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Forum topic by Cricket posted 04-17-2014 04:21 PM 2948 views 0 times favorited 76 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2014 04:21 PM

Out of respect for others in the community, please adhere to our guidelines that you agree to when you click the link.

”Yes, I want to post my finished project that is made of wood. If it doesn’t fit the above description (like tool gloats & upgrades, wood gloats, projects in progress etc.), either blog it or post it in an appropriate forum. Otherwise it will be removed.”

As an example, the recent 2×4 project (posted as a joke) was truly funny and gave me a big smile, but when it received so many comments that it reached the top 3 for the day, it meant that another “real” project did not make the list.

Yes, I realize top 3 status isn’t a Nobel Peace Prize, but it is important to many and helps offer recognition for a job well done. Let’s respect that.

Thank you for understanding.

-- Community Manager

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#1 posted 04-17-2014 04:41 PM

I’m not quite sure how the top 3 is determined, but it seems to me that comments really shouldn’t have anything to do with a project making the top 3.

Maybe its asking a bit much but it would be kind of cool if each project had a button that you could click on to ‘nominate for top 3’ or something similar, but have the button only visible for registered members so votes wouldn’t get skewed.


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#2 posted 04-17-2014 04:48 PM

Comments are only one part of the algorithm and not something we are planning on changing. I am only asking that we are all playing by the same rules by only posting projects that are truly projects which we have personally completed and that they are made of wood. :-)

-- Community Manager

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#3 posted 04-17-2014 04:52 PM

To be fair, it was a complete 2×4 made of wood.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 04:56 PM

I also wondered how the “Top 3” worked too? (I hope to someday crack that bench mark with one of my projects.)
If its just by comments, that makes me not want to answer or comment back on my projects to another Jock.

There are times I have been asked questions on a project several times and I responded in the comments.
How should we respond because if we just PM then other Jocks miss out on possibly learning or adding some great info?

I click the vote button for the idea that 7Footer just proposed. I am not a programmer so I have no idea what that takes to make happen.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#5 posted 04-17-2014 04:56 PM

”To be fair, it was a complete 2×4 made of wood.”

Yes, but it was not completed by the member who posted it, unless of course he took a tree and turned it into a perfect 2×4, in which case I will apologize.

-- Community Manager

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#6 posted 04-17-2014 04:59 PM

The top 3 is determined by a combination of comments, favorites (these way heavily in the algorithim) and views from what I can tell. For instance, you can have a project with 42 comments and no favorites not make the top 3 but a project with 5 comments and 8 favorites make it.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#7 posted 04-17-2014 05:01 PM

I did not mean to turn this into a debate about how the top 3 is determined. I am only requesting that we all play by the same rules. Now, lets move on to much more interesting topics like what everyone is working on right now. :-)

-- Community Manager

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#8 posted 04-17-2014 05:04 PM

seems the top three
are done from comments
times viewed
and the time it took for this to happen

as compared to others that might have more (or less)
comments or views
in a longer (or shorter) time scale
also marketing like the title of the project
will draw the curious to look

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 04-17-2014 05:08 PM

Well, now that I’ve seen an example, I might try to make a 2×4. I’ll post progress shots, of course.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Paul Maurer

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#10 posted 04-17-2014 05:08 PM

Post #5

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#11 posted 04-17-2014 05:21 PM

It looks like the top-ranking 2X4 project has been removed, but it’s unliving remains are still occupying a top spot:

EDIT: The tubafore has left the building!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#12 posted 04-17-2014 06:05 PM

You are of course correct. Most of us are guilty of taking it too lightly at times and forget that it effects a large number of people.

Not necessarily in the immediate future, but I would like to see them reevaluate how the top 3 are determined. I have had a couple projects make it to the top 3 ahead of others that I felt were much more deserving. Just a thought. I know that this was not the intended thought for this topic, but it has been batted around before.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 04-17-2014 07:28 PM

A photo gallery for non-wood projects would be a nice addition to the site. So folks would have a place to post restored machinery or tools, things like that. I realize these can be (and are) posted in blogs and threads but having them all in a gallery to peruse would be interesting.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 04-17-2014 07:47 PM

I like Rick M’s idea. It would be nice to see all of the “restoration before and after” pictures without going through hundreds of pages looking for the pictures.

-- Matt, Mississippi

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#15 posted 04-17-2014 08:26 PM

If the 2×4 “project” is enough of a concern to delete it, how about going back to when the Top 3 was out of commission for several days? Those project owners would have liked to been part of the Top 3 “festivities” – I know it’s true for me…

I know it can be done, when the Top 3 was started, all previous projects got the same evaluation.

The time frame was around 74-76ish days ago (~Feb 1 2014)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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