ManageWP.org staff, please turn off commenting on this site. It's just a giant spam-fest, and it's been that way for far too long. It's obviously never going to be moderated properly, so please just turn it off.
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 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?
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.
There are dozens of "X Essential WordPress Plugins You Should Use", but I thought a community discussion and a community-driven list would be preferred.
So what plugins do you use on your sites?
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,