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Ask Me Anything Vol. 5

by Prince Of Petworth March 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm 31 Comments

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Photo by Hugh Clarke

Ed. Note: Thanks again to everyone who has donated to the St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser in the fight against Childhood Cancers. We are about 50 bucks short of our goal but I’m gonna give you a shot of my youngest daughter petting Dingo to inspire you to push us over the line! If we somehow can get to $2000 I’ll add a shot of my daughter hugging Dingo which will melt the coldest of hearts.

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If there are others who’d like to make a donation, any amount helps, please do so and get a free PoPville shirt at the head shaving event at Boundary Stone this Sunday!

What’s the largest number of comments that a post has received? What was the post?

Back in the day the posts that brought the largest amount of comments were crime posts. But part of that was because I gave much more open reign back then and as I’ve said before, today, I’m much more strict in deleting incendiary and racist comments. Also back in the day any post that touched on gentrification would result in tons of comments. Today, many neighborhoods that we cover are quite frankly gentrified so the posts don’t evoke the same emotions.

So what are posts today that usually get a ton of comments? Generally anything about bike lanes (though that too is becoming more “normal”/accepted), dog poop/neighbor disputes and of course neighborhood boundary disputes (which I try to avoid because after 10 years I find them incredibly tiresome at this point.)

But believe it or not the most commented post we’ve had in a long time was last Friday’s Question of the Day What is the District’s Dining Scene Still Missing?, which had 408 comments.

Friday Question’s of the Day usually generate a lot of comments but not that many. Funny thing about Friday Questions of the Day (FQoTD) is that I started it on a whim when I simply ran out of things to post about on Fridays. But it was so fun to think up random questions, I decided to keep it going. Sometimes it takes me 2 seconds to come up with a question and sometimes I agonize over it for hours. And make no mistake – the ones I agonize over for hours get very few comments and the ones I think up in 2 seconds get hundreds of comments. That’s usually the case with regular posts too. The ones I spend a lot of time on aren’t nearly as popular as the ones that I just post on a whim.

Anyway to really answer your question I think we once had a post that topped 600 comments but I can’t find it. It was a combination of gentrification and race. And it was heated as you can imagine. But that was years ago and I’m terrible at finding old posts. So I think I’ll make textdoc the official PoPville historian!

-Dan Silverman: Citizen of the District of Columbia

If you have a personal question you’ve been dying to ask me – fire away! You can ask in the comments (which I’ll go back to and pull from) or just send an email with your question to [email protected] with “Ask me Anything” in the title.

  • textdoc

    “Anyway to really answer your question I think we once had a post that topped 600 comments but I can’t find it. It was a combination of gentrification and race. And it was heated as you can imagine. But that was years ago and I’m terrible at finding old posts. So I think I’ll make textdoc the official PoPville historian!”
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    If you want me to find it, I’m going to need more specific information!
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    (Does your website admin software not offer you a way to view/sort posts by most comments received?)

  • MPinDC

    I was wondering about the most-commented on post!
    The open letter about living in Columbia Heights last year also generated lots of comments (454)

  • KenyonDweller

    You mean it wasn’t chicken bacon ranch pizza guy or the guy who was bent out of shape because the Raven wouldn’t let him play board games for hours without ordering?

  • MadMax

    At this point you should just start bookmarking posts that exceed 300 comments for easy reference (if you’re not already).

  • MadMax

    I’m curious, if you had to guess, what’s the most amount of posts you’ve had to delete/moderate out from a single posting? 10, 20, 50, more? Do you remember what it was? (I’m sure it probably was race related too).

    • That’s hard to say but if it ever gets over 20 I’d just close the post to comments.

  • bruno

    How do you differentiate between a building worth saving and one worth developing?

    • I take the advice of folks with AOL email accounts – whatever they suggest I advocate the exact opposite.

  • textdoc

    Could we get a little feature on Dingo someday, with photos? I know her backstory came up in a 2007 thread about mice (https://www.popville.com/2007/06/im-going-to-reveal-a-dirty-secret/ — I wasn’t reading PoPville then, but it was linked in a later post), but other than that I know very little about her.

    • MadMax

      Interesting, didn’t know PoP had a cat. I assume the Dingo you’re referencing is the cat, anyway, no name mentioned in that link.

      • I have a fish tank too!

        • Contessa of Cleveland Park

          Sushi bar for Dingo?

      • textdoc

        Yep, he has a cat and her name is Dingo. (Although I don’t think I knew the name until a year or so ago.) When PoP was doing an end-of-the-day video roundup thing for a while, sometimes she would climb on his chair/shoulder.

  • Contessa of Cleveland Park

    I wish the St. Baldrick’s site would let us donate without submitting our address. The privacy policy isn’t stated, and many charities add donors to their mailing lists or (worse) sell names and addresses to other nonprofits. Prince, if you have any “pull” with St. B’s, you might share this concern. I guarantee you that the lack of a privacy policy has cost you well over $50 in donations!

  • Victoria Chamberlin

    I will be making a donation in Dingo’s name. #Dingo

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