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-
This thread is full of fail:
I hope they didn't major in FINANCIAL MATHEMATICS!!!
That said, it goes a long ways towards explaining:
And, by the way, the answer to 48/2(9+3) = 288.
There's really nothing more to say... but here's the story.
Well done Purdue. It looks like a mixed ethnicity gentleman with an unfortunately butch feminine physique.
I blame Obama.