Many ATS members are very serious about their accounts, they work hard to establish mutual trust and create a reputable online persona. Checking how
many ATS Points, Flags, Applause, and Stars earned is a way to guage your account's general health.
Race car drivers are constantly checking all the factors that go into making sure their vehicle, pit-crew, and public relations are operating at
optimum levels. The drivers make testing runs and then return to the pit, where they go over all the diagnostic data gathered during the track testing
Any race team will tell you that constant awareness of statistical data is absolutely crucial in order to function at the highest level of
Similarities can be found between how serious members treat their ATS account and how Race Car teams operate. If we want to put the effort in to make
our accounts function at the top of our ability, doesn't it stand to reason we should be aware of our account's statistical performance?
I think it does and it would be awesome if ATS would unveil a new feature for the members to study. This new feature could improve the quality of each
member's own threads and all ATS threads in general.
You may ask, 'What kind of feature could be interactive in such way it could help improve member threads and ATS threads in general'?
I believe the answer is a statistical summary for each individual thread. These stats could be grouped together on one 'Statistical Summary' page,
providing all members an opportunity to see the overall performance of each thread.
The statistics could be based on many different aspects, such as;
OP Stars (Obviously again)
Ratio of Flags
Ratio of Stars
Total Number of Thread Views
Total Number of Member Replies
Ratio of Thread Views:Member Replies
Average Number of Thread Views per Hour
Average Number of Member Posts per Hour
Average Number of Flags per Hour
Average Number of Stars per Hour (including stars on all member replies)
The Top 3 Members Whose Combined Posts have Garnered the Most Stars in the Whole Thread (Ex. BeanPole Kitten Contributed 12 posts with a Combined 97
The Top 3 Member Posts that have Garnered the Most Stars Individually
(Ex. BeanPole Kitten Contributed a Post that Received 48 Stars)
The Top 3 Members Who have Contributed the Highest Number of Total, In-Thread Posts (Ex. BeanPole Kitten Contributed the Most to this
Thread w/ 21 Posts)
Average Number of Words in Each Member Post
The Time of Day When the Thread Received the Most Activity
The Time of Day When the Thread Received the Least Activity
Number of Comments Made in Reply to Previous Member Posts
Average Amount of Elapsed Time Between Each New Post (based on a 6, 12, 18, 24 or 48 hour window)
I'm certain many more ATS members can think of some statistical information you'd like to see compiled on each thread.
In my mind's eye, I see the 'Thread Statistical Summary' page set-up and utilized as a critical diagnostic tool.
I believe when used properly and frequently, a feature like this could really help raise the bar to a much higher level of quality in all ATS Posts,
Threads, and Forums across the board.
It would allow each member the ability to criticize themselves in private.
I know there are members out there who don't realize where the fault in their threads are, others who don't realize there are any faults at all, and
still more who realize there may be 'in-thread' errors, but are too shy to ask for suggestions from their ATS peers - I know these different types
of members are on ATS, because I am one of them myself.
Studying a thread-specific, statistical compilation could alert us to the areas that we need to work on the most, in order to produce a more
compelling and coherent thread.
Comparing the statistical performance of several threads from the same member could identify any common theme that may be present and could provide
just the right feedback to help correct any recurring issues.
I think it would be kinda cool to see the quality of our threads change as we use the
statistical data to improve our writing and communication skills individually, and as a complete membership.
What do you boys & girls think?
Do you have any ideas for a statistical category you'd like to see implemented on ATS?