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Back in May, I first started talking about the approaching 1,000,000th comment, which I expected to be posted on one of our three Lawrence sites (LJWorld.com, KUsports.com and lawrence.com). Some of you have even taken to talking about it.

We're now just days away from hitting the milestone and we're launching a special contest so you can guess when comment 1,000,000 will actually be recorded by our database. In discussions with some of you and amongst ourselves, we decided more harm than good would come from rewarding the person who actually clicked submit for the 1,000,000th time.

So, instead, we're giving you all a chance to predict on exactly what day and at exactly what time (down to the second) we'll cross the barrier and get comment 1,000,000. The person who guesses closest to the actual time of the milestone post will get an as-yet not totally defined prize package. We're thinking concert tickets, T-shirts, a gift certificate, maybe a mug, and something else that represents the commenting community on LJWorld.com, KUsports.com and lawrence.com.

You have until 10 a.m. Friday — or earlier if comments start coming faster than expected — to enter your prediction and register for the contest. Sometime between now and when we get comment 1,000,000, we'll launch a special countdown page where you can stay totally up-to-date on how close we are. Be on the lookout for links to that page soon. We're also considering promoting the milestone comment on the front page of our sites, once we've reached it.

Stay tuned and good luck predicting.

Comments

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

... number 991026 ...

(the last one, not this one)

riverdrifter 5 years, 3 months ago

12:10:52PM CDT Friday, Sept. 18 2009. Final answer.

julstopeka 5 years, 3 months ago

I think you have a typo.

"So, instead, we're giving you all a chance to predict one exactly what day and at exactly what time"

"one" should be "on"

labmonkey 5 years, 3 months ago

Approx 9000 left....merrill will be at least 8000 with copy and paste comments. Do comments that get removed count? What about all of loggy's comments?

RoeDapple 5 years, 3 months ago

me and the cuosins up thiswae ar all in argrement that it will be friday septembr 25,2009 at 7:37:52 am but we cant get yhe witchita cuosins to talk boutit

RoeDapple 5 years, 3 months ago

I also predict this blog will set the record for "number of posts to one subject on LJW"

Boosh 5 years, 3 months ago

RoeDapple says… friday septembr 25,2009 at 7:37:52 am

So I say 9/25/9 @ 7:37:53 am :-)

Jonathan Kealing 5 years, 3 months ago

Guys--

Just want to make sure you know, in order to be a valid contest entry, you have to fill out the form on this page:

http://www2.ljworld.com/contests/million-comments/

If you haven't done that, there can be no prize.

Good luck guessing.

Jonathan

Sigmund 5 years, 3 months ago

Lets see if I understand correctly. I give you all of this personal information and if I win I get "as-yet not totally defined prize package."

Your account username: (Required) Date of one millionth comment: (MM-DD-YYYY) (Required) Time of one millionth comment: (HH:MM:SS) (Required) The best e-mail address to reach you: (Required) Your name: (Required) Street address: (Required) City: (Required) State: (Required) Zip: (Required) Phone: (Required)

At least you don't need my Social Security Number, Birth Date, and Credit Card Number as well. Still no thanks.

BigPrune 5 years, 3 months ago

"and possibly win fabulous prizes"
In other words, the jury's still out on awarding prizes?

I cannot give my real name, sorry. Looks like Marion wins this contest.

Jonathan Kealing 5 years, 3 months ago

Nah, there will certainly be prizes, but they're only possibly fabulous. Sigmund, I understand your reservations. And feel free to guess here. But, in order to give you the prizes, we have to have that information.

Jonathan

Sigmund 5 years, 3 months ago

jkealing (Jonathan Kealing) says… "Nah, there will certainly be prizes, but they're only possibly fabulous. Sigmund, I understand your reservations. And feel free to guess here. But, in order to give you the prizes, we have to have that information."

Will do. Thanks.

autie (Anonymous) says… "financial auditors are funny like that. can't just give prizes to unknown people."

