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SlyMaelstrom
02-04-2008, 12:11 PM
It's called the Interesting Post Game and I invented it (or at least I've never heard of it). Here is how it works:

1. Join a new message board.
2. With your first post, make a topic relevant to the forum you are posting in.
3. Count the replies.

The person with the most replies 24 hours after the thread is posted will win. This can be a timed competition or it can have an all time leader-board that we consistently try to top. However, it is essential that you post in a forum as a new member with absolutely no credibility with the regular members. The topic can be extremely interesting or extremely controversial... however if your topic gets closed, then your time is up. A game master (moi), shall be the judge of whether or not the topic is relevant to the forum. It is also worth mentioning that the content of your post does not have to be true. If you are a man and you want to make a topic about how you have really heavy periods if you eat a lot of meat during ovulation, then you are allowed so long as it is relevant to the forum.

I imagine this game has some flaws that I'm not recognizing, so if you can think of how to improve it, then please suggest. If you wish to try this, then post a link to your results here.

UPDATE - Current Rules:

1. Only one entry per person, per day.
2. Your entry must be submitted within one hour of posting the thread.
3. No shockingly offensive content. This game is not meant to hurt people emotionally. Any entry deamed too offensive (decided by the other players) will be disqualified.
4. Your own replies do not count toward your total.
5. The topic of the discussion is allowed to change so long as it continues to remain within the relevancy of the forum.

Mario F.
02-04-2008, 12:21 PM
I imagine this game has some flaws that I'm not recognizing

Like for instance posting just for the sake of a competition?

SlyMaelstrom
02-04-2008, 12:23 PM
Like for instance posting just for the sake of a competition?Sure, why not? It's not spamming to anyone else, you're simply trying to start an interesting discussion. It's really a game of who can be the most interesting, except you choose the group to interest. It's less for the sake of competition and more for the sake of experiment. The competition side of it is just to intice more people to try. I'm personally curious to see what topic can be introduced to what group that gets the most significant amount of response.

One more rule... you are disqualified if you post something that is shockingly offensive. That is to say if you were to post as a Neo-Nazi in a Holocaust Survivor forum and only insulting the group to get a rise out of as many people as possible. I suppose the idea of "shockingly offensive" should be mutually agreed upon by the people taking place in the competition.

Mario F.
02-04-2008, 12:26 PM
Me like it.

Have to think of a really interesting forum to post...

SlyMaelstrom
02-04-2008, 12:32 PM
Good, good. I will think about it, too. I'm wondering right now what would yield the best results... perhaps a current event post... or perhaps a complex question to a special interest... or perhaps just an "Introduce yourself" topic.

One more possible problem as there is no way that you can check for this. I would appreciate one (or at least just a few) entr(y/ies) per person. That is to say, someone isn't trying to increase their odds by posting a ton of topics all over the internet.

CornedBee
02-04-2008, 12:34 PM
I should really ban you for encouraging people to post just for the sake of posting, even if it is on-topic on whatever forum :mad:

SlyMaelstrom
02-04-2008, 12:37 PM
I should really ban you for encouraging people to post just for the sake of posting, even if it is on-topic on whatever forum :mad:... 90% of the General Discussion posts are for the sake of posting... do we only speak to people when we want a factual answer out of them? Have you never posted just to see what people think? I never said you weren't allowed to post something you have a curiousity about. This is the internet... it's about interaction and response. I'm here to learn and I'm fully willing to admit that I've posted things that I wasn't really interested in just to give people the opportunity to have a nice discussion.

Mario F.
02-04-2008, 12:38 PM
One entry per person should do it, I guess. I can seem to think of a reason to be any more than that.

twomers
02-04-2008, 12:48 PM
Well... you've got about 8 replies in half an hour here... not bad going.

SlyMaelstrom
02-04-2008, 12:52 PM
Well... you've got about 8 replies in half an hour here... not bad going.Yes, but this post is against the rules. :)

... and by against the rules, I mean that it's not my first post, not that I have any credibility with the regulars, what-so-ever. :D

Oh, and you made me think of another rule! Your own replies do not count toward your total! If you pull that out, I don't have nearly as many replies.

abh!shek
02-05-2008, 03:39 AM
With your first post, make a topic relevant to the forum you are posting in.

I played this kinda trick a month back in Yahoo! Answers but they removed my question within half an hour and sent me "community guidelines violation" email.

manav
02-05-2008, 04:03 AM
abk!
you would have won the game if this (http://cboard.cprogramming.com/showthread.php?t=98653) was your first thread here!

Dino
02-05-2008, 01:41 PM
I think abk is winning it on this board. He's 3 for 3.

VirtualAce
02-05-2008, 05:43 PM
Spamming other boards/forums for the sake of a competition is ridiculous. We would not want to be included in that type competition so it's really not fair to the other boards/forums to go and spam them. It's probably just as much against their rules as it is ours.

Sang-drax
02-05-2008, 08:51 PM
Spamming other boards/forums for the sake of a competition is ridiculous. He said "make a topic relevant to the forum you are posting in.", so it wouldn't be spam.

SlyMaelstrom
02-05-2008, 09:09 PM
I think there is a little too much jumping to conclusions here and not enough reading the conclusions that came about in the replies. There is a big market out there for things like this... board games, calenders, etc, etc... things that have interesting little questions on them that give people something to talk about. If posting on a forum for the sake of bringing people together for conversation is against proper internet etiquette then half the internet is living in anarchy. I'm not asking anyone here to do anything that they probably haven't already done... ask a question, start a topic, and see how much response you get. All I'm asking is for you to post your success so that I may come to my own conclusions and be satisfied with my curiosity.

You can go about joining forums and spamming them with ridiculous questions or comments, but you won't do very well at this game. The idea is bring about enjoyment from enjoyment by satisfying another goal in creating an interesting topic. Now, if this appears to be an unusual concept to anyone, then you have the full right not to participate, however, I will be posting my entry shortly and anyone else willing to may do so at any time so long as the moderators have no problem with it.


P.S. Congrats to Sand-Drax on the new location. I hope you are enjoying yourself.

Mario F.
02-05-2008, 09:34 PM
As I said, I like. I just couldn't make up my mind yet on where will I post.

I'm working on it.

crvenkapa
02-08-2008, 04:57 PM
What happened with this game.
Who won?

Elysia
02-08-2008, 05:21 PM
None I guess. Apparently, from the looks of it, it failed.

twomers
02-09-2008, 06:22 AM
Like with most things unless a timetable is applied nobody will do anything.

SlyMaelstrom
02-09-2008, 07:24 AM
There is no time table... people you just gotta read. Most of you I know to be much more intelligent than this. You just submit an entry, from the time of the post, you have 24 hours to cumulate as many replies as possible. After 24 hours, that is your total which is then applied to an overall leader board. The game is endless, really... you just keep trying to top the best. There are two people that already said they will submit an entry, myself and Mario. Neither of us have submitted because we want to make a very quality post that people will find interesting and we're just simply not dedicating all day to thinking about it. This is fine of course because there is no overall time limit.

crvenkapa
02-09-2008, 08:05 AM
None I guess. Apparently, from the looks of it, it failed.
You were rught.It failed

Mario F.
02-18-2008, 06:39 AM
Here's my application:

http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=710265

Not something I could win with, but it may still produce a few surprises.
Naturally, if I don't face any opposition, I will win and take the Z4 Coupe (http://www.bmw.com/com/en/newvehicles/z4/coupe/2006/introduction.html) home.

abh!shek
02-18-2008, 04:06 PM
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AjAaeGeXiuNbaPZCK0pNNarsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid =20080218060308AAlSaCk