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BTB Roll Call: Most active community members in 2018

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The Cowboys take a small breather before heading into the playoffs, and we do the same thing as we look at the top contributors to BTB over the last twelve months.

NFL: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

At regular intervals here on Blogging The Boys, dating all the way back to 2011, we like to look back at some of our key user stats from the previous year. 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 write lengthy FanPosts. And each 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 2018 to honor the most prolific BTB members, both in terms of quantity and quality, and recognize them for their contributions. But before we do that, and to borrow the title of a popular post by one of the best writers we’ve ever had, here is BTB By The Numbers for 2018:

  • 3,407 total front page posts. 12 different front page writers worked tirelessly over the year to bring you quality Cowboys coverage. For a football blog that covers only sixteen regular season games, knocking out almost 10 articles per day, 365 days per year, is an awesome job. At the very least, I think we’ve kept you well entertained.
  • 700 FanPosts. 214 BTB members combined to have an average of two new fanposts pop up each day.
  • Half a million comments. If you’ve read every single comment on the front page, the FanPosts, or the Fanshots, you’ve been very busy. The sum of those comments has contributed to keeping this a vibrant and interesting community.

Most Prolific Commenters

Half a million comments over a year averages out to about 1,400 comments per day. Here are the 60 most prolific commenters of 2018 that help keep this place special:

2018 Most Comments
BTB-member Comments BTB-member Comments BTB-member Comments
RoSHa 9,937 Aggie Man 3,595 FoxHunt 2,426
Cody Snead 9,262 Sean N 3,545 pulmo 2,422
Jeber 8,841 bcomets 3,428 Tennessee_Jed 2,368
Mac&Cheese 7,456 Robsa 3,393 Realist Larry 2,357
TLG1970 6,609 simplejoe 3,226 Omar Little 2,279
Julius Russell 6,090 ChuckCowboy 3,223 D'Lo Brown 2,225
Fanamaniac 5,807 NortheastCowboy 3,131 Eddie 817 2,224
APerfectStar 5,224 0k 3,071 4boys4me 2,216
FuzzyLogic1 5,055 CowboyOcelot 3,019 Doomsday_1 2,184
OptimisticRealist 4,830 Steev707 3,014 double duece22 2,137
Ride Together, Die Together 4,700 3Dvagabond 3,010 Gary Morris 2,069
pfloyd1 4,479 Rena 2,917 Jessy S 1,997
pjohn56 4,343 Jonathan Stern 2,826 94ever 1,993
bking 4,204 Keith 67 2,824 FinChase 1,958
just-the-facts 4,007 Merc WithA Mouth 2,798 5Blings 1,953
N4M IV 4,002 The Artist Formerly Known As RomoCop 2,776 Cowboys Win 1,949
redsoxu571 3,935 goose916 2,673 blue_star25 1,942
LarryAllen'sBenchPress 3,863 bluefanatic 2,530 Even-Steven 1,911
Truebluedcfan 3,796 WiscyTangoFY 2,446 dontcallmebrendy 1,893
rocketcoe 3,741 ChanotheKidd 2,444 Onesport 1,890

Like many other social media 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 year, with 100 comments needed to qualify for this ranking:

