Pending WUWT milestone – closing in on 1 million comments

Who will be the lucky winner?

This screenshot from my WordPress control panel shows we are closing in on comment number 1 million.  We’ll reach that is a few days. This is a testament to our volunteer moderation team.

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Whoever gets comment number one million, I’ll send off a small prize to; a WUWT mug labeled as being the millionth commenter.

If you have not commented on WUWT before, you might consider doing so.

I wonder if any other climate blogs have this many comments?

Just for those that might go looking to match up comment numbers, don’t bother, because due to spam comments (that every wordpress blog gets) that are automatically trashed by Akismet, the comment number and the total valid comments don’t match. The 995,650 comments represent valid comments that were not flagged as spam and were approved by one of our moderation team members.

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142 thoughts on “Pending WUWT milestone – closing in on 1 million comments

  1. Unless I’m mistaken, RealClimate already eclipsed this mark … wait for it … for deleted comments. Congratulations, Anthony!

  2. Harold Ambler says:
    March 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    lol I was going to post the exact same thing when I read the title.

  3. Harold Ambler says:
    March 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Unless I’m mistaken, RealClimate already eclipsed this mark … wait for it … for deleted comments. Congratulations, Anthony!

    *

    LOL. Made me laugh. Thanks, Harold. :)

  4. Bet if you graphed the number of comments over time you would get a Hockey Stick !!

    + + + + + Congrats.

  5. I have 4,341 comments to post right now, I win. Warming my milk ready for my Cocoa in my new mug.

  6. This video was the first thing I thought of, and why does he look like Mann? Don’t let a warmist cut in front of you!!!

  7. Putting something like this up as a notice, you might get the 4,440 comments in one day, Anthony.

  8. And that does not include the (almost) quarter million spam comments? WOW!

    [Reply: Spam has gone from a couple of posts a few years ago to where they now equal the number of legitimate comments. I hate spammers! Gr-r-r-r. — mod.]

    [And all of those 250,000 spam messages had to be read as well, the trash messages deleted; and the valid ideas moved back into the queue and get accepted again. I hate spammers! Gr-r-r-r. — Another Mod who hates spam. 8<) ].

  9. To me, the amazing thing is you moderated almost 1 million comments! There are 31.6 million seconds in a year, which indicates how much work moderating requires. Thanks for this fantastic resource. Oh, View from the Solent touched on that idea I see now.

  10. Leif has a new paper out that shows the count is actually 994, 659, not 995,659. You’ll have to rethink your paradigm. Or something.

  11. Quite an accomplishment to generate so much intense conversation, Anthony, especially considering that in the first year it was the rare post that generated more than a handful (1-3) comments. Things started taking off when you gradually moved from local Chico issues to the series “How not to measure temperatures – Part nn.” It’s equally impressive that the quality and usefulness of WUWT has continually improved. Most start-ups quickly fail for any of a dozen reasons. Six and a half years in this business is extraordinary. I’m pleased to say I checked in during the early months and haven’t left. So did Mosher and Evan Jones, but old TCO and bigcitylib are no longer around. Couldn’t take the heat, I guess (/sarc). Congratulations!

  12. Can I now provide a constant stream of comments in the name of “Michael Mann, ClimateScientist-TM”??

    It would be a hoot if he could win and receive the award. Maybe you could issue him a special award for provoking a good portion of the one million comments….

  13. Did you know the coldest temperatures of the December 2010 Central England Temperature Data coincided with a period of zero sunspots!

  14. Congratulations Anthony, to you and your team for the informative, interesting and balanced articles. One of my daily “must read” blogs. As a blogger myself I know how difficult it is to produce a quality post daily and, as in your case, sometimes multiple posts.

    Brilliant work. As someone else has already said, yours represents a real consensus – one open to discussion and debate and not afraid to admit errors on occasion.

  15. Almost a million posts! Wow.

    As I reminisce, posts numbers 91,237, 396,431, and 789,290 were especially profound.

    Good job to all.

  16. Darn it! I’m too busy to be commenting much – I have a hard time finding time to read all the posts at the moment, there seems to be so many! Also, come Saturday, I’m getting married (yeah, I know, I know!) so will be busy getting ready for that too.
    Still, never mind – congrats in advance to the lucky winner – and even more congrats to Anthony and all the Mods and Posters for all their magnificent efforts! Well done, on achieving a million comments!

  17. i comment here because this blog always provokes thoughtfulness and long ago, although Anthony dislikes the politics of mmgw – that’s just what it is all about – there never was the slightest scientific legitimacy to MMCO2 causing runaway [or any tangible] warming.

    And politics is all about scamming and I hate to be defrauded of my hard earned taxes, fuel taxes – hmm reluctantly yeah maybe – energy taxes to pay for useless ferkin palliatives [ie bird choppers] – not flipping likely.

