Digging in the Dirt
Todd recently asked where everyone came from and how they wound up being part of the League.
My first comment is apparently this one. I admit I didn’t remember precisely when I started reading the League, but if the back-end database is accurate, I have 53 comments as “Patrick Cahalan”, and 2,058 as “Pat Cahalan”. Man, my first dozen or so comments sound *really* professorial and snotty. There’s a big gap between 16-Nov-2009 and 13-Jan-2010 where either I didn’t comment at all, or the database crashed or something. I’ll have to look into it further to know for sure, but that jibes with my very fuzzy recollection of finding this blog somehow, reading a few posts, and then going back to reading Schneier’s blog regularly, before coming back here for some other reason and getting sucked in permanently. I think a friend pointed me at the League, but I can’t remember who it was, so I can’t say for sure.
A sure sign you’re too busy: when you can’t really remember something that happened 2 years ago.
If your name isn’t included below, this isn’t meant to be a dig, I just dug up a quick list of the commentariat by digging through a random collection of pages between the 6000-odd pages in the “comments” section of the blog. If you’re curious about your own stats, post in the comments and I’ll dig you out. Searching was done via email address for the most part, so if you have used more than one, your total will be off. This is all front-page count, no subblogs are included. (edited) I’ve rolled in a few more from the comments and put them in comment number order. Not that this is a contest!
Jaybird: 14,275 comments, first comment here (Google apparently isn’t infallible, Jaybird, they got your first comment wrong). 17-Feb-2009 is his birthday as a commenter. Clearly this site… all joking aside… *is* for Jaybird. He rocks all the rest of us down to the ground. (ed. note = keep it up!)
Erik: 5,345 comments, first comment here. Erik’s first comment was a “test” comment on 20-Jan-2009, so that’s got to be close to site launch.
Mike Schilling clocks in with 2,787 comments, first comment here, 26-Sep-2009. This makes Mike the wordiest guy who isn’t a poster.
Mark Thompson has 3,250 comments, first comment here, 21-Jan-2009.
Rufus F clocks in with 2,185 comments under one email address and 1,071 under another, with his first comment here, on 04-Nov-2009.
Mike Farmer has 3,007 comments, first comment here, on 18-Apr-2009.
Michael Drew has 2,967, old timer first post here, on 25-Feb-2009.
Jason Kuznicki has 2,956 comments, first comment here, 05-Jun-2009.
Tom van Dyke clocks in at 2,602 comments, first comment here, on 06-Nov-2010.
Greginak scores a 2,422, first comment here, on 13-Feb-2009.
Tod’s a respectable 2,331 comments, first comment was here, on 23-Feb-2009.
Mike at the Big Stick has 2,252 comments, first comment here, on 12-Feb-2009.
BlaiseP has 2,158 comments (not bad considering his been on a hiatus forever), staking his first one out here, a surprisingly recent 25-Jan-2011.
North has 464 comments (with an obvious fake email address), first comment here, on 25-Mar-2011. (edited to correct) I found another email address for North, with 1,522 comments attached to it, putting him at just under 2,000 comments with those two email addresses. here is his first comment using that address, on 09-Jul-2009, which seems to jibe more with Mr. Thompson’s expectations.
Kimmie has an incredibly high 1,741 comments given that her first one is here, on 12-May-2011.
Will T, aka Trumwill, 1,729 comments, first comment here, on 06-May-2009.
Christopher Carr: 1,346 comments, first comment here, on 11-Jun-2010.
Bob Cheeks: 1,315 comments, first comment here.
Chris has 1,313 comments, first comment here, on 15-May-2010.
James Hanley has 1,309 comments, first comment here, 13-Mar-2010.
Density Duck has 1,264 comments, first comment here, on 09-Nov-2010.
Simon K has 1,161 comments, first comment here, on 05-Mar-2010.
Will (the other Will) has 1,151 comments, with the first one here, on 26-Jan-2009.
Freddie has 658 comments under one email address, and 352 under another, which he appears to use interchangeably. His first comment appears to be here, a content-filled “test test” on 20-Jan-2009.
Ethan Gach has 972 comments, first comment here, on 20-May-2010.
Stillwater has 909 comments, first comment here, on 03-Feb-2011.
Ryan Bonneville has 832 comments, first comment here, on 03-Feb-2009.
Burt Likko has 717 comments, first comment here, on 28-Jan-2009.
Cascadian has 710 comments, first comment here, on 28-Jan-2009.
Katherine has 685 comments, with her first one here, on 08-Feb-2009.
Jesse Ewiak has 673 comments, first comment here, on 14-Feb-2011.
Barry has 603 comments, first one here, on 27-Mar-2009.
Wardsmith has a very respectable 589 comments given his shorter tenure, first comment here, on 28-Apr-2011.
Murali has 538 comments, first comment here, on 18-Oct-2009.
Koz has only 416 comments (unless he’s used more than one email address as a reference), which seems oddly low to me. First comment here, on 17-Feb-2009.
Kohole only has 410, which was another surprise to me, with his first comment here, on 26-Mar-2010.
Kyle Cupp has 375 comments, with his first here, on 02-Apr-2009.
Roque Nuevo has 333 comments, first comment here, on 21-Jan-2009. His last one was on 08-Sep-2011, but there is a big gap between that comment and his previous one on 18-Aug-2009.
Tim Kowal has 333 comments, numero uno here, on 22-Jul-2009.
Plinko has 303 comments, with the first one here, on 05-Oct-2009.
Brandon Berg has 292, his first comment is here, on 17-Jun-2011.
Russell Saunders has 158 comments as, uh, somebody else and 97 under that tag. First comment from mid-2009, not linked here as it’s under a different name. Constructing you took a bit, Doc 🙂
J.L. Wall has 244 comments with his first one here, on 29-Mar-2009… so you’ve been commenting since the beginning.
Sam M has 222 comments, his first is here, on 10-Jun-2010.
David Cheatham has 191 comments, his inaugural was here, on 01-Feb-2011.
Boegiboe has 180 comments, first comment here, 06-May-2010.
Roger, aka “Surf”, has 127 comments, first comment here, on 11-Mar-2010.
Jeff clocks in with 112 comments, his first one here, on 03-Dec-2009.
kenB has 108 comments, with his first here, on 07-Aug-2009. You’ve been around a while, sir. Comment more!
Lisa Kramer has 86 comments, first comment here, on 07-Jun-2010.
bpsycho has 78 comments, with the first one here, on 01-Nov-2010. Happy commentary birthday!