Linux Today Community Achieves 200,000th Talkback
Jul 10, 2002, 20:30 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
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There is a common thread among all users of Linux Today readers,
one that sets them apart: they love a good discussion. Because
whether you post or just lurk, the Talkbacks on Linux Today have
become an integral part of the experience here at our news
Which is why Linux Today is very pleased to announce the
attainment of the
200,000th Talkback milestone.
This may seem like an odd thing to celebrate, but the very fact
that so many talkbacks have been submitted demonstrates the
powerful influence readers, anonymous or otherwise, have on the
overall "voice" of Linux Today.
Many times subjects of stories will come to LT and see how the
community responds to their message. Writers of stories will visit
to see the reaction to their pieces. Linux gurus and Linux newbies
alike come to LT to get a sense of what is going on in the
As you can see on our About page, the most
actively discussed story (with 296 talbacks) was a Guest
Column written by Ganesh Prasad, who is a very active
participant in the Talkbacks.
very first talkback? It was posted by one Xeno Campanoli two
days after LT set up its shingle in an opinion piece entitled
Invests in Red Hat--Is It a Good Thing?"
We sort of missed the passing of the
100,000th talkback, submitted by JFM on Dec. 7, 2000 for
this story. But it was a little lost in the celebration of our
passing the 30,000th Story milestone just the prior week.
Talkbacks are by far the most intensive part of managing Linux
Today, as editors always read each and every submitted talkback to
check for the occasional profanity and the less-occasional
flame/troll. In the 1383 days since LT was started in 1998, an
average of 144.7 talkbacks per day are submitted and each is read
before being posted.
Community involvement in LT is, as I have said many times
before, is the key to our great success as a Linux/Open Source news
site. It has guided us, both directly and indirectly, to become a
better site to serve your needs. Talkbacks are only one aspect of
this involvement--as I write this Editor's Note, I am looking at
the 16,742nd reader-contributed story on the contrib queue. Not
very many people get excited about that number, since there's no
zeros on the end, but I think it a significant achievement
If it seems like I am tooting our own horn, perhaps I am a
little guilty of that. But mostly I am sending this praise where it
came from: to the hundreds of thousands of readers per day that
visit our site, read the stories, and then put in their own two
cents on what they think.
Yes, it's some extra work for me and the rest of the editors who
have been here at LT, and you may love them or hate them--but it
would not be Linux Today without the Talkbacks.
All 200,000 of them.