, it can still make your blog looks pretty active. What do you know? John might have to make the reset daily sooner or later. :)

Gary Lee March 3, 2007 at 4:15 pm

it looks like I’m on pace to reset it bi-annually . . . hahhaa . . it really does depend on the activity of the site!

Saman Sadeghi March 4, 2007 at 11:28 am

Did it get reset again?!

Stuart March 3, 2007 at 3:27 pm

:twisted: Wow, if that is a days worth of comments, I’m suprised. But I don’t think it is a days worth.

Stuart March 3, 2007 at 3:28 pm

BTW, it looks like Alex’s blog is down.

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Man, I’ve having site issues too! I doubt it’s a WordPress 2.1.2 issue …

Saman=Irritated

Stuart March 3, 2007 at 3:41 pm

@Saman,

Your blog is working on my end.

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 4:05 pm

Thanks Stuart,

It’s been on and off all day. I keep getting this error:

500 Internal Server Error.

I can still access images and files, but nothing Wordpress related. I have tried downgrading to v2.1 – although 2.1.2 was live all day yesterday…

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 10:06 pm

Just an update, mt site has been stable for about an hour. I know you were all very worried. :grin:

Tyler March 3, 2007 at 5:14 pm

I noticed his site is down too :(

As for a 500, is an internal Server error, its a really generic error message that means something oops server side ;)

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 10:09 pm

Yeah, tell me about it! And the tech’s weren’t much help either :mad:

Michael Kwan March 3, 2007 at 3:47 pm

I didn’t notice any comments by Alex, so I’m thinking that those 39 comments are trackbacks NOT initiated by him. His blog is down (and has been down for some time). In my Google personalized homepage, it once read “Alex Becker’s blog”. It now reads “download fetish video”. It has been like that for a couple of weeks now.

Ajith March 3, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Michael how can I make a track back to your blog?

lyndonmaxewell March 3, 2007 at 8:32 pm

Ajith, below any of Michael’s posts, there is a link entitled “Trackback this Post”. Have a look for it.

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 10:11 pm

But, doesn’t it happen automatically when you link to the post? :?:

Michael Kwan March 4, 2007 at 2:04 pm

Yes, near the bottom (just above the comment reply box), you’ll see a trackback link. I have it set up in Wordpress, though, to automatically send a trackback to any URL I link to.

Gareth March 3, 2007 at 3:31 pm

That’s a crazy amount of comments for one day from one person. I think the title of top spammer is starting to become more appropriate and less of a joke.

Stuart March 3, 2007 at 3:32 pm

Speaking of op spammer, Michael Kwan is on the top commentators list.

John Chow March 3, 2007 at 3:39 pm

He didn’t waste any time! I only saw him a few hours ago at our weekly Pho fest.

HMTKSteve March 3, 2007 at 3:42 pm

I did not reset fully, this is my first comment of the day.

Michael Kwan March 3, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Yeah, it didn’t reset fully. While I have been reading and commenting here for the past little bit, I definitely have not put up 37 comments TODAY (as it reads now).

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 4:06 pm

Nor have I added 60 today (maybe 50 – take that Steve :twisted: )

Gary Lee March 3, 2007 at 4:16 pm

seriously Michael . .what’s your secret? do you have a modified IM program you’re using to comment so much? =)

Michael Kwan March 4, 2007 at 2:19 pm

Firefox tabbed browsing goes a long way.

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Yeah where’s the love? I was at the top of the list for days!

I guys I’ll have to settle for all of the great linkbacks!

HMTKSteve March 3, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Top of the list? Get used to being at the bottom!!!

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 4:02 pm

:lol: Bring it on Steve :lol:

By the way: THOSE SMILIES ARE LAUGHING AT YOU!

Tyler March 3, 2007 at 5:24 pm

I was a top comment whore until I vanished away for about a month.. now I can’t keep up the posting of the rest of you!

Ajith March 3, 2007 at 8:25 pm

Seems like people are on a fight to be at the top commentators list too bad :cry:

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 10:15 pm

Honestly, these Threaded Comments give the site a Board feeling. I think that’s why I get involved in every conversation…

lyndonmaxewell March 3, 2007 at 10:22 pm

Yea, you can see exactly who, where and when someone is speaking to you. Threaded style is best for blogs with ‘very’ active comments.

ilker March 4, 2007 at 5:41 am

That was entertaining guys.. thanks!

Ashish Mohta March 4, 2007 at 12:13 am

Looks like it got a reset again

Jason Spence March 3, 2007 at 3:35 pm

That’s more comments than I get on my blog in an entire week.

Aris March 3, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Good for you, Jason. I never got one. :lol:

Gary Lee March 3, 2007 at 4:18 pm

you just got one . . . i really like the clean look of your site! can’t wait to see which wp plugins are going to work for your site

Gary Lee March 3, 2007 at 4:20 pm

oops . that last comment was meant for Jason’s site . . . I just visited yours Aris and I think you should have a RSS feed for just your images!!! that would be great!

