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Re: Totally insignificant and probably matters only to me bu

Postby Scott » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:46 pm

If Scott and others think folks attracted to the site have more use for German hikes over Red Rock trad climbing (I have yet ever to print a page for a hike, I have printed tons from the internet for beta on climbs), then that is the site you will be, like I said, you sure do not need to be a climbing site.


Actually Dow, I am completely clueless as to what you are talking about. My name was mentioned and I tuned in by trying to point out (especially to you, but to everyone else as well) that in several ways, technical climbing pages (and the acceptance of such) have actually increased on SP (using cragging pages and waterfall climbs as an example).

I think it is true that more people look at and climb the easier stuff (such as the Mount Whitney Trail used in an example above) than they do the Wishbone Arete on Robson (which isn’t considered to be an extreme route), but that doesn’t make the information on the technical route any less valuable.

I have said for a long time that the most valuable information on SP were the obscure peaks and routes that aren’t published anywhere else. That still doesn’t mean that those pages are the ones that will receive the most hits, votes, or whatever.

As far as your German routes example, I think it obvious that from the map on my profile, I don’t have much interest in Germany. This is my own wish list (the rest is written; I just don’t have it all in html):

http://www.summitpost.org/scott-s-wish-list/335481

But yes, I do think the German pages do have a place regardless of whether I want to use them or not.

You are correct that there are less technical routes added (or featured on SP front page) than there are class 1-4 routes added. It is simply because more people climb them (or hike them if you don’t want to use the work climb) and add them to SP. It would be nice if everyone on SP was a 5.11c climber, but they just aren’t. As far as the front page goes, I wonder what percentage of technical routes vs. non-technical routes featured vs. added is. I don’t know; I haven’t paid attention.

I have added a bunch of hikes, and even several technical routes (waterfall ice, rock, canyon, etc.), but most of us do not climb as much as you do and aren’t at the same level. The only solution is for technical climbers (such as you) to keep adding more stuff. Personally, I look up to those who climb better than me. I think it obvious that you are one of those who do. In fact, I’ve neglected the Canadian Rockies for so long because I’ve been unable to get time off in summer (in winter, most but not all of the peaks I want to climb might be beyond my experience level). Now the tables have turned and I can. I was going to ask you if I can come visit you in Canmore (you offered before) and it would be great to even do a climb with you, but I am not at the same level as you are. I probably never will be; two kids, a full time job, a lovely wife with heart problems that all take priority over climbs. For you, climbing is your life (correct me if wrong), but for most of us, it’s just a part of our life.

I met you in person and you were a great guy. I am confused about some of the comments you have made lately.

There are so many gems that he ignores either because he does not understand them (technical submissions) or the submitters are not part of the old guard.


I do not know, but I thought Gangolf only chooses trip reports. :?: Is this correct? I don’t know who chooses the mountain pages to be featured. Right now I see one page from Italy/Switzerland, one page from Italy and four from the United States. As far as routes go, there is one class 3 and one trail. Yes, it would be nice if more technical routes were featured, but I don’t think that they should always be the only ones featured. I actually don’t follow the front page much (except for the forum and trip reports).

Few share my viewpoint, but for me, I’d like the obscure places featured rather than the “popular” mountains/routes. That’s only my opinion though.

Anyway, if being featured on the front page is so important to you (not your stuff, but all of the gems), why not nominate them in the thread?

recommendations-for-front-page-featured-mountains-quot-t31663.html

I've never nominated anything there (not important to me), but choosing between 10820 routes and 12220 mountain pages can't be easy. This is just a friendly suggestion, not a complaint.
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Re: Totally insignificant and probably matters only to me bu

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:48 pm

To acknowledge some of Dow's sentiments... I never understood why becoming an elf (or a mod... that is what most of them have been) was a lifetime appointment. Sure some have decided to leave on their own, but I think in general it would be best if it was a 1-2 year gig as a default. Also would be best if the elf activities (meaning dealing with content and not forums) were the primary focus. This would including both working with members, but also working with Matt when he has time available. Creating incentives for new members to participate in online activity and invigorating the home page should be their priorities.

Matt- I could make a front page mockup and get it to you within a week. I assume it is no rush since as you state it is easy to do.

For calculating power points from page scores... I think the following would be much more reflective of pages relative true value versus the current exponential formula. We would need to adjust it depending on the final variables in the page score formula (for example probably change it to a second power function or even less if scores start at 50% instead of 70%). Note I haven't put much thought into the specific numbers yet, but think this format of the score to a power times a constant might be a good one. I would need to look at lots of examples to settle on the variables.

