|[Milestone] 250,000 Posts
|by Zero2Cool on 11/21/2013 2:35:57 PM
|Yesterday we topped the 250,000 posts mark.
Last week we topped 1,000 registered users.
Two weeks ago we 15,000 topics.
2,943 - total amount of users that have registered
1,004 - current amount of Users
263,519 - total amount of posts submitted
250,052 - current amount of Posts
Think about that for a second. Over SEVEN years of posts and just over 5% have been removed. That's incredible.
20,063 - total amount of topics created
15,392 - current amount of Topics
Topics and/or Posts get deleted only for the following
- User requested it to be removed
- Double post
- Topic merged into like topic
- Deleting my posts to lower my post count
Why users got deleted
- User request
- Inactivity (no longer a reason for deletion)
- No posts (no longer a reason for deletion)
User retention - 34%
Post retention - 95%
Topic retention - 77%
|[ANN] YAF 2.0 RTW Update
|by Zero2Cool on 10/30/2013 5:25:31 PM
|We've been using the new layout for a couple months now and I believe it has been successful. In addition to the layout, YAF has released version 2.0 which have the below improvements and changes made to our forum software.
We're running YAF in release mode instead of beta mode now. :)
Jaben wrote: Changes!? Fixes? We got 'em:
YAF.NET Community Appreciation StationSuper thanks to [userlink]tha_watcha[/userlink]
- Added Keystroke For Quotes to the YAF BBCode Editor you can now use CTRL+Q for inserting and "quote"..."/quote"
- Added "HoverCards" to Username. If enabled it shows an Hover Card (Which shows some quick info about the user) when you hover an user name. This will also show an Hover Card on the Twitter & Facebook Profile Button.
- New Notification Bar for System Messages (In the Host Settings you can choose Between Modal Dialog or Notification Bar for Messages, also the Display Duration can be defined there). Also added an option to show the alert dialog for messages on Mobile Devices.
- Added Display Options for the Event Log, you can define Start and End Date and also Event Typ
- Added Admin Page to Import List of Banned IP Addresses (You can find Huge list of Bot IP Lists here: StopForumSpam.com)
- Host Admins can control admin groups access to YAF event log by event type. They can set permissions to delete events by type too, i.e. read-only mode for each event.
- New Host Admin Page for Host Admins to restrict simply admins to various admin pages individually.
- New settings to control number of records in the event log.
- New Option to send PM to all Buddies of a User
- Added Indicator to a Private Message if its an Reply
- Added new BB Code Feature to the Editor for indent text
- Kill user now offers "suspend" option.
- Tons of fixes and improvements.
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|Two smart plays, Two dumb plays
|by Zero2Cool on 10/14/2013 12:27:18 PM
1. Early in the second quarter the Packers were backed up deep in their territory when Aaron Rodgers fumbled yet again. Jarrett Boykin ran back to the scrum to pick up the ball, preventing the Ravens from an easy score. The best thing to do is fall on it, but he got lucky.
2. Eddie Lacy after getting the final first down while running towards the sideline stays inbounds and then slides. This is very smart because it eliminates the chance of fumbling the ball or getting pushed out of bounds and the clock stopping.
1. Packers blocked the Ravens punt and John Kuhn, instead of wisely falling on it, tries and fails to scoop it up and Ravens recover getting a new set of downs.
2. Jermichael Finley should have turned back to midfield on his 52 yard catch and run. You have to keep that clock ticking.
|[ANN] PackersHome Layout
|by Zero2Cool on 9/5/2013 1:59:03 AM
|And the BETA stage of the new layout is upon us! You'll notice columns on the left/right side. There will be MORE sideblocks added in the future and more special links added to Main Menu.
- This sidebox is going to be changing quite a bit, but its pretty self explanatory for now.
- This will display the Packers current season schedule with time or score with a link to the stats
- These are tweets from Packers writers and Packers players.
- This displays the last 15 topics posted and when and by who.
|[ANN] Introduce Yourself
|by Zero2Cool on 9/2/2013 6:14:59 PM
|We have recently implemented a new feature to help facilitate welcoming new members into our community.
Newly registered members are assigned to the Probation role.
Members in the Probation role have their posting privileges restricted to the Welcome to our Community! portion of our forum.
3 - 5 minutes after a member in the Probation role submits a post in Welcome to our Community!, they will be granted full member access to other forum sections.
