WordPress.com needs a community blog post voting system
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:
- 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.
- WordPress.com Dashboard
- Lists the four top posts, blogs that are rapidly growing, and blogs that were recently updated.
- 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?
That’s why I think having a wordpress.com post voting section would be such a good idea. 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.
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
 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?