I am happy to announce that in the past couple of weeks we've been busy fixing up ManageWP.org in order to improve the quality of articles served on the Popular page, and the overall page speed. Here's a short recap of work done.
New algorithm favors fresh articles
A while back we fixed a lot of issues with karma and how they impacted the Popular articles. But that backfired in a spectacular way: the fixed ranking algorithm favored articles upvoted by users with high karma, to such an extreme that these articles remained on the top of Popular for months. So we took another stab at it, and the new article ranking has a much faster decay, helping you see fresh news every day.
Karma has been giving us a ton of performance issues, so we decided to drop it. It's replaced by a much more straightforward activity score, akin to Reddit: there's no ranking decay, and the more you share, vote and comment, the higher the rank. Top ranking users will have a more influential vote than rookies. Your rank is currently hidden, but at some point we will make it public. It's worth noting that we're not resetting anyone's rank. Instead, we're calculating it based on your past activity.
We're actively combating spam
We recently saw a spike in spam comments. Unfortunately, since users can register with just their social media accounts, we had a flood of spam accounts dropping backlinks left and right. So we decided to implement captcha in the comments, and it worked like charm. We also stripped all links from the comments - they are replaced by plain text URL. If you want to follow a link in the comment, simply c/p it.
For starters, we need your feedback on the ranking algorithm. Please fill out the survey and let us know how to improve it:
We also plan to improve the moderation tools and get more volunteers aboard. If you're interested in helping, let me know, as we're be expanding our moderation team once everything is in place.
As always, don't hesitate to drop your feedback in the comments. This website is yours as well, and I'd love to hear any thoughts that would help us improve the experience for everyone.
I should spam the crap out of ManageWP.org .
I mean, apparently, I'm behind the times, right?
Looks like everyone else is already spamming ManageWP, and I've been left in the dust. I should get all my backlinks from here!
Here's a perfect example. Look at the comments on https://managewp.org/articles/16787/getting-ready-for-gutenberg-helping-developers-prepare-for-it . WTF?
I guess this is what happens when you sell your soul to the devil. (Or Godaddy?)
Obviously, no one gives a crap any longer. Probably time to abandon ship.
I noticed this trend that the number of spam accounts and the number of comments left by these bots? is increasing. Just take a look at this thread here:
Any ideas or solution?
First of all, I'd like to thank you all for putting up with the glitches that have been plaguing us in the past several months. What started as a way to stabilize the website, unrolled as a continuing series of troubleshooting one issue after another.
Here's a short timeline of the key events:
- Several months ago ManageWP.org started having stability issues. Our investigation found that it was hitting the hosting resource limit due to suboptimal code. Most of these issues revolved around the way karma is calculating everything but your blood cell count.
- As we dug into the karma algorithm we managed to simplify the calculation, but also fixed the calculation errors that caused karma to balloon for some users.
- After some celebratory high fives, we realized that the karma calculation, now fixed, is actually bad. It siphons karma from contributors, rewarding passive activity. That's why our most prolific users ended up with very low vote strength
So at that point we had a choice:
- Roll back to the original karma algorithm, and bring back stability issues
- Tweak the current algorithm
- Roll up our sleeves, rip out the karma algorithm and replace it with a meaningful algorithm that rewards active contributors
So we opted for no.3, cleared up the schedule for several developers, and got down to business. We should be able to get the new algorithm in place in the next few weeks.
What can you expect?
Karma will be retired
While a fun little gamification, it's not a contributing factor. The vote strength is the true value there. And since both of them are based on the same stats (i.e. shares, upvotes, etc.), we will focus on the vote strength. The higher vote strength you have, the more impact your upvote will have.
Vote strength will be tiered
Based on your activity, you will be placed in one of the 3 tiers:
- Average vote strength: the default strength that you start with
- High vote strength: an active contributor, with a fair share of shares, upvotes & comments
- Exceptional vote strength: the most active percentage of the member base
Sharing rights will be given automatically after certain amount of activity. This will help new users become active, since in the current state a moderator has to approve the request manually.
We're introducing a couple of tools that will make moderation easier, and at the same time we'll log all the actions so we could go back and see why a moderator removed a particular article.
We will definitely need your help fine tuning the new algorithm. We will also need to start a conversation on what constitutes a good article, because our article guidelines are also due for an update. Expect more feedback posts in the future, and we're also looking at setting up a Trello board to discuss various topics.
Those are our plans for 2018 in a nutshell. Let me know your thoughts, since all of you as much members of the community as I am.
I have a problem finding a blog with meaningful comments section nowadays. 10 years ago comments on blogs flourished, while today even once comment-heavy blogs have their comments sections virtually empty.
Have the Web moved on? Is taking time to write a comment, time that we do not have any more?
Need to do a WordPress site for a hobby and am wondering what do you use nowadays to develop WordPress locally? I remember tools like WAMP back in the day. Also do you still develop sites locally or latency is not an issue any more for most purposes?
In case you missed one or looking for a specific one:
That is a lot of posts. Interestingly every single one received at least 18 votes. If you want guaranteed first spot you know what you need to do :)
I am interested in how do you perceive GoDaddy's brand giving it a simple score from 1 to 100 (100 being best) and why?
Looking to gather as much as feedback possible. Don't be shy, open up :)
Previous status and methodology:
Congrats to WPEngine for keeping the title of the strongest WP brand!
Notably, WPTavern overtook WooThemes for #2 spot, ManageWP overtook WPMUDev for #6, and Pagely made the biggest jump in terms of gaining brand equity.
As a side note, all these brands together follow less than 12,000 unique people.
This holiday season, in order to highlight people who have helped me grow, I'm flipping things around on "secret santa" and announcing "secret mentor"
I nominated Jake Goldman of 10UP as my #secretmentor for all the help he has provided me over the years. What about you, who has helped you become who you are, whether they know it or not?
Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/socl-x4fQ6k
Looks like voter counts were totally reset... which I guess that's fine, but I'd love to hear why and how and what else you all have in store for ManageWP.org this 2018.
p.s. I'd love it if my voter count was restored too since it was quite good previously, but it's your platform.
I'm Brian(https://twitter.com/madeinbrian) a rookie WordPress developer
and the reason I'm writing is because, I wanted your advice on a platform I've been working on for the WP community.
But first, here is my problem, for years I have been turning to trusty Google for help finding "the best BuddyPress themes" etc... I would then have to sift through either, outdated recommendations, a biased list which existed only to earn a commission or lists based on the opinion of one author.
This bugged me for years, which lead me to spend the last year and a half pouring every penny I had into creating Softwarefindr.com.
A platform I created to solve this issue. Where you get truly unbias recommendation from someone that has been in your shoes, that best understands your problem and has actually bought and/or used the product in question. Instead of being based on one analyst opinion you can now leverage the experience of hundreds if not thousands of users who came before you.
Why am I sharing all of this?
Because I need your advice to help further improve the platform for our fellow WP users,
In keeping with the example, I gave above, check out: https://www.softwarefindr.com/best/buddypress-wordpress-themes/
Could you please leave your feedback below on these questions:
What if anything made it easy to find a theme?
What if anything made it challenging to find a theme?
What piece of information would be most important to you when choosing a theme?
Then lastly did I miss something?
I know that you are busy people, so thank you in advance for any bit of advice you can share, which will help shape the platform to serve the WordPress community better.
Have a blessed week,