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 5:10 pm

I like the look as well – especially that header image, very nice!

Jason Spence March 4, 2007 at 8:59 am

Thanks for the comment Gary. I just added the show top commentators plugin. You could be the first on the list if you make a comment on my site now.

Stuart March 3, 2007 at 3:43 pm

If you guys installed the top commentator plug in, I’m sure more people would enjoy commenting.

Nick March 3, 2007 at 3:45 pm

It’s like a forum – people fight to be on top – except with the Top Commenter you are fighting for that link back

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 3:48 pm

Very true, I know that I look for it on blogs now…

Gary Lee March 3, 2007 at 4:22 pm

do you think smaller blogs should limit it to a Top 3 or Top 5 list to initiate the competitiveness?

Nick March 3, 2007 at 4:57 pm

I was wondering that same thing earlier but I think 5 is perfect – if you don’t have traffic – it’s 5 free link backs – build those up and then strive for more.

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Not at all. I think having more will be beneficial because everyone will get a linkback.

Jez March 5, 2007 at 12:19 am

I agree, a longer list will encourage more posters

ilker March 4, 2007 at 5:44 am

I guess people like commenting here a lot because of the “reply to this comment” feature.

lyndonmaxewell March 4, 2007 at 5:53 am

Definitely, with so many people replying to the threads, it is almost like talking in real-time.

Jez March 5, 2007 at 12:20 am

Its becoming the John Chow Forums :-)

My New Choice March 4, 2007 at 11:11 am

This post alone has more comments than my site has had in months. But I have to agree that the Show Top Commentator plugin has increased the comments on my own site as well.

But I just cannot keep up with the commenting here and still have time to work and write content for my own site. I’ll just have to take advantage of the times John shares some community love and links to my site/post.

Saman Sadeghi March 4, 2007 at 11:31 am

I agree, I’m spending a lot of time replying to posts on my site – but that is a good thing! I totally appreciate the feedback and all of the commentators!

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 3:39 pm

You know, it seemed like the plugin was reset two or three days ago too…

HMTKSteve March 3, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Is it on a 7 day rolling schedule?

Stuart March 3, 2007 at 3:45 pm

I don’t think it’s on a rolling schedule. He says it resets every week, but maybe John can verify this for us?

Jez March 5, 2007 at 12:21 am

Its sposed to resest every week but I havent seen it drop down, the number of comments against the top commentors seemed to remain static

Jez March 5, 2007 at 12:23 am

Well not quite, when it was monthly the number of comments was a lot higher, its just I had expected the number to zero at some point, suppose with the number of posts it doesnt stay at zero for long

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 3:47 pm

You can specify Yearly, Monthly, Weekly or a specific daily interval: 2,3,4…

John Chow March 3, 2007 at 3:49 pm

I have set to reset weekly and start everyone at zero. However, I am not sure which day of the week it resets at.

Marc March 3, 2007 at 3:54 pm

I haven’t been reset to 0 yet. Might only happen later tonight?

HMTKSteve March 3, 2007 at 3:55 pm

Nor have I.

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 4:00 pm

I’ve never seen it say zero for any of the commentators, it always says 20 or more.

HMTKSteve March 3, 2007 at 3:54 pm

Why is Michael Kwan still in the top commentators area if he now writes for you?

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 3:58 pm

That’s a good question! I would remove all authors from my Top Commentator’s list.

Does that make me more evil then the Root of All Evil?

Jez March 5, 2007 at 12:24 am

Perks of the job??

Jez March 5, 2007 at 12:24 am

Also, I suppose he comments in his own time as a reader rather than an author

Jose March 3, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Hello John,

I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for visiting my humble blog. Seeing your picture on my ‘Recent Readers’ roll was a pleasant surprise that inspired a brief post in tribute to your visit.

I hope I’m not making too big a thing over it, but I just wanted to let you know that it means a lot to a newbie when a prominent blogger visits their blog.

Thanks again. You’ll be seeing more of me around here!

Jose

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 3:59 pm

I agree! It’s always nice to see regulars from John’s site on mine!

David March 3, 2007 at 5:35 pm

Yes, I was quite excited when I saw that John visited my blog a couple weeks ago.

Ryan March 3, 2007 at 4:10 pm

John, the top commentators plugin uses the comments from the last seven days.

It never gets reset to zero now.

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 4:13 pm

But shouldn’t it?

Ryan March 3, 2007 at 4:24 pm

I think that’s what everyone thinks it should do based on the way the plugin describes it, but in reality it sounds like the plugin might just limit all comments from the last seven days instead of only for a specific month with the monthly setup.

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 5:14 pm

Right, but on that reset day, there shouldn’t be any comments yet – right?

