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Ripped from Shannon Terry aka Lucky
Since we have all eyes on us right now, it’s probably a good idea to go over some of our production plans for the next few months.
First, I want to continue to reiterate that we are in the final stage of releasing the last piece of our infrastructure rewrite. We are about 80% complete and will spend the next 2-3 months finishing this build so that we can move forward with our production plans that should form the basis of our platform for the next decade.
Once this final piece has been completed, we can easily roll out new products such as feeds, mobile apps and a few "Area 51" type products that will revolutionize our industry this year. The last piece of the infrastructure rewrite consists of message boards and will be the most complicated and time consuming. However, our engineers are highly motivated to complete this project so that we can take our next steps as a company.
During the next 2-3 months -- as we complete the board/infrastructure project -- it is our intentions/hopes to roll out a few smaller consumer-based projects. We have a long list of small adjustments to current products and a few smaller releases.
Following are a few "wins" we hope to release over the next few months.
*** Assistant Coach Recruiting Ranking: We are going to create a computer-generated Assistant Coach Recruiting Ranking tied to the Gaussian Distribution formula and the #247Composite ranking. Let the data determine who the nation’s top recruiter is for each class. Users will be able to keep up with coach rankings live with each commitment throughout the year.
*** Basketball Recruiting Ranking: Just like football recruiting, 247Sports will soon launch a computer-generated basketball recruiting ranking tied to the Gaussian Distribution formula. Will have versions for 247Sports rankings and the 247Composite. We can adjust the standard deviation to account for smaller class sizes.
*** Crystal Ball: 247Sports takes pride in building and managing the very best recruiting Player Database. We are taking it up a notch by launching a “Crystal Ball” section on the player page. The entire 247Sports recruiting staff (both national and team site reporters) will have the ability to predict where a recruit is going to sign. Users will be able to easily see predictions for each player as well as all predictions made by a specific recruiting analyst. The Crystal Ball will also give percentages and dates for each prediction. We will ultimately expand this project to allow other analysts in the industry to make predictions as well as 247Sports users.
*** Skill Ratings: We are adding a skills meter to each player profile in the 247Sports player database. Instead of using generic skills, such as size, speed, strength, etc, we have created skill categories based on the actual position. For example, for offensive lineman some of the skills rated would be (1) pass blocking, (2) run blocking, (3) size, (4) toughness, etc. ... just trying to be a little more detailed and thorough.
It is important to note that these upcoming releases are just the start. For the past two years, we have spent the bulk of our time and resources just getting off the ground and positioning the company to compete in the sports media space.
We are a customer-driven company and believe in people and technology. We are about to take a significant step forward in the development of products and services that we believe will shape our industry for the next decade. We appreciate your support and are extremely motivated to give you an unmatched product.
I would like to leave you with one last thought.
We have been discussing internally over the past 30-60 days the idea of changing the message board setup across the 247Sports network.
Here’s what we are considering:
#1. Users must be members of a "home site" to post on a message board. This is the way it is setup now for most sites in the network. (for example, only a USC fan could post on the USC site – Fighton247).
#2. Users still have the option to check whether their posts are VIP or free. This is also the way it is setup currently. It gives our staff reporters and admins the flexibility to determine if content is free or premium (VIP).
Here’s the fundamental change:
#3A. All members of the 247Sports network can read VIP posts from ALL message boards (if they are a member to any site). Obviously, this is a major change from the current setup. It is the number one request we frequently receive regarding new products. It is common for users to take a free-trial for an opposing school to get the latest on a recruit or a rival school, so it is not uncommon for members of the network to visit/read multiple boards on the site. In reality, there’s no real “hidden” information or “super secret” inside scoop that is only shared among a fanbase.
#3B. Another variation of #3A would be to allow ALL members of the 247Sports network to read VIP posts (if they are a member) on all message boards from all admins/site reporters (only). This would give all subscribers to the network the ability to read all message board posts from 247Sports team site and 247Sports national reporters, but users would have to be a member of a specific site to read the posts from the various users on that specific message board. This idea is along the same concept, but slightly different. 247Sports is very team-based and most all of our staff reporters work in conjunction to bring users news and updates. So, to allow all VIP members to read all of the team site message boards would not alienate any of our team site reporters and publishers -- as they almost always work together.
To me the value of being able to read all of the boards in the 247Sports network is a huge Plus to the customer.
Our goal from the start is NOT to build a Rivals.com 2.0, but build something broader with more value to the consumer.
We have been researching this possibility and will continue to do so with our closest advisors over the next few weeks. Right now, we are heavily leaning in that direction.
Thanks for your attention and hope everyone has a wonderful National Signing Day.
This sounds awesome.
I love the shared access thing too, I've always wanted to read stuff on other team sites. This feature would keep me off of any other message board/site also, since all information from other teams would be available.
Finally, I suggest scrapping the rumor board. Other places invest all their time in rumors, so their product will naturally be better in that category. Also, anything big gets posted to tBB, so I don't see the necessity. I would rather you fellas invest all your time in getting great solid information and continues to revolutionize the recruiting world
Time and change will surely (truly) show
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I like 3B. I'm not a big fan of other people seeing all the things every poster says. I get the writer and staff members but posters I think should stay private to their board.
i like the idea of the shared content while keeping the comments and such board specific.
Our board is discussing the same thing. Most agree with 3B as well.
So with 3A we can see each others posts on every board but can't post on other homeboards?
Noah or any staff member that may be reading this:
Does the board rewrite in the next 2-3 months come with more mod tools type stuff? (I know tRCNB mods want to know)
I dont know if I like the idea of everyone being able to read VIP on other sites.
yes. shared info on recruits and such. no to the free for all posting on every board. keep boards exclusive - use the BOL/TBS model of off topic boards/boards for cross brand discussion.
If a team site has a free board then fine i agree.
I'm not for every member being able to view all posters posts
Defeats entire purpose of VIP
Seems like most people on all the sites I've seen this post on are liking 3B over 3A
I posted this on our board and people liked it:
One thing I always thought would be interesting would be a way to make a mock class (like a drag and drop a recruit into your class) to see how rankings would change if you add X, Y and Z players to your class. People love rankings and want to know where they'll end up. I think people would play around with that for hours and hours.
Obviously this is an unsolicited request, but figured this was as good a place as any to make the suggestion.
I like 3A. Put it all out there.
I feel like people who want 3B are just afraid of what will happen if their team's fortunes take a turn for the worse. I for one don't care at all if an Auburn fan could've come over and laughed at my meltdown after the 2010 game. It's all fun to me.
This post was edited by FortWorthTide 17 months ago
I'm not sure I like the reading VIP either.
Not saying this is the case, but what if some of the guys are harder workers than others? Say two SEC schools are going after the same guy and staff from one site works harder than the other staff.....I don't think it is right for everyone to be able to read the info they worked hard to get
right - maybe i'm misunderstanding the two 3 options.
if one of our writers has an update about a mutual recruit - that info is shared. fine by me. one way or another that info will be shared regardless.
but making our homeboard open for anyone to comment/post. not fine by me. that is an invitation for a lot of flaming.
I understood that they could read but not post
Yes. 3A = read everything, no posting. 3B = read everything by staff, nothing VIP by regular posters, and still no posting.
3A means doesnt matter if you as a poster mark VIP. If they are a member on network they can see it
Right. That's exactly what I meant by "read everything" vs. "read everything by staff, nothing VIP by regular posters"
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