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Topic: The Most Popular Threads in Café 2014?
Message: Posted by: emptysafe (Jan 17, 2015 05:58AM)
Or more precisely, the most liked threads in Café.

Just curious about what's happening here 2014, so I've done little math to list out the most like threads.

1. Improved Invisible Deck by Devin Knight ❤357
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=573343&forum=218

2. PS, I love you. New one from Steve Shufton ❤247
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=569695&forum=218

3. Train Tracking - by Atlas Brookings ❤207
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=549270&forum=15

4. "A Piece Of My Mind" by Michael Murray ❤142
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=554564&forum=218

5. Paul Harris Presents FAIR PLAY ❤135
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=569517&forum=218

6. Wayne Dobson - 3SIXTY ❤126
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=564760&forum=218

7. ProMystic Private Eye ❤124
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=560000&forum=218

8. Ash & Ember: Color Changing Ring - Zach Heath ❤116
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=562583&forum=218

9. David Penns Mystery Solved ❤115
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=569507&forum=218

10. Flash Deck Switch ❤107
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=564359&forum=218

Do I missed anything, or any other impressive threads in Café that I could checkout?

Personally, I think this #10 list actually leaves out the Penguin Live lecture news of Derren Brown, Dynamo and Mr.Berglas(❤99). And My most-would-buy, Paul Vigil's newbook Classic Fantastic(❤80).
Message: Posted by: NebA (Jan 17, 2015 04:28PM)
Nice job, and I would add the "Official Trick of the Year Thread," the "Official Book of the Year Thread," and the "Favorite Mentalism Purchases of 2014" thread. There are many good recommendations in those ones.
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jan 17, 2015 06:42PM)
Wouldn't it be more accurate to call this "The Most Popular Thread in The Latest and Greatest?"

There ARE other very popular forums here at the Café, you know. And I believe that thread VIEWS are a much better indicator than "likes."
Message: Posted by: NebA (Jan 17, 2015 08:11PM)
Yeah good point Bob, I didn't notice when I posted the above comment that this was only from the Latest & Greatest
Message: Posted by: Joe Roberts (Jan 17, 2015 09:06PM)
And those aren't even likes for the thread, but likes for individual posts. Some of those "likes" might be for a post that says, "What a stupid thread this is."
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Jan 17, 2015 09:09PM)
As I've said before the whole"likes" as a barometer of measurement is greatly flawed. There have been some great threads this past year, none of which are included above. Likes are from from an indicator of the most popular, viewed, helpful or based on contribution.
Message: Posted by: emptysafe (Jan 17, 2015 09:59PM)
[quote]On Jan 17, 2015, mastermindreader wrote:
Wouldn't it be more accurate to call this "The Most Popular Thread in The Latest and Greatest?"

There ARE other very popular forums here at the Café, you know. And I believe that thread VIEWS are a much better indicator than "likes." [/quote]
Just made a quick ranking of the threads, from Penny, Latest and Greatest, and some other section, check this out
magicdigest.herokuapp.com/best_in_cafe_2014

`The Train Tracking` thread is very popular, as well as the `Becoming The Marketing Minded Mentalist` thread
Message: Posted by: emptysafe (Jan 17, 2015 10:00PM)
[quote]On Jan 17, 2015, Mindpro wrote:
As I've said before the whole"likes" as a barometer of measurement is greatly flawed. There have been some great threads this past year, none of which are included above. Likes are from from an indicator of the most popular, viewed, helpful or based on contribution. [/quote]
So you think we should put more emphasis on views and reply number?
Message: Posted by: tomsk192 (Jan 17, 2015 10:08PM)
You what?

:hmm:

The OP was very interesting, but as has been pointed out, it is no reflection on what people actually read in this place.
Message: Posted by: barts185 (Jan 17, 2015 10:10PM)
Other than "most views" or "most replies", it's difficult to actually categorize things like "most liked" or "most valuable". Some threads have multiple pages of posts that are nothing more than hype about an upcoming product. How useful is that? Especially when once the product is released, there can be a lot of changes in perception.

Personally I think there have been some threads that are less than one page long that have been EXTREMELY helpful / useful. I've given up on trying to figure out what drives people to reply. In a lot of cases, it certainly isn't trying to help, or contributing useful information (to POSSIBLY ward off attacks, I don't claim to be guilt free on that front :) ).
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Jan 17, 2015 11:07PM)
[quote]On Jan 17, 2015, barts185 wrote:
Some threads have multiple pages of posts that are nothing more than hype about an upcoming product. How useful is that? Especially when once the product is released, there can be a lot of changes in perception.

Personally I think there have been some threads that are less than one page long that have been EXTREMELY helpful / useful. In a lot of cases, it certainly isn't trying to help, or contributing useful information (to POSSIBLY ward off attacks, I don't claim to be guilt free on that front :) ). [/quote]

I agree, as this is mostly subjective to the interests and needs of each individual. But the number of views often indicates a topic of interest or participation for which members become interested in checking back and following. Before deeming it "popular" as in beneficial, I would identify any single thread for it should be determined that it is not a thread promoting something or something planted to create hype. This would eliminate many of the threads from qualifying. The Likes game is so flawed as it is often perpetuated by trolls or lurkers who feel they have the power to fuel the fire without participating OR exert there counter-productive/popular opinions. That's the other thing that should be a qualifying factor is the separation of fact and opinion.

Second some threads are topics that only apply to a certain niche. However, popular threads such as in Tricky Business can apply to everyone performing or in the business aspect of entertainment.

There are many better ways to qualify "popular" threads.

There is much more, but I'll stop for now.
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Jan 18, 2015 01:03AM)
I pay no attention to "likes" - meaningless. This ain't FB.
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Jan 18, 2015 01:06AM)
[quote]On Jan 17, 2015, emptysafe wrote:
Or more precisely, the most liked threads in Café.

Just curious about what's happening here 2014, so I've done little math to list out the most like threads.

1. Improved Invisible Deck by Devin Knight ❤357
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=573343&forum=218

2. PS, I love you. New one from Steve Shufton ❤247
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=569695&forum=218

3. Train Tracking - by Atlas Brookings ❤207
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=549270&forum=15

4. "A Piece Of My Mind" by Michael Murray ❤142
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=554564&forum=218

5. Paul Harris Presents FAIR PLAY ❤135
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=569517&forum=218

6. Wayne Dobson - 3SIXTY ❤126
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=564760&forum=218

7. ProMystic Private Eye ❤124
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=560000&forum=218

8. Ash & Ember: Color Changing Ring - Zach Heath ❤116
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=562583&forum=218

9. David Penns Mystery Solved ❤115
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=569507&forum=218

10. Flash Deck Switch ❤107
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=564359&forum=218

Do I missed anything, or any other impressive threads in Café that I could checkout?

Personally, I think this #10 list actually leaves out the Penguin Live lecture news of Derren Brown, Dynamo and Mr.Berglas(❤99). And My most-would-buy, Paul Vigil's newbook Classic Fantastic(❤80). [/quote]

Back to the drawing board :-)