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    Quote Originally Posted by Son of Jack View Post
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    In that case you're a walking advertisement for gun control....

    Well this is fun isn't it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by resurrected View Post
    you're welcome
    You're companion thread seems to be taking off as well?
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    I certainly hope not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eeset View Post
    Gladys is just so bashful
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    Hmm, I also find it interesting to watch the numbers go up on threads, and it does seem to
    depend upon the author.

    It's always slightly disappointing to see that he who possesses more views will more than
    likely get more views the next time around, due to familiarity with the name, it becomes habitual.

    Also, a thing that may affect the numbers is that some people arduously bump and spam
    their own threads, whereas some people (I try myself) like to keep it clear and easy to read,
    (or feel quite guilty for even double posting).

    It's quite nice to be able to write throw away topics just for the sake of testing interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xAvarice View Post
    Hmm, I also find it interesting to watch the numbers go up on threads, and it does seem to
    depend upon the author.

    It's always slightly disappointing to see that he who possesses more views will more than
    likely get more views the next time around, due to familiarity with the name, it becomes habitual.
    I don't think it really works like that. Look at some of the 100+ thread creators I've noted with really modest numbers. I do think time widens the base if people think you might have something entertaining and/or interesting to say. But the thread title is important too.

    Also, a thing that may affect the numbers is that some people arduously bump and spam
    their own threads, whereas some people (I try myself) like to keep it clear and easy to read,
    (or feel quite guilty for even double posting).
    People.

    It's quite nice to be able to write throw away topics just for the sake of testing interest.
    I like to think of nearly any thread I make as that sort of exercise.

    Time is an interesting angle to examine. Some threads are slow cookers and surprise you with longevity. When I made Observations I had no idea it would take off, but most live and die off in fairly short order. This one has had a pretty busy first day. We'll see where or if it goes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    I don't think it really works like that. Look at some of the 100+ thread creators I've noted with really modest numbers. I do think time widens the base if people think you might have something entertaining and/or interesting to say. But the thread title is important too.


    People.


    I like to think of nearly any thread I make as that sort of exercise.

    Time is an interesting angle to examine. Some threads are slow cookers and surprise you with longevity. When I made Observations I had no idea it would take off, but most live and die off in fairly short order. This one has had a pretty busy first day. We'll see where or if it goes on.

    You have a point there, also somebody new won't (unless specially arrogant) feel like going and resuscitating one of their threads that isn't on active topics anymore, for the sake of it... whereas somebody who's been around and seen the fanatic gravedigging won't mind.

    Then there's also a matter of derailment, somebody will write something strange and nobody else feels brave enough to look past it which inadvertently leads to its demise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xAvarice View Post
    You have a point there, also somebody new won't (unless specially arrogant) feel like going and resuscitating one of their threads that isn't on active topics anymore, for the sake of it... whereas somebody who's been around and seen the fanatic gravedigging won't mind.
    I suppose, though mostly threads die and stay dead. Now and then I'l repost in one of mine that has been inactive for a while because of the nature of the thread...like "who would win that fight?" I get an idea for a new match, like battle of the really sad Draculas. Gerard Butler vs Frank Langella. That sort of thing. I have a number of odd threads that are fun to revive from time to time.

    Then there's also a matter of derailment, somebody will write something strange and nobody else feels brave enough to look past it which inadvertently leads to its demise.
    I suppose. And sometimes it's a matter of the whales/old guard having seen the particular circus and not being interested in another pony ride. So it varies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xAvarice View Post
    Then there's also a matter of derailment, somebody will write something strange and nobody else feels brave enough to look past it which inadvertently leads to its demise.
    But sometimes derailments lead to a new burst of interest in a languishing thread.

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    there's always homoland, OV vs. CV city, or anti-trin town

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    I wonder what the average productive life of a thread is...this one managed to really move inside a 24 hour period. I'll see if there's a way to find out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    I wonder what the average productive life of a thread is...this one managed to really move inside a 24 hour period. I'll see if there's a way to find out.
    I really don't know what to make of this thread TH? If you are creating a venue for big guns to brag, you have succeeded. But, why is that necessary? Those of us who post here regularly know who the big guns are.
    It certainly shows me how insignificant my threads are in relation to interest generated. But when I create a thread it is because my interest has been picqued on a topic. I have thought that my advanced age put some of my interests into a category that is not interesting to the mainstream of posters here? Nevertheless, it has been a rather pleasant pastime for me.

    Personally? I hope that all of us who are sort of under the radar in terms of interest generated by our threads will continue to post and share our thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bybee View Post
    I really don't know what to make of this thread TH? If you are creating a venue for big guns to brag, you have succeeded. But, why is that necessary? Those of us who post here regularly know who the big guns are.
    Except it doesn't really work out that way...in fact, some of the heavy rep/posters don't really draw well. I was a bit surprised. And the point will vary. Someone made a point that got me looking into the numbers in a different way. Nothing more or less to it than that.

    So it wasn't about stroking the egos of whales, though some might be.

    And it wasn't about noting that some of them are inexplicably less popular as thread starters, though it came to that.

    And it wasn't about making fun of low blow specialists, though it managed to.

    And it wasn't about noting that a few undervalued posters here actually are quiet a draw, though it pointed that out.

    It wasn't even about GM, even if he's likely to think so.

    I think discovering some of the above could be good for people. But in the end it was and is about looking at the numbers. Just that.


    It certainly shows me how insignificant my threads are in relation to interest generated.
    Yours looked fine. Again, you have to think of this like baseball. The best averages on generated posts are well under fifty percent.

    Also, some posters are like singles artists, musically. Popular in post but less popular in thread/album form. And with some it goes the other way. Their threads draw attention even while their rep doesn't benefit/reflect that.

    But when I create a thread it is because my interest has been picqued on a topic. I have thought that my advanced age put some of my interests into a category that is not interesting to the mainstream of posters here? Nevertheless, it has been a rather pleasant pastime for me.
    Again, I think you do fine and your numbers, which I have somewhere around here, aren't bad at all. Like you said, you aren't trying to get to the head of the thread of the moment line. Knight does that better than probably anyone through the topic thread anyway.

    Personally? I hope that all of us who are sort of under the radar in terms of interest generated by our threads will continue to post and share our thoughts.
    I think that's the best possible attitude. But I don't see you as being under the radar. Maybe when I get into averages you'll have an "Oh, oops!" moment. I'd hoped the baseball analogy would keep people from rushing to negatives on the numbers, or that just looking at the ones posted would give you a better sense of the low averages, numerically, being contextually something else.

    But I'll clarify it before long in particular.
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