New members and existing members are always encouraged to create a new Topic briefly introducing themselves or reply to How I found PackersHome or How I Became A Fan.
We feel this will serve two purposes. The most important being we get to know the new fans a little better and the side effect is we should encounter less spam.
|My Top 5 Player Storylines
|by DarkaneRules on 8/29/2013 6:27:48 PM
|No player should come this far and work this hard just to be fired days later, and yet that is going to be the reality for many players on our team August 31st. Here are the players I want to see make a strong case for either remaining on the roster or seeing their spot in the depth chart move upward following tonight's final pre-season game in Kansas City.
1. Alex Green
I consider Green the forgotten man. It would be only fitting, with Lacy possibly not playing much if at all this week, that Green makes a play to take the place of Dujuan Harris on the depth chart. Starks knocked out the availability bug this pre-season but saw his in-game productivity take a beating. Green has made more of his opportunities lately and has increased his value with highly graded performances in the return game.
2. Jeremy Ross
Ross is fighting a handful of players who are on the bubble right now for a roster spot. He has an edge because of past productivity on returns, however other prospects, especially Tyrone Walker, have made a push for a roster spot in recent weeks. Will Ross live up to his potential this week, or will he make one of those inexplicable plays that make you question his dependability? This all is based on the assumption that Boykin is a lock at WR #4 which I believe he is.
3. Greg Van Roten
I wonder about GVR. I wonder if he has all the tools necessary to be a dependable back up to EDS. At least he fits in with the three letter abbreviations. Alas, I have been underwhelmed with him so far. His guard work has appeared to be fine, but his work at center leaves me a little unsure. He will be in a battle tonight with backup Patrick Lewis.
4. Nate Palmer
Hey Nate! I almost forgot about you man! This guy has been coming along a bit recently. He started off slow, but he is starting to show that dynamic play that made him such an intriguing draft prospect early on. For a while there, Mulumba was outshining Palmer in reserve OLB duties. In the immortal words of coach Greene, "It's time."
5. Chris Banjo
I like this kid. With or without Burnett's injury, Banjo was already up for some serious playing time. He has heart, determination, and ability. Similar to Walker on the offensive side on the ball and special teams, he has those qualities you look for in a player that will help your team over the long term. He also has a very powerful personal story to share involving his mother's battle with sickle cell anemia. This is the kind of man you love rooting for not only in sports but in life.
|Pre-season Week 2: St. Louis Rams
|by DarkaneRules on 8/17/2013 8:09:54 PM
|Another week of individual player evaluation in a game environment is upon us. Okay yes, that is really just a long winded way to say pre-season game 2, but hey, I can be a long winded guy. With that said, here are the top 7 first and second year players I will be watching tonight.
Why 7 you may ask? Well to quote the great 2 Chainz... "I'm different man I'm different"
7. Brandon Smith - I see tremendous upside in this player. His head is swimming in all of the nuances of playing a new position of course, but he has already showcased that raw talent that I believe will make him a special player for us in the years to come. I want to see him take that next small step tonight.
6. Josh Boyd - We didn't see much pass rush last week, and while that is certainly in part to playing base on almost every down, that doesn't mean that the lines didn't have some good performances. I want to see Boyd improve on his last game and be that guy that can create some push and give our rushers a chance to make a play.
5. Micah Hyde - House's misfortune is another man's opportunity. Will Micah get burned as bad as House was? We shall see how the young man performs when he gets one of the other team's top receivers in his debut starting role.
4. Eddie Lacy - We haven't seen what this guy can do yet, so there is a lot of anticipation around the fan base and media alike to see how he translates into the NFL in-game. My bet is that is translates pretty dang well.
3. Greg Van Roten - When EDS went down this week with a toe injury it caught everyone off-guard including coach McCarthy. Enter the next man up Greg Van Roten. He has been inconsistent this training camp but looks to be improving. The hope is that he performs with no noticeable drop-off because behind him there is currently no quality depth at center, and yes, I am including Barclay in that assessment.
2. Nick Perry - I know I speak for all Packer fans when I say that I am starting to get anxious to see Perry start to command that OLB position like his associate Clay Matthews. I want to see him take that next step to becoming a more effective pass rusher from the edge. The more comfortable he gets at his position, the better the defense will look as a whole. I await with cautious optimism.
