…that might help in some of the discussions about threading, etc…
I just looked at the month of May 2013 and did a quick and admittedly rough survey of how long threads were.
Out of more than 800 posts - I discounted “announcements” - I found the following:
- There were about 160 threads started
- The overwhelming majority of threads (about 140) had ten posts or under.
- The most often found number of posts in a thread was : 2
- The average number of posts in a thread was about 5
- There were two threads that went to ~20 posts
- There was one thread that went to ~40 posts
So, I conclude (YMMV) that for this community, the worries about hierarchical threading may be a bit of a tempest in a teapot - considering that the vast majority of threads are short enough to see on one page… The 100+ post discussions only happen a few times a year, usually on some sort of hot-button subject - like nntp vs. http…
Anyway, maybe this will put a different perspective on it and help calm things down a bit… or not…
–Your humble nntp statistics keeper (retired)