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WordPress.com needs a community blog post voting system

Posted in Technology, WordPress.com Tips by engtech on October 11, 2006

What to do about the wordpress.com dashboard?

WordPress.com hosts a great community, and they have several excellent ways of self-promoting each other. They also have a VIP bloggers program that gets big name, high popularity bloggers to use this site. But as they introduce VIP bloggers the non-VIPs can get pushed to the wayside. David Gray recently covered this in a post that got picked up by blogging VIP Robert Scoble.

One solution that I think might work out is having a WordPress.com section on FanPop

Fanpop is a “social” site where users vote stories up/down and the most popular stories appear on the front page. Like Digg, or Reddit.

WordPress.com has three means of community blog promotion:

  1. WordPress.com front page portal and Blogs of the Day
    • Lists the most popular blog posts of the day, selected randomly from the top 100 of that day.
  2. WordPress.com Dashboard
    • Lists the four top posts, blogs that are rapidly growing, and blogs that were recently updated.
  3. Tag Surfer
    • Find blogs that use the same tags as you.

The first two get clogged with the VIP bloggers who have a high enough readership that everything they post immediately rises as the most popular. This isn’t knocking the VIPs, they *are* the most popular. Having the VIPs here is good for the site and everyone who uses it. They bring:

  • More respect and relevance for wordpress.com
  • More money for the team at Automattic means a higher level of service for everyone

But what about everyone else who is looking for some way to get people to find out they exist?

voteatfanpop.jpgThat’s why I think having a wordpress.com post voting section would be such a good idea[1]. It would give us a tried and tested infrastructure for doing a user-based voting up/down of the best blog posts. It would also cross-promote two excellent websites: wordpress.com and reddit.com.

So the question is how do we convince the guys at Reddit that this is a good idea? They have a mechanism for suggesting new reddits. I’ve already created a request for a wordpress.com reddit. What I need is for you to create an account on reddit and vote the request up. If enough people show interest in this it will happen, and we will get a community controlled mechanism for promoting our best stories.

http://request.reddit.com/goto?id=lp01

Screw Reddit, I can create one at Fanpop. :) FanPop is also less confusing for people who have never used the site before.

Here you go wordpress.com bloggers, you now have a place where you can submit your blog posts and other bloggers can vote them up or down. Time will show if this is an interesting idea or not. At the very least it should be a good litmus test to see if people want this feature on wordpress.com

Wordpress.com FanPop site

[1] Well, it is an idea at least, if not a good one. Popularity is not a good judge of quality. Having it on an site other than wordpress.com will reduce the number of people who use it, but it is a fast and easy way of seeing if this is something people want without the Automattic guys having to waste one moment of time coding. The big question is how to get other wordpress.com bloggers using this so that it has enough critical mass that it’s useful?

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  1. foolswisdom said, on October 11, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    I have not really tried reddit, I have voted and if this is successful, it will give me a reason to try it.

    “Selected randomly” probably gives people the wrong idea of how it works.

    I would not even display the top blogs on the front page, make it completely post focused and judged on “interesting” (weight against established popular blogs). That does not reward consistently publishing interesting material, but readership is the real reward for that, and focusing on the articles should still effectively present this and if you really want the stats go to BotD.

    Providing the top blogs in the dashboard has always seemed awkward to me, not that I know of a better system.

  2. The Rooster said, on October 12, 2006 at 11:41 am

    Nice idea mate. I had a look at reddit not so long ago and I like the idea. I also added to what I think was the same subreddit… I think – my story from yesterday.

    But while this idea is a nice one and would theoretically work. I think that it takes the community away from WordPress. We all came here for a reason and we stay because we like it and the community. The admins of this community should be listening to us. I think there has been enough noise about this issue for it not to be discounted by them.

    We should not have to be looking elsewhere to find a solution that works for the community.

    Good to see that people are thinking of solutions. But I really think that we should be pushing for an “in house” one as well.

    I would also like to say that this whole excerise with the post and the emails that I have recieved has really made me feel a part of this community. I have discovered some great people and some great allies and possibly friends. Thanks for taking me seriously.

  3. engtech said, on October 12, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    Yeah, this seemed like a really good idea after my first cup of coffee in the morning, but I agree that it would probably end up with around three people using it, and I’d be two of them.

    The barrier of “going to another website and registering online” is too much for most people.

    If we really wanted something like this, we could create a WordPress.com “spot” on FanPop! and then we wouldn’t need that initial critial mass to get it build in the first place.

    I’m going to go create one at FanPop just to see what happens.

  4. The Rooster said, on October 12, 2006 at 6:27 pm

    you have blogged it! OK I’ll write something to try to buzz it along in the community.

  5. foolswisdom said, on October 13, 2006 at 9:47 am

    I was coming back here to say, I just don’t get reddit? With a story excerpt it seems like a really crappy system. FanPop! looks much better.

  6. therealdonquixote said, on October 13, 2006 at 10:18 pm

    I would like to stamp this with my seal of approval!! Awesome idea. Not so sure about the fanpop route…we still have to submit articles instead of just having the voting system native on wordpress, like a sidebar widget. (some of us can’t afford server hosts to use plugins)

    Good on ya m8!

  7. engtech said, on October 14, 2006 at 3:31 am

    The way I see it, Fanpop is a good chance for us to see if we even like this / would use it before we bug the Automattic guys to code up something similar. :)

    I like to think of it as a prototype.

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  9. remembertoday said, on October 19, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    I just joined 2 days ago. I can’t find a search engine on WordPress to search for blogs that might have similar interests or “other interests” that I don’t have tagged in my blog. Is there somewhere like groups dot com places have for searching for a topic in the WordPress blogs?
    Thanks.

  10. engtech said, on October 19, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    The closest you can get is “Dashboard >> Tag Surfer” that will show you recently updated blogs that use the same tags/categories as you.

    But yes, there is no site-wide blog search on wordpress.com

    However, there’s always google.

    Google Blogsearch for blogurl:wordpress.com

  11. Comments « //engtech said, on October 23, 2006 at 7:49 pm

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  12. test2 said, on May 05, 2007 at 10:15 pm

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  13. test3 said, on May 05, 2007 at 10:26 pm

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