orgtheory’s greatest hits

What are the most commented on posts in the blog’s history? According to WordPress, they are:

  1. The critical realism affair. Technically, Kieran’s critical realism post only got 122 comments, but taken together, the three CR posts got about 160 comments. That was the hardest blogging I ever loved.
  2. Should I stop teaching post-modernism? (144 comments)
  3. Elizabeth Berman’s inequality in the skies. (101 comments)
  4. GRE scores are valid. Sorry, guys. (99 comments).
  5. You know who in Texas. (74 comments)
  6. Brayden and Eszter’s book on online reputation. (74 comments)
  7. How I pick grad students. (63 comments)
  8. Is academia meritocratic? (63 comments)
  9. Steve Vaisey on how to theorize motivation. (58 comments)
  10. World Cup Survey. (57 comments)

Great mix of serious debate on issues ranging from social theory to stratification to social psychology to teaching. Other contenders: Brayden thinks Gladwell is sometimes really, really wrong (54); what has been accomplished with math soc? (51); Kieran discovers that me and one of my PhD students gamed his soc rankings (54); Gabriel Rossman’s infamous “assumptions” post (50); Chris Martin on White privilege (46); a discussion of Jessica Collette’s impostor syndrome research (47); and Chris Winship discusses the ASA amicus brief in the Walmart case (44).

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Written by fabiorojas

September 3, 2015 at 12:01 am

Posted in blogs, fabio, fun

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  1. I am oddly pleased to have cracked the top ten. Even if they’re mostly weird drive-bys, and credit really goes to Kieran for prettying it up. That, and getting picked up on the front page of WordPress.

    The lengthy discussion of the appropriateness of Gabriel’s blogging a seminar circa 2007 is…quaint. How long ago that seems.

    Also, there are SO FEW identifiably female commenters on some of these threads. What’s up with that?

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    September 3, 2015 at 2:07 am

  2. Epopp: This blog has long had a problem with gender diversity. My hypothesis is that the same process that affects our blogger/guest blogger pool also shapes our comment pool. How to resolve that is not clear to me since we have an open guest post policy and we approve 99.999% of all comments.



    September 3, 2015 at 7:27 pm

  3. I suspect that the gender ratio among commenters is not as unequal as it might appear based on identifiable user names, because — again, just a guess — women are more likely to use pseudonyms than men, and also more likely to choose opposite-gender or gender-neutral pseudonyms. Yeah, there’s probably relevant research on this, but I don’t have time to look for it.

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    September 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm

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