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Popularity on IMfaceplate
Created on September 27th, 2010

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Catherine D. White
(catherinedwhite)
joined Jul 2010
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posts 36

Sep 27th 2010 at 20:07 PM
The last couple of days I have been browsing the faceplates more regularly. One of the first things I look at is activity of the person I whose faceplate I am browsing. One of the main reasons is I want to know if this person is still active here at IMfaceplate. Although someone may have some great content on their site, I don't want to follow them if they haven't posted anything new in a couple of weeks or longer.

This got me to investigating the popularity numbers. It would seem to me your popularity should rise if you are more active on the site. It seems this is not true. I am not sure how popularity is figured. It may be listed somewhere but I haven't taken time to research this information. Mainly because whatever they are doing now is not working in my book. For example: Tim Linden, who I subscride to his blog, has not posted any activity here in over a month. And yet, his popularity is still a 98. No offense Tim, I am a follower, but how can this be right? or even good for this site?

I was browsing faceplates via the community section and looking for people I had not looked at before. I found several but, after viewing their faceplate and their activity level, I found some of these members have not had any activity for months. How and why are their faceplates still being displayed?

Maybe its just me, but I would hope the popularity level would correlate with the activity level on the site. Giving the active members a better chance of building relationships and doing some true networking. Just my thoughts.


GT Bulmer
(GTBulmer)
joined Jul 2010
location Canadian Cyberspace
popularity 17
followers 1400
posts 1893

Sep 27th 2010 at 21:11 PM

Hello, Catherine: You have a valid question that I am sure many IM faceplate members are wondering about.

I know it seems odd that members who are seldom here, or who haven't posted anything here in a long time, still have a high popularity rating. Here is the official word from IM faceplate admin. Click the link and read the explanations:

http://www.imfaceplate.com/help/how-is-my-popularity-calculated

To find that link, just go to your "my account" page and look near the top right column, in the "my popularity" box.

Basically, there are several ways to earn popularity points besides your own personal presence and activity here. For example, the number of people following you, and the number of unique visits you attract to your faceplate.

I suspect that some of those members with high popularity, but low personal activity, are doing a good job of promoting IM faceplate elsewhere. They must be sending a lot of people here and must be getting a fair amount of sign-ups as a result.

That's just my guess.

GT :-)


Catherine D. White
(catherinedwhite)
joined Jul 2010
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Sep 27th 2010 at 21:56 PM
But, in your opinion, is this the correct way to base popularity score? As you have a good popularity rating and you are very active on IM, I would think this could affect you more than anyone. If others with High popularity are receiving as much exposure as you are even when they are not posting content, I would think it would be frustrating to spend so much time here.

I have been trying to grow my popularity score by networking the old fashion way, with personal contact. It is growing but at a very slow pace. I would just like to see the more active members receive some sort of benefit, if not popularity score, then perhaps being featured more frequently in the faceplate random searches.


GT Bulmer
(GTBulmer)
joined Jul 2010
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Sep 27th 2010 at 22:24 PM

Hi, Catherine: Yes, I do have to admit that it does frustrate me to see that happen. As you say, it would be very nice if more emphasis (popularity points) was placed on currently active members.

I know that during the times when I am most active here, my posts do come up frequently on the "Activity" board, and my profile comes up periodically on the "faceplates" page. However, I haven't monitored it to know how it compares to non-active members who have high popularity ratings.

I appreciate that you have started this discussion. I'd like to hear from other members to know what they think about the issue, too.

GT :-)



IM faceplate moderator
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Sep 27th 2010 at 23:33 PM
I believe this is being looked at already. With the rapid growth of IM faceplate, there have been a few areas that have been looked at recently to see where improvements can be made. I know that there are still a number of things to come out in the coming weeks :)


    Catherine D. White
    (catherinedwhite)
    joined Jul 2010
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    Sep 28th 2010 at 9:12 AM
    News from the moderator: "I believe this is being looked at already." That is great to hear. It would be great to see the popularity score correlate in some way to interaction with other members. If you have a 1000 followers that is great but if you aren't giving them any new content, how is that helping anyone?
    I continue to enjoy IMfaceplate and I am glad they are responsive to the membership base.


    GT Bulmer
    (GTBulmer)
    joined Jul 2010
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    Sep 28th 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Thank you, IM faceplate moderator, for responding to our discussion here. I know that IM faceplate is still evolving. It's great to know that it is being monitored and that adjustments will be made where appropriate. :-)


    Dee Westcott
    (deewest)
    joined Sep 2010
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    Sep 28th 2010 at 15:47 PM
    I have been following the discussion and I also agree
    Thank you for posting this
    have a great week the two of you!
    Dee


    Lawrence Dennis
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    joined Sep 2010
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    Sep 28th 2010 at 16:39 PM
    Thanks for starting this discussion Catherine. I'm sure the creators of this site intended to reward active members and am glad to hear that they are looking into it.


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    Richard K Jones (RJ)
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    Sep 28th 2010 at 19:23 PM
    I wondered the same thing. It doesn't seem to be based on the # articles or spotlights or posts. I think it might be based on the number of times your faceplate page is viewed. In which case just putting your URL on the TEs would boost your popularity numbers. We should ask the IMFaceplate people to give us more transparency into this.


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