But I have yet to see it say anything less then 20 comments, maybe I’m just visiting it late…

Ryan March 3, 2007 at 6:50 pm

I notice that it changes EVERY day. It doesn’t reset, it just fluctuates based on the last 7 days!

lyndonmaxewell March 3, 2007 at 8:18 pm

Ryan, I have to agree with you on that. The fluctuation varies from commentators to commentators, it seems. Oh wells..

Ryan March 3, 2007 at 10:30 pm

I don’t think it’s all that big of a deal, and it might actually be better if it works out that way. This way people don’t spam for a day to get 50 comments and then just take the rest of the week off.

:lol:

Jez March 5, 2007 at 12:25 am

So it is a rolling count then???

baron March 3, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Better jump on it!

Qwerty_ March 3, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Far out already to break into the comments list you have to of made 30 comments. You have a real good community here John.

Adam F March 3, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Lets start the new set of commenters… :!: :!:

David March 3, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Personally I don’t know how someone can get to 60 comments in one day (current top commentor is at 60), and there is still an evening left in today!! :shock:

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 10:22 pm

They don’t, I think there is an issue with the plugin – or we aren’t understanding how it works yet…

David March 4, 2007 at 12:00 am

ahh…ok…that makes more sense….

Jez March 5, 2007 at 12:28 am

Commitment and a desire to get onto the top posters list :!:

Tyler March 3, 2007 at 5:41 pm

Soon John will be able to create a forum for comments and just link to the blog posts ;)

Vincent Chow March 3, 2007 at 8:05 pm

I set mine to monthly, and the top commentator barely reach 10 comments :oops:

Saman Sadeghi March 3, 2007 at 10:24 pm

It will, you just have to get your name out there!

My New Choice March 4, 2007 at 11:16 am

Like Saman says, I think you will find your comments begin to increase. Before installing this plugin, I had the rare comment here and there.

Since installing the plugin, I am getting much more regular comments on each post. A big part of it is getting your name/blog out there to other people. You can do that by commenting on other people’s sites or contributing in some other way.

For instance, I won a contest here and John linked to me and then I helped John with a fix for the threaded comments and he linked to me again. Those links brought a good number of people to my site and some of them stick around and become regulars.

David Mackey March 3, 2007 at 8:08 pm

Crazy! I can’t believe there can be that many posts in such a short time.

lyndonmaxewell March 3, 2007 at 8:15 pm

It is akin to a very lively forum, the commentators here. :razz: Everyone just wants to have a go!

Ajith March 3, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Any body heared about the Z-List blog.. Check out that at Blogging to fame (there is a community i MBL) nice idea

lyndonmaxewell March 3, 2007 at 8:34 pm

Haven’t had heard of it. Would have a go at looking at that later.

Matthew March 3, 2007 at 10:04 pm

that answers my question, wow right after i was proud to make the comment list i get reset on lol

zaki March 4, 2007 at 12:51 am

Ooo yeah, i notice that as well because my comment in other peoples blog has disappeared…SO, it happens to other people as well… :idea: :oops:

Leftblank March 4, 2007 at 2:43 am

Well John, I think you’ve still got something messed; this is the first comment I write in two days; it can’t have been reset correctly. :roll:

Michael March 4, 2007 at 4:24 am

What about inbound links? Do you have a way to measure who has the most links to you? I would think that would be more important then who leaves the most comments.

Take Care,

Michael

Saman Sadeghi March 4, 2007 at 11:34 am

Yeah, it’s Technorati!

Jez March 5, 2007 at 12:30 am

And your stats, its also possible to refine a google search to see how many inbound links come from a site, thought its never that ‘clean’

As you say, Technorati is the best method

ilker March 4, 2007 at 5:48 am

Top Commentators = We are all a big family! :grin:

lyndonmaxewell March 4, 2007 at 5:54 am

:lol: You can’t be far wrong from that!

Saman Sadeghi March 4, 2007 at 11:38 am

The MyBlogLog pic’s definitely help with the communal feel of this site!

Jeff Kee March 4, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Haha yeah I got the pen last month! WOOHOO!!

Jez March 5, 2007 at 12:31 am

Does it work? :twisted:

Ryan March 4, 2007 at 6:45 am

Like I said … it updates everyday using the last 7 days of comments. :smile:

Ashish Mohta March 4, 2007 at 6:49 am

No worries.I want to be a good commentator, and IF i have good comments on JC blog I will reach the top again.I love to make comments and good comments

James Britton March 4, 2007 at 8:50 am

You should do an in depth post about the effects of your readers that make it to the top commentators section. It would be interesting to see what the traffic is like and how it impacts their click through rate, alexa, and technorati rankings, etc…

Ashish Mohta March 4, 2007 at 8:53 am

@James: A hi5 for that.Thats a different thought guess JC will surely think about it as he loves his readers :grin:

Sean March 4, 2007 at 7:35 pm

Nicely done! A little too much time spent commenting though on Alex’s part? lol

Jeff Kee March 4, 2007 at 8:19 pm

I’m in support of a daily reset. It’s crazy man.