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Twelve
In second place we have hekate with the post: 'Re: Buying a House'.

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hekate wrote:
Jiminy wrote:
Don't worry, my g/f knows all about them and doesn't come anywhere near them


That's lucky, but what about your wife?
Twelve
Which now brings us to our Posters of the month. These are the people that received the most overall votes for their posts throughout the month.

1) Darkshaunz with a total of 24 votes

2) Spoon with a total of 23 votes

3) Clownshoes with a total of 15 votes

Congratulations to all the winners and we hope to see even more quality content from everyone next month!
Twelve
Statistics for July 2014


Threads started: 36
Total posts: 1407

POTM votes cast: 136
Image likes: 33

Images uploaded: 149

Active members: 50
Remedial
Grata people that post on the last day of the month.

Hey is this based on when the vote is received or when the post is made? Is it possible to end up with the same post winning twice if it's votes span over a month?
Spoon
It's when the votes are received Rem, so in theory yes that is possible.

I'm not really sure why people seem to think its an advantage to post on the last day of the month? It just means your posts have less time to gather votes before the POTM calculates? If anything it's more difficult to win with a post on the last day, we just happened to have a day yesterday where a whole bunch of amusing posts were made.

Grats to the winners, I voted for all of those!
Darkshaunz
I think part of it has to do with people becoming more aware about POTM towards the end of the month. Although logically speaking, having a post up there longer should give a user more opportunities to get more votes, it doesn't quite work that way. A lot of the time, the last week of the month before POTM ticks over - is the busiest week for votes. This awareness also tends to make people a lot more active than they usually would be at any other time of the month, which increases the incidence for amusing posts/votes.

It's also my hypothesis that posts inherently have what I call a shelf life, and is the main reason why a post being up there longer doesn't necessarily provide it with any advantage. The shelf life of a post is essentially the warm period when it appears on someone's New Posts tab and then they read the post, and immediately make a conscious decision to vote for it. Most of votes for a post are given by a maximum of eight hours since the original posting. Beyond that time, it's rare for someone to backtrack a post they missed, and then vote. So there's a period when people are engaged with the content, and a period when it's cooled off and they are no longer interested in it once they process it. This is in addition to people to tick "Mark as Read" when topics are being discussed in subs that are not part of their primary interests.

Also, the posts that tend to do well are the ones that are within the month's community meta. Either building upon an event other users are engaged in, or capitalizing an intriguing or controversial remark/topic raised by another user. This is because such topics are held in the back in the minds of users, and so if a play of words or witty reference is made to that particular topic/user, it triggers a meta where people identify it as being that much humorous. The "I see what you did there, because I remember that too!" effect (which is a very long name for a made-up effect). The in-joke meta trigger can be a cumulative effect over the course of the month, with no posted mention on it, or it can be spontaneous like a subject train.

Oh, and grats to the winners.
Jiminy
Darkshaunz wrote:
I think part of it has to do with people becoming more aware about POTM towards the end of the month. Although logically speaking, having a post up there longer should give a user more opportunities to get more votes, it doesn't quite work that way. A lot of the time, the last week of the month before POTM ticks over - is the busiest week for votes. This awareness also tends to make people a lot more active than they usually would be at any other time of the month, which increases the incidence for amusing posts/votes.

It's also my hypothesis that posts inherently have what I call a shelf life, and is the main reason why a post being up there longer doesn't necessarily provide it with any advantage. The shelf life of a post is essentially the warm period when it appears on someone's New Posts tab and then they read the post, and immediately make a conscious decision to vote for it. Most of votes for a post are given by a maximum of eight hours since the original posting. Beyond that time, it's rare for someone to backtrack a post they missed, and then vote. So there's a period when people are engaged with the content, and a period when it's cooled off and they are no longer interested in it once they process it. This is in addition to people to tick "Mark as Read" when topics are being discussed in subs that are not part of their primary interests.

Also, the posts that tend to do well are the ones that are within the month's community meta. Either building upon an event other users are engaged in, or capitalizing an intriguing or controversial remark/topic raised by another user. This is because such topics are held in the back in the minds of users, and so if a play of words or witty reference is made to that particular topic/user, it triggers a meta where people identify it as being that much humorous. The "I see what you did there, because I remember that too!" effect (which is a very long name for a made-up effect). The in-joke meta trigger can be a cumulative effect over the course of the month, with no posted mention on it, or it can be spontaneous like a subject train.

Oh, and grats to the winners.


Great POTM analysis, Shaun. I'm going to further add that there is a personal bias to how people vote also. Who made the post would certainly influence whether someone votes.

Personally I'm pretty terrible at voting. I think i have one of the lowest vote counts for how active i am. For some reason in contrast to the majority i tend to vote on the big effort posts that i find interesting or that give me a good read over the humourous posts. Things i think would be good on the home page or that the poster clearly put a lot of work into. I will also vote on things that actually make me laugh out loud occasionally and the odd clever response, especially if it's controversial. Often though i tend to forget the button even exists or i'm sneaking a quick look during a course and glossing over it all quickly.
Spoon
Jiminy wrote:
Great POTM analysis, Shaun. I'm going to further add that there is a personal bias to how people vote also. Who made the post would certainly influence whether someone votes.

Can you elaborate on what you mean with this? Do you mean it's just generally more likely that Shaun will get votes because people have come to expect high quality from him and are more likely to hit that vote button again?
Jiminy
Elaborate?

I can simplify: People vote for their friends... To an extent.

Not talking about any one person at all. Just a sweeping generalisation
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