    And another thing, I hate politicians who care not a whit about science and empiricism – who then pontificate to all and sundry about GHG this and runaway warming that [as if] – and who quite clearly are ignorant loudmouth know nothings [Al Gore] – if yer gonna preach, then make it believable.

  18. Maybe Dr. [“hockey stick”] Mann will comment and be the winner of that mug. That would really torque his jaws judging by his reaction to receiving your calendar.

  19. How much server space does google have allocated for searching the comments on this site now do you think :)

  20. Three cheers and a tiger for “Anthony and The Mods” (Doo-wop, doo-wahhh…)

    It has never ceased to amaze me how quickly comments are moderated on this blog, despite the lack of Big Oil or Koch brothers funding. I am always keenly aware of the tireless efforts of not only Anthony, but each of the volunteer moderators. Thank you all very much!

  21. Getting a million posts is amazing, but moderating a million posts is even bigger. Thanks for putting in all the work involved in making all this possible and congratulations to your assistants and moderators. This is a world-resource of Scientific Method.

  22. I think one of the reasons WUWT is so popular is because the goal is “truth”. People are attracted to sources where they can get “facts”, and not hype or spin.

    The posts, the mods, Anthony’s work—what a site!!

    Keep it up!

  23. May I be the first to congratulate myself on having written the 1 millionth comment! Thank, you, thank you. Now where’s that Nobel Peace Prize?

    [If this turns out to have been the millionth comment then I will call it climate. If not then it was just weather. Either way, my model works perfectly.]

  24. The race is on, we are all mugging for a mug?
    Never mind the million, congratulations.

  25. “For the millionth time, it’s not a hockey stick. It’s Real Science!”. Walks away shaking head, trips over feet.

  26. I am waiting for Mosher to point out that the comment tally isn’t really a count of the posts, it’s actually a model and sceptics who comment on the comment tally are embracing a model and therefore are hypocrites for criticising GCMs. And when challenged by Willis about the drive by snark Mosh will double and triple down on the snark with the mantra that adjustments made to the number don’t ever make any difference to the results and nor does the quality of the counter – as broken counters give the exact same results as good ones. After a million posts one gets to know what is coming next.

  27. Well, you have one of the better “climate” blogs, with a good number of commenters who add to the knowledge. Good show Anthony!

  28. Wow!!! Just imagine, one million posts being paid up by Big Oil & Coal & Assorted Bandits!!! And my fat cheque is probably lost in the mail…

  29. If Mosher wins the mug, I hope you put the label on upside down so he occasionally trys to fill it that way.

    If Michael E. Mann wins the mug, I hope you first drop it and send him a picture (model) you took of it earlier. Then send him the pieces from another mug entirely.

    If Willis wins the mug, he must promise to write about the adventure in flowery prose, as we all know he will, so we can all enjoy vicariously.

    If Romm were to happen to win the mug, you can undoubtedly keep it, as he’d have no part of it.

    And if I win the mug, … No, I won’t win the mug, but I’ll certainly envy the one who does.

    Thanks a million, Anthony. And all you mods, too! A million thanks!

  30. Oh dear, you are all SO superficial. I would never dream of writing a comment purely in the hope of winning a mug. Shame on you all.

    BTW, does an overseas winner have to pay postage? I’m in the UK.

  31. Harold Ambler says (March 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm): “Unless I’m mistaken, RealClimate already eclipsed this mark … wait for it … for deleted comments.”

    Actually, RealClimate can’t account for their missing comments, and it’s a travesty that they can’t.

  32. Comment: I get a warm glow when ever I see a WUWT slap down of another warmist BS propaganda dressed as up as a scientific paper. Keep up the good work Anthony and many thanks to the hard working contributors who help to make WUWT the best blog in the world!

  33. I don’t care if anyone likes , loves, or hates my comments. Here on WUWT University I call it like I see it. One million? I’m just one in a million!

    [Not yet. 995,841 a few minutes ago. 8<) Mod]

  34. Congratulations Anthony, on a great website with almost 1 million posts. The mug will be a great prize, how about though for the 2 millionth post, a snow shovel bearing the legends “It’s worse than we thought” and “In the future, snow will be a rare and exciting event”.
    Oh, it is not been a rare and exciting event here in the UK, but it has been worse than we thought!

  35. I’m sure I’m too late, BUT keep up the good work and congrats for the 1,000,000 mark!!!!

  36. One million non-spam posts! On all my blogs together, I have less than 100 non-spam posts. And my ratio of spam to non-spam is more than 100:1. Congratulations! Can’t stop the signal – need to filter the nosise. Now, if “Real” Climate had a signal-to-noise-ratio > zero in published comments, it might have more comments.

