Meta-analysis of Tech threads (ETA - Tech board confirmed?) (4/10 update pg.3)
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Meta-analysis of Tech threads (ETA - Tech board confirmed?) (4/10 update pg.3)
Posted by Cs on 4/1 at 5:02 pm
Since 2002, Tigerdroppings has averaged approximately 1.3 new message boards per year. Certain boards made sense (a general sports forum - the MSB, which was in place by 2005), while other boards seemed to have been the result of whimsical decisions to cater to a specific, niche group or person (Gaming Board, Soccer Board).

Regardless, the diverse array of message boards, as well as the consistent implementation of new boards, are intrinsic characteristics of Tigerdroppings. This becomes evident by simply looking at the history of this website over the past 10 years. Topic diversity and tight, subject specific sub-communities are the DNA of Tigerdroppings. By 2005-2006, it became apparent that this website was becoming more than just a place for LSU fans to congregate.

Despite this, however, there are still salient absences in TD's message board offerings. Most notably, a Technology/Science board, and Health/Fitness board. These aren't niche topics that appeal to small groups of people (Fantasy Sports, Hornets, Gaming). Rather, they are massive subjects of discussion.

Just go to any major news website and take a look at the news sections they offer (compared with TD). On CNN, you have Entertainment (check), Politics (check), Money (check), Tech (absent), and Health (absent). ABC News has dedicated sections for Tech and Health. Fox News has dedicated sections for Health, Tech, and Science. It becomes somewhat confounding when one looks at the message board offerings on TD, and notes dedicated forums of discussion for Fantasy Sports, Gaming, Music, and Soccer, but none for Health/Fitness or Technology/Science.

Yet, posters have been imploring for both for quite some time. For example, there are threads that are over 2.5 years old asking for a Tech board. And yet the endless inquiries and requests for a Tech/Science and Health/Fitness board have seemingly been ignored.

Approximately one year ago, I created a thread that detailed and specifically quantified the popularity of these topics on the OT. Samples varied in size and were taken at random intervals, but a trend was established - Tech/Science threads were significantly more popular than Health/Fitness threads and Music threads, and Health/Fitness threads were moderately more popular than Music threads. Since that thread was created, Music was awarded a dedicated forum of discussion (instead of being subsumed in a hypothetical "Entertainment" board).

And despite dozens of requests and pleas, endorsers of a Tech/Science board or Health/fitness board have been invariably ignored.

In another attempt to provide even more evidence for the popularity of these two topics, and to provide further justification that each should receive its own dedicated place of discussion on this website, I've compiled data on each from the OT for the past week (March 25th - April 1st @ 3:40 PM). As you can note below, for the past week, there were 62 threads pertaining to Technology/Science, and 39 threads pertaining to Health/Fitness. Note, this trend is consistent with the trends established in samples from 2012, which can again be found here.

Tech/Science and Health/Fitness threads made up over 10% of all threads created on the OT for the past week. Technology and Science threads alone consisted of over 6% of all threads created on the OT for the past week (and, again, this is for the OT alone - plenty of Tech threads have been created on boards such as Movies/TV and Gaming, such as this one).

Again, so what does all of this mean? The evidence is there to justify both a Tech/Science board and a Health/Fitness board. Not only are these topics discussed with a high frequency, but posters have been explicitly requesting both boards for years. While I endorse both boards, I do feel that a Tech/Science board would be most warranted, and this is due to the numbers alone - not just from the sample below, but from all of the samples in 2012. Regardless, I think most would agree that the time has certainly come to introduce both boards onto Tigerdroppings. The central and ongoing question remains, however - will the mods step up and have an open discussion about the prospect of either board, or will the requests of a substantial amount of posters continue to fall on deaf ears?


*Parenthetically, I should note that the thread display method that I typically employed has been altered. This is due to the changes that occurred with the way bookmarks operate and are stored. Previously, I would bookmark the threads and take screencaps, which is no longer possible. Thus, thread titles with direct links to the threads are enumerated below.


