Top Stories of 2008: Method to Our Madness

Choosing the 10 most significant stories among 5,208 involves a little more than checking the most popular reads on

By: John Hazard

Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 7, 2008, eWEEK published 5,208 stories on the events, trends, news and moments of enterprise IT. Choosing the 10 most significant among them involved a little more than checking the most popular reads on

First we had to decide "what is a story."

A story, we declared, was much more than a headline and a byline published once in the pages of eWEEK or on A "story" would be a thematic collection of articles on a series of events or trends that told a bigger tale together.

With that in mind, each eWEEK beat reporter submitted a list of the top 10 stories from his or her coverage through the year.

The eWEEK editors chose to employ the familiar polling tactic used by NCAA coaches and sports writers to rank the top 25 football and basketball teams. Everyone ranks the top stories 1 to 10, stories are weighted 10 points to 1 point (a first place vote gets 10 points, a 10th place vote gets 1 point), then stories are again ranked by points earned.

eWEEK's Top Stories of 2008. Click here to read the full list and explanations.

Much like the AP Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls, our list had a few also receiving votes: