Scotland 20, Rest of the World 5

Posted by @ 2:20 pm on Sunday 9th December, 2007.

I'm not much of a stats-whore, but I do like to use such data to see if there are any trends and/or patterns hiding in the figures.

Here is the latest curiosity:

Of the 25 most recent comments left by visitors to this blog, 20 have been left by Scots.

Further analysis reveals that all of the most recent ten comments left by visitors to this blog have been left by Scots.

Now, for every statistical oddity there's usually a rational explanation, so they say. The trouble is, I'm having a hard job finding the correct reason for such a statistical pattern. So far, I've come up with the following possibilities:

  1. Scots have far too much free time on their hands, and they spend too much of it on the internet;
  2. Scots are more sociable than other folk, hence they are better at inter-personal communication;
  3. Scots are highly opinionated and talk too much;
  4. I write good stuff that only Scots appreciate, stuff that's just goes over the heads of other folk;
  5. I write drivel that's ignored by all except Scots, who find it to their taste;
  6. I live in the wrong country.

Looking at the comment-stats in a more local geo-frame, here's the score on a UK basis:

  • Scotland 20
  • England 5
  • Rest of the UK 0

Please feel free to comment on these stats, regardless of your nationality. Maybe you could suggest other reasons?

Anyway, thanks to all who have already left their mark here.

I'm off to delve a bit deeper, to see if the trend goes further back.

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17 Responses to “Scotland 20, Rest of the World 5”

  1. Kev says:

    Points 2, 4 and particularly 6 are bang on the money. Or maybe it's just the beard 😀

  2. 1. Is there a quota?
    2. Are Scots going down to England and using up comments that (the) English could have written?
    3. Are our comments being supplied by English taxpayers and then emailed north?
    4. Have you posted a question about West Lothian recently?
    5. Do people think you are Scotch because you are a jovial, generous git with a beard?
    6. Is it something to do with your IP address being detected as being in Coatbridge (IIRC)?

  3. Scott says:

    Can I be the first to say jings, crivvens & help ma boab?

    Oh, and it can't have been Coatbridge, Duncan. They've hardly got running water there yet, never mind electricity or t'internet. And I lived there for 15 years, so I should know.


  4. BG! says:

    [quote comment="373"]
    5. Do people think you are Scotch because you are a jovial, generous git with a beard?[/quote]

    I was told (by a Scot) that Scotch is a drink, not a nationality. Was that just a regional preference, is it a fact or should I lend it no credence? I wouldn't like to think that I was upsetting folk.

  5. ptc* says:

    Scotch can be an egg as well. And sticky tape. But no, never a person. 😉

    It's interesting though. There are more postings from those south of the border on my blog than above it...I hadn't noticed before, but now I'll be wondering about it...

  6. I through the word in occasionally to wind up people. I once read in a book that the words Scots and Scotch were the same historically. I don't know if it is true, and amn't bothered to find out, or read someone's online research into the differences. People know what the word means.

    I think that's a number 3

  7. BG! says:

    [quote comment="383"]Wales!!![/quote]

    Spoken like a true Welsh(wo)man. Hiya, Kate!

    For the record, Wales scores a massive 5, but that's out of 183. (Scores revised after a recount on 18/12/2007).

  8. Yeah, but if you'd written something in Welsh, you may have had more visitors. There's lovely, isn't it. A fine people. Been there 3 times now.

  9. Scott says:

    Was there something daft posted here a minute ago, or did I imagine it?

    And not "daft" in a drunken Scottish way.


  10. Scott says:

    Pesky spammers.

    I understand the best way to stop them, mind you, is to set up a social experiment. That pretty much prevents posting activity of ANY sort.


  11. Keentytrienny says:


    As a fresh user i just wanted to say hi to everyone else who uses this bbs <:-)

  12. BG! says:

    Originally Posted By Accilkdrisk
    What is bumburbia?

    I'm not sure. Is it what they used to finish making your brain when they ran out of shit?

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