2018 Most Recs per Comment
BTB-member Cmnts Recs Recs/Cmnt BTB-member Cmnts Recs Recs/Cmnt
One.Cool.Customer 689 5,309 7.7 Taco74 235 785 3.3
Kegbearer 414 2,813 6.8 San Antonio Al 276 921 3.3
Yellowbeard 616 3,187 5.2 ounceler 201 665 3.3
DannyPhantom 177 844 4.8 dunkman 1,256 4,129 3.3
WarDaddies 187 836 4.5 Tennessee_Jed 2,368 7,735 3.3
Andrew Flynn 521 2,292 4.4 Keith Moon 111 359 3.2
cjbrit 104 447 4.3 lilwrangler 123 396 3.2
C.A.Shelton 732 2,901 4.0 thebigham 261 832 3.2
DEL1SLE 524 2,017 3.8 Cowboy In The Sand 584 1,861 3.2
Nova84 100 379 3.8 realfanandairman 496 1,580 3.2
icebowl68 267 1,006 3.8 ReaperMadness 205 647 3.2
Dub_TC 130 486 3.7 Aggie Man 3,595 11,330 3.2
harrylime7 186 669 3.6 goose916 2,673 8,235 3.1
savard18 885 3,158 3.6 accidental innuendo 174 527 3.0
blueborn 330 1,172 3.6 LasVegasLights 116 343 3.0
Shaymer 1,377 4,845 3.5 Blue Eyed Devil 160 471 2.9
Ὀδυσσεύς 1,278 4,417 3.5 yobwoc 392 1,134 2.9
just-the-facts 4,007 13,818 3.4 eddy_eloy 509 1,464 2.9
AZBoys 428 1,442 3.4 TONY_P 723 2,055 2.8
Jfinch027 121 406 3.4 Keystone Heavy 913 2,574 2.8

Half a million 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 in 2018, 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
VAfan 50
redsoxu571 34
D.White 33
BigDavey 28
StitchA 28
TheDodger4Pres 25
SeekingNumberSix 25
Russ_Te 22
Peyson88 17
COACHBW 14
double duece22 12
scraig2015 8
D'Lo Brown 7
Rena 7
shunharp 7
boyman 6
ctcowboysfan203 6
NJ-cowboysfan 6
Gary Morris 6
MikeMacBlu 6
waldoputty 6
2018 Rec's Received
Author FanPosts Rec's
redsoxu571 34 182
VAfan 50 179
D.White 33 136
StitchA 28 96
SeekingNumberSix 25 94
Gary Morris 6 89
FuzzyLogic1 3 65
boyman 6 48
OptimisticRealist 2 38
Rena 7 33
Peyson88 17 27
Russ_Te 22 24
Jeber 3 22
TheDodger4Pres 25 18
C.A.Shelton 2 17
Realist Larry 3 14
Dr. Boom 2 13
rhodri2112 4 13
pjohn56 4 12
doubleleg 1 12
Airjarhead 3 12
2018 Comments generated
Author FanPosts Cmnts
VAfan 50 1883
redsoxu571 34 1,385
D.White 33 1,378
Rena 7 704
SeekingNumberSix 25 565
TheDodger4Pres 25 460
StitchA 28 446
FuzzyLogic1 3 337
Gary Morris 6 237
AnonymousH 3 229
Peyson88 17 214
Russ_Te 22 211
Jeber 3 211
BigDavey 28 169
OptimisticRealist 2 163
C.A.Shelton 2 155
boyman 6 143
double duece22 12 128
5Blings 1 120
goose916 3 112
D'Lo Brown 7 108

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.

117 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 the almost 3,000 commenters in 2018:

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.

Front Page

And finally, we close with the front page writers and podcasters.

As a team of writers on BTB, we take great pride in what we do here day in and day out to bring you the best Cowboys coverage you can find. Here are our numbers for 2018:

2018 Front Page Writers
Writer Posts
RJ Ochoa 884
Dave Halprin 734
Danny Phantom 375
Michael Sisemore 328
Tom Ryle 297
Cole Patterson 193
Michael Strawn 139
Connor Livesay 137
OCC 128
David Howman 121
Ryan Ratty 68
Tony Casillas 3

Dave Halprin started BTB all by his lonesome in 2005 and moved the blog to SB Nation later that year. Our roster of writers has significantly expanded since, and we now have more BTB writer alumni than we have writers on staff. Some of our alumni still frequent BTB, others have found greener pastures elsewhere; all helped build BTB into what it is today, so a here’s a so here’s a Texas-sized hat tip to the BTB Veterans Association. Thanks, guys.

Here’s Dave from that post in 2005 explaining what BTB is all about, and what it remains to this day.

For the new reader, you’ve arrived at a community of loyal, knowledgeable, partially insane Dallas Cowboys fans. We talk about the premiere franchise in all of sports 365 days a year. We invite you to stick around and add to the community. You can make your voice heard or you can just lurk and read all the great Cowboys information on the blog.