What do post counts really mean?

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Post counts are one thing people seem to look at to evaluate a person on any forum. The more you have the better for social proof. If you have a lot of posts people tend to start believing you are a master.

Please take post counts with a grain of salt. They can be one indicator that a person is credible but that isn't the only indicator.

If we just looked at post counts some the the major players in the IM world would be eliminated from consideration. I've seen "Review my stuff" posts where the reviewers had to have a min. of 200 posts. That's fine, but I know some very big players that are members here and they don't meet that requirement.

A newbie here with 4 posts might be a very successful marketer who has had little time to spend posting on forums. The guy with 5,000 posts might be a goof off that just likes to post. ( ok that's me )

It's a lesson in social interaction to see how people are treated on any forum based on their post count alone. If I went to another forum where I have few posts I won't be listened to nearly as much as I am on a forum where I have tons of posts. Part of that is getting to know the people on the forum, but a lot is just beliefs based on a number.

All I'm saying is when evaluating someone's advise don't look at post count alone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg McKenzie
    Scott,

    This is good advice...

    There is a certain amount of post snobbery that takes place.

    "Never judge a book by it's cover"

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  • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
    Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

    All I'm saying is when evaluating someone's advise don't look at post count alone.
    I agree. A lot of those posts could be useless one liners...

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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      A newbie here with 4 posts might be a very successful marketer who has had little time to spend posting on forums. The guy with 5,000 posts might be a goof off that just likes to post. ( ok that's me )
      Or the newbie with 4 posts may be a troll and the guy with 5000 posts may have been a contributor here for years. Works both ways.

      I'm not sure what the point is. I used to think length of membership should be considered more than post count yet lately I've seen members of 2-3 years standing lately who have not posted before and are now acting like marketing trolls. Selling accounts? Don't know.

      In the end, on any forum you have to have enough sense to decide who you believe and who to listen to. If you don't have that sense, you are in the wrong business.

      Many of those who are top marketers now used to be regular contributors here - then got successful to the point where they don't need to post in forums or where every time they posted they were inundated with either complaints or people begging for attention. But they were here when the questions were more marketing related than they are now.

      It's not all that hard to judge who is posting to help out from those who are posting to self promote. It doesn't take long to see who is posting from experience on a topic and who is posting what they've "heard".

      I also look at how many threads the person starts - there's a difference to me between someone who answers questions or participates in discussion and those who only start thread after thread to generate controversy or get attention.

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    • Profile picture of the author karlhadwen
      Couldn't agree more. I look at post count as dedication too the forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author dbadwal
    Its very true. It matters how much one is contributing to the forum. Sometimes people ost so much just to ask not to share.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandra.IMqueen
    Good advice; it always helps to use more than one measure to evaluate something. Quality and content rather than quantity I say.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillyCop
    That's why on some forums simply don't show how much posts users have

    It's true, someone can think of you as a master But I think that's ok if we can see the posts because you can see how experienced is user on this forum and I beleive that we sometimes treat that kind of users in a bit different way I guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Lorence
    Originally Posted by maueze View Post

    post it's really important to a person if hes a registered member in the forum, he could benefited fromit.
    Thanks for the good example of a useless "one liner" post ...
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    • Profile picture of the author *Maria*
      Thanks for another example Eric...

      Joking apart, I am on another IM forum & it does get frustrating sometimes because you tend to get certain members who only post one liners constantly. They serve no purpose...


      Originally Posted by Eric Lorence View Post

      Thanks for the good example of a useless "one liner" post ...
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  • Profile picture of the author *Maria*
    Scott, you are absolutely right we do tend to think that if someone has a lot of posts then they must be an expert in this business. Although, I would think that if someone has 100's of posts then surely they must have an interest in the business & would be contributing to the forum. People tend to love to help & share...

    Wow you have over 5,000, you have reached guru status!
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    Yeah, exactly
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  • Profile picture of the author francoza
    Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

    Post counts are one thing people seem to look at to evaluate a person on any forum. The more you have the better for social proof. If you have a lot of posts people tend to start believing you are a master.

    Please take post counts with a grain of salt. They can be one indicator that a person is credible but that isn't the only indicator.

    If we just looked at post counts some the the major players in the IM world would be eliminated from consideration. I've seen "Review my stuff" posts where the reviewers had to have a min. of 200 posts. That's fine, but I know some very big players that are members here and they don't meet that requirement.

    A newbie here with 4 posts might be a very successful marketer who has had little time to spend posting on forums. The guy with 5,000 posts might be a goof off that just likes to post. ( ok that's me )

    It's a lesson in social interaction to see how people are treated on any forum based on their post count alone. If I went to another forum where I have few posts I won't be listened to nearly as much as I am on a forum where I have tons of posts. Part of that is getting to know the people on the forum, but a lot is just beliefs based on a number.

    All I'm saying is when evaluating someone's advise don't look at post count alone.
    Thanx alot for your advice. We should judge people from their talent. There are very nice and talented members who just joined the forums. That doesnot mean that they are new in IM. They sometimes gives good piece of advice.

    I highly believe what you are saying.

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    "What do post counts really mean?"

