Meta: Proposal for MGoReaders to help the MGoStaff w/transcripts

Meta: Proposal for MGoReaders to help the MGoStaff w/transcripts

Submitted by Caesar on August 16th, 2018 at 2:59 AM

Intro

I'm not exactly sure what's going on, but I think the MGoStaff is overwhelmed. They've provided us with subscription-free content for years, so maybe we can give something back. There are already a few guys doing this informally, so this is an effort to organize and prevent redundant efforts and other time-wasting mixups.

Proposal

Here are some proposed steps to accomplishing this:

Mgoblog: Your Modest Proposals

Mgoblog: Your Modest Proposals

Submitted by MGlobules on December 16th, 2017 at 2:51 PM

I'm willing to bow to board opinion if no one agrees, but I feel that mgoblog is not in real healthy shape right now. There was some serious excitement and brainpower at work here in the early going which I wouldn't assume can be recaptured--Brian's early diaries were magic, and with a small pool of exited member-posters the quality of thinking, and humor, was often really great. 

Some of the decline, I think, must be pinned on the founders and site managers. There is still plenty of good reporting here (Ace has improved markedly with the bball, Brian still brings a wealth of insight and occasional genius word play). The place is stale looking, to my eye, but a redesign is--reportedly--coming and will no doubt breathe life.

But now that we are into the post-season and can mull it, I'd like to offer a forum for constructive comments--not just complaints, but maybe only going to the look of the blog if that involves how discourse can flow better, too. 

My two suggestions: So many threads get hijacked by a silly side-conversation at the very outset/top that--repeatedly--you have to scroll miles down the page to get to commentary on the actual subject. (You know--one guy says funny, the next guy says ha ha, the next guy says good one or upvote and 30 seconds later you are still scrolling down for anything of value.) I think the mods need to go in and clean some of these up. Or--let me put it another way--lately I have been weary enough of it personally that I have started to bail when there's too much of it. Dylan has gotten very good at just stepping in when this happens at umhoops and asking people to get back on track; I think there has to be more attentiveness to the threads by mods in this regard. 

Second: I'm much more tolerant of off-topic threads, crazy opinions, and even interesting mildly sociological takes than most (not party political ones, but ones that point out the unfairness or fairness of how things work at a deeper level, that show insight about how things work). I welcome Brian's commentary, for example on getting players paid even when I don't agree with some of the underlying principles. 

But too many threads consist of just one or two poorly thought-out lines, replete with misspellings and--too often--are not even linked to factual supporting evidence. (I'm looking at you 'Penn Statte Fraternity Hazing Death," still up a day after it went up, and a one-liner lauding bowl season that didn't even bother to note what games were ON.)

Closer examination suggests that most are NOT from brand-new posters but people working into the thousands of points. So demanding that people get to X number of points before they post may not fix much. The answer, in my view: gotta have just a little more moderation.

Crap thread sitting on the sidebar for hours just isn't a healthy feel or look. 

How about other posters? Let's put together some serious proposals here; who knows, maybe a few will get adopted. Posted in a spirit of love and respect for this place.

 

I miss my mgoblog

I miss my mgoblog

Submitted by ruthmahner on April 24th, 2017 at 7:57 AM

It looks like the new Drupal site is going to be amazing, except I get "access denied" everywhere I look.  To my great surprise, the "create content" link still works for me, so although I can't see if anyone else has already started a similar thread (SIAP!), I'm just putting this out there.  I miss my mgoblog on a Monday morning.

REMINDER: ESPN Tourn. Challenge/How to Watch

REMINDER: ESPN Tourn. Challenge/How to Watch

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 14th, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Here's your daily reminder:

If you made a bracket last year just log-in to your ESPN account, create a bracket, and rejoin the group.

If you are new please follow the link below and use the password to join.

Get in the action now:

http://games.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/group?invitesource=email&groupID=2997&inviteuser=ezE5NjMyNTdBLUEzMzEtNDgxNi1CQzcxLTcwMzc3NzkyMDgxMX0%3D&ex_cid=tcmen2017_email&redirect=tcmen%3A%2F%2Fx-callback-url%2FshowGroup%3FgroupID%3D2997&groupp=aGFyYmF1Z2gh

Group: MGoBlog Community
Password: harbaugh!

