Our 1 Millionth Comment Quickly Fades in the Rear View Mirror

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Huh. Dangle some free cash for a gun in front of our readership and they burn up our servers. Imagine that. If you scan down the posts today, you’ll notice that RF’s reminder of our contest awarding $700 toward the gun of your choice for the person who enters TTAG’s comment number 1,000,000 provoked all kinds of activity. Some more imaginative than others. But quality wasn’t a qualifier and with a comment he posted at 10:46 this morning, the balloons and confetti dropped on Bernard as he pressed the publish button. We haven’t heard what gun he has in mind yet, but will share if that’s OK with him when he lets us know. As always, thanks for reading and better luck as we approach the 2,000,000 comment milestone.

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  1. avatar Tim Going says:

    KKKKAAAAAAAAHHHHHNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!

  2. avatar Bob in Washington says:

    Well crap! Already had the gun picked out. Keep up the good work TTAG. Congratultions Bernard.

  3. avatar Marco says:

    So will the staff reveal to us what advertising bracket you guys have now achieved to make this exercise worthwhile for TTAG? No hate, curiosity and respect for the savvy.

    1. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

      None. There’s no reward for us, we just wanted to give something back to the community that makes ttag what it is today.

      1. avatar Marco says:

        Just so I don’t leave YOU out nick- what would YOU have spent the $700 towards? Dan can answer too.

    2. Additional comments don’t cut any ice with advertisers. It may have snagged a few more page views, but nothing that really moves the needle. Our traffic has been on the low end of average today.

      1. avatar Marco says:

        To both you and Nick: THANK YOU for the terrific site. The site is a daily read for me. Up to date. Honest (THAT is probably the rarest quality in firearms writing!!!). Funny. Intelligent. Keeps me abreast of issues.

        You guys clearly read comment strings to the last comment (not sure if that will apply to this last bit of craziness).

        Thanks again for the terrific experiment. I was hoping you guys would get a bump because you deserve it. Guess I’ll have to do that manually/word of mouth.

        1. avatar vv ind says:

          Advertisers, No, but it did grab MDA’s attention. I saw this post over there this morning “Truth About Guns new low, free gun giveaway to boost site activity”

        2. avatar John in Ohio says:

          MDA should give away a gun too. You know, to boost their site’s activity.

      2. avatar vv ind says:

        April err….May fools

  4. avatar Cameron b says:

    I’m happy someone won, sad it wasn’t me. A little bummed that 1/2 of the past weekends comment were “million?” Or “did I win”

  5. avatar Tom from Pennsyltucky says:

    Congrats Bernard

  6. avatar Steven Clark says:

    Congrats, Bernard! Very cool!

  7. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

    Go Bernie……..it’s your birthday…….or might as well be. Enjoy Dude………. ..
    Congrats.

  8. avatar Kapeltam says:

    Congratulations Bernard. If decide to pass on the gun I’ll humbly accept it instead. 😀

  9. avatar Ryan S. says:

    And TTAG returns to “normal”. . .

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “And TTAG returns to “normal”. . .”

      And TTAG returns to ‘normal’, ‘Abby Normal’ that is…

      Fixed it for ya.

      🙂

      (A Gene Wilder ‘Young Frankenstein’ reference for the kids…)

  10. avatar Roymond says:

    Now you should devise a contest aimed at providing someone who lacks a decent carry piece with one. The million post thing is a standard gimmick; it would be of better edification for the POTG to build up that community by enhancing a member’s carry.

    1. avatar MeRp says:

      Artificum Solis did something like that; they had a knife they gave to whoever posted (in their opinion) the worst EDC knife; they insisted it must be one that you actually carry.

  11. avatar SteveInCO says:

    I’m curious…. link to the comment?

    1. avatar Bob says:

      It was just him replying “+1” (kidding)

      1. avatar Jeremy S says:

        The man (assuming “Bernard” is a man 😉 ) clearly wanted it and apparently knew the time was nigh: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/04/robert-farago/incendiary-image-of-the-day-just-try-and-miss-a-pothole-edition/#comment-2136503

        1. avatar notalima says:

          Yeah, that is a serious spam-fest.

          Ring of fire
          ring of fire
          ring of fire

          heh

  12. avatar Another Robert says:

    Well, this thread certainly isn’t drawing the action that the “reminder” thread did, is it?? LOL!! Felicitations to Bernard.

    1. avatar Bob says:

      Disqualify him? Maybe it’s too late now.

        1. avatar Bob says:

          For gaming the system? I don’t know, it was just a thought. Maybe next time they can make that part of the rules, no spamming. It seemed like cheating to me.

  13. avatar tblank says:

    What was the 1 millionth comment??

    1. avatar Don't Tread on Me says:

      Bernard, I love how you wrote: “I’m going to try to win secretly over here”, then proceed to just let loose with a full Ring ‘o Fire!! Followed by video. Well played.

