Saturday and Sunday reserved for player submitted questions

A few weeks ago I asked people to suggest questions on Facebook. (I’ve asked on Twitter as well.) I got dozens of great suggestions. It took me a while but I have finally added all the ones I thought were good enough to ask to our queue.

We also from time to time get question suggestions from winners as well as players through our contact form. I’d say 90% are great questions. You all are awesome!

So what I have decided to do for the foreseeable future is to have Saturday and Sunday be questions that were submitted by players.

Now they won’t always have the attribution but you can be sure that on Saturday and Sunday the questions were submitted from players like you.

If you want to submit a question you can always email support or do it through our contact form on the site.

Thanks for playing!
Jason Allen

P.S. We may ask a player’s submitted question on a weekday from time to time too :)

Server Host Maintenance - 4/15/2014 8pm est to Midnight

Hi All,

We just got notified that our server host will be doing some maintenance that could affect the site. The maintenance will occur on April 15 sometime between 8 pm eastern and midnight.

Please be aware there could be short periods in that window where the site is not available or running slower than normal.

As always we will be tweeting at https://twitter.com/Crowdini if we know more or when we are sure the maintenance is finished.

Thanks, Jason

Today is our 500th game. Thank you!

Today starts our 500th game.

It is unbelievable to me that we have made it this far.

On the first day we had 45 players. Just two weeks later we had our lowest day at 17 players. We now get that in the first few minutes that a question opens. I remember watching the stats and being so overjoyed when we would get a vote. I used to watch the Google Analytics dashboard to see where the person was playing from for the whole day. We would get a player from California or Maryland or Illinois and I would ask myself…how did these people find us?

Over the last 17 months we have had many hiccups. There was the time in February 2013 when my brother picked the question for the day only have our system totally fail for about 6 hours. Yes it took 6 hours to open the question for that day. And then it took about 3 days to get our email back up and running. We lost about 30% of our players in that week.

I thought we would never recover.

But thanks to you we have continued to grow.

And April 2013 it finally hit me that we needed to rebuild our whole site if we want to scale to the playerbase I had projected before launch. It took me about 3 months to find someone who could do that. I finally found Komra who took on the task of rebuilding everything from scratch. She did such a great job I took her on as a co-founder. She is worth every penny and more. Thanks Komra!

Komra built the backend but I must thank Milan for the design of the site. I found Milan last May when I was looking to have a mobile app built. Funny enough we are still not finished with the mobile app but Milan’s design was so beautiful and elegant we decided to adapt it to the site. If you like how the site looks, you will love how the app looks. I can’t wait for you to see it. Thanks Milan!

Again what we have done would not be possible without you returning day after day to play our simple, quick game. Recently we did some calculations to help us understand our metrics. We were floored with what we found.

We have had over 93% of the people who have signed up have played at least once. The average player plays for 42 days. And most importantly as of the 499 possible votes so far (calculated yesterday)…here is the top ten players with the most votes:

Username (Votes) 1) ticoandie (481) 2) kmkolibaba (469) 3) drinkingdollars (448) 4) AndrewH (447) 5) krohrer (440) 6) Chattonne (436) 7) Chucke4711 (434) 8) mmmmpage (430) 9) elfette (429) 10) MGM (428)

I could not believe this when I saw this. ticoandie has voted all but 18 days. RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME! I am so proud we have users who believe in us. Only two people in the top ten are people I know personally. I personally emailed them the game on day 1. The other 8 found us in some other way. They have no connection to me personally and yet they continue to play everyday. I am so humbled by this.

Thank you to all of you who play Crowdini. You are the ones who make this what I love to do daily. I hope we can continue to grow the game with your help and support.

I hope to see your name in our next milestone post.

Have an awesome day! Thank you!

Jason

Why we are asking the follow up question

Starting today (3/12/2014) and going on for the next week or two we will be asking you a follow up question. Wait, let me back up and explain something really quick…

One of the consistent hurdles we have to navigate with potential sponsors is the quality of our answers. Sponsors are not used to the type of results we provide. We are unique in this regard. As far as I can tell nobody else is measuring what people think other people think.

But is that what we are measuring really???

We think so but are not sure…Also, it would be nice to say we experimented to find out how people answer the questions when asked from a potential sponsor.

So we are going to ask you to answer how you answered the question afterwards to help us understand how you answer the questions. (Say that 5 times fast)

Basically we want to know if you are answering honestly or strategically. One thing I would say is if your answer for the day is honest AND strategic, select honest. The follow up question is just to help us out, it is not related to your game. It is optional but we would appreciate if you would answer it.

We are only going to take a certain number of answers each day. We are not sure how long this experiment is going to go, probably until we determine we have enough data. I am guessing about two weeks.

Thanks for your help!

Jason

Two emails again today…So sorry about this…Here is what happened

At 7 am eastern I was doing my normal check to make sure everything worked ok. When I refreshed the game page from the processing page we were still showing yesterday’s question. We quickly put back up the processing page so there was no confusion.

It turns out we didn’t fully fix the problem yesterday. We had to make a small adjustment again today that we think has actually fixed the issue. (Why do I even make this prediction!)

From your perspective it is going to sound like yesterday.

First you received an email about 7:05 am eastern which was a duplicate of yesterday’s correct email (the second one sent yesterday).

Second you received the correct email about 8:00 am eastern.

Again if you see a discrepancy between the site and your email, remember the site is correct. We have verified the site is correct.

I am really sorry about this…AGAIN! I hate when the site doesn’t work correctly. Thank you all for your patience yesterday and today.

Jason Allen, Owner, Crowdini

TL;DR: Just like yesterday, you received a first email that was a duplicate of yesterday’s correct email and a second email which was correct for today. Site is correct if you see an issue in the email.

