2012 Bragging Rights


It’s that time of year when I start going through the Bragging Rights Central archives of my favourite comment(s) from this blog and post(s) from other blogs – see the sidebar for details – trying to pick my favourite comments for the annual reader vote. Expect the list of finalists and the reader poll some time in the next few days…

…but for now, I present to you: the Third Annual VWXYNot? Awards for the Most Comments and Posts Listed in Bragging Rights Central!

As always, the winner of each category gets a $20 (Canadian) Amazon gift certificate, as well as 2012 Bragging Rights (Quantitative)!

NB the most recent comments and posts that are currently in the sidebar do count towards this year’s totals.

First, the comments:


And it’s another runaway victory for the defending champion in this category, Richard Wintle / Ricardipus! Many congratulations to Richard, and please email me to let me know which email address I should use to send you your well-deserved Amazon gift certificate!

I couldn’t include the following contributors in the chart without making it look ridiculous, but I’d also like to acknowledge the following commenters:

Two BRC mentions: EcoGeoFemme, Elizabeth, Frank Norman, Heather, Jenny Rohn, Laurence Cox, Nico, SB

One BRC mention: Casey, Catherine, Crystal Voodoo, David Kent, Gerty-Z, Ian, Megan Cully, Michael McCarthy, Michelle, ModScientist, Prof-like Substance, Robyn, Science Girl, Silver Fox, Stephen Curry, Stephen Moss, Sylvia McLain, Zen Faulkes

A HUGE thank you to EVERYONE who commented on my blog this year! You’re all winners!

And now, the posts! Last year we had a four-way tie between Massimo, Beth Snow, Nina, and CromerCrox, so I’m glad to report that we have a clear winner this time:

2012 posts
Congratulations to Steve Caplan! Please let me know which email address I should use for your prize.

As with the comments, I couldn’t include all this year’s winners in the same graph, so kudos to the following bloggers:

Two BRC mentions: Alyssa, Biochem Belle, Captain Awkward, Erika Cule, Kimli, Masks of Eris, Ruchi, Sylvia McLain

One BRC mention: Anthony Fejes, Ask A Manager, Austin Elliott, Benoit Bruneau, Charles Pelkey, Don Davies, EcoGeoFemme, Excitable Scientist, Gerty-Z, Grant Jacobs, Heather, JaneB, Letters of Note, Nik Papageorgiou, Pharma Strategy Blog, Rachel Slatyer, Richard Wintle, Scott Wagers, Silver Fox, T Ryan Gregory, TOC ROFL, Unbalanced Reaction, VanEast Beer Blog, Viktor Poor, xkcd,

A HUGE thank you to ALL the bloggers I read! Keep up the great work in 2012!

Right, now I just have to choose my favourite comments… watch this space!

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16 Responses to 2012 Bragging Rights

  1. Alyssa says:

    First – yay for making both list (even if I’m only in the honorable mentions for posts – I’ll take it).

    Second, I think a scaling factor needs to be put into place for the comments. I mean, sure, Richard is witty and all, but are his comments proportionally more witty than those who comment less frequently?

  2. So I really feel like I should make some sort of smart Alex witty comment. Shockingly I’m close to speechless and I’m slack jawed to have made the list again this year. I am humbled and honoured to be on it with such witty ppl. I was even in the top 10! Shocked I tell ya

  3. chall says:

    woho! I’m with Scientistmother and Eva (time to mix us up again, right? 😉 )

    I’m very happy and proud to have been on the posts 4 times 🙂 I can happily report that my “småpåve” story had amazingly many hits which I totally give you credit for Cath (twitter mentioning and all).

    happy 2012 and better happy 2013! Soon the “vote for the wittiest comment”, right? no pressure.

  4. Grant says:

    Gee, I made both lists. To my surprise. Can’t imagine what the blog post was.

  5. Mike says:

    🙂 I’m happy with a respectable 4th place on an excellent blog!

    But if I weren’t, I’d ask for a new category: proportion of BRC comments per total comments. Now you’ve settled into the new job you’ve surely got enough time to calculate that 😉

  6. BOOYAH!!! I say.

    guessing that comment *isn’t* going to make Bragging Rights Central…

    Thank you, and once again I must conclude that I spend too much time reading your blog, and not enough time writing my own.

  7. Steve Caplan says:

    Well thank you! *Takes a bow* I need to add that to my CV!

    May I suggest that instead of sending your generous award to me, you choose your favorite biomedical charity, in honor of all good science blogs?


  8. nina says:

    I’m glad my efforts this year paid off! And clearly it was a good choice to write less blog posts, but higher quality… hahaha!

  9. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Keep up the good work, all of you!

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