    That I have no life?
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  • Profile picture of the author krharper
    Although I think there is a lot of merit to the number of posts not being a great indicator of anything, I do think that someone with a lot of posts who has been around for a while has legitimately earned a measure of respect for having some experience and commitment to internet marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hasan Barbary
      Here's my big beef ~ many people blindly worship large post counts, without ever reading that particular Warrior's contributions! IMHO, we can make a MUCH better evaluation of someone's "worth" here if we just bother to do the minimum due diligence.

      Personally, I'd rather be working than posting. I give a little, I take a little, say "Thanks" when I can... then I'm back on the grind.

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  • Profile picture of the author Hanz
    Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

    Post counts are one thing people seem to look at to evaluate a person on any forum. The more you have the better for social proof. If you have a lot of posts people tend to start believing you are a master.

    Please take post counts with a grain of salt. They can be one indicator that a person is credible but that isn't the only indicator.

    If we just looked at post counts some the the major players in the IM world would be eliminated from consideration. I've seen "Review my stuff" posts where the reviewers had to have a min. of 200 posts. That's fine, but I know some very big players that are members here and they don't meet that requirement.

    A newbie here with 4 posts might be a very successful marketer who has had little time to spend posting on forums. The guy with 5,000 posts might be a goof off that just likes to post. ( ok that's me )

    It's a lesson in social interaction to see how people are treated on any forum based on their post count alone. If I went to another forum where I have few posts I won't be listened to nearly as much as I am on a forum where I have tons of posts. Part of that is getting to know the people on the forum, but a lot is just beliefs based on a number.

    All I'm saying is when evaluating someone's advise don't look at post count alone.
    Agreed. And there are other marketing forums out there which experienced members post on. I don't think every marketing master in the world posts here. LOL!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    Very true - and I agree with Hasan above, I generally look at the past contributions if I ever want to figure something out about members.

    And it's true that not all newbies to forums like this are newbies to internet marketing. For me, I just took my time before ever posting my first post here, but I'm really enjoying it since I have.

    That said, I do expect that it takes time to earn your place and reputation on a forum, and that's fine by me, I'm willing to earn it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Burton
    It is natural for people to assume that someone with a lot of posts is more of an authority. Unfortunately as some people have pointed out (and some have shown examples of) post counts can be inflated by useless posts. The size of the post count, and the size of the posts behind that count are only minimally valuable considerations.

    How many posts does a user need to be an authority? Actually, none.

    If someone wants to boost their post count, it's not that hard to do. Given any topic, I can, in a matter of a few minutes, put together a decent sized post (a few paragraphs) so that no one would think "there's a useless 1 liner post" or "he's trying to boost his post count.

    If it's a subject I know well, I can write a very informative post in about 5 or 10 minutes. On most subjects I don't know well, I can take 3-5 minutes to pick up enough information to formulate a post that either provides useful information, asks good questions to elicit useful information from others, or makes a compelling argument (for or against, whichever I want to do) about the subject.

    I've been here 3 1/2 years as a registered member, and now I'm still not to 500 posts. That's because I generally read a lot. Answer where I believe my input will be useful, join in only a few discussions at any given time, and spend most of my time AWAY from this forum.

    Judging a forum member's authority, respectability, intellect, intention or anything else simply by post count, is about as accurate as judging how informative a post, article, report or book (ebook or otherwise) is, simply by its word or page count.

    This post for example, I could have summed up in one paragraph (the above paragraph "Judging a forum member's..."), 40 words, 211 character (plus spaced). But a quick dismissal such as that would A) appear to be a post count inflating post. B) would be dismissed by those who think length equates to value. C) Would leave my perspective clearly defined, but my logic unclear.

    So for those who do think length equals value, here are my 374 words for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    The same can be said with the number of times a person has been thanked. While as a rule the more a person has been thanked the more helpful they have been, the thanked count can also be inflated. I've seen posts where a person is thanked and I see no reason for it. Then the person that was thanked, thanks that person in a different thread for a post that is equally mysterious as to why thanks was given.

    The number of posts indicates how active a person has been, but does not reveal how helpful they've been. The number of times a person has been thanked can indicate how helpful a person has been, but it can be misleading too. I've also seen what I consider some pretty good posts that don't get thanked. Sometimes it's about popularity rather than usefulness.

    The bottom line is, take any advice you see with a two grains of salt until you get to know a person - then throw one grain of salt away.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

    Post counts are one thing people seem to look at to evaluate a person on any forum. The more you have the better for social proof. If you have a lot of posts people tend to start believing you are a master.

    Please take post counts with a grain of salt. They can be one indicator that a person is credible but that isn't the only indicator.

    If we just looked at post counts some the the major players in the IM world would be eliminated from consideration. I've seen "Review my stuff" posts where the reviewers had to have a min. of 200 posts. That's fine, but I know some very big players that are members here and they don't meet that requirement.

    A newbie here with 4 posts might be a very successful marketer who has had little time to spend posting on forums. The guy with 5,000 posts might be a goof off that just likes to post. ( ok that's me )

    It's a lesson in social interaction to see how people are treated on any forum based on their post count alone. If I went to another forum where I have few posts I won't be listened to nearly as much as I am on a forum where I have tons of posts. Part of that is getting to know the people on the forum, but a lot is just beliefs based on a number.

    All I'm saying is when evaluating someone's advise don't look at post count alone.

    One way to go about this is to see the number of thanks a member receives in minimum post. Thou this might not apply to all member but it a very reliable way to know those that call the shot.
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