This has been brought up in the past by a couple Mods, but is there a possibility of giving out points for finishing in 1st-3rd place?

Also, here are a few ways to watch games (play-in games begin tonight):

- On TV: CBS, TruTV, TNT, & TBS will be airing all the games

- Online: http://www.ncaa.com/march-madness-live/watch ; must use TV service provider credentials

- On the NCAA March Madenss Apps, click on links below for your OS (also must use TV service provider credentials):

Android --> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ncaa.mmlive.app&hl=en

iOS --> https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ncaa-march-madness-live/id423246594?

Amazon --> https://www.amazon.com/Turner-Sports-Interactive-Inc-Madness/dp/B00IRN4K2Q

Roku --> https://channelstore.roku.com/details/83669/ncaa-march-madness-live

Windows 10 --> https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/ncaa-march-madness-live/9wzdncrfjcmh

Unfortunately it's no longer free (I think it used to be). Of course free streams pop up right before game time. If anybody knows of other viewing avenues, please let us know. Thankfully I have awesome in-laws that let me use their credentials for this type of thing.

 

Meta: Request for Banner Update

Meta: Request for Banner Update

Submitted by 707oxford on July 6th, 2016 at 1:40 PM

Seems with this being OT season and HTTV already published it would be a good time for some housekeeping.  I, for one, would love to see a new banner.  

As much as I like the current version with the flying "It's Happening!" Harbaugh head and his peruvian alpaca hat, that event has now "happened".  The other Harbaugh pic in hte banner I believe is actually a photoshop of him coaching at Stanford...the non-skinny M is a giveaway.

I enjoyed a few years back when Brian made updating the banner into a user submission contest which was then voted on by the masses.  There are some creative, artistic minds here...and also some crazy ones, which make for a good deal of humorous entries.

Perhaps some ideas in the comments would help get the ball rolling...


Semi OT: Amazon and MGoBlog - Just a Reminder

Semi OT: Amazon and MGoBlog - Just a Reminder

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on November 29th, 2015 at 8:10 PM

Not relevant to sports, but definitely relative to this blog and a quick reminder especially with everybody doing holiday shopping very soon.

A while back someone had pointed out that there's a link at the top of the page that will direct you to Amazon, but with a special tag. Once there, a certain % of your purchase goes to help support MGoBlog. I know it's a small amount, but every little bit helps.

http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&tag=mgoblog-20
 

Amazon has been having some pretty good deals this past week with their daily deals as well as lightning deals. I did ALL of my wife's shopping on Amazon this year using the above link to also help support MGoBlog. I hope you all do the same.

If you're looking for something nice I noticed that Invicta watches ,both men's and women's, are deeply discounted. Like a $500 watch selling for $60-$80. It's crazy. I had a hankering for subs.

Dear Leader now an official draw

Dear Leader now an official draw

Submitted by Wolverine In Exile on September 24th, 2015 at 5:05 PM

Just got my notice from the Alumni Association for the annual Official AAUM Homecoming tailgate, and lo and behold who is listed as a "special guest"?

 

"Appearances by special guests including: University President Mark Schlissel, MGoBlog creator Brian Cook, and New York Times bestseller John U Bacon."

 

Dear Leader has now gone mainstream. Cue the Ric Flair "Stylin & Profilin" gifs..

 

http://alumni.umich.edu/connect/go-blue-homecoming-tailgate?utm_source=…

Meta: Viewing MGoBlog at Work

Meta: Viewing MGoBlog at Work

Submitted by Bo_Knows on September 10th, 2015 at 10:26 AM

Quick question:  What is the MGoCommunity's go to method for covertly reading MGoBlog content during the workday?  I like to take a 10 minute break every day to view the blog and catch up, but...

My situation:

  • In an office/cube environment, with medium-heavy traffic behind me without a privacy screen.
  • Can't spend too much time on the phone to read via the iOS app.
  • Having MGoBlog up with all of its beautiful maize and blue, Har-BAUGH banner, and images draws too much attention.

Should we fundraise for a "panic" button which minimizes the window?  

Is there a plain-text/monochrome/generic version of the site I could utilize during the work day (but doesn't deprive the MGoStaff of ad revenue?