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What does 'Most Popular' mean?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Lascarina, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I have just looked at the Hit Parade chart of 'Most Popular Threads' on here and see that in number one place is a thread that has been locked but had 47 posts. In second place is one with 28 posts, in third is one with 233 posts, in 4th one with 31 posts and at the bottom is one with 15 posts. What does 'most popular' mean in this context then? Anyone got any ideas?
     
  2. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Maybe it means how many times it's been viewed..?
    I don't know, really.
     
  3. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    Maybe it's comments within a certain period of time, and the longest one had the bulk of its comments in the previous timeframe.
     
  4. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    They were all posted on Tuesday, it says.
     
  5. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    No idea then
     
  6. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Ah, you are right. I have just checked. It is the number of views. I wonder what it is that makes a thread attract views. Maybe the robots seek out a particular type of thread. It can hardly be TES posters who account for the views since there are rarely more than 60 looking at the site at any one time.
     
  7. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Now that IS a silly way of organising such things
    If these were truly popular threads they would have got nearly as many messages as views.
    I read lots of "threads" but post on less than half of them
     
    aspensquiver likes this.
  8. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Probably some formula put together by a data-wonk like 'views'*'likes'/responses or something.
     
  9. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    How does it work, do you think, Did? Where are all the views coming from?
     
  10. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I've no idea
    Could be that Lanokia is partially right and the result of being listed on the "Popular Threads" led to more people looking at the threads to see why they were listed
    After a few views it all becomes self-generating
     
  11. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    We can test it if you like
    Create a thread. Ask people not to reply but to view it as often as possible and see what happens
     
  12. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I appear to have a devious and highly cynical mind :oops:
     

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