Sunday, September 24, 2006

On Netscape Promotion

I was skimming the homepage at Netscape today and decided that I am confused about how promotion works. There are some really popular stories that hit the homepage like this one, which has 73 votes and 832 comments and this one, which has 31 votes and 22 comments.

What struck me was the four stories in a row (here) (here) (here) (here) with 6 or less votes and no comments. It just seemed a little wierd that there were four obviously unpopular stories, which happened to be submitted by Navigators. Now, I don't think anything kooky is going on or anything, but perhaps the promotion algorithm needs some tweaking? Maybe less weight given to Navigators?

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