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It's that time of year when we at The Register get our annual letter from the Audit Bureau of Circulation, confirming just how well we did during our regular November audit. The scores on the doors are these: 7,326,907 unique users visited the site that month, up from 6,657,164 in 2011 - a climb of just over 10 per cent and …


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  1. Andrew Moore
    Paris Hilton

    "a quarter that of The Sun"

    hmmmm, the campaign to add 'Page 3' to the list of El Reg categories starts here.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "a quarter that of The Sun"

      I too look forward to the daily inclusion of topless pictures of Raid arrays, amply sized server rooms and 19 year old nubile networking kit from Mansfield. Bring it on please.....

      1. mike2R

        Re: "a quarter that of The Sun"

        Topless Playmobil?

      2. Goldmember

        Re: "a quarter that of The Sun"

        Fry, Bender and Flexo in the robot strip club

        Fry: "Woah, check out her exhaust pipe"

        Bender and Flexo in unison: "Ugh! Pervert."

      3. deadlockvictim

        Re: "a quarter that of The Sun"

        Did you not see those filthy pictures of users exposing their boxen for all to see?

        I was shocked and offended, so I was.

        In case you missed, you can get your voyeuristic kicks here:

    2. LarsG

      I thought

      That the standards of the comments had dropped over the last year, now I know why, it's the abundance of Americans coming to the site. Still hopefully we can help educate them.

      1. Rampant Spaniel


        Some of us are ex pats, so not technically fully American! Some of us event went to school, although given it was in North Yorkshire I'm not entirely sure it counts.

        1. Lars Silver badge

          Re: @lars

          @LarsG I think Rampant Spaniel.

          1. Rampant Spaniel

            Re: @lars

            sorry :-) In my defence it is 4 am here ! and there is no real cheese!

            1. Lars Silver badge

              Re: @lars

              No problem either.

    3. itzman

      Re: "a quarter that of The Sun"

      CPU porn not good enough for you then?

      1. Lee Dowling Silver badge

        Re: "a quarter that of The Sun"

        Half the Mirror Group readership or a quarter of The Sun's... that's pretty impressive. I don't dabble in media but that seems very good to me. Maybe there are more people out there with a brain than I initially thought.

        So the next question is, how long until we see The Reg on the shelves in our local newsagent? :-)

    4. Darryl

      Re: "a quarter that of The Sun"

      Just remember - "May I see your rack?" is not an acceptable request to make of a female sysadmin.

  2. tirk

    ABC denialists!

    Lewis Page will be here in a minute disputing the figures

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: ABC denialists!

      I'd like to think I played my part to improve the readership figures.

      After all, I delete cookies and flash cookies after every session.

    2. Andrew Moore

      Re: ABC denialists!

      but that that just plays into the denialists' denialists hands (you know- those that deny the deniers)

      1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

        Re: ABC denialists!

        > those that deny the deniers

        Nobody does that!

        1. Richard 120
          Paris Hilton

          Re: deniers

          Isn't that a unit of measurement for tights or something like that?

          1. tirk

            Re: deniers

            Stocking up on the puns I see.

  3. Mondo the Magnificent

    Bumping up the stats...

    Congrats ElReg.. this site is a legendary institution among us IT / Tech types

    In the past year I have been located in the UK, France, Germany and now South Africa.. so although I am just one avid reader (and Commentard), I wonder if I helped bump up the stats just a fraction?

    Either way, may the reader (say 'followers') number continue to mushroom

    1. Ian Yates

      Re: Bumping up the stats...

      Pah! It was better before the newfags turned up.

      The Reg is dying.



    2. Lars Silver badge

      Re: Bumping up the stats...

      You find the Glossary of Terms here:

      And it does not really matter. Facebook has a similar problem counting users not knowing how many are cats and dogs and rather avoiding such mathematics.

      I used to read the Reg on my Nokia N92 quite often. Since this black cookies thing was added it does not work anymore. Anybody with similar problems. I hope The Register would do something about it.

      Anyway I like to read you.

