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    Looking for Bloggers!

    In case you missed it, shout out to @ResilientDreams with the forum's first blog post in 2018. @ResilientDreams will be posting content under Applying to Grad School and a few other topics. The goal is to have 4 or 5 topics covered where we can share the link and content can easily be consumed on the topic of your choice. If anyone else wants to share their experiences in one of the topics above, PM me.
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    September Top Posters

    The top posters report wasn't posted in the slow months in past years, so it seems "slower" as many of the users who only use the site during application season aren't here yet. However, the Community Activity report shows a 15% increase over the first week in Oct 2017, so the forum is actually more active than last year. @Adelaide9216 - what gives you the feeling the forum is less active? I'm curious so we can work to improve it.
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    Forum Upgrade

    All, Forum was upgraded today for a security fix. Let me know is you see any issues.
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    September Top Posters

    Here are September's top posters: @ResilientDreams @Adelaide9216 @Bodhicaryavatara @Psygeek @Hk328 @Sigaba @loffire @bibliophile222 @juilletmercredi @high_hopes Users with the highest reputation during September are as follows:(https://forum.thegradcafe.com/leaderboard/?custom_date_start=1535778000&custom_date_end=1538369999) @ResilientDreams @Warelin @telkanuru @Adelaide9216 Great job everyone!
  5. Hello, We are excited to announce the release of a new logo and redesign (of the main site) - https://www.thegradcafe.com This is a much needed facelift and the beginning of more improvements to TGC over the coming months. Please note, this release was limited to cosmetic changes and functionality improvements will be added later. No changes were made to the forum other than the logo.
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    Monthly Top Posters Contest - August

    Final results for the August Top Posters Contest. Congratulations to the winners(1-3)! This will wrap up our contest, but we will still post this report as a monthly highlight of active users. FYI - You can also view the Leaderboard to find top members with the highest reputation during a certain period of time. https://forum.thegradcafe.com/leaderboard/ 1) @Sigaba 2) @BabyScientist 3) @ResilientDreams 3) @Adelaide9216 @Warelin @historygeek @juilletmercredi @Bodhicaryavatara @Hk328 @bayessays
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    Looking for Bloggers!

    Hey All, We will be opening up user blogging once again with the hopes of creating consistent content around: 1) The application process (how-to's, tips, dealing with stress, etc.) 2) Topics while attending (life in grad school) 3) Life after school (if I had to do it all over again, finding work, etc.) 4) Program specific (if you feel strongly about a program and have a lot to share) If you are interested, please respond with a topic of choice and I'll PM you with more details! For those who aren't aware of the blog ---> https://forum.thegradcafe.com/blogs/ Thanks!
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    Monthly Top Posters Contest - August

    This contest is a way to spur engagement during downtime. If members inflate their post count in a month to win a contest, they risk losing credibility. The Top Poster report has been around for years as a measure of involvement. Adding in a prize certainly leads to some quality concerns, but it is short term and meant to get people talking. Thank you for voicing your concern, it is valid and will be considered for future contests. I can assure you we have. I am very thankful for the current mods/senior members who have voiced their opinions/suggestions for improvement. We are doing what we can to improve, but it takes time. Noted. The point of the contest is to spur engagement. Less experienced users may feel motivated to post when they didn't before. It is possible these users are giving advice they believe is true. I hope if this is happening, regardless of contest or not, more knowledgeable members would also add their opinion. Asking questions is a valuable part of this community! Many lurkers don't feel comfortable asking questions and prefer to rely on others to do it. This contest/report is simply about getting involved! ----------------------- Thank you all for the feedback, it is appreciated.
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    Monthly Top Posters Contest - August

    August Top Posters Week 2 Update: 1) @BabyScientist 2) @Sigaba 3) @Adelaide9216 4) @Warelin 5) @indecisivepoet 6) @ResilientDreams 7) @historygeek 8 @kgras13 9) @bayessays 10) @FishNerd
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    Monthly Top Posters Contest - August

    It doesn't. This contest is a way to kick off an old Top Posters report that used to be posted monthly for fun. Perhaps in the future we can have a contest based on reputation(https://forum.thegradcafe.com/leaderboard/).
  11. Hi @Crucial BBQ - https://www.google.com/search?q=gradcafe+computer+science There are definitely users who post results and don't join the forum. There is no requirement to join the forum to post results and it isn't obvious there is a forum if you come if from a "results" type search. This is one of the reasons people ask questions in their results submission. One goal is to marry the forum/results and make it more apparent there is a better place to discuss than within the results tool.
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    Monthly Top Posters Contest - August

    August Top Posters Week 1 Update: 1) @Adelaide9216 2) @Sigaba 3) @BabyScientist 4) @Warelin 5) @ResilientDreams 6) @JDtoPhDmaybe 7) @Hk328 8 @bayessays 9) @E-P 10) @kgras13 Great to see a few new members on this list! Remember, top 3 receive a $25 Amazon gift card. The difference between 10th place and 3rd is still quite slim. Announcement: I'd like to introduce @telkanuru and @punctilious as new moderators on the forum! Very excited to have them on the team.
  13. @Adelaide9216 Based on the past two years of "community activity", which is a report I have in the Admin area, July/Aug are slow months. In relative terms: Community Activity: The total number of members who submitted new content, followed something, or reacted to something on the community in the specified time period. July 2016: 882 July 2017: 1029 July 2018: 993 In addition, when we took over the site, there was a major issue with the Results pages being blocked from the search engines. This was an error made in September 2017 that caused a significant drop in Google traffic. This affects the forum as many new users come from that tool. We have corrected the issue, but it will take time to recover the lost traffic. However, we have seen a steady increase in forum activity in the past two weeks, which is a great sign.
  14. My question was aimed at future entries. There is a fair amount of 2018 data, but trying to gauge a wider interest to determine if the tool is justified. We'll add the tool to our list of ideas to develop as I think it would serve the community well. Historical data would be loaded with the development of the tool.
  15. It does appear you can go through the change logs and recover the data. A question would be...is there a need for a tool on the site that would take in: - university - field - funding package data(offer year, scholarship, stipend, grad assist, health insurance, etc)...any/all perks broken out - comment - forum username(optional) And then... - create searchable reports by school, year, filters above, etc. ============= Who would be willing to enter data into the tool? Who would use it for research?

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