How are "Today's Top Posts" determined?
Original post made by Lynn on Nov 17, 2006
Don't get me wrong, I love the play, and my son is even in it, but it doesn't surpass many other topics in either the number of views or recent comments.
I think if top posts are on the home page, they should reflect those that have the most views and/or comments of the day.
on Nov 17, 2006 at 12:06 pm
I've wondered too. Maybe it is because JForte sometimes writes for the Weekly. And so called Periwinkle is her husband. Periwinkle often writes to agree with his own posts.
on Nov 17, 2006 at 4:39 pm
Bill Johnson is a registered user.
The home page "top posts" are manually done and we try to make sure that they are changing every day....usually by adding newer posts to the top and moving others down and off. When there is active commenting on posts we will generally leave them up until the discussion begins to wane, and if a top post doesn't get much activity we'll usually take it down.
When a post pertains to a timely event, such as an upcoming school board meeting or a school play, we'll try to leave them up until the event even if there aren't a lot of comments. We don't want Town Square to be viewed only as a place to express opinions; we want to encourage Palo Altans to post their own "news" as well. So a post on the results of a youth sports event might be a top post for a short period, just to communicate we welcome that type of posting.
It's obviously an inexact process, and one that can easily be thrown off by staff absences or coverage requirements of breaking news.
As for who Periwinkle is, and what his or her strategies are for using Town Square, I have no idea!
Thanks for the question and observations.
on Nov 18, 2006 at 1:11 am
whois, keep guessing! :)
btw, I think this forum does a pretty good job of putting a variety of posts up in front of the public. I hope you saw the play at Paly, it was great!