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Forum topic by freddy1962 posted 06-26-2014 09:43 PM 2084 views 2 times favorited 64 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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freddy1962

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06-26-2014 09:43 PM

I’m sorry, 2 boards project made it to the Daily Top 3. Someone please explain this Daily Top 3 to me. Is it flawed and pretty much meaningless? Is it project quality? Come on man, any project this week could beat 2 boards, right? Some of this stuff gets 30-40 posts and 1000 views. Are the views people looking on and going “oh my God can you believe this” Explain it please.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)


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#1 posted 06-26-2014 10:05 PM

If look through previous top 3’s you can see a pattern in what determines it.

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 10:22 PM

There’s no rhyme or reason to it….
I’ve seen numerous items there that aren’t even projects , and some not even wood !!!
Kind of makes the ”honor” meaningless, aye?

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 10:30 PM

There’s an algorithm that factors in views, comments, and favorites and time to figure out what gets put in the top 3. As far as I can tell, favorites are the most heavily weighted, followed by comments, followed by views. And I believe it is whatever gains the most cumulative points in the previous 24 hours.

That’s why you typically see so many projects that are shop related in the top 3 as many people favorite the projects so that they can remember to make them later.

Sometimes really good work goes unnoticed, and sometimes you end up with things that probably shouldn’t be a top 3 up there. Just the way the numbers work.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 10:53 PM

I look at all of the projects I haven’t viewed yet. I don’t really pay attention to the Daily Top 3. My most difficult piece didn’t make into the daily top 3 while some of my other projects did. I’m not really disturbed by that. I look more at who comments on my piece and what the comments are. There are some really fine woodworkers on this site! If they give me a compliment, that makes my day!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 11:23 PM

Thanks for downplaying my post. I don’t really care what makes it to the top 3, including my own. However, I also don’t slam anyone else who makes it. FYI, between sawing, planing, gluing (they are not one solid piece), sanding and finishing, I have about 40 hours in those “2 boards”.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 06-26-2014 11:58 PM

Wow, I’m not a very talented woodworker. I freely admit it. But sometimes the beauty of the project stands on it’s own. If it two pieces of wood, than that is some great talent. I had a workbench make the top three. Admittedly, it wasn’t all that special, but I sure treasure it, every day that I work with it. I am grateful that it has nothing to do with the complexity of the project but the beauty of the wood. Some folks can do some incredible things with seemingly simple wood.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#7 posted 06-27-2014 12:14 AM

I was going to post the 2 boards that I have been working on but now I don’t know? I’m kind of sensitive!

-- Andre of Alberta. Are you Kidding me?

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#8 posted 06-27-2014 12:15 AM

Post it Andre. I’m not a great wood worker, but love seeing how others do things.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#9 posted 06-27-2014 12:36 AM

I’ve looked at the history of the daily top 3 as suggested. It looks like many of the daily top 3 are put there by the “buddie” system. So it’s probably not a quality thing some of the time and it’s just somewhat meaningless and maybe a flawed system. Monte I wasn’t downplaying anything, just asking what many thought. I’ve spent 30 years gluing up hardwood panels. Basically taking narrow boards and gluing them up into one large board. It is what it is. I wouldn’t personally put that up as a project and if it got comments I’d be embarrassed. If that’s your project, that’s your deal bud. My question was regarding the validity of the daily top 3. Many projects barely get comments and they should. Many are quality, well thought out projects with awesome finishes and they never make the top 3. I feel bad for these people when “boards” go to the top 3. I personally could care less about the top 3 for me, doesn’t matter at all. I actually didn’t realize their was a top 3 until a few weeks ago when someone stated in a post “I hope you make it to the top 3.” I log in directly to the “forum” not the homepage. Since then I have been watching it and it seemed REAL strange that some projects made it and many, many that deserved it, didn’t.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#10 posted 06-27-2014 12:38 AM

Jeff, it is not a critique of the quality of the projects. That said, there are so many that are really very well done. I am amazed at the talent here.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Mainiac Matt

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#11 posted 06-27-2014 12:42 AM

I like Monte’s work. Making three boards look like one isn’t as easy as one might think.

I’ve had several top 3 projects. Some I’m kind of proud of. Some I was a little embarrassed by.

I think a lot of it depends on the time of day you post, as most LJs seam to be in the US time zones.
People who have a lot of buddies and who are followed by many also get a lot of looks.
And as noted, shop projects always attract a lot of attention.

Regardless, it’s not an Nobel prize. Just a friendly little “at a boy”

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#12 posted 06-27-2014 12:45 AM

I personally could care less about the top 3 for me, doesn’t matter at all.

If that is true then your original post doesn’t make any sense at all. Just sayin’.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 06-27-2014 12:52 AM

Jmart outlined the overall mechanics of how the top 3 is selected. Making the top 3 can be the product of a few different factors. If the project is over the top nice, if it is a useful or unique jig, or if the maker is a more well known or regular contributor. Lots of people here interact with Monte, like to see what he is up and provide positive feedback on what he has made. Therefore some of the heavier LJ participants tend to appear in the top 3 more often.

Nothing to worry about, or to question too deep. People have tended to get too worked up over the top 3 for too long. All the ones that are top 3 deserve to be there for one reason or another. I don’t think they will be sending out a check for the winners. It is kind of silly thing to worry about in my opinion.

I agree that there are lots of great projects that go underappreciated. There is so much info to take in on this site, I tend to not even look at most projects unless it has a title or subject that interests me, or if it was made by someone I am familiar with.

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freddy1962

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#14 posted 06-27-2014 12:53 AM

Don’t start with your little “followers” group attack with me bondo. I could care less if ANY OF MY projects make it to the top anything. How’s that?

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#15 posted 06-27-2014 01:00 AM

Freddie, I’m not part of any group of little followers. I don’t have that much clout. However, I think your taking the top three much too seriously. It is just a way to enjoy some talented work.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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