It would be cool to see an option to search for the best posts.
A good example is bestofyoutube.com. They have the option to search most popular video of the day, week, month, year, and all time. It looks like they use some algorithm based on how many views and how liked and disliked a video is.
I bet it would be possible to sift out the coolest posts on permies based on how many likes, views, and apples it has. This could even be something that goes out on the dailiyish email: "top 5 posts of last yesterday/last week."
Currently, a pollinator (a non-staff person who's account has been "blessed" because they have so many apples and they are generally regarded as an excellent contributor) has the ability to hand out one apple per day.
A volunteer (staff) can hand out three apples per day. Stewards can hand out gobs of apples each day.
I can see the leaderboard, too, Paul, and all the tabs you mention.
posted 4 years ago
Never saw that before! Thanks for pointing that out Paul.
However, the leader board is specific to people (e.g. Burra is the all time leader for apples). It would be cool to see posts/threads listed in a similar way (which post/thread has the most likes/apples; which threads are the longest/most viewed might be cool too although less useful that likes/apples.)
But I believe Burra said that something like this is in the works. Thanks for connecting folks with cool and useful info even more efficiently.
posted 4 years ago
Just noticed "hot topics" and "flagged topics."
It seems that these do a lot of what I am suggesting. So either I am not proficient at poking around a website to find all of the tools to optimize my experience, or perhaps those search modifiers could be visually optimized, (maybe bring them below the logo and feature video?)
Perhaps a more intuitive name change: "hot topics" could be changed to "most commented" or "most active" or "most [of whatever the sorting algorithm looks at]," and "flagged topics" could be "most important topics" (maybe it is just me but flagged could also mean posts that have been reported as spam or nasty even though I know that it doesn't make sense...)
These are more to share my impressions of various features for your consideration rather than suggest changes from a position of a professional website developer (which I a not.)