  4. James Micallef Silver badge

    Good Job!!

    Pints all round

  5. Psmiffy

    "the Register is unique"

    and awesome too.

    Kepp up the good work.

  6. Anonymous Coward

    I look forward

    to many more years of appl/windows/linux bashing.

    Innacurate journalism and lots of hyperboly and innuendo...

    I love El Reg.............

  7. frank ly

    Well done!

    "Our fellow sci/tech websites seldom allow any external scrutiny of their traffic, ..."

    If they've nothing to hide then they've nothing to fear!

    I'm sorry; I've been reading the Daily Mail (I found it on a train).

    1. Steven Roper
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      Which begs the question

      What is El Reg's readership as a percentage of that of the Daily Wail? If it's significant enough it might even restore some of my faith in humanity. Though that might be asking a bit much...

  8. WeaselNo7
    Thumb Up

    May I be the first...

    ... to welcome our carrion-eating ale-swilling overlords.

  9. Anonymous Coward


    1/2 the readership of Mirror group and 1/4 of The Sun...

    A Race to the bottom then?

    next week on El reg How <insert talentless reality star>uses their iPhone to find <other talentless brain-dead moron>.

  10. bill 36

    greetings from Austria

    I do hope that Vulture Central is not too badly affected by the "blizzard conditions" today.

    Here in central Europe we find it hilarious that 4" of snow can bring a country to a standstill. Friday is the right day to have it though.

    There are no kangaroos in Austria btw :>)

    1. jonathanb Silver badge

      Re: greetings from Austria

      There's only 5mm at the moment, and the country is already at a standstill.

    2. Silverburn

      Re: greetings from Austria

      Indeed Bill.

      -9'C and 4" in some areas here in Switzerland. Everything is running normally...

      1. Kevin Johnston

        Re: greetings from Austria

        Sadly this bit of Switzerland has less than 1" of snow....still jolly chilly though

    3. Greg J Preece

      Re: greetings from Austria

      Here in central Europe we find it hilarious that 4" of snow can bring a country to a standstill. Friday is the right day to have it though.

      The media are, as usual, playing it up like right shites. The BBC keep going on about a "rare RED weather warning." Yeah, that would be in Wales. On the Black Mountains. Ooooh, I'm so afraid!

      The papers like to throw around "travel chaos!" and "country at a standstill" like they do everything else. And like every other regurgitated headline, their relationship with reality is strained at best.

      This morning I got up, got into the car (which I didn't have to defrost, for the first time this week), and drove normally on perfectly serviceable roads/motorways into a major city. No issues at all. In fact, it was much nicer than normal, because so many people had actually listened to the media bleating and chickened out, the motorway was practically deserted.

      1. Lone Gunman

        same here

        Was very surprised I didn't need to defrost the car and it was much warmer this morning (only -2C instead of -7C). Snow didn't hit here in London till around 9am but everything seems to be running OK, albeit with revised timetables on the trains.

        No chaos yet but then we haven't had the worst of it yet!

        1. Kevin Johnston

          Re: same here

          OMG......had a text from the wife saying that one of the channels in the UK was talking about Yellow Snow warnings......

          Nearly fell off my chair laughing

      2. Vector

        Re: greetings from Austria

        That must be like StormWatch!™ which is what we get here in Southern California at the slightest hint of a drizzle.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: greetings from Austria

          Quite a few years back my wife and I were I LA; we saw a guy doing stand-up: he started his routine by saying that he was actually a meteorologist, but his job was so boring that he ended up doing comedy...

          1. Adam 1

            Re: greetings from Austria

            Greetings from Oz.

            We watch amused when news of imminent doom because the temperature hit 30C days (Sydney was 45.8C yesterday).

            1. Denarius Silver badge

              Re: greetings from Austria and Oz

              Indeed, Even some of trains were stopped. Similar to Ireland a decade or so ago when the heatwave was 27C.. Midwestern NSW, ( inland west of Sydney ) was a touch warmer. Cars, mostly new, stuck along the Hume Highway all way to Australian mexican capital. (Melbourne to foreigners) Not as warm as Manilya Bridge, NW WA around January 1987. Petrol was boiling in underground tanks at service station.