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Posted by Cs on 4/1 at 5:02 pm to Cs
Technology/Science threads created on the OT during 3/25/13 - 4/1/13 (3:40 PM)

1. Need help finding an app for ipad.
2. Looking into getting Directv, what's the best deal?
3. Is Cox internet slow right now for anyone else in the Zachary/Central area?
4. Scifi tech equipment that would be awesome to have..
5. why do people think a used four year old 32" TV is worth $500?
6. Is 3D worth buying yet?
7. Do you think humans will inevitably need to leave the planet Earth?
8. OT Photography Board - Is 28mm too much zoom for close indoor shots?
9. I thought Apple TV would just be meh.
10. iMac Question: Connecting Cable Box to Computer
11. Onkyo Surround Sound Systems
12. Tech help needed.
13. Cox cable...is anyone else having a technical problem?
14. So what the hell happened to Google images?
15. Jumpy Cursor: SwiftKey and Chrome conflict
16. Where to find a gaming PC - cheap?
17. I have a Space question
18. Best app for excel/office on iPad?
19. To All the "God Particle" Atheists
20. Isn't is sweet how some text hyperlinks you to Ad's?
21. How exactly does a 3d printer work in regards to materials?
22. How good is C Spire in terms of coverage and speed?
23. Official evasi0n iOS 6.x Jailbreak thread ***NOW LIVE***
24. Updated version of the Iphone 5 coming to Tmobile 12 April
25. iPad Help
26. Anyone use All in One computer such as Lenovo or Samsung?
27. Monthly EATEL internet problem (slow speeds today)
28. Global Internet Slowed by Massive Cyberattack Against One Company
29. iTunes updating on iPhone with no wifi?
30. Windows Phone outsells iPhone in 7 markets
31. Apple Patents - New iPhone?
32. People with Sprint, does it get better? Should I jump ship now?
33. Sprint Galaxy S2 users
34. FF question. When I open attachments or pdf links in websites
35. When did Lafayette get LTE?
36. Cheapest place to buy an Iphone 4??
37. Facebook to launch its own phone built on Android on April 4th
38. Laptop repair question - wireless card hardware issue
39. Apple Laptops...Which kind do you have and why?
40. How much do you pay for Internet?
41. Homemade rocket reaches space
42. Taking a movie from an HDD Camcorder with an SD card to YouTube
43. LTE on I-49
44. Droid DNA by HTC - verizon - anyone have one?
45. CERN confident they have discovered the Higgs Boson (God particle)



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Posted by Cs on 4/1 at 5:02 pm to Cs
46. iTunes homesharing help
47. Good Android apps/games?
48. Anyone gotten a BBZ10 yet? What do you think?
49. Does anyone own a Windows cell phone?
50. 50 Amazing Space Photos
51. tv trouble
52. Why Can't You Transfer Your Stored DVR Programs to Another Receiver with DTV?
53. Is it worth Jailbreaking your iPhone?
54. Recommend some outdoor speakers to me.
55. TV Acting Weird
56. Recovering a deleted note on iPhone
57. Who else got AT&T LTE last night or today?
58. Has anybody purchased a battery for the Galaxy S3?
59. Anyone have Klipsche bookshelf speakers?
60. Isn't there a way to DVR TV shows from your iPhone?
61. Electronics gurus: question about home theater receiver
62. Tips on selecting a smart TV?



