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Originally posted by Byrd
Originally posted by Xtrozero
What would be interesting is to post three posts. ... Then you could see which one has the longest life.
Not necessary, actually. You can do the same sort of thing looking at similar posts on Usenet and elsewhere (his pattern is pretty consistant). You can also do mathematical modeling of the patterns (I did this for an old paper that I presented to the Society for Applied Anthropology back in 2004 or thereabouts). You can also use some methods from the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (I'm doing this for a current paper) to check the results.
Check the "top threads" from previous years for interesting examples.
Originally posted by Byrd
Actually, you've done an excellent analysis.
Well reasoned, but I'd suggest that the "most challenged thought" is the correct concept, because it applies across all examples of boards. A rather typical example would be an athiest posting about evolution on a Christian board. The athiest might have the latest scientific evidence, but their "denial of ignorance" in their world scheme means that they may repeat or argue with incorrect information that they find personally convincing.
There's a little more to the dynamic, here ... ...Topics also have to be a known "thing of interest" to the board.
There's also the anticipation factor. You just hammered someone for being an ignorant twitterhead and you can't WAIT to see how they try to deal with it because you've got such a comeback. You'll check the threads more frequently and when they do show up, you're ready with a reply. You'll see a sequence of these kinds of battles going on between several combatants in the threads.
Other factors include how well known the original poster is (if well known, then friends will hop in to support and applaud and their detractors may hop on to try and do battle against them.) Unknowns don't get the "there's that idiot again" factor for themselves. The "that idiot again" factor can also apply if someone posts and then vanishes for a bit but a well-known board member steps in to support the original post.
Other threads that get a lot of attention include current shocking events, where there's a kind of crowd effect -- posting a "I have opinions about this, too." The "Ron Paul straw poll voters turned away from voting" had the same sort of feel to it.
All in all, a very nice set of observations. Bravo!
Originally posted by Valhall
The star system hasn't been around very long, but people choosing not to respond to a well written, logical OP has been there all along.
Originally posted by WraothAscendant
reply to post by Redge777
Your point seems to be lacking in logic.
It doesn't matter how well thought out or typed etc a post can be, it doesn't stop those that may disagree from finding something to attack.
You would be correct if the "truth" (whatever it maybe) had a magical field that made people accept it as such. But it doesn't and no matter how logic or well thought out you think a post is you will always find someone who will poke holes in it.
No offense man.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
By entering a room/thread and saying something in the lines of "I dont like this thread, I dont think it should exist" you are contributing to the thread and prolonging its existence. Sometimes it takes some discipline to refrain from posting like this.