              A dash of snow would be appreciated as the holidays are ending.

              I take it that the heatwave here is proof of // drum roll please // Global Warming and the cold snaps in northern hemisphere are just weather ?

              I agree with previous commentard that the quality of sarcasm is now lacking and even worse, the art of flaming has died. Mere ad-hominem attacks just are not good enough ! Perhaps the esteemed editors would repost their instructions to commentards ?

              1. Anonymous Coward
                Anonymous Coward

                Re: Petrol boiling

                Since the boiling point of petrol is at least 95°C, I'm calling you out on that one!

  11. jacobbe
    Thumb Up

    Its no coincidence that articles that i read here first then appear in the dead tree press. Congratulations.

  12. mickm


    Always an interesting and amusing read only let down by the quality of some of the comments. Even this may get slagged!

    1. BoldMan

      Re: Congratulations

      Have a downvote for you trouble my good man! :)

      Cheers El REeg, long may your pencils squeak and your keyboards click!

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up


    Nice work, chaps and chapesses.

  14. Mage Silver badge

    "fellow sci/tech websites"

    There are others??????

  15. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge


    I like el-reg for the commentards

    Never before have I seen such a wretched hellhole of violence, debauchery, and mindless bigotry as the 'people' who comment on an el-reg story*

    They make daily mail readers look almost sane


    *Except in the church

    1. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

      Re: Actually

      Never before have I seen such a wretched hellhole of violence, debauchery, and mindless bigotry as the 'people' who comment on an el-reg story*

      And that's just the authors :)

  16. Khaptain Silver badge

    Commentards Unite

    What the article failed to mention is that the success is all due to the "Commentards", the articles themselves are just a pretext.......

    1. Cucumber C Face
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Commentards Unite

      Hmm - many a true word spoken in jest.

      Paris? Because we haven't seen enough of her on The Register of late.

  17. Silverburn

    Additional stats required

    Readership - all well and good. Now, how about:

    - Servers

    - storage stats

    - bandwidth used


  18. Shonko Kid

    Facebook accounting

    'unique' users? How is this determined? I can exclusively reveal that during November 2012, I will have visited El Reg from at least 3 different machines/IP Addresses. I've forgotten how many times I've had to agree to the cookie policy. Though, having signed in on two of those machines, is the auditing clever enough to match those up?

    Never-the-less, it's good to see El Reg going strong.

    1. Darryl

      Re: Facebook accounting

      Speak for yourself!

      I'd think a very apt description of El Reg readers/commentards would be "He's..... unique..."

    2. Adam 1

      Re: Facebook accounting

      It's all good.

      I can reveal during the same month I deliberately only read el reg using google cache, so it averages out.

  19. Trollslayer
    Thumb Up

    Life wouldn't be the same

    without El Reg - very good serious articles and Bulgarian airbags!

  20. heyrick Silver badge

    Result skewage

    "Most of the rest of our readers are in Australia, Canada and northern Europe."

    Don't forget, those using OperaMini or Opera in super-zippy-whoohoo mode will appear to be from...where is it, Finland?

    Plus, I have two mobiles (between contracts; one phone has a very nice display, the other has a keyboard) and home broadband. Do you see me as two people or three?

    I do hope, of course, that your advertising revenue adequately reflects this trend.

    1. Chris 171

      Re: Result skewage


    2. Greg J Preece

      Re: Result skewage

      Don't forget, those using OperaMini or Opera in super-zippy-whoohoo mode will appear to be from...where is it, Finland?

      Better make sure to account for both of them, then. Not both browsers, I mean; both people. :-p

      *Ducks to avoid Opera fanboy rage*

  21. El Bob

    Is it just me....

    .....or does anyone else want to know how many Olympic-size swimming pools that number of visitors would fill?

    Mines the one with the Reg standards guidebook in it.

