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|22 hours 23 min ago||The plan was to put it in||
The plan was to put it in Lake Michigan but Wisconsin complained.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Anyone else think the refs had the UM v Minny Game Fixed?||
thread below it is the same topic, minus the tinfoil.
|4 days 17 hours ago||That write up is literally||
That write up is literally already written, and mentions a sponsor, and the sponsor has already approved the language we used. So it'll go on the front page soon enough--I guess by the time Brian was ready to go with it we were a half hour out from Ace's scheduled basketbullets post, and that was a friday afternoon, so better to wait till monday.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Naw||
Just a day. I started drawing it out in my shower Thursday morning, was thinking about it on my drive to and from Ann Arbor for the basketball game, and I added Iowa and Indiana minutes before posting.
Only change is I decided it would be in bad taste to keep the original thread that leads to ND and PSU:
Refs/Young Lads/The Big Ten
|4 days 19 hours ago||Many times. That Harbaugh||
Many times. That Harbaugh edit I made that's in the upper right of the blog's banner is one of them.
|5 days 15 hours ago||In Chicago's defense, they||
In Chicago's defense, they waited until AFTER they got rid of their football program to build the first nuclear reactor under their football stadium.
|6 days 16 hours ago||I was watching this game on||
I was watching this game on my phone that I was holding in my crotch while at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert in this massive cathedral in Bloomfield Hills. When this happened I couldn't contain myself and fist-pumped. Then I looked around the transept to see how many black suits the sports-watching dude in a brown blazer had offended, and instead found three other guys who had to have been either watching or had a score tracker update.
This was before we had company Slack chat so Brian, Ace and I just had a gchat that was always open, and neither of them could do the muppets (or planned on having to, since who could imagine Michigan winning in the Trohl Center?) So I posted the muppets from my phone (had to copy the html directly from a football muppets and change the wordsy parts). I missed out on the marital credit one gets from going to a DSO concert, but it was totally worth it.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I'll pass that along but to||
I'll pass that along but to me that stuff's all whiz-bang popitude. I sat in with the site developers at our last meeting and it was mostly Greek to me. But the part I understood was that we're going to launch with a pretty barebones version and add some of the features in as we go. We might have a beta site going during the season to try those out.
|6 days 17 hours ago||No way was that traffic||
No way was that traffic volume. First of unless you're literally a blog about Apple products there's no way 80% of your users are accessing you from an Apple product, let alone a smartphone. Second, not even a blog about iPhone apps would be able to get 80% of their readers to download their app. A college football blog that reaches a large demographic? No fucking way. If 5% of readership was coming from one app that would be a huge number.
I don't know very much about how this stuff works, but my (not at all trustworthy) guess is the HD App was regularly pinginig our database when the user was logged in, trusting our server to handle the load so the app users would be able to access the information more quickly.
Imagine we're the company that makes Tickle Me Elmo. We produce the Elmos and put them in a warehouse with two truck bays and have a deal with a couple of retailers, each with their own truck, to sell the Elmos and share the profits. They're so popular though that an unaffiliated guy opens the Tickle Me Elmo HD Store which promises to always have Tickle Me Elmos in stock and sell them at cost. He does this by sending a fleet of trucks to our warehouse to grab Tickle Me Elmos as soon as they get into the warehouse, leaving us a couple bucks for each one to cover the cost of production. Sometimes our own trucks can't even get in, and our retailers can't keep them in stock, because Tickle Me Elmo HD is hogging all of our resources. People love the Tickle Me Elmo HD store because they can go in and always get a Tickle Me Elmo for the lowest possible price, and they love the dude who made the store because he's not even making a profit off of it. So when we shut that thing down, people are mad. When we shut him down without an explanation and told them to go to another store which marks Tickle Me Elmo up to retail prices and can't keep them in stock, they're livid.
|6 days 17 hours ago||At this point it has to be||
At this point it has to be from the ground up and expensive, and that's what we're up to.
