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Steve Gilliard (November 13, 1964 – June 2, 2007) was a freelance journalist and left-wing political blogger who ran the website The News Blog. Before he created that website, he was a commenter and guest poster on Daily Kos.

This page only contains information about Steve Gilliard's blog commenting on Daily Kos; for additional information on his writing see the main Steve Gilliard page.


Commenting on Daily Kos

Steve's first comment on Daily Kos was on October 1, 2002, responding to Markos's diary from September 30, NJ Dems have GOP boxed in; the comment thread link is here, and it was signed sgilliard. Subsequent comments were signed steve gilliard through April 24, 2003; on April 25 his signature changed to steve_gilliard (though he tried the underscored version on six comments the evening of March 2). He was still using this final form for comment threads on The News Blog in 2007.

List of Comment Links

When Steve started commenting at Daily Kos, the blog was using Movable Type software. Markos was the sole blogger, and comment threads popped up in a separate window. The Movable Type site has subsequently been archived at, and all links are to that archive.

In the archive, direct links can only be made to individual front-page posts, and to the comment threads of those posts. Only the entire thread can be linked to; there is no way to link to individual posts. So, once you bring up a comment thread in your browser, use the search function to find "gilliard". This will find all of Steve's comments, plus some direct references to those comments or questions to Steve.

In the list of comments below, the date given is the date the particular front-page post was made; it is possible, as in Steve's very first comment, that the actual comment was made the next day. (In the case of his comments to the December 31 diary, they were made the next year.)

The person writing the original front page post is assumed to be Markos; if there was a guest blogger that day—Billmon, Steve Soto, or RonK, Seattle—that blogger will be named. The open threads that Steve Gilliard created are credited to him on this page; if uncredited, open threads are also assumed to be set up by Markos.

Note that comments attached to Steve's own front-page posts are not listed on this page. Links to those comments will be found on the Steve Gilliard Posts page.


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  • Disgusting GOP ad in GA has one comment. (As "steve gilliard", as are all the comments below through April 24, 2003, unless otherwise noted.)

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  • Dark Side of the Moon by Billmon has one comment

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Note: for the six comments on March 2 made starting at 5:15pm, Steve's signature changed from "steve gilliard" to "steve_gilliard". It reverted the next day, but would change back permanently on April 25.

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  • Snake Eyes by Billmon has six comments (first three as "steve gilliard"; last three as "steve_gilliard")
  • Open Thread has one comment ("steve gilliard")
  • Please Speak Clearly into the Lamp by Billmon has two comments (first as "steve gilliard"; second as "steve_gilliard")
  • No Means Yes by Billmon has one comment ("steve_gilliard")
  • Baghdad Rules by Billmon has one comment ("steve_gilliard")

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  • Open Thread has five comments

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  • "Open Thread for Iraq comments only" has nine comments.

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The war has started

Posted by steve gilliard at March 19, 2003 06:48 PM

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  • Comments were down as the day started due to server and database problems.

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Important note: as of April 3, Steve became a guest poster on the front page. All comments that Steve wrote on his own posts can be found on the Steve Gilliard Posts page, listed with the original post. Open Threads that he posted, however, will generally be listed here.

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  • The Open Thread is unsigned, but kos wasn't yet back, and Billmon has no comments in it, while Steve has two comments. Which of them would say "But PLEASE don't feed the trolls . . ."?
  • Science Experiment by Billmon has one comment

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  • The Open Thread has two comments

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  • Steve's Open Thread has two comments by him

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Note: Steve's comment signature changed to steve_gilliard at this point; his signature for front-page posts remained Steve Gilliard.

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  • Open Thread has two comments

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  • Open Thread has one comment

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  • Open Thread has two comments

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  • Open Thread has one comment

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  • Open Thread has one comment

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  • Open Thread has two comments

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  • Open Thread has one comment

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  • Open Thread has two comments

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  • Open Thread by Steve Gilliard has three comments

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  • Open Thread by Steve Gilliard has three comments

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  • Open Thread by Steve Gilliard has five comments

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  • Open Thread has two comments

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  • Open Thread has one comment

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  • Open Thread has two comments

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  • Open Thread by Steve Gilliard has one comment

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  • Open Thread by Steve Gilliard has one comment

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July 2–31: Movable Type comments were shut down on July 1, 2003 at 5:01 p.m., and HaloScan comments were brought up in their place as a temporary measure on July 2, 2003 at 11:48 a.m. Unfortunately, due to problems setting up the first Daily Kos-owned server, Movable Type comments were not restored until August 16, 2003 at 9:44 a.m.; hence, any comments made by Steve under HaloScan from July 2 through early morning on August 16 have been lost. His many blog posts are still extant.

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After August 20, 2003

Comments posted by Steve after August 20 and until the Movable Type (archived) Daily Kos site was shut down on October 15, 2003, will be added as their links are retrieved from the archive. As this is a labor-intensive process, the task will take weeks or months to complete.

Links to Daily Kos comments on current site

Here is a link that will let you can find the 1200 comments Steve wrote on the current Daily Kos site (Scoop-based; opened October 13, 2003). He wrote under two accounts: stevegilliard (userid 1565) accounts for the bulk of them (1150), from October 16, 2003—the day after the Movable Type site closed and was archived—to January 19, 2007, but in 2004, he created steve gilliard (userid 9795) and used it to write 50 comments in a two-month period between April 14 and June 13, 2004, during which the first account wasn't used. Fortunately, a single search can get links to all 1200 comments, though it will take approximately half a minute to complete and the links will only display 50 at a time:

If you wish, you can search under each account separately:

Original Source

This page is based on the Daily Kos diaries Top Comments: Steve Gilliard on Daily Kos, part 1 published on March 19, 2008; and Steve Gilliard on Daily Kos, part 6 published on June 3, 2008; with additional material from Top Comments: Steve Gilliard on Daily Kos, part 2, published on March 21, 2008. All diaries were written by sardonyx.

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