|Forum topic by Craftsman on the lake||posted 09-15-2012 01:11 PM||1609 views||0 times favorited||61 replies|
09-15-2012 01:11 PM
This is a totally useless forum topic but I just couldn’t help but post what I’ve noticed.
I’ve been looking at the top three projects for a while now. Please keep in mind that posting for me isn’t an issue, no matter where I get posted as long as it’s there to read. But, i’ve been fascinated by the algorithm that picks the top three. I don’t know what it is and am sure that it involves more than one aspect but I think I’ve gotten one of them.
I began running some numbers of the people that that reply to new project posts. I’ve found a higher number of the projects in the top 3 that have responders that are newer to responding or less for the number of days they’ve been members.
You’ll see a lot more things like 34 posts in 245 days
You’ll still see some (but less) that are like 1278 posts in 678 days
A lot more of them are fewer posts for the number of days that they are members.
Upon looking at a project with a lot of replies it’s not really always obvious but if you plot the ratios of replies to days that a people replying has been members, it almost always comes out that the top three have more replies from members that have been on awhile but have fewer total replies. Or more accurately a lower ratio of posts to number of days a member.
Remember that 1000 posts in 2000 days is as good as 100 posts in 200 days.. it’s the same ratio.
So, is the top three somehow a way to bring out projects that have been recognized by members who post very conservatively… meaning: They only reply when they feel something really deserves recognition? Possibly more conservative repliers also encourage projects that are a ‘good try’ or from newer woodworkers too? I don’t know. Just an observation that really isn’t very important.
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