View Full Version : Crowdsourcing Astrology: a new approach to horoscopes at youroscopes.com
01-26-2012, 03:10 AM
There must be an audience out there for this website. Are there people here that would be interested in writing horoscopes?
The cool thing is it would be voted on by people with a given sign, so you can see how accurate it is. Voting is key, because the most accurate horoscopes would rise to the top. Spread the word!
02-14-2012, 06:38 AM
We've added some new features! Comments, user pages, and archives.
You can now go back to a previous day and vote on that day's horoscope if you haven't already. You can also click on a user's name to get a list of their posts, as well as any info they choose to share about themselves.
I was trying to come up with ways to encourage people to post, so I added the ability for people to post links to their websites and blogs, to draw traffic to them. So every time you post, it has a link to your user page, which will have a link to your blog/website.
I'd love to hear you opinions! Check out youroscopes.com (http://youroscopes.com) and tell me what you think.
I think it would be greatly enhanced if you guys went there and voted, and posted some even better horoscopes. Thanks!
02-14-2012, 06:43 AM
Do you people really think that every Aries sun sign is going to have the same kind of day/month/year.....
02-14-2012, 06:49 AM
I do know that people behave under repeatable, regular patterns of behavior when viewed in aggregate. For example, take a look at the google trends behavior of the terms "cake" and "gym" over the past years: http://www.google.com/trends/?q=cake,+gym
You will see the two are anti-correlated, with "gym" getting a boost around new years and cake getting boosts around the holidays and after new years resolutions have worn off. There is a simple, logical socio-cultural explanation for this. There are obvious traditions and habits that we humans undergo, and when viewed in aggregate, like google trends, we can see patterns.
Maybe horoscopes are the same way. When viewed in aggregate, the more detailed aspects of the natal chart are averaged out. I understand why there are complications with newspaper-style horoscopes. I would compare it to when a doctor tells you "eating omega-3 fatty acids is good for you". There are countless other effects that vary from person to person: smoking, exercise, cholesterol, sleeping habits, alcohol consumption, red meat, etc... However, when taken in aggregate, in spite of all this statistical variation, you can still see a positive trend with Omega-3 fatty acids. The same could be true for signs.
I would encourage all of you hard-core astrology people to participate in the site: http://youroscopes.com Consider it a social experiment. I think in the end, once the ball gets rolling and more people are actively participating, it will be great.
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