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Monthly Top Posters Contest - August

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Hey Everyone!

Starting in August, we would like to rekindle the monthly top posters report where we spotlight the top 10 contributors each month. To kick things off, we will offer a special prize for the top 3 in August!

You can look back at previous "Forum stats" topics to see the format.

Also, please welcome @Warelin as a new moderator on the forum!

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Here is the unofficial ranking for July(as July isn't over yet), but this one doesn't count anyway ;)....

1) @Adelaide9216
2) @Sigaba
3) @indecisivepoet
4) @Warelin
5) @isma93
6) @mcamp
7) @historygeek
@E-P
9) @Psygeek
10) @Bodhicaryavatara

For the August contest I will award the Top 3 Posters $25 Amazon gift cards. This is a slow time of year on the forum, so it won't take much to rise to the top. I will be posting weekly updates to keep everyone in the loop on how well they are doing.

Good luck!

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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.

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MOO, the emphasis on number of posts is ill considered given the nature of this BB.

A member could drive up one's post count in a number of existing pass the time threads. Another member could easily confuse the post count as an indication of knowledge and credibility and, in his haste, accept uncritically guidance that does not reflect "best practices" for securing admission to graduate school.

I understand that the new ownership purchased TGC to make money. I think that the ownership team should invest more time developing an understanding of this BB and the needs of its members and, from there, develop a sustainable plan that squares the circle of increasing traffic without diluting the overall quality of the posts.

My $0.02.

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39 minutes ago, Sigaba said:

A member could drive up one's post count in a number of existing pass the time threads. Another member could easily confuse the post count as an indication of knowledge and credibility and, in his haste, accept uncritically guidance that does not reflect "best practices" for securing admission to graduate school.

 

I think this is a very real danger to consider. There's been a recent upsurge in very short posts from some users as well as some advice being offered that could potentially be hurtful to the applicant if followed. If the trend continues, these forums have the potential of losing out on a lot of what makes this community. I also think it could risk losing a lot of people who might otherwise have signed up if they don't believe people are getting quality answers to their questions.

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I agree. I also feel uncomfortable being a top poster because I use this forum a lot to ask questions. I don't feel qualified to answer most of the questions that are on this forum. When I do answer questions and help people out, but it's mostly when they contact me in private message to ask question about my field of study or a specific scholarship that I got and they'd like to get. But otherwise, I don't think I should win something for my posts.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Sigaba said:

MOO, the emphasis on number of posts is ill considered given the nature of this BB.

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.

 

2 hours ago, Sigaba said:

I think that the ownership team should invest more time developing an understanding of this BB and the needs of its members and, from there, develop a sustainable plan that squares the circle of increasing traffic without diluting the overall quality of the posts.

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.

 

1 hour ago, Warelin said:

There's been a recent upsurge in very short posts from some users as well as some advice being offered that could potentially be hurtful to the applicant if followed.

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.

 

37 minutes ago, Adelaide9216 said:

I also feel uncomfortable being a top poster because I use this forum a lot to ask questions. I don't feel qualified to answer most of the questions that are on this forum.

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!

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Thank you all for the feedback, it is appreciated.

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