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They say it because it’s true . . .

. . . We really do have the best comment section on the internet.


  1. Research has shown that it is good.

  2. Keith O'Rourke says:

    I was thinking of suggesting a p.s. that many readers of this blog do not read the comments – but then this is unlikely the thread that would encourage any change in that ;-)

  3. Corey says:

    I participate in the best comment section on the internet! Woohoo! That’s going on my résumé.

  4. Well, in the tradition of Stigler’s law of eponymy, here are some suggestions:

    * Gelman’s law of commentary self-abrogation
    * Gelmanic Reversion to the Mean

    or my favorite

    *Gelmanic Depression (of commentary hyperbole)

  5. Jeff says:

    For what it’s worth, I’m not a statistician and this limits my ability to understand the more technical topics on this blog. The topics that I can follow are of interest, but one of the things that originally hooked me was the spectacle of people with strong opinions disagreeing with each other in civil fashion–on the Internet.

    Also, this particular thread shouldn’t count against that appraisal. Someone once told me I received compliments gracefully and I was completely flummoxed.

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