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It’s 2016 somewhere, so Happy New Year. Here’s a look back at the arbitrarily-demarcated 2015 year on Lobsters:

In 2015, we gained 1,273 new users.

There were 6,859 stories submitted, with the most common tag being programming (used on 1,382 stories).

The top 5 most frequent (non-moderator) submitters of stories in 2015:

The most upvoted (non-meta) story in 2015 was What Happens Next Will Amaze You with a score of 95.

The top 5 most frequent commenters in 2015:

The most upvoted comment in 2015 was this by codahale.

There were 186 git commits to the code that runs the site. There were many features added.

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    Happy New Year everyone. It’s been nice spending time with some of you on #lobsters (see the Chat link at the bottom of the page), including a few names from the top submitter and commenter lists. In addition to the announcements above, this year also saw the introduction of mockturtle, the #lobsters channel bot which reports every story submitted to lobste.rs via IRC. I’ve enjoyed monitoring the website this way, and @journeysquid, @flyingfisch and I really appreciate @pushcx’s tireless effort in finding stories for us.

    @jcs, I’m a tad behind, but I’ll get your commit log reporting to the channel before this time next year. ::smiles::

    Thank you everyone for making lobste.rs a nice place to hang out and mingle.

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      Thank you everyone for making lobste.rs a nice place to hang out and mingle.

      Indeed. This is my favourite place on the web right now. I hope it stays that way in 2016.

      And it’s my favourite because there is civil disagreement in the comments. The stories are a decent intersection of what you find on places like HN, but the common subset isn’t too large. The conversation is much saner.

      Thanks lobste.rs, for making me like forums again.

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        I’ve enjoyed monitoring the website this way, and @journeysquid, @flyingfisch and I really appreciate @pushcx’s tireless effort in finding stories for us.

        I think you may have copy-pasted incorrectly.

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        Woot, I am in the top 5 submitters! Very happy to contribute to this amazing community.

        Happy New Year folks!

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          I’m really happy that these numbers confirm what I’ve been thinking of lobsters, and a reason a like it: it moves a little slower than the rest of the web. I’ve been finding most of the internet to be too frantic for over a year, to the point that it’s difficult to stomache even a Google search. Here, even the busiest posters aren’t averaging more than 1-2 comments per day. This feels like it’s just a laid back place for intelligent people

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            So long, and thanks for all the fish!

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              Thanks, you too guys! I hope you find inspiration and knowledge in the upcoming year.

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                What about the post(s) with the most comments?

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                  Behind 3 ‘what are you working on’ ones, this story.

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                  I’m really appreciative of lobste.rs both for the content, and the people. I feel like this is a community where I can understand and appreciate the current state of technology even if I’m now distant from much of it. I feel stretched and challenged by the people here, but this is also feels a safe and reasonable community to be in.

                  Thanks @jcs and all, have a great next arbitrary time period.