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Roll Call: Most active BTB community members so far in 2018

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There’s not a lot of Cowboys football going on right now, so if we can’t celebrate the Cowboys, let’s celebrate ourselves!

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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
BTB-member Comments BTB-member Comments BTB-member Comments
RoSHa 5,552 D.White 1,623 94ever 1,203
Jeber 4,857 ChanotheKidd 1,599 MikeySB 1,199
pfloyd1 3,571 goose916 1,554 LizardState 1,134
TLG1970 3,384 simplejoe 1,533 MichiganCowboysFan 1,059
FuzzyLogic1 3,293 Omar Little 1,517 FinChase 1,058
Fanamaniac 2,806 Rena 1,461 WiscyTangoFY 1,043
Julius Russell 2,504 scraig2015 1,428 FoxHunt 1,011
APerfectStar 2,388 Robsa 1,415 3Dvagabond 998
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
redsoxu571 1,927 Jonathan Stern 1,368 blue_star25 936
Mac&Cheese 1,842 rocketcoe 1,339 5Blings 930
just-the-facts 1,829 Tennessee_Jed 1,313 Cowboys Win 912
pjohn56 1,784 pulmo 1,297 The Artist Formerly Known As RomoCop 890
LarryAllen'sBenchPress 1,720 Realist Larry 1,293 zigg6411 885
Aggie Man 1,700 Truebluedcfan 1,277 StarloverinWNC 879
bking 1,676 mfoster 1,262 Jim Lee Howell's coaching tree 860
Canadian Texan 1,640 double duece22 1,212 Steev707 847
Donrogeraikman 1,634 ChuckCowboy 1,209 bleeding_blue&silve 844

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
BTB-member Cmnts Recs Recs/Cmnt BTB-member Cmnts Recs Recs/Cmnt
One.Cool.Customer 357 2,968 8.3 33for99 208 609 2.9
DannyPhantom 108 545 5.0 Lord Humungus 359 1,044 2.9
Yellowbeard 424 2,125 5.0 eddy_eloy 275 796 2.9
WarDaddies 159 750 4.7 yobwoc 153 440 2.9
icebowl68 162 710 4.4 Tyrone Jenkins 652 1,869 2.9
dunkman 449 1,788 4.0 chappycav 164 467 2.8
C.A.Shelton 603 2,375 3.9 redsoxu571 1,927 5,478 2.8
Ὀδυσσεύς 370 1,322 3.6 TONY_P 723 2,055 2.8
blueborn 278 975 3.5 Gregory_Regularly 343 970 2.8
just-the-facts 1,829 6,386 3.5 doubleleg 160 451 2.8
DEL1SLE 386 1,322 3.4 TK19 159 446 2.8
Andrew Flynn 176 602 3.4 Pnut Gallery 243 678 2.8
savard18 447 1,506 3.4 Tennessee_Jed 1,313 3,562 2.7
Shaymer 735 2,400 3.3 Keystone Heavy 142 377 2.7
harrylime7 168 542 3.2 Soundchaz3r 110 289 2.6
Cowboy In The Sand 385 1,201 3.1 Densa 826 2,163 2.6
Aggie Man 1,700 5,195 3.1 WillowTheDog 146 382 2.6
thegloryyears 100 304 3.0 ApostleOfAnarchy 199 512 2.6
Admiral Dallas 142 420 3.0 Ride Together, Die Together 2,233 5,736 2.6
goose916 1,554 4,563 2.9 TyColorado 331 841 2.5

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.

FanPosts

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.

2018 No. Of Fanposts
Author Fanposts
D.White 29
StitchA 28
redsoxu571 19
VAfan 14
Peyson88 13
BigDavey 9
scraig2015 8
TheDodger4Pres 7
Rena 7
upfrunt 5
TexasFreddy 5
jackmontague 5
astormtx 5
aprince1991 4
SeekingNumberSix 4
COACHBW 4
ZekeNGenius! 4
2018 Rec's Received
Author FanPosts Rec's
redsoxu571 19 128
D.White 29 106
StitchA 28 96
VAfan 14 80
FuzzyLogic1 3 65
SeekingNumberSix 4 47
Rena 7 33
Peyson88 13 19
rhodri2112 3 13
Dr. Boom 2 13
Gary Morris 2 13
OptimisticRealist 1 12
Airjarhead 3 12
pjohn56 2 10
Spenser Cruz 1 10
AnonymousH 2 9
Jeber 2 9
2018 Comments generated
Author FanPosts Cmnts
D.White 29 1,181
VAfan 14 1,126
redsoxu571 19 1,004
Rena 7 704
StitchA 28 446
FuzzyLogic1 3 337
SeekingNumberSix 4 250
AnonymousH 2 223
TheDodger4Pres 7 162
Peyson88 13 157
goose916 3 112
Jeber 2 108
lancing_2009 2 101
Clement to... 1 99
MrOttastram 1 81
BigDavey 9 76
Airjarhead 3 73

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.