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October 03, 2003

Quick hack-Most Popular Entries + Formatting options

OK, I did a quick hack, there is now a Most Popular Entries page. It's a permlink to the left, underneath "Recent Entries." I'll make it more nifty later-but right now it is sorted based on how many comments have been posted. There is an MT plugin that sorts based on apache log files that show particular pages being pulled up-but I really don't care too much what people coming in through search engines look @ unless they post comments (thanks to "R" for the suggestion).

Update: I added a few formatting options, incumbent on cookies being turned on, and targetted to regular readers & those on slow connections (dial-up). You can now suppress the .gif banner display, as well as the sidebar (which has a lot of hidden text that can slow the load) as well as the body of the article text (so if you want to read the article, just click the permlink). The format option page will be linked at the top of the sidebar. Remember, cookies must be on!.

Posted by razib at 01:41 AM




Razib:
"." I'll make it more nifty later-but right now it is sorted based on how many comments have been posted"

I know this is a protoype, but this list has everything to do with how recent the article is and nothing to do with number of comments. The only article on it that has more than 5 comments is 'Rush, Donavan...'.

Posted by: R at October 3, 2003 01:53 AM


Oh sorry, I didn't see what you meant by the Most Popular article link. But, I'd get completely rid of the unnecessary Recent Entry link since everybody who scrolls down already knows what the entries were. Replace it with Most Active Thread link that has the most recent articles with the most comments and keep it to a minimum of 3-5 articles so people don't get inundated. Not trying to sound pushy, just my opinion.

Posted by: R at October 3, 2003 01:57 AM


first few on the list....


Questions White Nationalists should ask themselves 132 comments
So now GNXP is racist..? 120 comments
More multiracial women 102 comments
McKibben celebrates stagnation 95 comments
Kevin MacDonald's kernel of truth 80 comments
getting political... 74 comments
Response to Rienzi 68 comments
NR and Immigration, Part 3 64 comments
Stand up and be counted 61 comments
"The most racist of blogs" 61 comments
Only True Bloods on the side of the Lord of Light? 60 comments
European Innovation 59 comments
Art vs. Food??? 58 comments
Dusty Baker pt II - Entine Weighs In 57 comments
Not an ONION article 56 comments
Feminism and Femininity 56 comments

???

Posted by: razib at October 3, 2003 01:57 AM


i'll keep your thoughts in mind...i think i'll switch everything to the right side of the blog tomorrow (the sidebar) so that dial-up people cant see the 'recent entries' ahead of time since loading is slow for them. i might turn this into a movable type plugin if no one has done something similar...but we'll see. hobby after all ;)

Posted by: razib at October 3, 2003 01:59 AM


OK, 10 most popular entries below recent entries...all for today....

Posted by: razib at October 3, 2003 02:15 AM


I actually meant most popular *current* entries.

Posted by: R at October 3, 2003 04:37 AM


What R wanted was one of those "5 most recent comments" fields like I'm seeing on a lot of blogs these days, so people can track the most active conversations instead of searching them out (hard to do unless you remember how many comments each entry has).

I don't even come to the gnxp page, I go directly to the Movable Type page, b/c it has this convenient feature.

One other benefit of this feature is that people come in off of Google A LOT and comment on all the old threads, and its nice to know what these wacky fuckers are saying ;).

Posted by: Jason Malloy at October 3, 2003 06:42 AM


well, i'll limit it to 5...some of those rolls get large on some blogs....

Posted by: razib at October 3, 2003 10:45 AM


There is an MT plugin that sorts based on apache log files that show particular pages being pulled up-but I really don't care too much what people coming in through search engines look @ unless they post comments

There are possibly ways, using analog or other weblog analysis programs, to screen out readers coming from search engines. But really, it's a philosophical issue: What's more important to the GNXP crew: readers or commenters?

There are technical issues - how far back do your logs go?

Is a post which draws a lot of semi-intelligent commentary "better" than one which draws fewer, but substantially more intelligent, comments?

Posted by: Anthony at October 3, 2003 12:11 PM


Is a post which draws a lot of semi-intelligent commentary "better" than one which draws fewer, but substantially more intelligent, comments?

comments over readers-because most regular commentors are part of the community of GNXP. search engine hits tend to generate fewer comments based on what i've seen on other blogs with comparable hit traffic, but mostly via search engines rather than direct hits (like this blog).

as for intelligent vs. semi-intelligent, that takes human judgement, and that is contingent on time, a scarce resource. if i become rich, i'll hire a full-time moderator. until then...we'll see.... perhaps there's a plugin to make a "killfile" like in usenet? though that would detract from continuity-and even slashdot moderation & rankings tend to break up community coherence.

but we be a small site for now-so points are moot.

Posted by: razib at October 3, 2003 12:25 PM


look to the sidebar "R" & -j.

btw jason, if you think that the template needs some functionality, add it-the MT manual lists all the tags-just had to find the right ones....

Posted by: razib at October 3, 2003 12:46 PM