Continuing the discussion from Suggestion: # of likes in a topic in the tool tip:
I’m digging the removal of the Likes column (the glyph being gone in particular make the display less noisy), however I do think @boomzilla makes a good point that views aren’t all that well quantified. (What is a view? Are there different types of views? What does each individual view mean?)
I think the goal of showing stats, like the number of views and likes, is to convey some information about the quality of a topic. If it’s a particularly engaging discussion, it should stand out from the rest.
Any notion I have of what a view count implies is the result of years of frequenting forums and coming up with some arbitrary notions in my head that certain disparities between posts and views are good or bad. (The same can be said for posts vs. likes.) I have no idea how accurate my assumptions are and this unknowingness is part of the reason @codinghorror wanted to use a ratio to give likes more meaning.
But the heatmap on the posts column so far isn’t indicating to me at all a ratio of posts versus likes. It does stand out to me though and seems to be calling to me that a topic is, well, hot. Hot in the sense that it’s a topic to be looked at; a quality topic.
I know there are discussions on fixing the heatmap to be more telling, but why not instead remove the views column too and come up with some kind of “quality score” that incorporates likes and views. Use that quality score to assign the heatmap to the posts column. Keep the coldmap for now simplified activity column and I think it will be easy to glean info at a glance. (Hot and cold together means the topic has had staying power. Etc.)
Views and likes without context are somewhat crummy indicators. Even with context (a post count), how reasonable is it to expect users to come up with the same conclusion about what they mean? I think creating a universal metric is worth consideration. The individual stats can still be displayed within the topic and I’m assuming at some point there will be advanced searching with sorting by views and likes and whatnot, for those who want to do so.