How to minimize thumbs received while still contributing to BGG
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Please do not thumb this geeklist.

In case there are any folks who, for whatever reason, want to limit the number of thumbs they receive on BGG, I thought a guide might be useful.

So, for the modest, the self-deprecating, and the thumb-phobic...

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1. Board Game: Twin [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Rule #1: Make contributions to little known games

The most brilliant review of a relatively obscure out-of-print game of no particular note will languish, while far less technically proficient reviews of well known games will soon be covered in thumbs.
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Rule #2: Contribute files

While it's possible to have any contribution receive little notice, files are definitely the best type of contribution to have ignored.
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Rule #3: Contribute in languages other than English

I suspect that the more obscure the language, the better at avoiding thumbs, but even common languages strongly depress thumbs.
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Joe Huber

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Rule #4: Don't write geeklists

Geeklists tend to be one of the most thumbed contributions; the easiest method is to avoid writing any. If you do feel the need, a personal geeklist with no comments or comments of no general interest are best; trade lists can work as well, and not publishing to the front page helps quite a bit.
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Rule #5: Eschew milestone announcements

Forum threads used to be a safe haven from thumbs; this is changing in general, but most speicifically milestone postings always seem to engender significant volumes of thumbs.
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6. Board Game: Itinerary [Average Rating:5.72 Unranked]
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Rule #6: Submit bad pictures of games that don't have any

Before geekmoding, getting bad pictures through was much easier. Nowadays, about the only way to manage it is to take photos of games with absolutely no pictures, such that any picture might be considered better than none.

But pictures often find thumbs; bad pictures - perhaps emphasized by the obscure games laking photos - can usually avoid them.
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Joe Huber

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Rule #7: Make contributions that can't be thumbed

For example:

Submit new games
Make Wiki edits
Tip good content
Make trades
Add useful tags
and so on...
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8. Board Game: Chit Chat [Average Rating:5.86 Unranked]
 
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Avoid chit chat at all costs.

It doesn't matter if your post is not funny or lacking insight: You can get dozens of thumbs by just repeating their memes.
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9. Board Game: Weekend in Vegas [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Rule #9: Contribute on the weekend

Contributions of any variety on the weekend seem to consistently get less attention than those made during the week.
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10. Board Game: Green Thumb Cards [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Rule #10: Beg for thumbs.

We don't appreciate blatant requests for thumbs, because they are selfish, smug, ego-centric, and in poor taste. If you want to minimize thumbs received, grovel for them.
Case example #1: "Please thumb this comment" (see comment #2 below)

On the other hand, contributions that specifically request that they not be thumbed, often receive lots of well-deserved thumbs.
Case example #2: "Please do not thumb this geeklist" (see list #42404 above)
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11. Board Game: Good Humor Game [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Do not have a sense of humor.

Its too easy to make someone chuckle, be it a forum reply, geeklist item or a clever photo-rebuttal in the midst of a flamewar. Geeks with no sense of humor are far more successful at avoiding thumbs.
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12. Board Game: Donny & Marie Osmond TV Show Game [Average Rating:2.70 Unranked]
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Be nice.

To avoid unsightly thumb stains, be sure to keep your criticisms constructive and well-mannered. Snarky remarks and sweeping, inarticulate generalizations about how a particular game, game designer or subset of gamer classification "suck ass" or "blow chunks" will draw like-minded malcontents out of their bunkers to importune you with unwanted approbation. In the worst-case scenario, you will be labeled as a fearless revolutionary and someone who "tells it like it is" and will become the hero of high school dropouts everywhere.

Other words and turns of phrase to avoid are "hack," "crap," "crap-ass," "pretentious goofball," "torquing the incentive grid" and "boner."
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13. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:580]
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Avoid the weekly thrift list

Fifty thumbs for finding Formula De? Why not? Did I upload an awesome file that enhances my experience of FD? No. Did I post a cool new variant? No. And I thought the reward was the money I got selling this game. Fifty thumbs.
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14. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1446] [Average Rating:6.36 Unranked]
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Don't post about the tragedies in your life

...otherwise you'll receive many thumbs of support and encouragement from the BGG community.
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15. Board Game Designer: Reiner Knizia

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Squirrel away eminently thumbable images in one's personal gallery after said content is mercilessly declined by Geekmod.
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16. Board Game: Just Wait [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
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Adding an Item to a Geeklist:

If you decide to add an item to a geeklist, wait until there's been enough bad entries before it. People will lose interest in the list and jump to the home page before reaching your contribution. Quality aside, they won't thumb what they didn't read.
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17. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.81 Overall Rank:15230]
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Do NOT add Busen Memo to a geeklist. Someone will thumb it.
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18. Board Game: Groovy Girls Sleepover Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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Wear a shirt.
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19. Board Game: Sex is Fun [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
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Rule #8: Do not post sexual innuendo vaguely related to games. People tend to ignore these postings and flag them to the admins.
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Geeklists that offer any sort of GeekGold reward tend to get thumbed pretty well. Avoid posting them at all costs.

Edit to add: Since I added this, the author of that list removed the "Win GG!" from the list title. A classic move.
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21. Board Game: Last Word [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:14722]
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A great way to minimize your thumbs is to add an item to a geeklist after everyone else. Best is to wait 2 or 3 days (or more) before adding the item to the bottom of the list. That way few geeks will notice it. In general the lower your item is on a geeklist the more chance you have to receive thumbs.

Many items on this geeklist have received a bunch of thumbs. I am hoping to show that my method is the best and that this item will receive the fewest thumbs. (and hopefully no geekgold whatsoever.)

It will be tough to receive less thumbs than item 19 so I am aiming for a tie.
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22. Board Game: Beat the Competition [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Do not run contests where the most thumbed entry wins GeekGold

I have took the friggin' time to offer my hard, slaved over geekMod lovin' GeekGoldbagbagbagbag to run many a fun friggin' contest.
But I receive a minutia of thumbs...
Why?????
Because the guys that entered don't want the contest on the front page so there are more entries!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think I am gonna fix 'em by offering
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23. Board Game: Tet Offensive [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:10062]
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Use the tertiary content to offend as many people as possible.

You can post the most insightful analysis of a popular game possible but if your avatar is an animation of a cat being thrown in to a chipper and your sig line insults the parentage of AT fans you won't get any thumbs.

The trick is to offend everyone at once. Some people will thumb you just for a cat mincing picture, you have to isolate their demographic with another insult in a different spot.
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24. Board Game: Firsts and Thirds [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Leave the third comment. The first one (and sometimes the second one) gets the majority of the thumb traffic. When the comment thread is compressed down to show only the oldest and newest posts, yours will be hidden from view by "Show XYZ more comments...". You're safe!
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25. Board Game: Loaded Questions [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:4723]
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Spend most of your BGG time contributing to GeekQuestions. Thumbs there are just for show.
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