1. Don Barclay - I want someone to win the right tackle job tonight and I want that guy to be Don Barclay. He stepped up for us last season and I believe now is the time for him to step up again and claim that job.
Alright Packer fans so who will you be watching more closely tonight?
|Pre-season Week 1 in Review
|by DarkaneRules on 8/12/2013 4:11:50 PM
|- Lang stepped up. For a guy who injured his back the previous day, he showed his dedication to coaches on Friday night's game by playing and playing well. That impressed me a lot. Now I believe coaches will be easy on him through the week, but I presume he will still play with the starters in week 2 barring any set back.
- Linebackers failed to impress. From the starters to the scrubs, no linebacker in particular stood out to me on his own on Friday. Mulumba made a nice play later in the game that caught my attention, but other than that and one sack by Francois, it was vanilla and void of any big plays even when a few were available.
- Special teams players look tentative. The coaches expect more fire from these young guys looking to make the team and it wasn't there from what I could see. The blocking and tackling was largely disappointing to say the least. Safety David Fulton missed what would have been a major straight line tackle on the Cardinals' big return in the 4th quarter. The play was right there for him and he whiffed.
- Is Newhouse seen as a liability by the coaching staff? My guess is yes. Help was slid his way on a play which resulted in a sack for a loss from a free corner blitz from the opposite side of the line. This was good play call by the Cardinals' defense. Smart teams know your liabilities and scheme accordingly. I am sure this factors into coaches feeling more and more comfortable putting Barclay out there in his place.
- WR Walker plays with focus and heart. Apart from his raw talent, those two traits are tremendously important for future greats in this league. On a play which resulted in an interception at the end of the first quarter, he is open near the sideline. Harrell instead throws to a covered Ross. On the return, Walker closes in on about a 5 yard gap to make the play and tackle Peterson. It was a great hustle play.
- Will Davon House prove he belongs? He played from behind on a big gain in the first quarter by allowing too much separation in coverage and he failed to make any kind of play on the ball carrier on a pass play later in the game. On that play, he allowed the receiver to knock him to the ground while he remained on his feet for extra yardage. I feel like this shows an unwillingness to be physical when the play is in front of him. Very disappointed all around with his performance.
|Pre-season Practice Week 1
|by DarkaneRules on 8/8/2013 5:40:29 PM
|- Training camp is for evaluating execution. That gets to be more difficult to do when you have a good number of players sitting out. Just look at the recent injury list:
Dorsey, Johnson, Harris, Richardson, Hayward, Tramon, L Taylor, Lang, Tretter, Bulaga, Datko, Sherrod, Quarless, R Taylor, Nelson, Worthy, Lang
The current injury situation, especially at offensive line, makes that Bakhtiari pick even more crucial than it already was at the time. That is, count 'em, 6 players on the o-line who are currently dealing with some varying type of injury. Lane Taylor missed practice for personal reasons.
- The hamstring injury to Lacy is of particular concern to me as they have a tendency to turn into those nagging type of injuries that just keep cropping up as the season progresses. Luckily we have more depth at that position than ever, but you wonder if this will be an issue for him off and on all year.
- Coach wants to rep all four quarterbacks in the game tomorrow. I cannot imagine Rodgers playing much at all. I wonder if he even plays a full series. I look for the play-calling to lean more run heavy to test the line configurations and the backs. Mike wants to closely evaluate the quarterbacks of course, but with limited practice time for newcomer Vince Young, I am curious to whether there has been enough preparation time for him for a full and fair evaluation.
|Injury Prone Players
|by DarkaneRules on 8/5/2013 12:51:41 PM
|If all the reports are true, and there should be little doubt that they are, Brian Bulaga has suffered his third injury in three years, two of which being very serious. He has not been a reliable player for the Packers organization.
And yet there we were at the beginning of the off-season firmly planting Bulaga in that left tackle spot, while the only open competition on the starting line was to be on the right side.
With this injury, a brand new competition has opened up on the left side with little available veteran presence to back him up. With Aaron Rodgers being our largest team commodity, the lack of back up plan has sometimes appeared foolish in nature.
What makes this injury more frustrating is that Bulaga was having a fantastic camp up to this point. Unfortunately, he continues to prove to the team that he is not a reliable player.
A question to fans is this: Who do you think becomes the front runner to take his spot during training camp, and what will this mean to Aaron's playing time during pre-season games?