Mountains and Rocks/Areas and Ranges = (Page Score)^3 * 12
Routes = (Page Score)^3 * 10 [this increases their relative value from the existing standard]
Articles = (Page Score)^3 * 15
Albums = (Page Score)^5 * 2
Images = (Page Score)^20 * 5 [keeps most images very low on the score, but the most popular ones worth about 1-2 points]
Other objects = (Page Score)^3 * 8

Dow...
Yes- I agree with your last comment above. Currently there are a lot of slots on the home page, I see no reason to treat all the articles, all the mountain pages, etc... the same. Some could be almost totally random with a minimum criteria as you describe, whereas the next slot might have a slightly stricter criteria. This way score could have some probability of getting selected but every good page would have a chance. And some spots could be manually chosen (if we want to assure the highest quality beta is chosen, some manual encouragement would be good as long as folks have confidence in the individual).
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Re: Totally insignificant and probably matters only to me bu

Postby Montana Matt » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:16 am

Dow Williams wrote:For one, putting Chad in charge of the front page selection process would be huge for summitpost in my opinion, I mean the entire front page. That is bringing in new blood, that is making a big change. Here is an individual willing to randomize the selection process to no selfish interest of his own.

That's doable and I am definitely going to be changing up the selection process for the front page. At least parts of it will be much more random. At most, nearly everything on the front page will have some randomness to it and it will change much more frequently. And I'm listening intently to Chad's ideas with regards to the front page, along with others that I think are helpful (Bob Burd has given some very good suggestions as well), to get this done.
Dow Williams wrote:Maybe adding Liba and another "technical climber" or two to the elf population whilst at the same time asking some of these old white men who have being doing it for 10 years+ to step down. Think youth, think women (horrible representation here compared to MP), even think race. Think diversity.

I would certainly be willing to listen to any suggestions of people you might think would have the time, energy and desire to be an elf. Do you think Liba would be interested in such a task?
Dow Williams wrote:The site needs new blood and I just don't see you willing to do that.

I am more than willing. Again, it's more a lack of knowledge/vision here. I am not active enough on SP to know who might be interested in volunteering to be an elf nor who would make a good elf. But I'm definitely willing to take a chance and shake things up a bit. After all, the site is getting some much needed work done to it. Why not add some variety and new blood to the administration as well? That would put this lump of changes closer to really being SPv3.
Dow Williams wrote:if five others have noticed it and gave it a thumbs up (whatever that equates to in the new voting arrangement), it should be worthy of flowing through the random stream. Same with photos. Lowering the bar is the only way to eliminate the games and avatars.

I agree with this and you're not the only one who feels this way Dow. Changes to the front page are definitely coming.
Dow Williams wrote:Making it change frequently will allow many good pages to get noticed. The page should look different every time someone refreshes it, if that can be done within budgetary constraints for Matt.

That's an interesting idea, though I don't know if we'd want it to change that frequently. Daily or ever other day might be better. Doing it on every page load might be confusing to many people, especially when they come to the site, see an article they like on the front page and come back later (say 10 minutes later) to show it to a friend or find it again and it's gone.

Scott made a lot of very good points in his post as well. The vast majority of people that "climb" in the world aren't technical climbers. Most are hikers or scramblers at best. I have done some 5.10ish stuff with Josh when I was much younger, but now I much prefer to enjoy a hike/scramble instead for reasons similar to what Scott listed.

However, I do feel that there is a place on SP for both hiking and technical climbing. And I also believe that both types of content should be featured on the front page. However, there is far more hiking/scrambling content in the system than there is technical climbing content. For this reason, I would expect to see that content featured more on the front page.

Just thinking a bit here...what if we were to dedicate some portion of the front page specifically to technical stuff? Any routes that are submitted that have the tags "Trad Climbing," "Sport Climbing" or any other tags that seemed appropriate would be the only ones considered for placement in that section of the front page. Does that sound like something worthwhile?
mrchad9 wrote:To acknowledge some of Dow's sentiments... I never understood why becoming an elf (or a mod... that is what most of them have been) was a lifetime appointment. Sure some have decided to leave on their own, but I think in general it would be best if it was a 1-2 year gig as a default.

Some sort of "term length," such as 2 years or so, for elfdom isn't a bad idea. But would there definitely be another person willing and able to fill that role when a particular person's term was nearing its end? And how to go about choosing new elves?
mrchad9 wrote:Also would be best if the elf activities (meaning dealing with content and not forums) were the primary focus. This would including both working with members, but also working with Matt when he has time available. Creating incentives for new members to participate in online activity and invigorating the home page should be their priorities.

I really like all of those ideas.

I'll take a look at the power point calculation in a bit. The scripts on the development server just stopped running, so I'm going to see what power points look like now after the making the score calculation change.
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Re: Totally insignificant and probably matters only to me bu

Postby mrchad9 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:33 am

Montana Matt wrote:I'll take a look at the power point calculation in a bit. The scripts on the development server just stopped running, so I'm going to see what power points look like now after the making the score calculation change.

