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You're all #1 in my book

So, I was wanting to find out in which thread I had posted a specific benevolence to a specific someone, so I could make reference to it later. (As you do.) Unfortunately, the specific someone in question routinely Friends-locks all her posts, so Google was out of the question.

The next thought was to search through all my old comment notifications in order to try to find it. "Blimey", I thought. "7,411 messages from lj_notify is quite a lot"; the beefy userinfo tells me that 4,402 of them were due to comments in my journal, so 3,009 must be result from people replying to comments I have left in other people's journals.

Then, as you probably don't, I had a burning desire to work out who most frequently inspired such comments. A fairly slow and undignified hack and thrash with QBasic later and I have the answer.

This is a count of the number of comments that have been sent to me by each other LJ user, whether the comment was a reply to me on my journal or on someone else's.

ericklendl 525
leiabelle 382
zorac 249
hermorrine 247
lambertman 202
addedentry 199
bateleur 181
expetesso 173
daweaver 163
picklepuss 161
songmonk 155
missingdonut 147
brigbother 123
dancingrain 118
radinden 113
j4 107
ringbark 97
frayer 95
rialtus 94
cygnusfap 88
huskyteer 88
fruufoo 85
queerasjohn 83
imc 78
beingjdc 77
philonightmare 69
glissando 66
calliaume 62
hmtriplecrown 62
tall_man 58
sophie10 56
themightyuser 56
dezzikitty 54
malachan 54
mhw 53
applez 52
verlaine 52
jumbach 47
foreverdirt 46
amuzulo 45
bopeepsheep 45
jaydlewis 45
oddree 45
tromboneborges 45
alice_and_lain 44
2ndavemusic 42
karen2205 42
owlman 42
akahannah 41
irinaauthor 39
ealuscerwen 38
flourish 37
athena_arena 35
the_maenad 35
tranquillo 35
lnr 34
venta 34
sincelastjuly 32
quiz_master_man 32
ari_o 31
dinahrae 30
dr4b 30
xnera 28
anatsuno 27
strangefrontier 27
mrstrellis 27
titanic_days 26
chrisvenus 26
hedwig_snowy 26
kearie 26
altricial 25
mortari 25
folk 24
petulans 24
longsunday 24
black_dog 23
acadine 21
superfi 21
onebyone 20
vanityfair 20
muffinbutt 19
brakusjs 18
heidi8 15
praetorianguard 15
heinous_bitca 14
homestar 12
nick_at_esc 12
nmalfoy 12
pinguthegreek 12
trebro 12
ari_o 11
ixchelmala 11
kat99999 11
katrionaa 11
marysiak 11
notnormalikeyou 11
nystana 11
atommickbrane 10
byrlakin 10
catalana 10
debellatrix 10
gaby723 10
lambertman 10
moonstruck4rjl 10
truecatachresis 10
bookshop 9
chinawolf 8
thegraybook 8
ewx 8
fangexploring 8
huskyteer 8
ieyasu 8
lasultrix 8
leathellin 8
pseudomonas 8
teppanyaki 8
artysmokes 7
chresimos 7
crystal_claire 7
drbear 7
greenpuppy 7
kevin 7
liuxia 7
milenalupin 7
aome 6
green_amber 6
hawkida 6
jessindistress 6
sbisson 6
kleio_caissa 6
zarchasmpgmr 6
zonefox 6
acinonyxjubatus 5
amourmalfoy 5
wardy 5
bastard 5
doooook 5
dungeoneer 5
freethepenguins 5
gwendolyngrace 5
madlori 5
mark356 5
marnameow 5
randomknowledge 5
skittl1321 5
skykid 5
white_n_nerdee 5
wreny 5
_kent 4
almea 4
angiej 4
anya_writer 4
benjj 4
darthfi 4
earthquake1906 4
floralaetifica 4
foxmagic 4
k425 4
shista 4
smilie117 4
vamp_zorac 4
xxmykonstantine 4
_corpulence_ 3
aegeus 3
airemay 3
aleph_0 3
alfabettezoupe 3
argentus 3
avalons 3
azurelunatic 3
condign 3
deza 3
doris 3
ecwoodburn 3
tartpants 3
godlovesevery1 3
hanacandi 3
healthy_erin 3
ias 3
kitsune13 3
klepsydra 3
knirirr 3
ladyjaida 3
lisekit 3
neppiw 3
pengolodh_sc 3
pervy_elf 3
plizak 3
publicansdecoy 3
risen_phoenix 3
slai 3
starcrossedgirl 3
terriem 3
titanic_days 3
tomalhe 3
triskellian 3
trogdor_zorac 3
twelveeyes 3
unknownid 3
vtown 3
wednesdayschild 3
adamcollins 2
airabuyuu 2
ajcleenwe 2
alyeska 2
andylou 2
of_evangeline 2
beadgalsarita 2
catbuell 2
davinator 2
agonistes 2
djphantasy 2
dreamplum 2
dumbgenius 2
eibbil_libbie 2
eleveninches 2
erechtheus 2
frombrenna 2
gannet 2
gnimmel 2
untexan 2
intr0spection 2
chairmanchico 2
jame0 2
jodimuse 2
jvvw 2
kazzik 2
kermitbantam 2
