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BTB Honor Roll: Most active community members so far in 2020

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We look at the top contributors to BTB over the first half of the year.

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Every six months or so, dating all the way back to 2011, we like to jointly look at some key user stats here on BTB. You can check out the post about the first half of 2019 here, and the second half of 2019 here.

With the announcement that changes are coming to our commenting system starting on Monday, this may be the last time I’m able to do one of these six-month summaries. So let’s double down on the first half of the year

Much to my surprise, and despite this being a very strange year so far, our topline numbers look remarkably similar to the first six months of 2019:

BTB By The Numbers
Writer Jan-Jun 2019 Jan-Jun 2020
Front page articles 1,375 1,387
Fanposts 270 421
Comments 175K 177K

To put those numbers into context, here’s what those first-half numbers mean on a per-day basis:

  • 1,387 total front page posts averages out to almost eight posts per day. That’s some heavy lifting by the 13 writers who’ve contributed to the blog this year. Some old-timers may still remember the time when two posts a day were considered overkill by some. Good times!
  • 421 FanPosts means our members knocked out more than two FanPosts per day, even if 155 of those were by one member who graced the Fanpost section with seemingly endless reams of tweets.
  • 176,600 comments translate to almost 1,000 comments per day.

Most Prolific Commenters

Here are the 99 most prolific BTB-members over the first six months of the year that have helped keep this place hopping:

2020 Most Comments
Rank Name Cmnts Rank Name Cmnts Rank Name Cmnts
1 double duece22 15,506 34 Miller1109 1,023 67 MichiganCowboysFan 605
2 b.r.y.c.e. 4,561 35 CowboysCerv 1,023 68 JustusX 590
3 3Dvagabond 4,422 36 The Trenches 1,017 69 Jessy S 584
4 redsoxu571 3,206 37 mundiku 1,013 70 J.L. Howell's coaching tree 580
5 Julius Russell 2,900 38 Jonathan Stern 1,010 71 Steev707 576
6 insman 2,835 39 savard18 1,000 72 Drivethrough_dakiris 558
7 TLG1970 2,810 40 lonewolfz28 995 73 Jace M 553
8 OptimisticRealist 2,475 41 Northern Cowboy 990 74 StillHateTheGiants 546
9 TAFKA RomoCop 2,224 42 Oakster41 984 75 Red_5 533
10 Jeber 2,095 43 bking 960 76 hitman477s 532
11 Fanamaniac 2,029 44 SBCNA 958 77 Jamays211718 523
12 bluefanatic 1,857 45 bcomets 925 78 FinChase 516
13 toke08 1,823 46 shunharp 921 79 Kicks03 509
14 Cowboys Win 1,746 47 Canadian Texan 879 80 DalaiLuke 509
15 ChuckCowboy 1,717 48 APerfectStar 850 81 capps1 498
16 Finstor 1,644 49 Lil J Moore 845 82 camrin55 487
17 Truebluedcfan 1,550 50 Sean N 839 83 Mike Easter 485
18 Metz21 1,528 51 Ride Together, Die Together 818 84 DKPeavy88 472
19 BlueStarsForever 1,493 52 Grounded In Reality 807 85 ZVPlatinum 469
20 RoSHa6 1,378 53 Krotto07 772 86 AKCOWBOYFAN 469
21 dfw_sportsguy 1,328 54 thedickjones 752 87 Dr-P 466
22 just-the-facts 1,314 55 very small rocks 727 88 Mac&Cheese 452
23 0k 1,306 56 Combine_Warrior 715 89 Keystone Heavy 442
24 pfloyd2 1,271 57 OldSchoolCreed 708 90 sonofafarmer 436
25 NortheastCowboy 1,228 58 94ever 668 91 zigg6411 424
26 Realist Larry 1,221 59 Evil_Homer 667 92 pjohn56 420
27 Cody Snead 1,201 60 dontcallmebrendy 656 93 22years 415
28 Merc WithA Mouth 1,166 61 5Blings 651 94 Tbear1964 412
29 Cowboy Bob1 1,095 62 ConWayTwitty 630 95 Shaymer 410
30 Aggie Man 1,083 63 Onesport 629 96 Rajohnnn 401
31 Rome One 1,035 64 Robsa 618 97 WiscyTangoFY 398
32 pulmo 1,029 65 5timechampschumps 617 98 itelldatrutht 387
33 MicCougar66 1,025 66 Keith 67 608 99 upfrunt 382

Football is a sport dominated by volume stats (also “rate” or “counting” stats) like total rushing yards or total passing yards. We at BTB have been fighting the good fight against volume stats and in favor of efficiency stats for the last decade, and so it comes as no surprise that in addition to the sheer volume of comments we also want to look at the quality of comments.

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. If we take those “recs” as a proxy for the quality of a comment, then dividing the number of recs by the number of comments gives us an approximation of the quality (or at least the popularity) of the comments by each BTB member.