    1. Silverburn

      Re: Is it just me....

      Hmmm. The idea of olympic pools filled with people has a slight ring of Soylent green about it, if you ask me.

      Especially you consider it's more efficient to store them in liquidised form...

      1. Darryl

        Re: Is it just me....

        I think the usual media measurement for something like this is how many times around the Earth would they reach if placed end-to-end? Or how close to the Moon they'd reach is stacked up.

    2. Adam 1

      Re: Is it just me....

      How many double decker buses would be required to ..... No hang on, I think I did it wrong.

    3. Rik Myslewski

      Re: Is it just me....

      You'd be highly amused by the Reg's standards guidebook, aka its "Style Guide". The sections on British v American English would engender more than a wee bit of chortling, let alone the list of disallowed ethnic slurs. A fun place to work, to be sure...

  22. Richard 120

    Quality over quantity

    I like to think that the readership of el Reg is of a different quality of readership than that of the Sun or the Mirror and that the readership can pour scorn on the technical ineptitude of those alternative readerships.

    I also like to think that people are inherently good, old dogs CAN learn new tricks and that Bacon sandwiches are absolutely vital to a healthy diet.

    Don't change el Reg

  23. mhoneywell


    Excellent work indeed. I shall continue to educate my, and other people's, staff with the wisdom you publish. I shan't rest till you 1Billion readers. Then the world may be a better place at last.

  24. Ketlan

    Tentacular news!

    'Vultures based around the globe are reporting the news (with or without IT angle) 24 hours a day, with our Australian tentacle collating the Asia-Pacific coverage on the watch between those of London and San Francisco'

    Do vultures have tentacles? Just asking.

    Congrats to the Reg and all who sail in her for the enormous numbers. :-)

  25. Palf

    Bring on the Icons

    Can't be iconoclastic without icons in the first place. So long live the icons and the shibboleths. Know what I mean?

    "The internet without The Register is like a fish without a bicycle" - Anon.

  26. IHateWearingATie
    Paris Hilton

    I for one shall be leaving El Reg...

    ... unless they up their quotient of Paris Hilton stories.

    That or change the icon.

  27. Trevor 3

    Congrats guys

    I never thought I would align myself with any media company, but as you're here you'll do.

    Its nice to be able to congratulate or rip apart any reporter, and have them come back at you with more facts and opinions and be happy to take part in conversations with us.

    the news stories are what you do. You're going to do that anyway. But its that interaction, and the paper plane experiments, and the playmobile stuff, the fairly unmoderated comment boards and countless other "random" stuff you do that sets you apart. This is why we're here.


    Thank you and roll on 2013!

  28. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    Good Lord. I never realised that El Reg was not an exclusive society. I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you that such common riff-raff are permitted access.

    Signed:- Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells.

  29. The Godfather

    Stat's be damned...

    There's no better site for fresh news, good articles, El Reg's sense of fun headlines and writing, and of course all the slanted/passionate/strange and vitriolic commentards.... GREAT STUFF

  30. 5thcrewman
    Paris Hilton

    I'm just looking for the latest update on LOHAN.

  31. Rambler88

    The icon says it all

    Here's to you!

    For a chaser, may I suggest...

    ... or perhaps try it with a nice peaty single malt.

  32. Winkypop Silver badge

    Who are these dead-tree competitors you speak of?

    Do people still wait hours or days to read static news?

    (Page 3 thrills aside)

  33. coastwalker
    Thumb Up

    Respectible source

    Everyone has the news but the Reg has amusing childish headlines and best of all no faux Win 8 slidy tile interface. Oh how I hate those sites that have multicolored tiles randomly sliding all over the page, death is too good for them. Well done to the Reg for not having multicolored flashing gif or their modern equivalent all over the interface.

  34. Lallabalalla
    Thumb Up

    Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

    I'm not.

    oh, wait.

  35. Jim 57

    Spoil sport

    Don't want to be a smart -ass spoil-sport...

    but don't most of us read El Reg from at three/four different devices? I.e. Home+work+phone+tablet

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