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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 11-14-2011 06:01 PM 10197 reads 2 times favorited 62 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let’s see what you think about this update. I’m quite excited about it and am eager to see how it evolves down the road. I personally found home page a bit boring for some time and was thinking about the way to make it more interesting – possibly by adding a bit of competitiveness to it as it never hurts. The final update is more robust and it awards the most active projects posted daily.

So what’s it all about? The most recent projects were replaced by Daily Top 15 on the home page. It is the list of projects that have been posted in the past 24 hours sorted by their score which is result of the secret formula that takes views, comments and faves into account. So the more you spread the word about your project on other social networks like your Facebook or Twitter, the better your chance is to get to the list. But it’s not just about views because project has to be cool enough to generate lots of comments and faves as you know. The formula is quite robust and has the tendency to bring the most interesting projects to the top every day.

It looks like this on home page:

This Daily Top 15 list is refreshed periodically during the day. Making it to Top 15 is great as it brings even more views to your project but it can get even better… and that’s when you make it to Top 3 – you will have much bigger project thumbnail on the home page and your project will receive life-long shiny DAILY TOP 3 badge on the project page:

You will be notified by email when one of your projects makes it to Top 3 so you can check out the badge yourself. I’m sure it will make your day.

I think it was the right time to get rid of the recent projects from the home page and replace them with the daily best. That’s what home page is for (latest projects can be browsed on the Projects page as always). And yes, I think refreshing the home page will get quite addictive to some :)

I’ve also created a script that is just going through all past days of LumberJocks history and is awarding the top 3 projects on a given day with the DAILY TOP 3 badge. You will not receive an email so feel free to check out your best projects and see if they made it or not. The script is on June 2010 right now…

Hope you will enjoy this update. Cheers!

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 06:14 PM

If I read this right, a new project will not be displayed until it is popular enough. How will it ever get popular if it is not displayed in its infancy? Seems like a catch 22 to me. Now you are relying soley on the poster to generate interest in their own project? Many folks(like me) rarely advertise their projects elsewhere.

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 06:18 PM

As mentioned in the post, projects page is showing all projects sorted by date by default so it shows most recent projects first. Every new project is also added to the LJ Projects RSS feed that has close to 1000 subscribers. On top of that, your buddies are notified about your new project so they can check it out and it also appears in the Pulse.

With the pace new projects are being posted now they were displayed on home page only few minutes anyway.

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#3 posted 11-14-2011 06:19 PM

I like it ,if you get to the top 15 your project will get more views,that way it won’t be lost in cyberspace.

-- Bill in Mich

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 06:24 PM

I’m sure it will all work out. :) I didn’t mean my comment to be negative. Thanks for putting this site together Martin.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 11-14-2011 06:30 PM

That’s a nice upgrade, Martin. I don’t often visit the ‘homepage,’ using Buddies and Pulse most often, but I will now, to see what your formula has selected. One question: I assume you mean ‘mentioning your projects on other social websites like FB and Twitter’ as in, linking them to LJs as LJs projects, and not just independently?


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#6 posted 11-14-2011 06:30 PM

It was not taken as negative.. I just explained :)

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#7 posted 11-14-2011 06:48 PM

Two thumbs up! Well done, Martin.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#8 posted 11-14-2011 06:50 PM

Hi Barb, yes linking them back to LJ. It’s just a hint of course.

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#9 posted 11-14-2011 06:56 PM

Any change takes a little getting used to – but this should work out nicely.

Good point about how quickly projects move off the old home page.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 11-14-2011 07:01 PM

I have found, through experience elsewhere, that the vast majority of people do not LOOK for something. While some will come to the site, and actively go looking to see the new projects posted by clicking on the ‘Projects tab”, most people come here, look at the highlights on the homepage, and when their interest it caught, they explore further.

Take my daily routine here for example. I visit the home page and look at everything there. I love the little scroll feature which allows me to see the 30 (I think) most recent projects without having to load another page. I almost never click on the projects page, I didn’t even know there was a tab for it at the top of the screen, and I’m on here a lot! If I wanted to see more than 30 projects (which I rarely did), I clicked the link that said “See more”- which is now gone too.

Personally, I like your idea. But I am disappointed that you ALSO got rid of the old projects scroller. Now, the only way for people to get on the home page is to promote themselves, or hope enough people take the time to load the projects page and see their project. Maybe it will work out. But I suspect you’ll get a lot of grief over this one.

Just my two cents…

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#11 posted 11-14-2011 07:04 PM

How often and at what times will the list get refreshed? I am wondering if this makes it better to post projects in the morning or at night or if it matters at all? At first glance, this seems like a cool change. Thanks Martin!


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#12 posted 11-14-2011 07:18 PM

Martin., front page looks great and the idea of top 3 awarding is awesome!

Great work. thanks

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 11-14-2011 07:19 PM

In the past, I quickly realized that the best way to view ALL of the projects without missing any, was to simply go to the home page. From there, I’d click on the ‘Projects’ tab. Then, I could view the projects starting with the most recently posted one, and advance backward until I got to the point where I’d left off from the last time I visited. This way, I never missed any projects posted. I’ve always been mystified by members who complain of their projects getting pushed off the first page. I’m betting that fewer and fewer people will bother looking at everyone’s projects via the “Projects” tab with the Top 15 given a more prominent place on this site. Just my opinion.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#14 posted 11-14-2011 07:34 PM

I’ll reserve my opinion until I’ve seen it a bit. But I suspect I’ll just start going to the projects page instead. I would have thought that the issue with displaying the individual users’ projects gallery would have been addressed, but that still appears to be broken?

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#15 posted 11-14-2011 07:49 PM

+1 for Mike,
I also will take a wait and see position.
However,my first reaction was “this is not nor should it be a @#^$%&) competition! I do compete with myself but when the posting of projects takes on a competive nature IMHO the amount of information that will be shared will diminish. And I thought that the whole premice of the MB was to share information. Correct me if I’m wrong on this.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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