Which stories were the most popular? That's a good question. There are two ways we typically look at which stories most generate interest: We can count the hits, or we can look at the discussion they generate on the message board.
Neither method is perfect, of course. Counting the hits means to look at the number of times a particular story on our site is visited by the outside world, as tracked by our trusty Web servers at an undisclosed location. In looking for controversial appeal of a story, we can look at the number of messages generated by the longest discussion threads.
Got all that? Good. We've decided to provide a look at both methods as a way of best summing up the year that was 2003:
Top Ten Stories by Number of Hits (Server Says!)
duck tape and some twine, we got it working again. Whew!
No. 7 Startup Says Quantum Crypto Is Real
No. 6 3Com to Buy Force10, Riverstone?
No. 5 Headcount: Tell It Like It Is
No. 4 Corvis Deletes Message Poster
No. 1 GIG-BE Winners Named
Top Ten Stories by Message Posts (The People Speak!)
Has Procket Found a New CEO?).
No. 5 Offshoring, Dude!
No. 4 Cisco/Huawei Brawl Begins
No. 3 Workers Oppose H-1B Bill
No. 2 Foreign Worker Poll Points to Paradox
No. 1 The Effect of War on Telecom
This tells us two things: First, the world is getting smaller; and that creates tension, as old ways of doing things prove outmoded. It also means you probably want to read more about those issues. Look for more offshoring stories in 2004.
As always, we encourage you to tell us what we're covering too much, what we're not covering enough, and why our discussions boards on Movies and Beer haven't been taking up more of your time.
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Happy New Year!
— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading