CemWEB Research Project (cemcom) wrote in lj_dev,
CemWEB Research Project

Collecting aggregate comment data

Hi everyone,

I'm interested in collecting aggregate comment data from journals to analyze characteristic commenting patterns. Is there a way to easily suck down any of the following pieces of data about a post's comment structure: lj names of people who commented, datestamps of all comments posted, (optional) word count of each comment? Please note that I am not interested in getting the actual text of the comments, but only aggregate information about types of comment structures.

Would it, for example, be possible to create a style that only displays this relevant information when viewing individual entries, and then force that style on any entry I view? I also see there is an 'export comments' API. Does that only work on your own journals, or any public journal in general?

Thanks for your help,

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