40% of the posts on MP are in counting or stream-of-consciousness threads

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  1. shane
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    Seriously...look at the numbers:

    Currently there are 110,292 posts

    15,923 posts in http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/i-want-to-be-liked.2073/
    13,969 posts in http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/post-a-random-number.2759/
    9,364 posts in http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/count-backwards-from-123-456.650/

    Those 3 threads account for 35.5% of all posts on this site. That doesn't count all the other lounge and counting threads. It's easily 40%. I don't claim not to participate in the nonsense, but it does feel strange sometimes.

    Another potential stream of revenue: Rent out the community to a research organization who can properly diagnose whatever kind of disorder it is we point-hoarders have. [​IMG]
     
  2. Gargoyle
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    Up considerably in the last two days- it was just 20%

    People are working hard at testing the servers.
     
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    I am sure it will change once we move out of Beta.

    As far as a diagnosis, it is just a straight up addiction just like any other with less chance of hurting anyone.
     
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    At this point:

    25% of the posts in this thread are from a statistics junkie
    25% of the posts in this thread are from an MPer with > 1000 Status Points
    25% of the posts in this thread are from a hopeless optimist
    25% of the posts in this thread are from someone with a blurry, underwater avatar... that likes McClure's Pickles

    And that's a fact.
     
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  5. shane
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    Corrected your post full of statistics:

     
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    Most excellent!
     
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    The total is probably about 50%. The UA penalty box thread alone is at almost 10K posts.
     
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    WOW is all I can say, and everyone please don't hurt your wrists like me
     
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    too late damaged has been done.
     
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  10. shane
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    There's a joke in there somewhere...
     
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    Oh it's not that hard to find.
     
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    I like all of you! :D
     
  13. diver90
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    Mega Multi Quote!
     
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    It could have been worse:

     
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    I was about to post the same topic. I'm seeing way to many junk threads - it's especially bad when combined with the various twitter threads bragging about x,000's of posts in two weeks.

    Those threads completely devalue the site and only function to boost the post count with wothless content. A some point (I.e. Now) management will need to deal with spam, including worthless posts (that generate huge stats points for the perpetrators).
     
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  16. shane
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    Not to mention, I'm sure that the vast majority of bandwidth is currently dedicated to massively refreshing post-padding threads. I can only imagine that they'll need to address this when the site goes live. My assumption is that this is tolerated simply during the beta period and the Original Members will be rewarded by getting a head start in status while it is tolerated.

    a.k.a. The good ol' days.
     
  17. Gargoyle
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    Which could be why it is allowed to continue- XenForo is brand new software, and I'm sure this is giving it the strongest workout it's had to date. In addition, it gives a chance to test out the new server system and be prepared for any future onslaught.
     
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    Obviously there is a huge bulk of folks who want to participate in those threads, but to me they are spam so I'm starting to report them as such with the following comment:
    This thread is spam designed to generate status points, and degrades the community.
    It's my opinion...
     
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    Thats fine if you do it two or three times, but remember the development team is quite a small group- Jamie, Tim, MikeL are handling most of it, so if you hit them with 20 of those reports, the reports become like spam to them. :)
     
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    Couldn't agree more.
     
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    I hardly ever play post count games. If I had more time I might because it looks like those folks are having fun, but I made the huge mistake of not being born filthy rich so I actually have to work for a living. [​IMG] (The frown is for my working, not for the uber posters having fun.)

    On the other hand, if I win the lottery tomorrow, I doubt very seriously if I will spend the next week posting like a crazy woman. :D :D

    Hopefully, all of the crazy posting and gaming is somehow helping Randy and his team test their new site, so its all good IMHO.
     
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    Is it possible to move these useless (though perhaps fun) threads into a category where the number of posts doesn't count toward status?
     
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    I'm torn. They do devalue the community, we shouldn't reward posts to them, and yet while they exist I'm very tempted to get a head start on the status point game before go-live.

    Can we assume something will be done before we finish beta?
     
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    It just occurred to me that many of us rig and manipulate FF and other loyalty programs doing just this kind of annoying practice. What does it say if we try to discourage it? [​IMG]
     
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