OT - Last Space Shuttle set to launch at 11:26 am EST

OT - Last Space Shuttle set to launch at 11:26 am EST

Submitted by Space Coyote on July 8th, 2011 at 8:14 AM

The last NASA Space Shuttle ever, STS-135 Atlantis, is set to launch today at 11:26 am EST.  This is a very historic event, and I urge everyone to tune in and watch.  I know there are a lot of political things that can be said one way or the other in regards to this being the last mission, but please don't say them here.

Again, I urge you to tune in (though there is currently only a 30% chance of it happening today), there are many places to watch it.  The link below is probably the easiest


META: MGoBlog Moderation Survey: Let your voice be heard (maybe)(UPDATED)

META: MGoBlog Moderation Survey: Let your voice be heard (maybe)(UPDATED)

Submitted by Noleverine on July 6th, 2011 at 12:51 AM


So, we have had this new moderation system for a while.  Brian asked us to give it a chance, and I believe we have been using it long enough that each of us have given it a fair shake.  

A lot of people (myself included) don't like the new system, so here is the chance for everyone's voices to be heard.  Like it, love it, or hate it, I created a survey where you can share your opinions.

I don't know if Brian will pay any attention to this, but I thought it might make people feel better to vent their hatred/love for the new system.  In a day or two I will update the thread with responses people have given.  If anyone can think of any other questions I should add, leave them in the comments.

Brian, if you would like the login information so you can view specific answers, please let me know, I'd be glad to share.  Also I can add any further questions you may be interested to ask.


Survey Here


EDIT: If mods want to bump this to prevent it from getting buried once people actually wake up, in order to have a higher response rate, I won't argue.

UPDATE: So turns out Tater was kinda right.  Nothing is ever free.  After getting 100 responses (surprised that many people were up late last night) it is asking me to sign up for a paid account to see over the first 100 responses.  Therefore, my counts will only include those responses (sorry if you were after that).

Question 1: Do you like the new moderate system?

YES: 16%

NO: 84%


Question 2: What don't you like about the new system?

Too high/low threshold (higher than +5/lower than -1): 30.3% (ed: this was added after a few people already responded so not actually representative)

Too many choices: 20.2%

Not enough choices: 16.2%

Choices not representative of how I view comments: 54.5%

Choices too vague: 23.2%

Requires too much thought: 20.2%

NO NEGBOMB!!!!: 67.7%

Too complicated: 26.3%

Other: 15.2% (includes write-ins: doesn't moderate anything; less incentive to post well; doesn't effect mgopoints; overengineered slashdot nonsense system; no need for labels like "normal," flamebait", etc.; viewing threshold complaints)

Question 3: What would be the best system of moderation?

Current system: 4%

Old system (+/-): 56%

Combination featuring a simple +/- with a "flamebait, trolling, funny" if seen fit: 29%

New system with general +/- if your reasoning doesn't fit into predefined categories: 2%

Get rid of them all together: 4%

Other: 5% (includes write-ins: no user moderation at all; fewer down voting options; added option of wishing terrible misfortune on the poster; adding more adjectives)



OSU Response to COI Due Date Extended

OSU Response to COI Due Date Extended

Submitted by MGoShoe on July 5th, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Dan Wallenberg, OSU's Associate Athletics Director for Communications just tweeted the following:

Regarding [our] NCAA Response: the Committee on Infractions has extended the response date for all parties to Friday, July 8.Ohio State will most likely make that document public on July 11 after required FERPA redactions have been made.

I'm sure that after they've completed their FERPA redactions it will look something like this:

Enjoy yourself on 11 July.

OT - Perfect movies/tv shows for mobile device?

OT - Perfect movies/tv shows for mobile device?

Submitted by MGoBender on July 4th, 2011 at 10:04 PM

These need not be Michigan related.

I just picked up an iPhone 4, upgrading from a 3GS.  One thing I didn't take a ton of advantage of is importing videos/movies into my phone.  So, that's what I'm doing with this one. 

Currently, I have the first two seasons of the office and The Hangover.

The way I think of a "perfect" movie for a mobile device is something that will entertain me on a plane/in car for multiple viewings and something that doesn't need a mammoth TV screen (so sports probably a no).

So any suggestions?  What do you folks have on your mobile devices?

OT: Saturday Night Open Thread

OT: Saturday Night Open Thread

Submitted by justingoblue on July 2nd, 2011 at 11:38 PM

So it's Saturday at 11:30 and there isn't a drinking thread. I don't know if this is because nobody is interested, or just that nobody started it; either way, it's here. Also, I wouldn't mind hearing everyones best excuse for not creating one yesterday (it's a holiday weekend people, come on). Mine- my dog ate my computer.

Anyway, I'm at the girlfriends family place drinking crappy beer and listening to good music. Her friend is itching to go out and do the same somewhere else, but f that, I like it here better.

Meta - Happy 3rd Birthday, MGoBoard

Meta - Happy 3rd Birthday, MGoBoard

Submitted by Tacopants on July 1st, 2011 at 12:25 PM

The Mgoboard turned 3 yesterday.  I remember the day it went live, because I suddenly found a new and far more interesting way to while away time during my summer internship.

Take this momentous opportunity to read the MGoBoard FAQ if you haven't already.

Then, go check out the user created HOF to re-live some of the best (and worst) of times.


Lastly, think of what a dark and lonely place your life would be without the MGoBoard.  What would you be doing, spending time with your families?

OT: Thoughts on NCAA 12 (from demo)

OT: Thoughts on NCAA 12 (from demo)

Submitted by go16blue on June 30th, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I have been playing the demo for a while since it came out, and I figured that it would be worth some discussion. My thoughts:

The gameplay hasn't improved much. The graphics are a bit better, the game runs a bit smoother, and while the new tackling system helps a ton, the gameplay is still about where it was last year.

The presentation improved, but I don't care too much about that. New franchise modes are cool, but not revolutionary.


My favorite part of the new game is the subtley retooled difficulties. Last year, I couln't find one that worked for me (all american was too easy, but heisman was unfair). However, this year Heisman has gone from unfair to more difficult.

For example, instead of CPU DBs suctioning to your WRs, making passing impossible, they will just cover better. You can still complete passes, but you have to be skilled at going through your progressions and leading WRs. Instead of CPU D-linemen getting into the backfield in 1 second on run plays, they just make it more difficult. Holes are still there, but they are smaller and close faster, meaning that you have to hit the holes faster. Another welcome part is that the CPU doesn't (at least from what I can tell) call their plays based off of yours. Last game, you could call a HB draw on 3rd and 20, and the CPU would line up with 8 men in the box. This year, playcalling is more of a skill.


What do you think?