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#1 posted 07-25-2016 12:26 PM

It’s an algorithm based on various factors and only applies within the first 24 hours after the project is posted. I don’t know that the exact formula has been shared, but the three things that seem to count are views, comments and favorites. Some kind of point system is in place that counts favorites as more than comments and comments more than views.

If a project has been favorited several times, that can launch it into the Top 3 over something with more comments and views, but less times favorited. Since there is a 24 hour window, a lot also depends on how many projects have been posted recently. We’ve had days with so few projects posted over the previous day that the Top 15 only has nine or ten projects.

The recurring complaint that comes up is some beautifully built projects never get to Top 3, while simpler ones do. That’s because people tend to favorite things they might want to build or take inspiration from in the future and a project that takes a very high level of skill to complete is less likely to have a lot of people feel they can build it, so they don’t put it into favorites. Shop jigs and similar are frequent recipients of Top 3 awards for this very reason—they would be useful to a lot of members, so get favorited so they can be saved for the future.

Likewise, a project from someone who is a frequent contributor on the site and has a lot of people who know who they are and appreciate their work will tend to get a lot of comments, which ups the tally toward Top 3.

I see a LOT of repetitive decisions when there are others that are more deserving that day.

- recycle1943

Deserving in whose eyes? That’s the question and dilemma when you are trying to set up something like this. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve had a couple projects get Top 3 that didn’t deserve it based on the skill they took to complete, such as my drill press table. They got there because they were found to be useful. Is useful less deserving than beautiful? Depends on the person you ask. For those that favorited, useful was obviously more important.

Personally, I don’t care about Top 3 awards themselves, I just post projects to share what I’ve been doing with other woodworkers. Others do care about Top 3 and it’s a source of pride to them. Doesn’t make one of us right and one wrong, just different takes on the same topic.

If you want to help a project attain Top 3, post a comment and put it into your favorites. Even if you don’t want to build it later, you can remove it from favorites after the 24 hour period is up and you’ve helped the maker toward the award.

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