Per-category (and per-tag) ranking factors (e.g. 0.9, 1.2 etc)

(Anton) #1

I would like to propose to introduce per-category factors that would affect all components of a topic’s ranging system, depending on what category it is found in. The same can be applied to tags, btw.

Even though our forum is specialized in goat farming, cheese making and also aimed at milk addicts, there are topics in the “offtopic” category that sometimes get too much attention and thus get quickly to the top in the /top page. Still, I’m unhappy about making such non-professional topics to be shown above all other topics. This makes an impression that our forum is not so professional.

That’s why I’d assign a factor of 0.9 or 0.8 to the “offtopic” category.

Of course, the factor should be always 1 by default unless you explicitly enter a value other than 1.

(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #2

Interesting. It conflicts with the very simple and relatable logic of “newest first” though, becoming more Reddit-esque instead. Most forums probably won’t need this.

How about you restrict your Off-topic forum to TL1 users and above? Then it won’t show up in Latest or Top for anon visitors.

(Anton) #3

The /top page is not about newest first, is it?

(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #4

Ah, yeh you’re right of course. I missed the fact that you were specifically addressing the /top page. This makes plenty of sense for that.

(Jeff Atwood) #5

A simple per category multiplier seems like an easy enough thing to implement. But I highly doubt many people would ever use this.

(Sam Saffron) #6

For top I see this as less useful, but for search results yeah, you may want to push howto to the top always, this is something I have wanted for a while.

(Jeff Atwood) #7

Sounds like a weight number would be useful per category for search and for /top so might be worth including.

(Anton) #8

Juat an idea: such a weight number can be further used for sitemap if it is
ever generated by the core or by a plugin.