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State of the Riot – October 2008

By johnboy 4 November 2008 27

[First filed: November 02, 2008 @ 12:14]

Well October just zoomed by.

Here’s our monthly review of where the site’s going and what people are coming here for. No DFO mania but some good pictures of the building collapse attracted a lot of attention.

Key Stats:

Visits: 137,448, up from 131,410
Pageviews: 408,557, up from 378,871
Absolute unique visitors: 53,439, up from 52,621


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A special thanks to our friends in the Canberra media community who appear to be making more of an effort to mention us when sourcing stories from here, although some (you know who are you are) appear to be struggling with giving credit where it’s due.

Fun stuff

So the 20 most read stories on RiotACT in October were:

    1) Building collapse in Civic
    2) Candidates’ websites – October 2008
    3) A customer complaint at The Front
    4) Liveblogging the election
    5) To arms Rioters – Drive the Emos from Garema Place! (unless you are a Garema Place Emo, in which case prepare to repel boarders)
    6) Witchhunts, accusations and open warfare ACT Liberals in chaos
    7) Canberra Marist College on Lateline!
    8) The cold light of morning – Or, where the Liberals went wrong
    9) T-shirt slogans
    10) Meredith Hunter to lead the Greens
    11) ACT Election Candidates – How Low Will They Stoop?
    12) Fire at DFO?
    13) New gay bar for Woden
    14) 23% counted, 49 votes in the final Molonglo seat
    15) ACT Election decided…
    16) Nutter of the Month – Graham Potts
    17) What’s the deal with the burnt out buses near Holy Grail in Civic?
    18) The cockroach pizza of Dominos Dickson
    19) Pedal Power community forum – Some thoughts
    20) Scott Alexander McDougall to plead not guilty to Downer Double murder

And the hundred highest ranked search terms which brought people to RiotACT in July were:

    1) riotact
    2) riot act
    3) the riot act
    4) dfo canberra
    5) riot act canberra
    6) alistair coe
    7) the riotact
    8) graham potts
    9) riotact canberra
    11) the riot act canberra
    12) dfo fyshwick
    13) peter leonard
    14) mark parton
    15) impact records
    16) the riot-act
    18) riot-act
    19) jessica wright
    20) dfo
    21) massage canberra
    22) the-riotact
    23) gershon report
    24) thomas sorahan
    25) hill climb data for cyclists black mountain canberra
    26) act election candidates
    27) norvan vogt
    28) act election
    29) cost of gde
    30) zeirholz riotact
    31) best restaurant in canberra
    32) peter.blakely crying chapel
    33) fast train sydney canberra
    34) kitten and snake comic
    35) menutree canberra
    36) australian motorist party
    37) mike jeffreys
    38) riot act act
    39) haunted canberra
    40) canberra computer fair
    41) andrea tokaji
    42) election polling act
    43) scott 24 hour results
    44) taxi canberra
    45) phillip medical centre
    46) flint restaurant
    47) wanniassa medical centre
    48) fenner hall wiki
    49) mil security receivership
    50) hargreaves gde
    51) canberra cabs
    52) david heidelberg
    53) frank pangallo
    54) philip medical centre
    55) best restaurants in canberra
    56) canberra beer brewing hume
    57) giulia jones deliberately
    58) open day maconochie centre
    59) iv change my mine i dont dislike cops i dislike people that can spell
    60) central cafe gungahlin
    61) building collapse canberra
    62) ginninderra falls
    63) canberra building collapse
    64) cigars canberra
    65) haunted a.c.t
    66) kenja
    67) nyssa76 anissa
    68) what to eat in dickson
    69) “canberra community support”
    70) act computer fairs 2008
    71) smiths gravy chip
    72) flint restaurant act
    73) “the yowie man”
    74) bimberi
    75) good mechanic canberra
    76) jamison markets
    77) overheard quinn
    78) motorcycle parking canberra
    79) i-filed “the riotact”
    80) sons of kyuss canberra
    81) zed bartlett
    82) actafl
    83) canberra underground bunkers
    84) darren churchill
    85) mike+hettinger+election+advertisement
    86) anu singh
    87) can mugga tip take contaminated waste
    88) “flames fitness” riotact
    89) “gungahlin jets”
    90) halloween pumpkins
    91) hindmarsh drive closed news
    92) mee sushi
    93) canberra beats
    94) vote for morgo
    95) dfo canberra floor plan
    96) mark parton idiot
    97) adriano larobina
    98) bootcamp in canberra
    99) canberra weekend jobs
    100) mark parton blog

Also for all the nerds here’s the breakdown on web-browsers used to read us:

    Internet Explorer 57.83%
    Firefox 30.79%
    Safari 7.85%
    Chrome 1.60%
    Opera 1.20%

And operating systems:

    1. Windows – 85.36%
    2. Macintosh – 11.70%
    3. Linux – 1.98%
    4. iPhone – 0.52%
    5. iPod – 0.11%
    6. SymbianOS – 0.11%
    7. SunOS – 0.05%
    8. Danger Hiptop – 0.02%
    9. Playstation 3 – 0.01%

(There were also a few visits from the Nintendo Wii, PalmOS and PSP but too few to make the percentages).


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State of the Riot – October 2008
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Granny 12:55 am 05 Nov 08

nyssa76 said :

My stalker is slacking off though, I think I was in the top 30 last time. I must be boring them.

Boring them is a brilliant strategy!


johnboy 12:11 am 05 Nov 08


I have no more patience with your pathetic rants born of your own irrelevance.

Learn to be a human being or disappear.

I care naught which you choose but from now on any comments you make will be subject to summary deletion.

Maelinar 11:03 pm 04 Nov 08

Ouch ! lucky you renamed/reblossomed your Eladrin Wizard JB – although I’ll say no more on the topic even though it has incited my own personal curiosity.

How does it handle that I’ve accessed this site via Explorer, Firefox, Chrome – (well they are the main ones – I use more, but they are unlisted), via Linux and Windows XP, and Vista, over the previous month (as I usually do)?

@ #23, its not ‘gershon’ but I found the comments you are after were hilarious. I’m still avoiding posting juicy stuff on RA on account of there are a whole lot of lurkers out there who are apparently awaiting on me to stop posting or suchlike… (although on this topic I may have elected to remain silent as a professional courtesy)

Still @ #23 Google responds to the term ‘Gershwin’ but the amount of information you are supplied is conspicuously limited. I blame China.

As with the Dr Who sub-messages, I’ve said too much. My advice is to learn to spell.

nyssa76 8:48 pm 04 Nov 08

Granny, yeah I only tend to check the state to see where in the top 100 I am.

My stalker is slacking off though, I think I was in the top 30 last time. I must be boring them.

Jazz 8:13 am 04 Nov 08

Vic Bitterman said :

JB – do you have stats broken down by the hour? Me, for example, I only access this site after hours, and Firefox is my broser of choice (have played with Chrome, but shelved it due to too many bugs – Beta status and all that…)

We do, however the clock is offset by several hours as the the google analytics server is located offshore somewhere. Typically however we see about 30% higher visit rate during the day than at night which drops off significantly after 11pm til around 6am. otherwise its pretty consistent during the day and at night

Granny 11:46 pm 03 Nov 08

That is kind of pathetic really. I’m glad you are coping anyway.

nyssa76 10:33 pm 03 Nov 08

Yeah I’m fine. I have a pretty good idea who it is, they’re just a sad little individual who needs to keep tabs on me because they have no life.

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