kharin 2
l2g 2
len 2
levez 2
lovingboth 2
madoushi_clef 2
megd 2
metame 2
midnightschilde 2
mintness 2
moondroplette 2
nevecat 2
notapipe 2
pbolchover 2
perfectlyvague 2
pot_pal_ashley 2
ladyguenivere 2
scat0324 2
simonb 2
slipjig 2
sloopjonb 2
sport6449 2
spottedhyena 2
spykitten 2
stelle_belle 2
sternel 2
paradise_city 2
taimatsu 2
technodummy 2
telepwen 2
thespianpythia 2
theurge 2
tobymalfoy 2
v_vconservative 2
volterra 2
wikdsushi 2
yakkette 2
zombie_zorac 2
1anonymous1 1
777777777777777 1
ablotial 1
abostick59 1
aeditimi 1
aendr 1
afya 1
akcipitrokulo 1
ajhalluk 1
ajshepherd 1
alfaguru 1
alizarinish 1
amaiman 1
andi_sunrider 1
andrewducker 1
ang_grrr 1
annearchy 1
anthonym83 1
applepip 1
archmage 1
arosoff 1
arralethe 1
darthgeek 1
athlongeek 1
laura_borealis 1
bananabread 1
officialbizness 1
bk1e 1
bluebelly 1
buffymaraschina 1
busarewski 1
camies 1
carissa_lynn 1
catyak 1
ceo_norman_j 1
cheshire23 1
chickenfeet2003 1
cmcm 1
coffeesama 1
confuscious 1
corinnethewise 1
cranberrycream 1
zurafa 1
cushla 1
cuthere 1
daimon_hyperion 1
dakegra 1
daneel_olivaw 1
dayafternext 1
delirieuse 1
demarazare 1
dennyd 1
dermfitz 1
amyshaped 1
devulgari 1
diablodraco 1
diffrentcolours 1
dmota104 1
donnybrook89 1
dracopottamus 1
eleanor 1
elethe 1
elgoose 1
elke_tanzer 1
elleblue 1
elthar 1
embledore 1
emmavescence 1
endlesswriting 1
greenamber 1
entity_watcher 1
etherealqueen 1
feath 1
flamingtoilet 1
flannelcat 1
flick 1
fred_d 1
frozenunderzero 1
frydgreenvelvet 1
gaski 1
gehenna1 1
ginavenolia 1
gramarye1971 1
euterpeslullaby 1
griffen 1
guardian_writer 1
h_vetinari 1
angelbluekisses 1
harryjpotter7 1
helenbr 1
hellsop 1
hgempress 1
hpana_cheeser 1
rano_kwiatek 1
illumina_ann 1
immorak 1
dvisions 1
ina 1
indigosoul 1
isilya 1
jayspec 1
jdevrien 1
jedipimp 1
jerzyk 1
jiggerypokery 1
jillthepill 1
joannablack 1
jojobear99 1
jvinocur 1
jw6aa 1
k4olin 1
kaet 1
kattish 1
katu 1
katybeth 1
kawaru 1
kemayo 1
keris 1
kissaki 1
kokopoko 1
kouhaataru 1
kowarth 1
kwan_yin 1
lanfykins 1
lathany 1
lauria 1
leora 1
leprosy 1
lisaofdoom 1
littletort 1
loki_sataere 1
loogaroo 1
loony_bob 1
lostboydv 1
lowi 1
lunarennui 1
madlori 1
maelkann 1
mafamba 1
maggie_malfoy 1
mahoney 1
malsperanza 1
mantisknight 1
matttt 1
megadog 1
melissa_tlc 1
meril 1
merlaan 1
merlness 1
thieving_gypsy 1
milothereporter 1
minorparadox 1
mintogrubb 1
missmona 1
moistcentipede 1
monarx 1
mousme 1
muggleangel 1
muruch 1
divabat 1
naath 1
neil_scott 1
netdancer 1
niekje 1
nomadicwriter 1
non_existent_ 1
nykkel 1
oldbloke 1
olukemi 1
oodleplex 1
mariannesque 1
orangewatcher 1
ordencodex 1
oulangi 1
pettitte96 1
pheltzer 1
pingviini 1
pinkgumdrop 1
gustheduckie 1
shinwachou 1
pm215 1
pne 1
porsupah 1
powersh20works 1
primroseburrows 1
priscellie 1
prom 1
prowler323 1
pumpkin_trina 1
queen_jude 1
queenjohn 1
trempnvt 1
queerbychoice 1
queso 1
rachigurl5 1
rahaeli 1
rar_ara 1
raven_tuatha 1
raventhon 1
reality_fades 1
redarius 1
reddragdiva 1
rejs 1
remia 1
rev69 1
rhiannon333 1
ringsnake 1
riverheart 1
roberticke 1
romana03 1
sa_ra_ra_ra 1
elena 1
saraphale 1
scarlatti 1
schanyl 1
scimiotix 1
sensational 1
sensefille 1
serenejournal 1
serennau 1
serizawa3000 1
sevensickles 1
several_bees 1
sheridanwilde 1
silversolitaire 1
simont 1
skx 1
slightly_mad 1
slowfox 1
snarkbite 1
sobrique 1
sognatrice 1
solcita 1
solochild 1
sparklielizard 1
spiralingmoon 1
spiritkayla 1
squirmelia 1
stardegenerate 1
stephandra 1
strangeanimal 1
strictlytrue 1
suppafly 1
susanofstohelit 1
swerved 1
swottymcswot 1
tabbi_cakes 1
tabouli 1
tacit 1
telesilla 1
terzian 1
the_gardener 1
thegreateze 1
theswedishchef 1
tigge03 1
tinymich 1
tkb 1
tktiger 1
tocomfortyou 1
tunglov 1
turquoise_dream 1
twelfthofnever 1
thaumaturge 1
tydel 1
uitlander 1
varyar 1
venivincere 1
vintagefury 1
viola_dreamwalk 1
vlamidala 1
wearejustducky 1
weatherby 1
pointedview 1
winterbadger 1
wuluf 1
wwwwwwwwwwwwwww 1
xandria 1
xanfan 1
xaoswolf 1
xturtle 1
yonmei 1

