Researchers: Forums are not egalitarian. Does UG fit this description?

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#1
Researchers at the University of Georgia analyzed six years' worth of Usenet posts, and you know what they discovered? Life ain't fair. The most popular two percent of posters who started discussion threads hogged 50 percent of all replies, while everyone else struggled for attention. What made some thread-starters more attractive than others? Thankfully it wasn't rampant flaming. The distinguishing trait was actually how factual they were: only 12 percent of posts by popular posters contained personal opinions or comments. However, posting a bit of news isn't all it takes to win followers. In a related experiment, 200 volunteers were unleashed onto "simulated" discussion forums and their behavior revealed an even more important factor. The slightly flummoxed researchers called it a "preferential attachment", which pulled readers towards posters who already had an excess of followers. In other words, life still ain't fair. For a delightfully factual breakdown of the full results, check out the PR after the break.


do you agree with this article? i dont think UG fits into this stereotype, here its less of who the poster is, and more of what the thread and post are about in general imo

source-ery: http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/13/shocker-the-internet-is-not-egalitarian-popular-forum-posters/
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#2
Agreed. Although popular posters' threads may get more views on the strength of the name.
#3
Yep, that's pretty much how it is here too.
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#5
I don't even look at the threadstarter, I just see an interesting topic and click. Sometimes I will go to a long thread to see what the hubub is though.
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#7
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Kensai

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Yeah, it's VERY rare that one of Kensai's posts isn't replied to.
#8
I think it's true, although the popular users may have become popular through posts that deserved recognition and therefore received more. The trolls always outdo them with ease, though. Trolls and the incredibly stupid.
#9
I see what you're doing, posting a factual thread....
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#10
Life isn't fair

This is self evident. Did we really need a scientific study to tell us this? If we did, that says a great deal about the failure of people to recognize uncomfortable truths.
#11
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Yeah, it's VERY rare that one of Kensai's posts isn't replied to.

I bet this one won't get replied to.
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#13
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wrong

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#17
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They didn't mention the most important factor: whether or not you have a vagina.


Or at least pretend to have one.
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#18
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They didn't mention the most important factor: whether or not people think you have a vagina.

fixed
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#19
Quote by Kensai
I bet this one won't get replied to.


You usually don't get replies in forums where people just ask a dumb question like your "favorite color" or "favorite song".
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#21
I'd say they're right. The whole 'lol 09er' and 'ethan_haus/fassa' stuff is all evident of this. Generally there's a small group of people who form the main discussion, and then others who contribute but aren't noticed unless they're an idiot, a troll or a genius.
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#22
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Kensai

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Yup. Him, Coreysmoster and Jackal.
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#23
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Who's Kensai?


You are.
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#24
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Or at least pretend to have one.

Pff. People don't do that on the internet.
#27
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Did you really think nobody would reply to this post? Did you?
#29
I think the popular and well known users always get more replies, ie. Kensai. My posts usually get a few replies, maybe it is to do with the quality of your posts more than anything else.
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#30
A select few are always going to be more popular than the rest of the population in any given social situation. This really doesn't warrant a study.
#31
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A select few are always going to be more popular than the rest of the population in any given social situation. This really doesn't warrant a study.


True, but this should be less prevalent on an internet forum because so much of your identity is hidden.
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#32
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True, but this should be less prevalent on an internet forum because so much of your identity is hidden.


Yes, but by hiding one's real-life identity, one ultimately ends up building an online identity of sorts. It doesn't even need any profile-building; it gets built just by one's daily interaction with others. So, a user's identity isn't really of much importance here. There is always a "leader" persona in every social situation.
#33
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I think the popular and well known users always get more replies, ie. Kensai. My posts usually get a few replies, maybe it is to do with the quality of your posts more than anything else.

Are you trying to imply something, bro?
#34
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Yes, but by hiding one's real-life identity, one ultimately ends up building an online identity of sorts. It doesn't even need any profile-building; it gets built just by one's daily interaction with others. So, a user's identity isn't really of much importance here. There is always a "leader" persona in every social situation.


Yeah I guess... liking the purple text btw
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#36
I'm just here to make shit jokes when I'm bored. I didn't think people gave this sort of thing so much thought.
#37
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You're one of the few.



I actually dislike it, because I'm using UG black (it's really really hard to read).
#38
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Who's Kensai?

You are.
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#39
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I actually dislike it, because I'm using UG black (it's really really hard to read).


I use UG Black too, and purple on black makes me wet.
#40
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I bet this one won't get replied to.
Wrong

So what do I win?
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