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"Most Popular" ... ? Answered

I was curious how the "Most Popular" section on the front page works, it's great and shows some wonderful Instructables, but I'm curious as to how an Instructable with just 67 views gets #1 on the list.

Is it views / time? Comments / time?

Thanks!

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Creativeman

7 years ago

Great topic/question, Kryptonite! For those of us with inquiring minds, and I think that pretty much includes us all (instructables community), it begs an answer. Is an algorithm something that allows someone to take great liberties,with, i.e., tweak statistics to fit one's needs? It would seem so. I've often wondered how the "featured" label is applied. There have certainly been times when one of my instructables wasn't featured and I thought that surely it would be...and conversely, ones I would rush through would be featured. So I think, in the end, it comes down to one editor, or decision maker, as the case may be who is responsible for all of these types of issues, even to deciding who wins and who does not...human nature being what it is, and prevailing in the end as it were!

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Phil BCreativeman

Reply 8 months ago

Featured status seems to be a subjective evaluation by an editor. Like you, some I thought might be featured were not and some were featured to my grest surprise. I have noticed some editors are more likely to festure an Instructable than are others. I gave up worrying sbout it and publish to please myself.

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annahowardshaw

7 years ago

It's just recently featured Instructables, at least for the most part. Cross check 'Recent' against 'Most Popular'.

Never understood that since there is a category of 'Popular' that is determined by views over time.

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Phil Bannahowardshaw

Reply 8 months ago

Now and then one of my Instructsbles has been on the Popular page. Usually they were from years ago when they suddenly showed up as popular. For me the curious thIng was the number of views or favorites did not seem to rise significantly. It is all a mystery to me.

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Kryptoniteannahowardshaw

Reply 7 years ago

The 'Popular' category seems more appropriate, the tab on the home page just looks like recently featured.

It would be useful if it listed most popular for the day, for the week, for the month... worked out by views / time, that could be most appropriate!

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monsterlego

7 years ago

I think things get in the most popular list as soon as there featured.

You should contact the editors about this if it bothers you.

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Kiteman

7 years ago

Something like that.

I had it explained to me some time ago, but all I remember is that there's an algorithm involved...

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KryptoniteKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Sounds like there's some one smart behind it, just like the rest of Instructables!

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RedneckEngineerKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Interesting and scary at the same time. Here comes "The end of the world as we know it"

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vishalapr

7 years ago

All those instructables are usually featured ibles and ones that the community team like!

One of my ibles was shown there and that day my views count for that ible went up by 6000+ views!