is there such a thing as an etsy genuis? if so, this is it.
Orson at EDSBS is launching a charity drive for RRISA, a refugee relocation group that resettles refugees in Georgia. It's a great cause, and comes with prizes(!) that includes a week of hypothetically Michigan-themed EDSBS content. Also, if the larger fundraiser somehow passes $50K, he has agreed to get an actual tattoo. Michigan won the post-Hurricane Katrina donation contest, so if your credit cards aren't maxed out for Mott, consider helping here too.
I normally wouldn't cut and paste, but it's for a good cause:
THE GIVING AND THE FORMAT WE LIKE IT IN: Scores, of course. Donations will go to RRISA's general fund for all services including resettlement, children's programs, employment, and family support. For the sake of competition, we suggest you give in the form of a score from a game you remember fondly. For instance, we'd suggest giving $34.31 if you were a Florida fan, or perhaps $31.06 if you were an Alabama fan, or maybe even $37.60 if you were an Iowa fan wishing to rub it in the eyes of a Michigan State fan.
VERY IMPORTANT THING: After you specify your gift, please select the "SPECIAL EVENT" tab from the Donation Detalis options and enter "EDSBS/[YOUR SCHOOL]" in the form specifying your school, and leave the address as "NA" if you don't want to send someone a letter showing off your charity. We'll keep a tally by school and update the standings for most and least charitable schools. In past fundraisers the Midwest leads the way, so step up your game, SEC-ers. The Slow States lead us in charitable giving, and this cannot stay if we are truly to be a conference of champions. (Also, they're REALLY smug about it while being absolutely right, the worst kind of smugtivity.)
THE GIVE AND THE GET: The winning school by donation will receive their own huge list--and we mean HUGE--of all the things that make them awesome, fictional and real. We'll also trick out EDSBS in their school colors for the week and build in a week of customized programming for them along the way.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE. If you, the EDSBS Commentariat, somehow go insane and raise $50,000 as a community, we will get a tattoo of your choosing. There are a few rules:
- No profanities. I'm not going around with a popular sentiment about Clemson on our bodies for the rest of our life.
- We choose the tattoo artist, placement, and size
- We will be fair about the size.
- Not on the chest, though. I'm not shaving the Selleck.
- The tattoo must be a logo or symbol, not words.
- The tattoo must not be Florida State-affiliated. Leave us the shreds of our dignity.
Edit: Trouble with embeding. Oh well. Linky
A few weeks ago I posted a survey for all Mgoblog users to take. First of all, THANK YOU to the 500 participants! You have immensely helped me out for a class, and hopefully you have helped to make Mgoblog a better online community. As many of you requested in the survey thread, below are the statistical results from the survey and a few insights from the essay responses.
Insights (based on feedback received from survey questions and essay responses):
The point system does not affect motivation to post on a large scale, but it does largely affect the content being posted. While many Mgoblog members appreciate the value of a point system, they believe that the members and moderators are incorrectly using it because of opinion-based voting (rather than content-based), inflated reputations due to over-posting (quantity, not quality) and the exploitation of such reputations. Based on this research, I would make the following recommendations to improve the Mgoblog online community:
- Stress quality (not opinion) based voting to the members. Make it clear to all members that “Upvoting” and “Downvoting” is for quality-based feedback only. All members should have the right to their opinions, and their value and reputation as a poster should not be jeopardized because of varying opinions.
- Continue to support the voting function, but eliminate points for posting. As a result, quality of posts will be stressed, rather than the quantity of posts.
- Set an automatic ban number for members that obtain a certain amount of negative points. This will guarantee that members of poor value and reputation will be excluded as soon as possible.
- If/when these changes (or similar) are enacted, return all posters’ points to 0. This should be done so true reputations can be built within the better system of moderation.
The last "fun" question was meant to judge the Mgoblog community's confidence of win percentage for the upcoming season.
The Mgoblog community expects Michigan to lose to Iowa (close one), Nebraska, and Ohio State, finishing with a record of 9-3. Our most likely loss, according to the amount of votes, is Nebraska.
Thanks again to all participants, and GO BLUE!
We all know what happened tonight. It sucks the big one. But I created this thread so we can talk about anything BUT the game to help us get our minds off of it. I can't dwell on it anymore without plummeting into the depths of sadness, and the only way to be pulled out again is by winning a Nat'l Championship.
I will start: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
I was wondering if the hivemind or Brian has ever come up with editorial guidelines on how we refer to certain things.
I see lots of users typing "B1G" to mimic the new logo, and I thought we all agreed a few months ago that that was a stupid logo that everyone hated. Worse yet, it just makes things harder to read, because that's not how it's read out loud. It's read "Big Ten" and that's what I intend to call it until the federal government enforces some painful Gitmo-type punishment on me for my beliefs. I think Brian made a similar point last week about calling "Yahoo!" "Yahoo", because you don't let marketers tell you how to write your copy. Or maybe I read that line somewhere else.
Anyway, similar topics would include acceptable and not acceptable abbreviations for Rich Rodriguez, nicknames for MSU/OSU, the use of DRob, and dozens of other things I can't think of off the top of my head. Or maybe I'm taking one tiny problem I have and blowing it out of proportion.
Edit: There was a lot of Michigan coverage today for April. That's a good thing, I think.
OP, on Hoke article: Looks like they just transcribed a radio interview, but interesting nonetheless.
Ann Arbor.com on the Hockey Seniors-
Angelique at the Detroit News talks Michigan Running Backs-
Brief Hunwick article on DetNews-
And the dreaded Freep, but some good coverage. Maybe the only major media coverage of a guy named "Scooter" who plays college hockey-