The front page in January was just under 90% of our pageviews, because most people who use the site aren't contributing in the forums. But trusting those numbers ignores how a blog's community works. The forums are massively important to us because that's our core readership, and having that strong community is a big part of being the #1 blog for our niche. They're the people who will come to our events, who will exchange tickets with each other, who will use the services of our primary sponsors because they feel like part of that community. (Also they're the people who will be most likely to provide feedback). So yeah while there are 9 pageviews (and probably 30 uniques) who come by for the front-page articles to every 1 who's on the board, I treat it like the front-page-only folk are coming because the heavy users think this is the place to be.
|6 days 18 hours ago||I hear ya.||
I hear ya.
|6 days 18 hours ago||You said to stop spraying it||
You said to stop spraying it with Windex, and I have. What more do you want?
|6 days 18 hours ago||That sounds an awful lot like||
That sounds an awful lot like going over my boss's head. I really like being able to write for MGoBlog for a living.
|6 days 18 hours ago||MGoBoard: come for the||
MGoBoard: come for the bitching, stay for the deep cut Band of Brothers quotes.
|6 days 18 hours ago||FWIW we've had several people||
FWIW we've had several people approach us that I've been cc'ed on. We're in the process of a total site revamp on Drupal 8 and Brian has already thrown more money at it than he pays me, so it's definitely somewhere between MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE UNIVERSE and having a guy to manage all of the advertising and podcasts and relationships and write nerdy articles about cool plays and databases, whatever that's worth.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Dude, we're operating with||
Dude, we're operating with IAB's 2008 ad sizes and our main sponsors are shoved into positions that nobody has ever had to support. I've done the numbers: just being able to serve 300-pixel-wide ads instead of the 160x600 skyscraper would double our passive revenue. If we were all about money we would have had 8 site revamps by now.
The server is top of the line, co-located, and just a year old, but was getting destroyed by the HD App, which was making ridiculous demands on it and blocking everyone else from getting in.
As for the site's look and functionality, we were mid-way through an upgrade when a new Drupal came out, then we were midway through an upgrade when the guys we'd paid an enormous amount to got really really slow and the football season started. And now we're with new guys and just getting started, but it's still going to take some months because we refuse to release something that hasn't been beta'd to the ends of the earth or lacks the functions our core readership expects.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Brian said he had to kill the||
Brian said he had to kill the HD App because it was causing a massive server load and people couldn't get into the site at all. I have nothing to do with the apps, but I do have to keep us above water and dedicating 60-80% of our year-old server's bandwidth to an unaffiliated app with zero revenue tied to it was unsustainable. We keep this site free because it's paid for with advertising.
We're a small operation of people who care more about 4-3 defenses than business things, but that's always been the case here. If that's "poorly run" I guess it's fair, but I've been to a lot of better run sites who don't care as much about the content and I think that shows too.
I think we need to be more open about what's going on with the site revamp, because we've literally been at this since 2012 and just now finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. I can't explain why Brian hasn't addressed it on the main page--we've all been telling him he has to do so.
The thing that bothers me about your post is "disdain for the readers." I'm the guy here who's supposed to be looking out for our mercantile interests, and I can tell you in no uncertain terms that we've got our readers--advertisers sliders set all the way to the left.
I can see how in the absence of information it might come across like killing the HD app was an incremental revenue decision of the kind that drove us nuts when Dave Brandon was all about that stuff. But it couldn't be further from the truth. Despite growing exponentially from the small, bookish community of Michigan fans it started as, this blog still writes for that tiny demographic. We don't badger you with a front page post just to say Michigan has 14 combine invites and another because Harbaugh tweeted a footrace at practice. We don't insult your intelligence with misleading headlines, or throw stuff written by advertisers into editorial spaces (when one comes in for a mention we write it ourselves and don't give sponsors a say in the final wording). And we skipped that entire era of video advertising despite my network partners literally screaming about the money we're leaving on the table, because we couldn't figure out why you'd want to wait through 30-second ads and a minute of a talking head to get at information we could write in two sentences.
If spit and polish matters more than that stuff, I mean, you should go where you like. But please don't do it over a misunderstanding.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Harbaugh is like Obama||
I thought it was fine: national newspaper using Michigan's coach for what boiled down to a civics lesson, was gonna get reposted 6 times if we took it down, and standard operating procedure is to post the link and lock the thread. But these aren't normal times. A few of the protesters were banished for trolling.
|1 week 12 hours ago||META: Political Posts||
Gripes go here. I know some people are very sensitive about politics right now so we are being vigilant but our policy has not changed.
|1 week 1 day ago||I considered that. There's a||
I considered that. There's a way to break it.