Here are the 60 members who received the most recs for their comments over the last six months, with 50 comments needed to qualify for this ranking:

Jan-Jun 2020 Most Recs per Comment
Name Cmnts Recs Recs/Cmnt Name Cmnts Recs Recs/Cmnt
Yellowbeard 176 1,783 10.1 Truebluedcfan 1,550 4,612 3.0
One.Cool.Customer 57 515 9.0 Sean N 839 2,465 2.9
N4M IV 355 1,879 5.3 Michael Strawn 143 416 2.9
Clemente Almanza 214 1,107 5.2 Kef149 87 253 2.9
C.A.Shelton 112 546 4.9 Draco Fortuna 65 189 2.9
D-Bomb 116 560 4.8 icebowl68 135 389 2.9
doomsdaydominators94 135 596 4.4 Keystone Heavy 442 1,271 2.9
Ice my kicker 101 408 4.0 boyman 52 149 2.9
Red_5 533 2,142 4.0 dcfnlv 375 1,066 2.8
ApostleOfAnarchy 128 512 4.0 rainmaker411195 120 340 2.8
VAfan 133 512 3.8 tdubbayou 361 1,019 2.8
Tennessee_Jed 223 837 3.8 dunkman 232 652 2.8
I Miss Shay 68 252 3.7 Ride Together, Die Together 818 2,290 2.8
IHeartDaBoys 235 861 3.7 mexicharles 63 175 2.8
Tyrone Jenkins 272 985 3.6 South Dakota Fan 302 838 2.8
Aggie Man 1,083 3,786 3.5 thebigham 93 255 2.7
Shaymer 410 1,377 3.4 cjbrit 68 179 2.6
TinofromTX 76 252 3.3 CowboyInLA 196 507 2.6
Cowboys4Life 56 185 3.3 Robsa 618 1,595 2.6
pjohn56 420 1,369 3.3 Ὀδυσσεύς 109 280 2.6
BackNBlack 138 448 3.2 just-the-facts 1,314 3,344 2.5
astormtx 250 799 3.2 redsoxu571 3,206 8,150 2.5
253Cowboy 72 229 3.2 Kill, Gore, Trout 85 212 2.5
Densa 115 364 3.2 Gary Morris 108 265 2.5
BlueFlash 180 554 3.1 MrZach 342 838 2.5
Cowboy Bob1 1,095 3,360 3.1 RisingSunCowboy 69 169 2.4
FuzzyLogic1 172 525 3.1 IHMFLY 55 134 2.4
Hayes22 58 176 3.0 egriffey 52 126 2.4
Lord Humungus 289 871 3.0 WiscyTangoFY 398 958 2.4
Kegbearer 54 161 3.0 hitman477s 532 1,277 2.4

FanPosts

The table below lists the 18 contributors with at least three Fanposts so far this year. And sticking to our quantity/quality approach, the tables are sorted by number of FanPosts from Jan-Jun 2020 and by the number of recommendations per FanPost.

2020 No. Of Fanposts
Author Fanposts
double duece22 155
Jessy S 43
VAfan 15
TheDodger4Pres 15
redsoxu571 13
SeekingNumberSix 10
StitchA 8
cjbrit 8
BigDavey 8
nate2888 7
Cowboy Bob1 6
michaelgarza 4
JayFR 4
Mike Edward 4
PackofCowboys 4
TAFKA RomoCop 3
AustonianAggie 3
reunionsports 3
2020 Rec's per FanPost
Author FanPosts Rec's Rec's/FB
redsoxu571 13 71 5.5
Cowboy Bob1 6 30 5.0
SeekingNumberSix 10 29 2.9
TAFKA RomoCop 3 8 2.7
VAfan 15 29 1.9
Jessy S 43 78 1.8
michaelgarza 4 6 1.5
StitchA 8 11 1.4
AustonianAggie 3 4 1.3
cjbrit 8 10 1.3
TheDodger4Pres 15 16 1.1
double duece22 155 108 0.7
JayFR 4 2 0.5
BigDavey 8 3 0.4
reunionsports 3 1 0.3
Mike Edward 4 1 0.3
PackofCowboys 4 1 0.3
nate2888 7 0 0.0

156 different BTB-members made at least one of the tables above, but many, many more contributed to the blog 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 next time around, then simply post more or better stuff more often!

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.

Front Page

And finally, we close with the front page contributors. 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 the first six months of the year:

2020 Front Page Writers
Writer Posts
RJ Ochoa 458
Dave Halprin 209
Danny Phantom 170
Cole Patterson 103
Tom Ryle 98
David Howman 88
Michael Sisemore 65
Connor Livesay 62
Matt Holleran 55
Terence Watson 38
OCC 29
Michael Strawn 9
Matt Minich 3

By special request: This is a link to a Google Sheet with all the front page comments and recs for all commenters over the last six months.