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Posted by Cs on 4/1 at 5:02 pm to Cs
Health/Fitness threads created on the OT during 3/25/13 - 4/1/13 (3:40 PM)

1. Houma running crew: Tunnel run
2. Woke up this morning with a weird bump on my leg.
3. What's your deadlift routine?
4. Best over the counter cough medicine?
5. Spectrum Fitness - Perkins
6. OT Workout Board - Front Squats
7. Workout crew, what's your opinions on Dark Matter
8. OT Docs: Liver Enzyme test
9. Are all running shoes these days all red, all blue, neon green or neon yellow?
10. Louisiana Family Medicine: how legit is it?
11. Has anyone here been diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)?
12. OT Gym Question - Power Clean Guys
13. disa drug tests
14. Root canal today.
15. New tip for anyone struggling to stick to a diet.
16. What is the best meal replacement bar?
17. Workout folks....what kind of equipment is this??
18. 110, 197,000 venereal infections
19. Are you overweight?
20. You have 30 minutes to swing by the gym, what to do?
21. Sings you are a Hypochondriac
22. OT Runners: Help a Brother OUt
23. OT Fitness Crew: Name some of your favorite ab workouts
24. Bump on leg after jogging
25. fun exercise activities around BR
26. Yikes, Dentist's office a 'perfect storm' for HIV, hepatitis exposure
27. OT Doctors: Bad stomach pain since last night
28. Kawasaki Disease
29. ***Official: Crossfit Open Thread
30. Pretty good deal on protein through amazon
31. List the non-prescription drugs you've tried.
32. Alcohol Poisoning anyone ever experience it?
33. ot docs...Anxiety problems or cardiac problems?
34. Epipens
35. OT Workout Gurus: I want to lower my body fat %
36. Panic Attacks.....who has suffered fromo them?
37. Having ACL reconstruction this week.
38. What are some good runnin shoes that prevent foot problems
39. Crescent City Classic Thread



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Posted by CaptainsWafer on 4/1 at 5:07 pm to Cs
I wish I had as much free time as you do.


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Posted by Korkstand on 4/1 at 5:10 pm to CaptainsWafer
quote:

I wish I had as much free time as you do.

quote:

CaptainsWafer: 33254 posts
quote:

Cs: 2647 posts

just messin'



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Posted by tgr4ever on 4/1 at 5:22 pm to Cs



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Posted by Fearthehat0307 on 4/1 at 5:25 pm to Cs
quote:

These aren't niche topics that appeal to small groups of people (Fantasy Sports, Hornets, Gaming).




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Posted by 13SaintTiger on 4/1 at 5:59 pm to Cs
If we get these boards will we stop seeing all your hard work and effort put into researching the data and putting it on the help board?

If so then I hope we never get these boards (I do want them) but a help board without Cs just isn't a help board.



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Posted by J Murdah on 4/1 at 6:00 pm to Cs
Well done

I wanted to gather some date to help support my argument, but I dont have alot of free time. Thanks for doing the research.



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Posted by RonFNSwanson on 4/1 at 6:09 pm to Cs
oh come on man


ETA:




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Posted by Chicken on 4/1 at 6:53 pm to Cs
I can see a Technology Board on the horizon...


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Posted by Macintosh504 on 4/1 at 6:55 pm to Chicken
quote:

I can see a Technology Board on the horizon...

will have less activity than the music board, imo



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Posted by J Murdah on 4/1 at 7:32 pm to Chicken


Shall we start designing the banner?



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Posted by RonFNSwanson on 4/1 at 7:35 pm to J Murdah
It's an April fools joke


Simmer down



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Posted by J Murdah on 4/1 at 7:36 pm to RonFNSwanson
I just realized that


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Posted by Sentrius on 4/1 at 7:44 pm to Chicken
quote:

Chicken
quote:

I can see a Technology Board on the horizon...


If this isn't an april fools joke....



I would lurk this board a ton and occasionally post on it.

Make it happen Cluckster.



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Posted by Cs on 4/1 at 7:46 pm to RonFNSwanson
quote:

It's an April fools joke



We don't know that...



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Posted by Cs on 4/1 at 7:50 pm to J Murdah
quote:


Shall we start designing the banner?











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Posted by RonFNSwanson on 4/1 at 8:05 pm to Cs
Methinks we do


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