back in the good old days there was no coffee lounge. the basic rule of thumb was that threads were to stay on-topic (and web development topics only) during the monday-friday week. on the weekends, the moderators let off a little bit and threads were allowed to get "silly." come monday, however, threads were to be back on-topic. the creation of the coffee lounge in april 2004 brought a place to have "off-topic" discussions whenever we wanted. quickly this became, per capita, the most-discussed place on the board as shown from this post on 02-28-2005:
Originally Posted by rhsunderground
the lounge now has 26 threads of 100 or more, including 7 of 200+ and, of course, 2 of 1000+. the lounge currently sits at 27.52826855123674911660777385159 posts per thread, ahead of the 9.0482985729967069154774972557629 for the websites review forum. i appreciate the effort of all of you, trying to keep Jick and i ontop of the most powerful forum in the WORLD!!!
as you can tell, we had lots of fun here. because i spent most of my time here, i was made a mod in june of 2004. since then the era of the great "discussion threads" where a topic was started and people jumped in all the time until mayhem ensued has been slowly fading - a quick glance at the lounge main page shows only 4 non-stickied threads with more than 15 posts and one of them is this thread. however, the lounge is still the lounge, and as long as i'm a mod here it will be the place to be.
some epic threads of note: Forum Building Help - the original super thread currently has 598 replies. it features many of the original "big names" on the forum - the people that got this place off the ground and kept it going. Happy Birthday, Peo - originally, obviously, a happy birthday thread, it soon devolved into an attempt to overrun this thread as the forum's largest. it got out of hand and was opened and closed a few times before it was finally put to sleep in august of 2005. it died with 1201 posts. The real HP Vs. Dell battle - this one also got out of hand a few times, but remains open with 519 posts.
We've been discussing thread lengths, and I decided to have a look through the various forums I could get at and find out what was the longest threads in each.
For most of them, I have 1 post, but if the largest thread(s) is/are sticky and/or locked, I'll include that/those plus the largest unsticky open thread as well, giving a maximum of 3 "longest threads".
I can't give statistics for forums which have no threads I can access (which include #8, #12-#15, #17, #19, #23, #35), "forums" which are essentially groups of forums ( #1: Client-Side Development; #18: Server-Side Development; #32: Etc.; and #39: Site Management), forums that simply redirect me (#34, 36, #38), or the E-Commerce forums (#24 and #25, which I don't think I should have been able to access), but for the rest, I give the forum thread name, a link, and the post count.
Without furthur ado:
Longest Threads by Forum (Arranged by Forum Number)