For my memorable 1000th MGoPoint. Well timed if I do say so myself.
EDIT: POSBANG, then post-victory pancakes all around.
Today's epic Lloyd Carr thread and crazy comments therein revealed a problem with the current MGoSystem (in my opinion). Numerous of the interesting comments were down-rated and thus hidden from view. I know there was a big push to hide/block certain posters, but the current rating system allows even just one down-rater to cause a post to be hidden from easy view. For example, in the mgopoints thread I rated someone's post as "redundant" and it hid their comment from view. Obviously, that was not my intention and the result will discourage me from down-rating posts in the future. I do not think this was the intended result of the new system.
So, query whether there is a way to prevent posts from being hidden until they reach a certain point of flameworthiness. Any thoughts?
EDIT: How do I get downvoted for this thread? Not that I'm worried about it, I'm actually interested how it can be thought of as negative.
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!
You have passed Brian in MGoPoints, and have therefore brought irreparable shame to yourself and our entire community.
This villainy cannot and will not stand.
I suggest that you commit ritual seppuku. If you would honor me, I will be your second.
It went well during UFC 100 (at least I thought so), so I thought I'd open up another thread to allow MGoBoarders to post predictions about tonight's shindig in PA.
For those who missed the last one, the operating theory here is that we post our predictions for the fights tonight, and agree to return to this thread afterwards and give points to those who were correct in their predictions and ding those who were incorrect. There's only one point to give, but don't let that stop you from dropping as many predictions as you want. We're informal like that.
Silva over Griffin (with an outside chance that Forrest actually gets killed)
Penn, twat that he is, over Florian. BJ is like the Urban Meyer of lightweights: I don't think anyone, including his own mother, really likes the guy, but you can't deny his talent.
I'm taking Sadollah over Hendricks as well, simply because someone's GOT to break the TUF performance curse eventually, right? Right?
Anyone else got thoughts?