And all those who don't win, what do you think they will do with all their information, send it to the recycle bin? To enter all they need is name, guess, and email. They could collect the personal information only from the winner. Anyway I have to run to the bank now with this cashiers check some guy in Nigeria sent me. Laterz

RoeDapple 5 years, 3 months ago

Do "Ghost Posties" go into the count? You know, those who have been disappeareded that continue to post but their posts don't show.....

Alia Ahmed 5 years, 3 months ago

This sort of reminds me of the trips I used to take with my children to north central Kansas to see my dad. Once we drove past Glade (14 miles east of Logan), my kids and I would have a contest to see who could accurately guess the exact time we would arrive at the Logan city limits sign. Of course, I could adjust my speed to increase the likelihood that I would win. There were no fabulous prizes, just the thrill of victory.

If I guess an earlier date and time than others on the millionth comment contest, I might just have to comment more than usual. Is there a linkto check the current number of comments, sort of like the national debt ticker?

Matt Warman 5 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the Karnak comment Marion. Brought a smile to my face. I used to love to watch that bit on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson . I miss them both.

RoeDapple 5 years, 3 months ago

"And all those who don't win, what do you think they will do with all their information, send it to the recycle bin? To enter all they need is name, guess, and email. They could collect the personal information only from the winner. Anyway I have to run to the bank now with this cashiers check some guy in Nigeria sent me. Laterz"

Black helicopters, definitely, black helicopters.

JK - You now have my info, win or lose. Feel free to call or come by for coffee.

"Still Not A Cop"

Roe

alm77 5 years, 3 months ago

Jonathon, you need all of that information except our screen name. That way, you could even open the contest up to people who aren't registered users, but want to guess anyway. I don't think you took that much info when we registered our monikers did you?

Jonathan Kealing 5 years, 3 months ago

Alm, We have very little information about our registered users. In order to give out the prize though, we do need the additional information. And yes, it's in part to prevent people from making multiple guesses, but I'm sure some of your smart folks could come up with a way around it.

As for what will happen to the information once the contest is over, I'll take it all to the shredder myself. I'm the only person getting the submissions and, aside from witnesses to a drawing in the event of a tie, I'm the only one who will see them.

Take me at my word or not, but once the contest is over, your information goes into the shredder.

Jonathan

parlet 5 years, 3 months ago

Kealing writes: "The person who guesses closest to the actual time of the milestone post will get an as-yet not totally defined prize package. We're thinking concert tickets, T-shirts, a gift certificate, maybe a mug, and something else that represents the commenting community..."

Prizes that would most accurately represent the commenting community? Food stamps and alcohol.

1029 5 years, 3 months ago

October 18, 2009. 1:11 pm. It will be a comment from a user named "newspaper_reading_dude" and will be on a 'Faith Forum' article entitled "H1N1 sent by God to punish sinners?" The comment will actually be about KU football, and comments 1,000,000-1,000,008 will all be angry remarks about "newspaper_reading_dude" going off topic.

parlet 5 years, 3 months ago

Did that hit a little too close to home, coolmom?

d_prowess 5 years, 3 months ago

Oh yes! I definitely think that Jonathan will sell this information to someone via the black market. I have always heard he is a very shady character. And it might stay on their servers so any World employee can tap into it and use it for evil (I looking at you Keegan!). I think no one else should sign up for this contest because clearly the risk is not worth it... Unfortunately, I have already entered and may win if no one else enters... ;)

Bladerunner 5 years, 3 months ago

September 23rd, 2009 0910 hours. Exactly 13 years after my son was born!

Sigmund 5 years, 3 months ago

No one should take this in the wrong way, I absolutely trust Jonathan Kealing when he says he and the World Company will not make use of all the personal information they are collecting from all the people who enter. I am also certain the prizes will be fabulous and would literally fill a studio, well at least studio apartment if not a TV studio.

My only point is, and it is quite narrow, there is no need to collect all that information from everyone, just the lucky winner. But if JK says he will insure it doesn't end up in a database somewhere, I am inclined to trust him. I haven't found the World Companies "privacy policy" although I am sure they have one. The closest thing I found was the terms of service for accounts:

"Your posting of content and your thoughts on LJWorld.com automatically gives LJWorld.com a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, disseminate, perform, transmit and display such content (in whole or part) and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in such content." http://www2.ljworld.com/site/rules/

By the way, and as it turns out, the bank says that cashiers check was not good. I am sure it was just a mistake and that Dr Altaka Yurmani, Central Bank of Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria, 01-658-21-2658 will have an explanation or at least put back the money he transferred from my account. I'll be sure to keep you all updated.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 3 months ago

Jonathan, I had the same concerns as Siggy expressed above.

