I'd like to talk about the possibility of a group effect (for lack of better term). This group effect, if it exists, affects most of the people here
I was reading this
topic the other day, and I found the response to be overwhelming. I
did a personal experiment of my own (non-scientific, so take it for what you will) and asked a bunch of random people outside in the middle of town
and on the light rails whether they were feeling more tired than usual. On the day that it was hot out, around 7/10 would say they were feeling more
tired than usual. A couple days later when it was cooler, around 3/10 said that they were more tired than usual. Of course, I went further than
It turns out that when somebody on the light rail said they were feeling tired, despite the day it was asked on, most people said they felt tired;
however, when I asked outside (which was hotter than in the light rails since those are air conditioned), I always got mixed responses. So, I asked
some of the people on the light rails who responded after somebody else why they said they felt more tired than usual. A couple of people gave genuine
and understandable responses (not enough sleep, long day at work, etc.), but what I found interesting is that some of them were not
that they only said that because a bunch of other people before them did. Another person said he said he was tired because "if the business man says
he's tired, then I'm tired too". Obviously, this type of influence is a proven fact in the real world, but is it also here on ATS?
Are people influenced to flag, star, respond, etc., not based on the content of the post, but the status of the user? Do ATS Points, a flashy avatar,
certain sentence structures (lots of periods/commas, no letters capitalized, many exclamation marks and emoticons - you get the gist), etc., all
affect whether one gives the thread attention? A lot of the times, I see topics with a lot of flags and little replies, and the topic has little to no
content, but the user has a lot of ATS Points and/or is well-known here in the ATS community; on the contrary, I see topics with little flags and
average replies, and the topic has ample content, but the user who created it is either new or little-known. Of course, there are exceptions to every
rule, but generally speaking, it seems like I keep seeing the same users making the highly-flagged topics while some extremely significant topics get
ignored because their flag count is low.
Also, I don't care if you flag my topic (12.21.12 already tried to bring up the possibility of me behind a flag conspiracy in a
of mine), but I would like member input. Am I crazy, or is there
really something like this going on here? If there's something I haven't fully explained or is confusing, just ask.