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Are you obsessed with your WebmasterWorld post count?

(I seem to be)

     

AdWordsAdvisor

6:37 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Due to a error on my part, I had to ask the moderators of the WebmasterWorld AdWords forum to remove four (!) duplicate posts (don't ask) in one thread - which they very kindly did, in a matter of minutes.

I have to say, I pay pretty close attention to my post count - and I noticed that while my actual posts were deleted, my post count still gave me un-earned credit for all four of those no-longer-existent posts. Crazy though it might seem, this bothered me.

Turns out there was no way to adjust my count downwards - but Brett and jatar_k jokingly (I think) suggested that I post here in Foo, where the posts are not counted, to even things out.

Bingo! So here I am posting in Foo, maybe for the first time ever. I can't remember for sure.

Nice place.

Anyway, this whole series of events made me realize that I am always aware (within one or two) of what my WebmasterWorld post count is. Does this make me obsessed? Or, does this make me normal?

Is anyone else so proud of posting on WebmasterWorld that they always know how many times they've done so? And (here's the telling question) do you every mention that number to your colleagues?

I'm betting yes - but I'll be interested to see. Am I alone in my obsession, or do others feel the same way?

AWA (who usually posts only in Forum81)

rocknbil

6:48 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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LOL . . . as AdWordsAdvisor . . . I would think that obsession with numbers are a natural progression. :-)

My answer is no, a number is just a number, and keep in mind that anything posted on this or any other message board can go away at any time for any reason, so post count and messages, in the grand scheme of things, mean absolutely nothing. So what is the value of even posting then?

If, somewhere along the line, my pointless ramblings and uninspired prose make a single difference in someone's life, or inspire them in some way that makes a positive change for them, it's all worth it. But overall, I post with the complete and total understanding that no one cares, it's the nature of humanity (If it's not about ME, IT SUCKS!) So how many times I do that means nothing at all.

Holy cow, I just looked, I ramble A LOT! :-P

And ANOTHER pointless piece of trivia - I just passed my 3rd anniversary here and didn't even bat an eye! LOL . . . .

SEOMike

6:53 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I keep a close eye on the number of posts that I have and I generally know the count, but I don't talk about it. Nobody would understand :)

Demaestro

6:58 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I don't know why but this has me laughing.

I didn't know that posts in here didn't count to your total though. So I got something out of this other then a laugh.

I don't care about post count, barely notice it. I still might celebrate my 1000th one though.

[edited by: Demaestro at 7:03 pm (utc) on Nov. 30, 2007]

arieng

7:30 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hah!

To a new member, your impressive post counts can be very intimidating. I've even caught myself thinking, "No one's going to take me seriously until I have at least 500 posts".

LifeinAsia

7:48 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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AWA,
Does that mean you're going to be as obsessive about checking your post count several times/day as many of us are about checking our AdSense stats several times/day? :)

jimbeetle

7:51 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If I ever get up to where somebody like Marcia [webmasterworld.com] is, then may be I'd be a bit obsessive about it. Hmmm, quick math check shows that would take just shy of another 20 years. By that time I won't remember what I'm obsessing about. :-)

King_Fisher

1:47 am on Dec 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I hate to sound snooty but didnt even notice the posting numbers for a while.

After about 50 post I finally caught on that there was a meter running. Duh!

Now I glance at it every time. Seems like it took for ever to get past 100.

I cant imagine getting to 2,000 or some other astronomical figure like some.

Maybe its the same as getting older, it just happens gradually!...KF

Habtom

2:07 pm on Dec 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If posts in foo counted :) , many people here would have crossed the maximum allowed posts on the site.

No need to mention names.

grandpa

3:24 pm on Dec 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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AWA, it's so nice to see you around these parts.

Want to know what I think? If not, just read on...

I watched my post count, but I didn't even think about how correct it might be. I never shared it with anyone. But I secretly waited for that day when I would become a Senior Member. Oh the unbridled joy that day brought to my heart.

Now, go step outside, look at the sky, listen to the birds, breathe some air, and then go back inside and get some work done.

balam

10:58 pm on Dec 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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> waited for that day when I would become a Senior Member

Is it true that when you make it to "Senior" level you get a WebmasterWorld Cane with a USB drive in the handle?

menial

11:09 pm on Dec 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I believe the quality (not quantity) is what really matters...

SuzyUK

11:17 pm on Dec 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I don't know why but this has me laughing.

ditto.. I have no idea where my post count is or if it's even important - I suppose the 'algo' means that I need to prove my 'research' and take note somewhere along the line, but perhaps other factors have recently come into play. (paranoia setting in) so let's analyze the facts, in list format obviously.

  • Some people post wads in a very short space of time, that trips the post count/authority filter..

  • Some start posting 5-20 years after joining.. that trips, but likely avoids the (controversial) 'sandbox' filter, hmmm..they're clever, or just shy

  • some post the same thing over and over again.. that'll trip the "freshness" filter, but will bore users/others

  • some post once in a blue moon , but have an authority 'nick', that trips the WOW, (or is it b***#*$!) filter

  • added - I forgot the really high post counts.. well BT is BT, tedster is GOD, jatar_k is himself, Marcia obviously deserves any/all rules to be broken for herself

ermm.. maybe I've got a variation of the the same obsession? ouch! where is the nearest WebmasterWorld Rehab center?

[edited by: SuzyUK at 11:28 pm (utc) on Dec. 1, 2007]

RonPK

12:14 am on Dec 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I would be obsessed if I would get paid for posting here ;)

weeks

5:39 pm on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I would be obsessed if I would get paid for posting here.