I sincerely appreciate your commitment here. I will submit a guess.


defined prize package. We're thinking concert tickets, T-shirts, a gift certificate, maybe a mug, and something else that represents the commenting community

---"that represents the commenting community: a golden fruitcake; a klondike bar; a keyboard ruined with coffee spewed all over it; a keyboard ruined with beer spewed all over it; a keyboard [Logie] ruined because of pot smoke; a "this post removed because of violation of the terms of service" t-shirt and rubber stamp; an automatic emoticon drawer; a dictionary to help unscramble ramblings from the cuzins just up from Wichita; and, "a room."


Roe, you know that in your heart, you'll always be a cop.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 3 months ago

so, do comments made by commenters about comments posted on a thread discussing the coming millionth comment count too?

what if: to keep people from rushing the final number, Jonathan [being the cunning mad scientist he is] has the posted post count 12.5% off, maybe 12.5% less than it actually is?

what if Jonathan is part of a massive reichwing conspiracy, to keep us all under the thumb of an oppressive government run by corrupt reichwingers?

Jonathan is just a tool of the reichwing, deceiving us all, and helping to oppress people who just want the freedom to use an herb in their privacy.

and, by the way, God bless.

[note, the above does not represent my actual opinion.]

RoeDapple 5 years, 3 months ago

Aaacckkk! More helicopters!

just having fun cuosins....

;-)

Stuart Evans 5 years, 3 months ago

you cannot go to a place in which you do not believe.

Boosh 5 years, 3 months ago

December 20, 2012 11:59:59 Right before the world ends.

RETICENT_IRREVERENT...... You made me choke on my PB & J, funny stuff.

Sigmund 5 years, 3 months ago

jkealing (Jonathan Kealing) says… "And yes, it's in part to prevent people from making multiple guesses, but I'm sure some of your smart folks could come up with a way around it."

I didn't realize multiple entries would be such a problem but with a studio full of fabulous prizes you can't be too careful! Honestly, one entry per username and/or email would probably be sufficient for your everyday contests.

Oh, before I forget Dr. Altaka Yurmani in Nigeria turns out to be a fraud! I could hardly believe it when I was told. But the good news is Mr Clement Okon of the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Economic Industry and he needs my help moving Forty Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($47,500,000) to the US and I will get a handsome fee! Plus, I was notified I won the UK lottery. I don't remember entering it, but I enter so many contests I might have forgotten. Then there is this really cute teen aged Russian girl who really wants to come and live in the US. I never have had so much email ever, it is just flooding in!

number3of5 5 years, 3 months ago

What a lot of dribble over an inane subject.

KansasPerson 5 years, 3 months ago

Will the Fabulous Prize Package include biscuits?

beatrice 5 years, 3 months ago

I don't know the time, but my prediction is that Marion will make the one millionth post ...

... and it will get removed.

KarlaRose55 5 years, 3 months ago

What happens if the one millionth one gets removed due to bad content, does it still count as the one millionth?

Jonathan Kealing 5 years, 3 months ago

Karla-- It does in fact count. So we'll see if that happens.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

RoeDapple 5 years, 3 months ago

Okay, first take the number of comments per year for the last three years and figure the % increase per. Break down the last twelve months in a similar fashion. Next just go back to May when it was first announced, figure per day figures, fluctuation percentages, average increases, increases for the last seven days, expected increases, (That gets tricky), BS factor, "Ghost Posties"(very hard to find), assume staff will not post on the last 200 posts, (probably will not be able to get a word in anyway), plan on going 20 plus hours without sleep, refer back often to expected increases and BS factor.

After spending the last, oh, 12 an 1/2 minutes working on this proven(?) method, I have come up with a date of, Sept. 2.........!

Aacckkk! its the cuosins their everywher the hole hous iz seroundeded iz that sank i knew shed be back how am i gonna get outa this they wont let me talk boutit come back with them compputashuns oh man this is werse than whin they taked my winnin powerball tikkit no you cant have the escort where iz my multi boring machine im gonna drill em all. d@#m.....

Boosh 5 years, 3 months ago

Now see what you've done! Jonathan Kealing you should be ashamed.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm still wondering what "boosh" means.

but anyway: Multidisciplinary (Anonymous) says…

gnome, that gift package is about perfect.

I'd add in .gif abilities on comments (great ones), .gif avatars, anon cja, oh…and if I win, a back room to sleep over at when I come up to Lawrence and and am too tired to drive home. That way, I'd be able to use the tickets and such.

---well, that raises a serious question, are CJA bloggers also eligible since they're sorta shadow employees of LJWorld?

I also wonder: if the millionth post gets yanked for violation of the TOS, how'll LJWorld report it on the front page? LOL.

here are some other prize suggestions: guided tour of all of lawrence's roundabouts/speed pillows, led by Merrill; all expense night at the Crosstown Gun and Knife Club; a "must have bben topeka" bumpersticker; 4 gift certificates for free high grade, technical excellence foilhats built by Halliburton; a "why can't bicyclists obey the traffic laws" windsock; an "I miss the old downtown" refridgerator magnet; your own ride in a black helicopter accompanied by a real behavior control technician; and a postcard of Svenway park/Lionsbowl.

personally I think the millionth post will come at some crazy time like: 3;13a.m. on the morning of Saturday Sept 26, that is if Jonathan hasn't jiggered the count that's shown. paranoia is always welcome on the comment threads, its so much fun to watch.

Practicality 5 years, 3 months ago

jkealing (Jonathan Kealing) says…

"We have very little information about our registered users. In order to give out the prize though, we do need the additional information."

Sure you don't Jonathan. (Wink Wink) Is this how the gubmint black helicopters located Logrithmic?

Boosh 5 years, 3 months ago

bearded_gnome says…

"I'm still wondering what “boosh” means."

Boosh says....

and or Ka-Kow http://tinyurl.com/qt99cq

Sigmund 5 years, 3 months ago

Practicality (Anonymous) says… "Sure you don't Jonathan. (Wink Wink) Is this how the gubmint black helicopters located Logrithmic?"

Who?

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

Nobody likes to enter contests. Nobody. The other entrants hurt you, sometimes very badly. First you enter because your father wants you to. Then you enter to get the girls...

notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

Now, if everyone watches their numbers, about a thousand people will be trying to post when we get to about 999,950 or so - wouldn't it be a hoot if the resulting server crash was unrecoverable and the millionth post never makes it?

By the way, Mr. Kealing? This may be a bad time to bring this up, but have your IT folks actually verified that your message counter will take a seventh digit? :)

(Okay, the past two days have been running a little over a thousand per; weekends may be different, and who knows what controversial news stories will pop up; add in another 25 posts from merrill for every healthcare-related story - as well as another 10 or 15 off-topic universal healthcare rants to every other story; and then that principle of research that says the act of studying a phenomena changes it, meaning the number of posts will accelerate as we get closer. I'm guessing Tuesday the 22nd at 9:17 pm.)

bearded_gnome 5 years, 3 months ago

yes, but is Nota actually employing a subtle method to game the system? perhaps his numbers really come up to thursday morning, but he's jumping it up to throw people off.

paranoia is fun to watch.

Practicality 5 years, 3 months ago

I agree with Nota,

The nearer we get to the number, the more posts will

Sigmund 5 years, 3 months ago

Combining theTzolk'in, Haab', and Long Count, the Mayan Calendar predicts the one-millionth post will occur 1254012540 seconds after the UNIX epoch on the proleptic Gregorian calendar: Saturday, September 26th 7:49:00 PM (CDT) 2009.

RoeDapple 5 years, 3 months ago

much........

much...............

sooner......................

8-p

alm77 5 years, 3 months ago

oh!!! I was wondering what those random numbers throughout the site meant!!

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