Thanks Matt. Based on my understanding of the existing calculation the change will result in some pages being worth far too much relative to many/most other pages, but it is difficult for me to see what individual pages are worth with different scores currently.
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Re: Totally insignificant and probably matters only to me bu

Postby Montana Matt » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:55 am

mrchad9 wrote:Thanks Matt. Based on my understanding of the existing calculation the change will result in some pages being worth far too much relative to many/most other pages, but it is difficult for me to see what individual pages are worth with different scores currently.

Turns out that power actually dropped significantly with the new algorithm for calculating page scores. Overall standings (at least at the top) weren't significantly changed however. I think the results are reasonable with the current power score calculation. But it will take running both scripts a few times before things stabilize.
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Re: Totally insignificant and probably matters only to me bu

Postby butitsadryheat » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:01 am

So let me get this straight. He wants people who choose the front page stuff to have "no selfish interest of his own" yet complains because none of the elves will choose his stuff for the front page, and wants his material to be the highest on Google searches. :?
He wants to make fun of people who really like to go for votes on pictures and all the ways that is possible, yet he has his own history (waaay back when) of creating more than a dozen avatars himself to rig the scoring of his pics to get them the highest score so he could get more power points (some call him Sybil :wink:)
Complains about the elves and their covert operations to keep him off the front page and to continue the conspiracy to keep him from getting more power points, yet refuses to become an elf himself, because he is simply too busy climbing his technical stuff to be bothered to deal with lowly hikers and scramblers.

I thought this site was for, ya know, CLIMBERS, but also for scramblers, hikers, canyoners...everyone, no?!

Seems like he isn't just happy with being the highest ranked member here, but needs to be King.

If he can do what he says, and make another site to replace this one, and as he says, eventually overtake this one for Google searches to direct every worshipper to his material, then I have one thing to say to that...

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What a pompous arrogant douchenozzle.

The world does not revolve around one person.

Methinks it is a case of little guys syndrome
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Re: Totally insignificant and probably matters only to me bu

Postby mrchad9 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:05 am

Montana Matt wrote:Just thinking a bit here...what if we were to dedicate some portion of the front page specifically to technical stuff? Any routes that are submitted that have the tags "Trad Climbing," "Sport Climbing" or any other tags that seemed appropriate would be the only ones considered for placement in that section of the front page. Does that sound like something worthwhile?

Yes it does to me and I will include it in the mockup later. I had already planned to try to include some sort of theme to more sections (such as a small how-to section) if there is enough content to justify it.

Montana Matt wrote:Some sort of "term length," such as 2 years or so, for elfdom isn't a bad idea. But would there definitely be another person willing and able to fill that role when a particular person's term was nearing its end? And how to go about choosing new elves?

I think a term length could be used as a default. In some, but not most, circumstances it would be appropriate to keep an incumbent (such as with Bob Sihler). But not keeping one shouldn't be considered a rejection to a former elf... it would be the norm. More participation and new ideas are good.

Choosing the correct people is just as important. They need to understand the needs of the site and community as a whole, and not push personal viewpoints (in their new capacity). They need to be active members, and have the confidence of other active members. And have (GOOD) ideas! I think having the existing/previous slate of elves choose future ones is a mistake and creates an oligarchy. They should have imput, but so should others. Would be good to solicit suggestions from a selection of the most prominent and active members at the time. Currently I would invest heavily in suggestions by folks like Liba, Dow, Scott, Sarah Simon, Marcsoltan, gimpilator, mazzani, ZeeJay, etc... (these are folks I am more familiar with and thus there are others who could also be appropriate). Some of these would make great elves themselves, and some I think would not (but I think would have good suggestions for others to consider). Elves would then be supported by people who are familiar with the site needs and who are invested enough to have contributed heavily themselves. As I have expressed in the past, I would be interested as well (not in doing anything with the forums, as most tend to do, or even in working with individual new members as some of the remaining elves do, but in working to improve the site dynamics of the content side).

Matt- that power dropped significantly I think is not surprising. The new formula results in a lot more pages being in the 70-85% range, and those are not worth very much on SP. That is why I think we will need to adjust the value of those pages, so that members still feel it is worth submitting a page that might only have a 75% score.
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Re: Totally insignificant and probably matters only to me bu

Postby Fletch » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:24 am

butitsadryheat wrote:What a pompous arrogant douchenozzle.

The world does not revolve around one person.

Methinks it is a case of little guys syndrome

Just stop. We all get what you are saying. You made your point.

Plain and simple, IF DOW LEAVES, THERE IS A BIG CHUNK OF THE SITE THAT WILL GO WITH HIM. Stop your schoolyard bullshit.

