long comment tail

joeyh at 2015-01-28T16:48:49Z

I've had several recent blog posts on the front page of Hacker news. Generally the Sunday after I write them.

Often they get 30k page views and not a single comment (on the blog or HN), which is understandable since my blog has been somewhat esoteric lately. (My poor mum, trying to make sense of monads)

But then there's comments on 8 year old blog posts. Like http://joeyh.name/blog/entry/dealing_with_dialup/#comment-fbe83263f7eb32a36a35ce24f4cd73ef

This is something that worries me about the pump network BTW, discoverability for old posts is not very good. Most posts don't seem to be getting into the Internet Archive; it visits my identi.ca page only a few times a year, and Evan's only a little more often. I'll bet that google doesn't much notice when pump posts are shared and popular unless a traditional website links to them, either. This is likely not good for both long tail effects and network growth effects.

Jakukyo Friel, Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠), Susan Pinochet, jasonriedy@fmrl.me and 3 others likes this.

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Yeah, spider discoverability of public posts is really important for our digital heritage.

Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2015-01-30T14:49:32Z