I’m not sure what and how is considered when ranging topics in the /top page, but this case looks really weird for all mods, who watch the list regularly.
We’re running a contest where the top topic of the month wins. However, people who participate are already unhappy about the ranging and they all think the topic #3 must be currently at the top. We, admins and mods, think the same.
Please could you take a look, what might be moving the topic #3 below and keeping the other one at the top?
It might be that investigating this case might help to introduce more factors in ranging that were not considered yet.