Every six months or so here on Blogging The Boys, dating all the way back to 2011, we like to look at some of our key user stats from the previous six months. We do this not to revel in our record page views or the number of new members we attract every month. Instead, this is an effort to recognize those community members who have made significant contributions to making BTB what it is today: the best source of Cowboys coverage you can find anywhere.
BTB is more than just the sum of the front page writers, much more. While many of us may have stumbled on BTB via an article on the front page, we kept coming back and eventually signed up because of the quality of our community here. Different people contribute in different ways to the community. Many add comments, often on an almost daily basis. Some of you even add FanPosts. And every day, each of us adds a little more to the community. So this is where we say thank YOU, you the reader, you the commenter, you the contributor.
Which is why today we break down some BTB stats from the first half of 2018 to honor the most prolific BTB members, both in terms of quantity and quality, and recognize them for their contributions.
Most Prolific Commenters
From January to June this year, the BTB community commented 180,455 times under the 1,344 front page posts, and added another 8,395 comments under the 344 Fanposts published by fellow BTB members. In total, that adds up to a little more than 1,000 comments per day.
More than a thousand comments per day! What a vibrant community we have, and anyone who has spent time browsing other football blogs immediately understands that we really have something special here.
Here are the 60 most prolific commenters over the last six months that help keep this place special:
|2018 Most Comments|
|Sean N||2,275||Gary Morris||1,406||bcomets||997|
|Ride Together, Die Together||2,233||NortheastCowboy||1,388||astormtx||996|
|Cody Snead||2,109||Eddie 817||1,371||Keith 67||982|
|pjohn56||1,784||pulmo||1,297||The Artist Formerly Known As RomoCop||890|
|bking||1,676||mfoster||1,262||Jim Lee Howell's coaching tree||860|
|Canadian Texan||1,640||double duece22||1,212||Steev707||847|
What makes BTB special is the community. People make posts, people comment, offer insight, engage in dialogue. People also disagree, have arguments, offer witty rebuttals, or rec the heck out of comments they like. Some people like cat pics, some people like bullet points, some people like stats, some people like snarky replies, some people even get up early to make sure they have the first comment under a new post. People ask each other about personal matters, share stuff that goes way beyond casual football talk, and generally express a genuine interest in each other.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to measure the quality of our little community here, but in addition to the quantity of comments, we can look at the quality of those comments.
Like many other sites, BTB also has a way of “liking” posts or comments. In our little corner of the universe, the likes are called “recs”, short for “recommendations”, and BTB members can rec comments they particularly like. Four recs and your comment turns blue on BTB.
Here are the members who received the most recs for their comments over the last six months, with 100 comments needed to qualify for this ranking:
|2018 Most Comments|
|Andrew Flynn||176||602||3.4||Pnut Gallery||243||678||2.8|
|Cowboy In The Sand||385||1,201||3.1||Densa||826||2,163||2.6|
|Admiral Dallas||142||420||3.0||Ride Together, Die Together||2,233||5,736||2.6|
188,850 is a staggering amount of comments, but our moderation team slogged through each and every one of them, so here’s a HUGE thank you for the moderation team for reading all of those comments, even the most absurd, ridiculous, and sometimes downright ignorant ones!
Trust me, without their moderation, BTB wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable as it is.
The table below lists the 16 top contributors in the FanPost section. The tables are sorted by number of FanPosts from January through June, by the number of recommendations, and by the number of comments generated by the FanPost and the ensuing discussion.
FanPosts are a key part of BTB, as they’ll give you a much broader range of opinions than you’ll get on the front page. But writing a FanPost - and a well-received one at that - is a lot of work, so if you see one you like, give it a rec’. And don’t be stingy with those rec’s.
115 different BTB-members made at least one of the tables above, but many, many more contributed to the blog so far this year. If you missed out on the lists above but still want to know where you rank in the grand scheme of BTB things, here’s an Excel file with the data for all 1,984 commenters so far this year:
And if your name’s not on any of the lists above, but you want to see your name up in the bright BTB lights at the end of the year, then simply post more stuff, more often!
Until then, thank you all for your great contributions.