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This stemmed from a thread on tBB, but the more I think of it the more potential I think it has.
What would you guys think if 247 implemented the following:
At any point between NSD's, us posters can go to a page and submit where we think a recruit will sign. We can submit where we think they will sign at any point in the process, however the earlier you make your prediction, the more you get rewarded. It can either be a one time prediction, where your submission is set in stone, or a one-time switch (coaching changes, USC's last season, etc) that will be detrimental to your reward. By rewards, I'm inferring point rewards similar to upvotes. However, upvotes are not necessarily a good indicator of a poster's history, but rather how controversial he chooses to be. If you earn points based on the accuracy of your predictions for recruits, you can have a legitimate value assigned to your name to show others on the 247 network how good/bad you are at predicting where recruits end up.
What would it cause? I think it would eliminate a lot of the biases on 247. It would lead to better discussion as a whole, because we could view another poster's submissions and ask why they made such predictions. It will make NSD a lot more entertaining for us, because we'll all eagerly want to know who was the best at predicting that year. If you get the most points through predictions, first and foremost you get the pride. Second, perhaps the top predictors receive a really sweet badge or a free few months of subscription.
I have a lot more ideas on this topic, however I will withhold those ideas for now to keep this post more condensed. I don't envision a scenario where it wouldn't set 247sports apart from the other recruiting sites. A lot of people on 247 want to claim they know everything there is to know about recruiting, and this system would directly address who in fact knows best. We could even compare fanbases as a whole, showing which homepages are composed of the most well-informed/rational thinkers. Bucknuts, for example, would be terrible at this game.
What do you guys think?
This would be awesome, but I would assume it would be a good amount of work required on the 247sports side.
Sounds good to me. Make it so.
This would be awesome. I'd have a lot of fun trying to predict where the recruits would go. I'd be awful, though.
I agree it would be a load of work. However I strongly believe the finished product would be well-worth the wait and the effort. It would enhance everything. Whereas now an article on a low-3* recruit is often looked-over and seldom commented on, we would be reading the article more in-depth and asking the writers more genuine questions about the process for that particular recruit. You would also lose some points for incorrectly predicting, so while we can go make predictions for all the southern kids, we don't follow them nearly as much so we're less-likely to get those right. It would either lead to a more regional style of guessing, or provoke a lot of us to follow more recruits throughout the country. It all really depends on how much you want to win.
Yeah, and I'm not sure they would see the benefits to make it worth the extra costs.
They could easily generate user interest beforehand to determine whether or not it'd be worth it. I think if it were to be executed correctly, it would be a complete game-changer. It would be an integral aspect of 247sports, because knowing a lot of the posters on here, I'd say 80-90% of them would salivate over this opportunity. You would have to determine whether it's worth making your prediction today, or in a month, or over holiday break. As a result, you would follow the recruitment for that player a lot more closely. It would intertwine the posters on the different homepages as well. Other than the hard work it would take, I don't see a downside. I'm open to hearing the devil's advocate side of things though.
Would it really be that much work? Doesn't seem all that complex to me. Probably could make do with one new DB table and a new web page for subscribers to make the selections to start. Maybe this page could be then enhanced so that it could double as a page for subscribers to view other subscribers' selections. Then by next NSD maybe a page to show a leaderboard or something. Doesn't sound all that bad.
I would assume it will require a load of scripting and software.
I know nothing about computer software engineering, I'm as well curious to hear how much work it would entail.
Some other small ideas that came up are that, on a recruits page, it could show what percentage of posters think he is going to a particular school. If they want to get really advanced, it can show which recruits have the most submissions early in the process, or which are being held out on due to being impossible to read (Rueben Foster for example). Or maybe it can show predictions based on regions, to show the biases and whatnot. Again, there are a lot of possibilities that can come from this.
In a sense, I feel as if this were implemented, it would be similar to the excitement people get from fantasy sports. There are so many free-fantasy sports leagues out there because people find tons of pleasure in predicting things better than other people. These recruiting websites are threads on threads of speculation on recruits and awaiting reactions to gage their interest level. If we had this system, it would tie everything together for what these recruiting sites are aiming for IMO.
You guys do realize I will kill everyone, right? No but seriously, I love the idea because it would cause......rational thought!!! A novel idea to some.
I don't think it'd be all that much. There's probably already a Subscribers table and a Recruits table. The new table would just be a many-to-many relationship between the 2 with predicted school and prediction date being attributes of the relationship. The web page would just query this relationship table for a given subscriber to show what predictions the subscriber has made and populate it when the subscriber makes new predictions. The additional business rules like allowing for changes would of course add some complexity, but shouldn't be too bad.
I have another idea, Why does 247 have everyone on the roster black but Lewan?
I would like for there to be a "top 5" for each posters profile. The top 5 would consist of the top 5 posts a user made that received the most upvotes. You could also create a top 5 posts of the most downvotes that a user has received. I like archiving this type of info as it gives some nostalgia to some of the heated or welcomed posts in that persons history.
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