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  •  One explanation for further down recs (6+ / 0-)

    I know I am not the only one who often starts reading a thread from the bottom. It's quite possible that I will see the fifth clever bon mot, and rec it, before ever getting to the 4th-1st. That's in addition to the popularity thing. Just as with diaries, there are groups and fan clubs that make it a point to follow and rec each other's work - including comments. If I can always count on Troubador, say, to have something interesting to offer on a topic I would open a window with your comments in it, thus seeing only your contributions to the discussion, and not equally perspicacious commentary from others.

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    by Catte Nappe on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 02:58:39 PM PDT

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    •  A fair explanation for a degree of deviation. (1+ / 0-)
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      Not quite as convincing when large numbers of users unanimously or almost unanimously miss something that they clearly like when posted later by someone else, especially given the apparent symmetry with occurrences that indicate other people's comments may be invisible to me.  They're both suppositions, but symmetrical in context.

      "I'm going to rub your faces in things you try to avoid." - Muad'Dib

      by Troubadour on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 03:13:03 PM PDT

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      •  Makes sense to me. (3+ / 0-)
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        I've only been a member on the site recently (and don't participate much in recommending or up-rating things) but I have noticed a few people who make comments I find grating, funny or interesting.  I can understand someone browsing through the comment list and finding particular comment authors to read their input, in specific.  It seems like this particular thing is just the way a recommendation system will work with how people use the system.  Celebrity is a human phenomenon.

      •  I think few people use the site like (5+ / 0-)

        they had to with the older versions.  There are groups now, and followers, and streams, and off-site collusion of all types.  It is most definitely not the dkos I signed up on all those years ago.  Many people go only to their stream, never even looking at the recent or rec list, or even front page stuff.

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        by PsychoSavannah on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 04:03:42 PM PDT

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      •  Also (2+ / 0-)
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        Troubadour, Oh Mary Oh

        people may be following other people's individual comments and reccing those.  That is, some people may simply check in and see what the folks they are following are talking about and rec and/or comment only partially.  Beyond that, people may go to comments that are posted in top comments and top mojo at the end of the day and further rec those.

        There are groups of people who are much more comfortable with all these varied methods for locating individual comments that can explain the phenomenon you're describing.  Comments aren't simply encountered via reading every comment thread from top to bottom.  I don't think other people comments are "invisible" to you, it may just be that you aren't accessing all available means to find other people's comments.  

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 09:51:12 PM PDT

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        •  That would be convincing if (0+ / 0-)

          there was an actual pattern of anomaly involved, but usually the anomalous occurrences are within an otherwise normal context - comments within them follow expectations pretty closely: Earlier/higher comments get more Recs than later/lower comments.  Thus the anomaly holds as anomalous - it's not a reflection of any kind of "new normal."

          "I'm going to rub your faces in things you try to avoid." - Muad'Dib

          by Troubadour on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 12:14:15 AM PDT

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