Dow has contributed GOOD STUFF far IN EXCESS of anyone here. You may not be able to climb 5.13 or use his beta very much, but give the guy some respect --- if not just for the sheer amount of TIME and EFFORT to put up a COUPLE HUNDRED QUALITY pages.You certainly don't have to kiss his ass, but get over YOURself.

I'm disgusted with this place right now. This place is headed for butterfly pictures again... that's why I left last time. Taking the high road sucks sometimes.
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Postby Montana Matt » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:32 am

Sounds good on the mockup. Thanks Chad.

With regards to the elf "term length," I'll have to give it some more thought, but I do like the idea of getting fresh people into working behind the scenes here every couple of years.
mrchad9 wrote:Matt- that power dropped significantly I think is not surprising. The new formula results in a lot more pages being in the 70-85% range, and those are not worth very much on SP. That is why I think we will need to adjust the value of those pages, so that members still feel it is worth submitting a page that might only have a 75% score.

OK, well, we can definitely fiddle with the points given for pages/submissions based on percentages. But as long as people have 10 points or more in the system, it really is mostly irrelevant because their vote weight is high enough to count significantly.
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Postby butitsadryheat » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:08 am

Fletch wrote:
butitsadryheat wrote:What a pompous arrogant douchenozzle.

The world does not revolve around one person.

Methinks it is a case of little guys syndrome

Just stop. We all get what you are saying. You made your point.

Plain and simple, IF DOW LEAVES, THERE IS A BIG CHUNK OF THE SITE THAT WILL GO WITH HIM. Stop your schoolyard bullshit.

Dow has contributed GOOD STUFF far IN EXCESS of anyone here. You may not be able to climb 5.13 or use his beta very much, but give the guy some respect --- if not just for the sheer amount of TIME and EFFORT to put up a COUPLE HUNDRED QUALITY pages.You certainly don't have to kiss his ass, but get over YOURself.

I'm disgusted with this place right now. This place is headed for butterfly pictures again... that's why I left last time. Taking the high road sucks sometimes.


Yes. We all know how much he contributes to the site. He never fails to tell us at least once a year in his rants. No schoolyard bullshit, just get tired of hearing someone every year complaint. And threaten to take his ball and leave.

And get over MYSELF? Where did I brag about my accomplishments ( I'm a lowly hiker so it's hard to do) and threaten to leave if the site didn't change to my liking?

I don't just give respect to anyone. They have to earn it, and while he sure has earned it in the climbing world, he sure hasn't in the personal world. He is hypocritical when he complains abou vote seekers and attention whores, as he only has to look in the mirror, since he's done both.

Nobody is forcing anyone to stay. Sorry you feel we all need to bow to Dow just because he's put in so much work.
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Postby lcarreau » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:12 am

Fletch wrote: This place is headed for butterfly pictures again...


Let's not forget about moths, toadstools, llamas, unicorns, and fairies .... 8)


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Re: Totally insignificant and probably matters only to me bu

Postby Dow Williams » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:52 am

You two are working hard on good changes and I definitely appreciate it, thanks. I am off to Jtree....which means no Internet vs ignoring the thread. My only 2c, again, is that you cannot let current values mean much. The voting thing has been a friendship thing at SP, not as much a quality or interesting factor. That applies 10 fold to most items featured on the front page, right side and left side which have weighted scores now due to exposure, not quality or natural interest. As broad as you can make the randomization, the better in my opinion. I think you both might already be addressing that above. Starting to get over my head.

Good elfs are not the ones begging for it...but rather folks who need to be asked Matt. Similar to hiring good employees and/or a board of directors. I would sure ask her (Liba), Mazzani, mountaingazelle and Sarah, and younger members in general. Most will say no, but I am sure you will come up with a few good ones. Good contributers I know that know climbing besides the women mentioned are Scott, Bill Kerr, Matt Lemke, Chugach mtn boy, AlbertoRampini, Marcsoltan..some young new climbers willing to contribute...PanamaRed, awilsondc, Jurgen...I am sure I have missed a few worth mentioning....CHANGE IS THE MAIN THING.

There are many other diverse climber types that should have been asked a long time ago when they were active, i.e. Radek but I am sure most have no interest now. The climbers have waned on this site in a big way, it is no coincidence Scott. They had a much bigger representation when I joined, rock, ice and alpine. Scott, those kind of threads you reference (recommendations) always look like one, two or three members posting repeatedly as to what they recommend. Most good contributors/members don't have time for those kind of threads. Take the time to answer a question about gear, sure, good and valued forums threads...but most of these threads you reference, have been seen by many of us over the years as kind of sleazy; cheap, tit for tat backslapping.
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Postby butitsadryheat » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:59 am

See what I mean?

And let's not forget he is going after another valuable member and making accusations about that member, and that member has ALSO made hundreds of pages for SP and those he has made is equally as important to a large set of members just as DOW has.
You don't see him go on a rant every year because he wants things to change in his favor.
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