  37. Anthony: If you could send us a “counter” gadget… I digress.

    I’m glad to see more ads on your page. I hope they are being clicked. It’s almost unimaginable the amount of work and effort you put forth Anthony. And if and when the AGW fear turns tides, your website has a perfect name for keeping other science fields in check. The ultimate peer review process I would say.

  38. Nice ! Congrat’s Anthony!
    Now, I wonder what it would be like if someone who has never posted here would win?

    Just pondering the thought :-)

  39. Only a million?
    One of Lewandowskis surveys gets more than that … at the press of a button…

  40. Ed MacAulay says:
    March 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    Did I win yet?

    No comment, except: You’re one of the best, Anthony. Great post on Allan Savory and “re-greening” deserts – evidential as to why WUWT is the Best on the ‘net. May I say: phenomenal!

  41. Congratulations, Anthony and Team, on one million posts to the one site on the web that does the best job of standing in the gap for science.

  42. What about a posting comparing the state of consensus climatology, before the first and after the millionth comment on WUWT?
    What of the consensus wisdom still stands?
    What measurements could one use?
    I can say my peace of mind, with respect to IPCC scare stories is much better, but my antagonism toward my employees, the government is much aggravated.
    Groupthink is the norm at the committee level.
    Regarding the damage I perceive this scam to have done my country, I am driven to the conclusion, no government is worth this cost.
    The watchdogs, were not asleep, they were ravaging the commons.
    My opinion of my government will never be better than it be today.

  43. On Thursday at 3:02 pm pacific time i will send in my winning post — in rhyme.. I already have a couple lines — something Omar Khayyam-ish

    That mug of thine
    I now call mine
    I’d rather were
    A jug of wine

    Who needs a mug
    For one can chug
    The deepest draught
    Straight from the jug

    No mug at all
    But wine for all
    For wine’s the god
    That tells you all

    So wisdom’s mine
    And words divine
    (No mug, I’ll chug)
    If you send wine!

    There’s a thought in there somewhere.

    Eugene WR Gallun

    [are we now running a bet on what time 1,000,000 gets posted? Mods, you know, “are” paid off with only a very, very, very small portion of the millions in oil money that Anthony gets …. Mod]

  44. Great short post D.B. Stealey. I voted while back, but did not get a sticky badge that reads “I voted” Dang… We should all take a minute and vote for WUWT (if we truly believe as I do).

  45. WUWT is like an oasis in a huge desert of global bullshit. If it wasn’t for the unstinting efforts of people like Anthony the small guy like me would feel lost and lonely. Not only is this site always a good read, it gives hope that logic, commonsense and truth will prevail.

  46. Lew Skannen says:
    March 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm “Only a million?
    One of Lewandowskis surveys gets more than that … at the press of a button…”

    Apparently the internet does remember –
    http://www.ibtimes.com/youtube-cracks-down-views-inflation-deletes-billions-view-counts-fudged-music-industry-976890
    “Youtube said it has began regulating the views of videos by several recording artists after it claimed the data has been fudged by the music industry, several reports said…
    Based on Youtube’s policy, the users had violated TOS item 4, Section H, which bans artificially inflating view counts, and calls for the deletion of such videos.”

  47. I think the mug should be accompanied by an autographed printout of the first million comments. But I realise Anthony’s Big Oil cheque might not cover the postage …

    Seriously, heading for 9000 posts and 1000000 comments … that’s discussion on a generous scale. Congratulations. Not many of us generate anywhere near a million anything, still fewer manage it for something worthwhile.

  48. I’d rather be a sceptic than a mug
    yes I would, If I could, I surely would

    I’d rather have a mug than Manns Nobel prize
    yes I would, If I could, I surely would

    Away, I’d rather post away
    Like a swan that’s here and gone

  49. I hope no one has won yet…because that mug is mine. I deserve it as one of WUWT biggest readers. First thing in the morning I glance through CBC and MSM to smirk and snark at the latest propaganda and brainwashing then over to WUWT to read what really matters in our world. AAAHHH refreshing, informative and satisfying and real. Thank you Anthony. This site has turned alot of sheeple back into people. Well this family at least. Thank you

  50. I’m usually quite lucky with raffle tickets, although a mug is better than most of the prizes I have won!

    Have been an avid daily reader and occasional commenter since 2006. The battle has been long and hard, and there is a way to go yet, but the growth of this site is testament to the truth. Cometh the time, cometh the man. Well done Anthony.

  51. c’est moi?

    One million comments. That’s almost 1 for every lawyer in the US (at least if Tom Paxton’s numbers are correct) see here.

  52. May I add a hearty “I concur” on the kudos to the moderation team, and to the dedicated regular posters who create the interesting/infuriating content on which we all love to comment.

  53. Let’s see, at your standard big oil/coal/natural gas industry clandestine support rate of $0.00000 per comment, you should be able to retire to Belize just about any millenium now. Now that’s the best application of solar energy.

