ALERT: Blogging more than three times per week is SPAMMING.
Reviewing the latest toady incident, I'm a little confused. Clearly the administrators have to draw a line somewhere and keep harmony on the boards. I have high regard for the adminstrators, especially the one who signed the hypnotoad's suspension. They do a great deal of work to keep this place running smoothly, especially considering the children they have to deal with.
All, in all, however, while the half dozen blogs appear mixed in regard to the benefit/damage of Hypno's volume of blogs and their quality, I thought I would add one more with a few things I havne't seen in others.
First of all, what defines TOO MANY blogs, quality of blogs and the definition of SPAM. Clearly there are the issues of Content and Frequency, together measuring their worth of time spent on them.
Frequency, Hypno is down 52% in 2009 from 2008. He blogged 134 times, or a little more than 2.5 times per week. Depending on what time of day he blogged, (low volume or evening peak), the blogs were probably present on the five "newest blog posts" for less than an hour. There were NEVER more than one of these in the same day. Alstry blogged 1,125 times in 2009, or 21.6 times per week, sometimes as many as six times per day. There were probably days there were more, but it's tedious to search this metric. Alstry blogged 88% more frequently than hypnotoad.
Quality: Clearly this is subjective, but I know early in my tenor I asked what Hypno's purpose was. I was told that he/she shows up randomly, but reminds us that we have to lighten up sometimes. Sometimes we are tearing into each other, sometimes we are frustrated with the economy, sometimes our government, etc. Since then when I see an All Glory, I smile, take a deep breath and my day is improved. I see the blogs as Hypno saying hello! I'm here, today is new day, tomorrow will be another day.
As far as Alstry? One could say that he provides a community service of warning all of us. All I see is pasting of a random news posting, spin and rant. We are all zombies as of 9.9 of some year. I don't feel any different, and the warning apparently did me no good. As far as community service, anyone who followed Alstry is much poorer than anyone who read the hypno's blogs in several ways I won't enumerate.
Spam: I rarely open the Hypno's blogs. I know what they say. I may open them and see if there are any comments. I may get the chance occasionally to introduce someone to hypno since he/she is too shy to. I consider it a priviledge as someone did for me. I rarely open Alstry's blogs either, but there are a lot more of them to try to ignore and bold expressive titles. Sometimes there are several on the top blog spot. Clearly Alstry has his followers, but I think they are rare, or those looking for a laugh. Spam is in the eyes of the beholder, but in hypno's case I fail to see how a title that goes by 2.5 times per week, and your odds of seeing unless you have MF on flash alert all day, is spamming.
The Reality: In my opinion the value of Hypno's blogs far outweigh any irritation they could be causing someone at 2.5 times per week and never twice in the same day. Yes, I saw someone complained. Yes, I understand the moderators have to find a balance, but there will always be people you can never make happy. What is the real complaint here??
Someone is jealous that Hypno after 2.5 years of consistency has garner'd a top blogger spot with little work. Someone thinks they deserve a spot on that board. That "someone" can try to earn it by writing thoughtful blogs frequently. Yes, sometimes you work hard on a blog and get few if any recs. It's time of day, volume of blogs, your rating, etc. Your rating? Sometimes. It's hard to quanlify advice from those new to the boards with no track record, so work on both the quality of your blogs and your game.
Someone is jealous and the rest of us pays?? Typical. It's frequent that someone not getting their way complains and everyone else suffers. It's easier to complain than do the work. The problem is: when someone complains because someone has a good thing going is that everyone gets penalized. In this case, what's next? The Friday joke, the comics, the holiday greetings, the other things that make this a social community, but arent' investing news?
So here's my rant. If you got this far, then hopefully I added a point of view. IF you didn't get my point of view or disagree with it then allow me to at least salvage your time by saying:
Hello, have a good day. If you're having a bad one, tomorrow's another day, just without an ol' friend whose been around long before most of us, ust because of a few complaints by a jealous new neighbor.
TSIF. The SKY is/is not falling today. Funny, I can't make up my mind. I almost always say it's not, but today the sky is a little darker.