      Why this song? Was it a woman?

    2. avatar tblank says:

      Congrats!

    3. avatar Bernard says:

      Thank you all, you guys.
      No, not a woman. This just a great song.

    4. avatar John in Ohio says:

      Well played! 😀

      1. avatar Felix says:

        You mean Bernard or Johnny Cash?

        1. avatar John in Ohio says:

          Either? Both? 😉

  14. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    We now return you to our regularly scheduled TTAG comments (in the 60 comments per thread range).

  15. avatar Tim Going says:

    In honor of those comments perhaps his price can be a gun from one of the ring of fire manufacturers. Perhaps a Jimenez 9mm or a Raven MP-25. Lol!

  16. avatar Cknarf says:

    What a way to win it lol.

  17. avatar Colt Magnum says:

    Bernie’s a little busy right now. He asked me to accept on his behalf. I’ll make sure he gets it in a timely fashion. Honest…

  18. avatar KingSarc48625 says:

    I raise my glass to the champion Bernard! But I drink for all those souls lost in The Battle of 999007. Never forget!

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      Aye! The poor bastards…

    2. avatar JR_in_NC says:

      “The Battle of 999007. Never forget!”

      LOL-ing.

  19. avatar Rick K says:

    Right on Bernard! I say you take the cash and have a party at your place (I will travel for beer and chicken wings).

    1. avatar chuck (hates nj) says:

      Finish the night with a knob creek style shoot with everyone mag dumping down range.

  20. avatar Chadwick P. says:

    Congrats TTAG!

  21. avatar Frank says:

    Woo Hoo. Congrats Bernie. You wouldn’t happen to have a spare gun would you?

  22. avatar Grant says:

    Sickening that they let spam win.

    1. avatar Marco says:

      It would have been sickening if Bernard HADN’T won. They didn’t specify that spam or content free posts would be excluded. If they hadn’t honored their guarantee and specified rules, it would have been ex post facto taking/changing the rules, and would have been seriously uncool.

      I do hope next time they try to specify some amount of content. But they’re men of their word, and I would have been disappointed if Bernard had technically won and they hadn’t honored it.

  23. avatar Gavin says:

    Congrats

  24. avatar Jjmmyjonga says:

    Bernard, please let us know what you chose…but then again, with this bunch, you’ll probably start on the way to 2m with comments on why that was not the best choice – lol.
    Congrats.

  25. avatar Rog Uinta says:

    Nooooooo!!!!!

  26. avatar John in Ohio says:

    Congratulations, Bernard! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  27. avatar Red in Texas says:

    Congrats Bernard, and kudos on your method.

    Now I gotta tell momma I’m buying that Mk25 on my own.

  28. avatar 357M28 says:

    Congrats Bernard! Stick around and please let us know what you choose.

  29. avatar AllAmerican says:

    Everyone quick! Time to spam the sh** out of TTAG to get to 2 Million!!!!!!!!!

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      ROTL!

      (Don’t tempt them.)

  30. avatar John says:

    Congrats, Bernard (you lucky dog!).

  31. avatar Grindstone says:

    Thank the gods this is over… for a while at least.

  32. avatar Matt in FL says:

    for the record, there were more than 30 comments with the same time Stamp as Bernards. But there can only be one number 1 million.excuse the poor grammar this was speech to text.

    1. avatar Jeremy S says:

      Time stamp is only to the minute though, eh? The system on the back end still ranks them in order in which they came in, down probably to some fraction of a second for whichever one the server logged first…

    2. avatar John in Ohio says:

      I knew you were a cyborg! 😀

      I just finished reading through all of the comment notification in email. Oy Vey! Thanks to y’all at TTAG for putting on the contest but I’m also thankful it is over.

  33. avatar Gregolas says:

    “Missed it by, THAT MUCH !
    Congrats Bernard !

  34. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

    I don’t know who he is but now I really hate him!

  35. avatar Stephen says:

    Congratulations are in order. I do hope that many of those who decided to comment stay with us and comment in the future. Enjoy your new money burner 😉 .

  36. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Oh it’s OK with me. Congrats. Now if RF takes my suggestion and RUNS a contest EVERY MONTH…do it…I’m here anyway. I was 999999LOL..

  37. avatar Lurker_of_lurkiness says:

    Nice job, congrats

  38. avatar marvin2584 says:

    Congratulations Bernard!

  39. avatar Todd S says:

    RIGGED! Grats Bernard!

  40. avatar JJ48 says:

    Congratulations, Bernard! Whatever firearm you choose, may you ever fire true!

  41. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Congratulations Bernard!

    (It’s good to be back on U.S. soil)

  42. avatar Bernard says:

    Late to post. I’ll be getting the CZ P01 with cajungunworks pro package.

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      Nice! Thanks for the update. 🙂

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