I've been getting a monthly check from Brett for years. Doesn't everyone?

digitalghost

6:00 pm on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I posted in this thread so I could see the count, so I guess I'm not obsessed. ;) About the only time I look at post counts is when I see spam, and then I just want to know if they're a new member so I know if they should be familiar with the rules.

I also tend to look at the post count if I don't recognize the nick and the post is good, informative, interesting etc. I post in a lot of fora that don't tally and never really think about post counts.

Tedster would still be a legend if his post count were 10.

LifeinAsia

6:43 pm on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I've been getting a monthly check from Brett for years. Doesn't everyone?

Um, I think you must have been getting my check as well. I'll send you a bill. :)

davewray

12:10 am on Dec 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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AdWordsAdvisor...Cute..haha. Does Google employ a lot of OCD people? ;)

AdWordsAdvisor

12:58 am on Dec 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Sorry not to have been back to this thread - was sick yesterday, and was working (somewhat minimally) from home.

AWA, Does that mean you're going to be as obsessive about checking your post count several times/day as many of us are about checking our AdSense stats several times/day? :)

Almost certainly, LifeinAsia - but fortunately it only takes about half a second to be fully up-to-speed. ;)

AWA, it's so nice to see you around these parts.

Thank you! Nice to be here. Now glad to have made the error that sent me in this direction.

I watched my post count, but I didn't even think about how correct it might be. I never shared it with anyone. But I secretly waited for that day when I would become a Senior Member. Oh the unbridled joy that day brought to my heart.

I am right there with you on the 'Senior Member' thing, grandpa. I even emailed my manager with the good news on the day that occurred for me. Later in the day I got a very short congratulatory email from a Director at AdWords. I actually get a lot of support for being a 'customer advocate', and posting here - which is pretty cool, IMO. ;)

I believe the quality (not quantity) is what really matters...

Agreed, menial.

I would be obsessed if I would get paid for posting here ;)

Hah! Good point, RonPK. How lucky am I?! I really love posting on WebmasterWorld - and would even turn down a raise or promotion if it meant that I couldn't do it. Really. I said that to my manager as recently as last week.

AdWordsAdvisor...Cute..haha. Does Google employ a lot of OCD people? ;)

Good question, davewray - but I'm not sure. Tomorrow morning, maybe, I'll go stand on the roof, watch the parking lot - and see how many of my colleagues go back to check to see if they really turned off their lights. Not that I ever do that myself, mind you.

AWA

grandpa

5:59 pm on Dec 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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...and see how many of my colleagues go back to check to see if they really turned off their lights.

I thought you all rode shuttles [nytimes.com] into the office.

LifeinAsia

6:07 pm on Dec 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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see how many of my colleagues go back to check to see if they really turned off their lights.

Now, if more of them would just go back and check to make sure they locked up their surfboards [latimes.com]... :)

AdWordsAdvisor

2:05 am on Dec 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Both interesting links! I had not seen either of those articles.

I can't speak for the surfboards, but the shuttle is pretty cool.

When my aging 1990 Mazda finally gave up the ghost last year at 198,600 or so miles (I was trying to get to 200K) I decided to go car-less for nearly four months - and took the shuttle every day. I really enjoyed it. Car-less would have been very difficult, had it not been for the shuttle.

Of course, I did also need to walk 1.25 miles each way to-and-from the shuttle stop. ;)

AWA

Stefan

3:57 am on Dec 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Myself, I'm not keen on the post count. Honestly, I'd like to have about a thousand of my "contributions" stripped out of the tally (mostly pure dross), and then I wouldn't have the "Senior Member" beside everything I post. My main site does very well, partly because of what I've learnt here, but I'm sure not an expert on websites generally; the "Senior Member" implies that I am, or at least should be.

jecasc

7:30 am on Dec 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have ceased long ago to check my post count. Since foo posts don't count it only increases slowly.

However I propose to add a foo count beneath the normal post count. And the person with the most foo counts at the end of the year wins a rubber chicken.

Habtom

7:43 am on Dec 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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When my aging 1990 Mazda finally gave up the ghost last year at 198,600 or so miles (I was trying to get to 200K)

I wouldn't give up, I guess, even if it means pushing the car from home to the office and back. You could probably ask the rest of the Google staff to help you do that.

wait wait, that is 1400 miles, hmmm

LifeinAsia

4:31 pm on Dec 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Could you have the Google shuttle tow the car around behind it for the last 1400 miles? Plaster the car with Microsoft & Yahoo logos. Each quarter that MS & Y! fall further behind, just increase the tow bar length. :)

[edited by: LifeinAsia at 4:32 pm (utc) on Dec. 6, 2007]

Fiver

7:20 pm on Dec 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I long for the days when foo posts counted. I could have been a senior member years ago, fooite that I am. I barely even post in here these days.

I might actually start working on having the worst 'days of membership to posts' ratio. mmmmmm goals.

minnapple

3:12 am on Dec 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have a been a member since Aug 24, 2000 and I have low post numbers considering the amount of time I have been a member.
I am neither proud or embarrassed by the this.

bouncybunny

11:49 am on Dec 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I don't really take account of my post count, but I do get a kick out of topics I start becoming Featured Home Page Discussions. I think I am on about 5 now, which makes me think that I must be on the ball about something, or perhaps in line for an award for the terminally inquisitive (or asker of stupid questions).

Would be nice if WW gave out boxes of chocolates or something if a topic is selected for the home page…

<waits hopefully…>

HarryM

8:22 pm on Dec 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I am proud to say I am not at all obsessed with my post count.

(Just 2 more for my 1000th.)

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