Exactly! We shouldn't be making value judgments at all. What my post assumes is that a spot on a long runners list is not a value judgment of much of anything, and that more quantity = more quantity. Ideally, all the Long Runners
lists should merely measure account for works' durations in an objective and measurable way. With most other media it's a more straightforward matter than it is here, yet there are still cases of potentially ambiguous numbering:
that page lists Star Trek
at 22 years (so that's counting the animated series
but not any of the movies, and not counting twice for any of the overlapping years of The Next Generation
, Deep Space Nine
), and Coronation Street
at about 50 years ("since December 1960", so give or take depending on whether they missed a year somewhere in there). Their respective episode totals, however, are 725 and ~7900 (as of July 2012 according to The Other Wiki
). The Long Runners
page, which lists both of these, doesn't need to point that out because it's due mainly to the vast difference between the production schedules of a weekly network TV series and a daytime soap opera.
Conversely, the corresponding difference between the likes of Schlock Mercenary
, User Friendly
, etc. and pretty much any other webcomic is entirely idiosyncratic and thus should probably be reflected on the page. It's currently sort of doing so on an ad-hoc basis by mentioning start (and where applicable end) dates along with total strips.
And incidentally, VG Cats
did in fact update today.