The teams in a pod all play each other already so they would never end up playing each other weeks 6-8. So the way this home-away thing becomes a problem is if 4 teams with the same home-road schedule who don't play each other.
5 home games: OSU, NWern, PSU, Minn, MSU, Indiana, Nebraska
4 home games: Mich, Illini, MD, Wis, Rutgers, Purdue, Iowa
When scheduling weeks 3-5 the Big Ten just has to make sure it always plays two games within those groups. If we get rid of the pick-your-poison deal the Big Ten could mostly innoculate itself from this scenario by how it rotates those matchups.
That leaves only eight combinations of top four teams that could cause a crisis:
In that case I say give the top overall team an extra home game I guess?
|1 week 2 days ago||Via my psychologist wife it's||
Via my psychologist wife it's VERY common for victims of abuse to themselves become perpetrators. The domino effect is one of the main justifications for treating child sexual abuse as a particularly heinous crime before the law. The abuse doesn't just damage the victim while it's happening--it fucks up peoples' wiring for the rest of their lives, and often leads to more people's lives getting fucked up.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is a great synopsis.||
This is a great synopsis. Part of the problem was Lemming never learned how to have friends help him. He is kind of a kook and has a difficult time getting people to like him personally, so his whole business did not translate well to the kind of business where you need to have hundreds of scouts scouting thousands of players. Superprep started to go down that road, but their staff got folded into Scout. You can see a remnant of that in how Scout still primarily ranks players by region, a relic of the old superprep regional network.
|1 week 4 days ago||I keep asking Brian to||
I keep asking Brian to explain. He said he'll have a grand update soon.
Anyway we had our first meeting with the new company doing the site redesign.
|1 week 4 days ago||No the issue was that some of||
No the issue was that some of the podcasts had a space in the filename and Apple couldn't deal with that. Then we couldn't be sure that was the problem because they take up to 3 weeks to refresh their cache when you update your feed.
|1 week 5 days ago||Ouch, man. I can't speak for||
I can't speak for anyone else but I think I participate quite often on the board.
As for the other guys, I mean, where do you think we get the ideas for content? If you read the main page or listen to the podcast I think you'll find there's a ton of thoughts responding to or mentioning the board. I don't think we'd get any work done if we all responded to every thread, but the community is a huge deal to all of us. It's the first stop to gather the Michigan zeitgeist. When you read Brian's bolded alter-ego, that is basically a distillation of what's on the board.
What I haven't done much lately is Dear Diary. That's because the diaries don't come as often and the board is often a thread of news that's already posted.
We've never been much for divulging or discussing info on the boards that wouldn't go on the main page. I think that's the sort of thing the services do well, and if we started doing so it would be stepping on their toes. Putting insider info behind a paywall is one thing, but having it on a free site isn't a good idea I believe. Let Rivals and 24/7 and Scout do what they're good at, you know?
I also think we ease up at certain times of the year, this being one of them. I've got the new HTTV on my plate and we're putting the new site design together. Brian takes a step back after the football season to recharge. Ace probably gets into the comments the most often, but I know he gets depressed at the level of a lot of the basketball commentary.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't know why you needed||
I don't know why you needed to post this. Doesn't everybody have this memorized? Or am I the only one?
|1 week 5 days ago||Our moderating goals strive||
Our moderating goals strive to meet a standard best described as "fair asshole." My standard operating procedure is to ban a poltiical poster for the length that their offending post is relevant. So like a regula reader goes off on the president, they could get sent to Bolivia until the next inauguration day. Or if it has to do with an election they get banished until after the polls close.
If they're new users they'll just get caved.
|1 week 5 days ago||I was at the kickoff meeting||
I was at the kickoff meeting with our new site redevelopers. Sorry, we have a few moderators who work for free and then those of us who work here chip in when we can. I figured getting the ball rolling on MGoBlog 3.0 was a higher priority.
Also stopped by Bentley Library to play with 1880s photographs and memorabilia, and tried a new Korean place for lunch, and put up today's softball article.
|1 week 5 days ago||Boliviated. Points return Jan||
Boliviated. Points return Jan 20, 2021--I'm sure he's got a countdown clock already.
|1 week 5 days ago||Post anything you see in the||
Post anything you see in the Moderator Action Sticky and we'll do our best to handle it.