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On Christmas Eve, we revealed the top 10 news stories and features published on Ars Technica in 2016, with a couple of surprising entries. But pageviews only tell part of the story. There were several stories on Ars this year that, while not among the top in pageviews, got our readers talking. Here are the top stories of 2016 by number of comments. (Comment counts are as of December 21.)

20. Through the Ars lens: Looking at Justice Scalia's opinions, dissents, by David Kravets

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. (credit: Shawn)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly while on a hunting trip in Texas in February. Like him or not, the man left an immense legacy on the Supreme Court, and some of his opinions covered areas that are near and dear to Ars readers. Those included TV-antenna service Aereo, video games, GPS tracking, thermal imaging, drug dogs, Second Amendment rights, Obamacare, and DNA.

Ars readers had plenty to say about Scalia's legacy, as evidenced by the 21-page comment thread.

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