Yesterday in this post, I asked what is the record for the most number of comments left on a blog post before. Well, Jason Kottke who is much more ambitious than I am, took it as a challenge and rounded up some data that may answer that question.
The Matrix Reloaded thread (it actually spans two threads because MT was beginning to buckle under the pressure) got 1767 comments in six months. MetaFilter’s longest thread has 1729 comments. I’ve seen 1000+ comment threads on Dooce and political blogs like Daily Kos probably have 1000+ comments threads all the time. This Engadget thread has 3324 comments. Slashdot’s thread on the end of the 2004 Presidential election garnered 5687 comments. (This SpyMac forum thread seems to have about 167,000 comments, but it’s not a blog and seems like cheating because it was an attempt at the longest thread ever.)
I don’t think we should count forums and sites like slashdot whose entire purpose is to have readers respond to a thread. Engadget’s 3324 sounds like the winner for now. (Which will last until I post this and somebody finds a thread with more). My personal record is 82 comments. Take that Daily Kos!