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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?
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.
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.