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Trying Something Out: Houston YNOT

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 4:17 PM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals
For those of you that know about YNOT, you can skip this bit right here and jump right into making your picks, if you want.  For those of you that wonder where this is coming from, let me give you a little background.  I think I've done it before on this blog, but it's been a while and I'm sure William would like to know what's going on.

When I first started my Internet career, as it were, I spent time at a site that, while it went through numerous changes, was mainly known as FanHome.  Obviously, I spent a lot of time in the Cardinal forum there, but I'd read other forums as well, most notably the Montreal Expos forum.  (Side note: Popular baseball writer Jonah Keri, before he was a star, was one of the regular posters in there.)  They had this game they called YNOT, because the poster that started it was named YNOT Us, YNOT Now, I believe.

YNOT is a simple prediction game.  10 questions of differing point value are asked about an upcoming series.  At the end of it, it was graded, scores were kept, etc.  After playing the Montreal version for a while, I asked if I could move it over to the Cardinal board.  I ran the Cardinal YNOT from 2001-2005, I believe, at that board.  In the meantime, I moved over to CardsClubhouse and ran it there from 2003 forward.  Roark, the owner of the Clubhouse, even designed a fancy submission tool over there.  Things were great.

The last couple of years, I've gotten busy with this blog, the UCB, and various other things and let YNOT slide somewhat, but a great poster over at the Clubhouse has been helping me the last couple of years.  This year, with a pending upgrade to CCH upcoming, we've taken YNOT off the board system and are using Google Forms to record submissions.  The winners are still posted over at the Clubhouse, however.

While I was setting up the Houston one this afternoon, I realized that I could embed this form straight into here, saving my readers some effort and perhaps expanding the pool of participants for this series.  If you are so inclined, go ahead and fill it out.  I'll try to link the results here when I post them at CCH.  If you want me to continue to do this in the future, let me know in the comments or via some method (e-mail, Twitter, etc.)

Have fun!



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