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Linux Today Community Achieves 200,000th Talkback

Jul 10, 2002, 20:30 (19 Talkback[s])
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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 site.

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 community.

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.

And the very first talkback? It was posted by one Xeno Campanoli two days after LT set up its shingle in an opinion piece entitled "Intel 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 nonetheless.

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.