  54. Anthony/Mods.

    A million thanks for this place where people love to engage in climate dialog so much that you have will soon have a million comments.

    John

  55. The Last Democrat ???
    Last democrat ??
    Democrat ?
    Last…
    Your yankee conception of the Democracy ?
    Or your scare for not-USA World ???
    Joxanjel, from Basque Country.

  56. Mods excuse me. There seems to be a spike in activity of small low pixel posts, and it is correlated with the offer of a free mug prize!

  57. Well here’s one person WUWT clearly hasn’t reached yet.

    The admiral tasked with protecting us against N. Korea has stated he views Global Warming as the greatest threat facing the US military. See here .

    Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III clearly needs the mug more than I do. If I win can I assign my mug to him?

  58. There is a consensus of 98% of global warming alarmists, backed up by computer models and confirmed by a Mann who won the Nobel Peace Prize that 1 million is a small number of comments.

  59. Roger says:
    March 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    WUWT is like an oasis in a huge desert of global bullshit.
    ———————
    Your entire post was good, but this first line is pure poetry. Love it! I should have a bumper sticker made or a T-shirt printed or something.

  60. “We will reach that is a few days?”
    Were are all the grammar police that haunt this blog?

  61. John Robertson: It’s a science blog: is = are the same thing in math.

    We’ll reach that = a few days. It still works! There, I made another post.

  62. Anthony: what are you going to do if the millionth commenter is a troll like … (fill in the blanks with your favorite)?

  63. Oh! Great idea! I am all over that comment! If I win I donate my mug to whomever Anthony and crew thinks deserves it!

  64. I too appreciate all your good work Anthony and editors. I read some posts everyday, but never have enough time to read all. I’d like to add to the big oil money in your coffers if I could only figure out how to send you a bit. (sarc)

  65. We need to get a CAGW proponent here fast so we can all have good reason to debate the illogical claims –and learn the fun way. Where is Mosher when you need him?

  66. Just over the next mountain. That’s what Dad would tell us after we asked for the umpteenth time, “Are we there yet?”

    I am reminded of small chlidren wanting to believe in the power of asking the question, even when the answer is still, obviously, “No.” “It’s just over the next mountain” did quiet us down the first few times we heard it, but by the 20th time, it jusst wasn’t believeable any more. Somehow, there is a connection to GoreBull warming here, but I just can’t seem to feel it.

  67. It’ll be over 1,000,000 much sooner now with FOIA’s CG3 release. That alone probably cut the time to a million by 50% (like some climate science, I just made up that number).

  68. Anthony or anyone: I am not sure if it’s appropriate for me to ask this on WUWT. I work in nuclear and occasionally I come across some folks who bring up global warming as a way to bolster nuclear. I try to set the record straight, but there are several CAGW alarmists who haven’t a clue. This is on LinkedIn, and the moderator there actually referred people to WUWT… which is cool.

    Anyway, it would certainly be fun if people from WUWT chimed in. At this time, I’m the lone wolf there.

    If this link is snipped, I will understand:

    http://www.linkedin.com/groupAnswers?viewQuestionAndAnswers=&discussionID=220273388&gid=2437005&commentID=125163779&trk=view_disc&ut=2UDv4V6YohJlE1

  69. Great that there is moderation. Otherwise someone would be able to confidently claim the 1000000th post when they wrote it.

  70. 999,255

    Now, are the moderators in on this “race for the cup” thingie?

    (See, after all, one “could” then “adjust” the spam baseline proxy-count to account for “anomalies in the server lag time” based on a revised Monte Carlo (or was that a Capri or Impala or Riviera model) year recount of the ….. )

  71. MattS says:
    March 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Are we there yet?

    Pamela Gray says:
    March 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm (Later)

    Dang. I hate getting to the party late!

    thomasl3125 says:
    March 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm (Replying to MattS)

    Just over the next mountain. That’s what Dad would tell us after we asked for the umpteenth time, “Are we there yet?”

    I am reminded of small chlidren wanting to believe in the power of asking the question, even when the answer is still, obviously, “No.”

    Can you imagine the Oregon trailer pioneers, facing a six-month slow walk across half the continent, facing dust, dirt, mud, raging rivers and high mountains and endless flatlands, prairie fires and floods, thirst, cholera, typhus, starvation, injury, theft, accidents, and winds, heat, cold, no homes nor shelter except a few scattered trading posts for thousands of miles …..
    AND even worse
    those whining lingering questions from every kid in the back of the wagon :
    “Are we theeeeeeeeeeere yet?”
    “He’s touching me.”
    “She’s on my side of the seat.”
    “He made faces at me.”
    “She touched me. AGAIN.”
    “He burped. Did not. Did to. Did not! Did to!
    “He always get to chose first! It’s MY turn.”

    And the ever mysterious. “I’ll tell”

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