Comments: upon extracting every mail received from lj_notify@livejournal.com, the file is nearly 1½ million lines long. Trying to get the PC to alphabetise the file resulted, as you might expect, in a fairly hairy lockup. Thus QBasic program one was to cut out all the lines of the file which didn't start with From:. I sorted this reduced file and wrote QBasic program two to count how many times each person appeared consecutively. The rest of it was just simple text editing. I'm sure it can be done as a one-liner in perl. You can have the programs if you like, but it's probably far more efficient for you to knock the programs up yourself.

This would be a fantastically geeky and moderately nifty thing to be able to do automatically, but it relies on people keeping all their mail sent from lj_notify@livejournal.com, which is not a safe assumption. Unless, of course, you can think of a better way to do it which will not involve killing the LJ database.

I could have produced position numbers as well, but you don't really need them. If you don't appear close enough to the top that it's not too much of a problem to count then, my Friend, please don't bother counting. :-)

People who have changed username, or who have two different journals, do get ever-so-faintly shafted by appearing twice. Sorry 'bout that, chief. It's slightly funnier when you change journal name, because it means your new journal name appears twice. (This is because I uploaded the old journal name in its proper place, only for LJ to convert it forward into your new name.)

Having zorac and hermorrine being #3 and #4, within two comments of each other, on their first anniversary is just cool.

No, I don't intend to repeat this at all frequently. There is no reason for you to try to appear higher on the list, but I can't stop you.

Yes, I probably should be doing something productive instead.
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