Mar 9

Sorry about the extra email this morning…DST got us

This notice only applies to March 9, 2014:

We didn’t change the time for DST last night. Therefore the question didn’t turn over correctly.

We tried to run the question close manually and verify the results but made a small mistake which resulted in you getting an email about 7:20 am eastern this morning. The email at 7:20 am eastern was a duplicate of yesterday’s email. Please disregard it.

At the time we figured out the mistake, we decided to wait until the next hour to turn over the new question. This resulted in triggering the correct email sent out to you. We then took the extra time to verify all the results were correct before opening up the March 9 question at about 8:45 am eastern. So the email you received at about 8:05 am eastern is the correct email. This email has the correct results, with the only exception that the number of players left in the game is incorrect for all games except 2014.03.08.

We are sure the site is correct. If there is a difference between the email and the site, the site is correct.

I apologize for the confusion. Luckily DST only happens twice a year and so hopefully we can fix this before November. :)

Jason Allen Owner Crowdini

TL;DR: You got two emails this morning, the first is a duplicate from yesterday. The second is correct but may not have the correct number of players left showing.

We are giving away an Amazon giftcode everyday until April 15th on our Facebook page

How it started

On January 31st we posted a thread on our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/Crowdini) saying that the total number of comments in the next 12 hours would equal the number of consecutive days we would give away an Amazon giftcode on the page.

The Results

We received 74 comments. Since February 1 we have been giving away a single Amazon giftcode a day. We will continue to give one until April 15th. (kind of ironic it will go to tax day but that is how it worked out)

An Apology

I’m not sure why it took me almost three weeks to tell everyone but it did. My bad!

Join in the fun

Anyways, if you are interested in participating on our Facebook page by commenting, liking or sharing our posts to possibly win an Amazon giftcode we would love to have you.

I determine who gets a giftcode each day and I don’t really have any sort of set criteria. Sometimes it is who has the best comment. Sometimes it is who likes the thread first. Sometimes it is who helps someone else out. It basically is how I feel at the time. (Oh and sometimes I will just randomly throw a code out for anybody to grab)

Make sure you get notified when you win

If you do decide to participate, here is one suggestion. Make sure you like the page and click the Get Notifications so you will be notified when a new thread shows up as well as when I pick the winner that day. I usually make my pick and notify you via the comments in the thread for the day.

Enjoy!

Jason

Jan 2

You Are Now Rewarded For Voting

Thank you for playing Crowdini. Thank you for voting everyday. We saw significant growth over 2013 and we ended it with 2 additional features. The first feature allows you to comment on any closed question’s results, you can read more about it here.

On New Years Eve (12/31/2013) we added the second feature, rewards.

Why we don’t show ads

Time after time over the last year plus people ask why we don’t show ads. There are several reasons for that. First we don’t get enough page views for traditional banner ads to make any sort of dent in our expenses. Second usually these ads look horrible and interrupt the user experience. Third the rates for these ads continue to dwindle as more and more sites include them.

Rewards - Removed as of 2/1/2014

But a few companies have sprung up which give rewards for actions. These are not traditional ads. They reward the player with discounts, swag, coupons, ebooks/mp3s, gifts and more. Basically these are ads but IMHO they are a better form of ads. First off they reward the user for doing something (on Crowdini it is voting). Secondly they give the user something in return. Third we have them show after you vote so it doesn’t interrupt your voting experience.

We don’t have control over whether you get shown a reward or what reward you are shown so please take that into consideration. We do get compensated a small amount when you accept the reward.

It is too early to tell if this is going to be a good source of revenue for us but I wanted to explain what and why we are doing them. As with the in page ads and confirmation page questions, these are experiments we are trying. We are experimenting to see what works for us. We will continue to experiment.

We want your feedback

And we would love your feedback on them. Send us your feedback via the Contact page with what you like or don’t like about them.

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Jason Allen
Owner
Crowdini
@Crowdini

P.S. If after voting you see your screen dim and don’t see the reward, most likely you have some sort of ad blocker installed. See the screenshot below to see the difference. Hopefully we can get you to whitelist Crowdini.com so you see the rewards.

You can now see the result of any question asked…ever!

We asked in October and you told us you wanted to comment on the questions. Now you can!

We added the ability to not only see every answer to any question. All the way back to the first question asked on November 1, 2012. We also added the ability to comment on any of these closed questions. We are using Disqus for comments. Disqus allows us to monitor the comments to keep spam and unnecessary comments from showing.

You can either use the “Add comments to these results” link below each of the questions listed in the Latest Questions table on the Stats page. OR…

You can use the date picker just below the Latest Questions table.

Just remember we never show the results of a live question so the results will only show closed questions.

So get to commenting!

Happy Holidays! Jason

My Stats (your personal stats) is now live

We took our first step in improving the Stats page today. We have added a My Stats table to show you how you are doing. In this table we have the following stats:

  • Lifetime votes - The total number of votes you have made
  • Longest playing streak - The longest consecutive days you have played Crowdini
  • Most recent playing streak - Either your current streak or if you haven’t played in a day or more your most recent playing streak
  • Longest majority streak - The longest number of consecutive days answering with the majority
  • Most recent majority streak - Your current streak or if you haven’t answered in the majority in a day or more your most recent majority streak
  • You voted in the majority - The percentage of votes you have made which have been in the majority

Layout Change

We added the My Stats table just above the Latest Questions table. On mobile devices the order should be the same as before with the My Stats table on top.

We also added…

In the Open Games table we highlighted which game you are currently in mint green.

This is just step 1

We have plans to add more stats in the future as well as give you the ability to share your stats if you want to.

If you have suggestions on how we can improve the stats page or any other page please use the contact page to send them.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Jason Allen