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  •  RECOMMENDED!! (4.00)
    We should have another tier of diaries.

    1. Front Paged
    2. Most Recommended.
    3. Recommended.
    4. General Submissions.

    Most of us are just reading the titles and headlines. Why not promote the best 50 diaries per day, and not just the best 20? It's not like scanning the headlines takes that much time.

    God Bless Kos!

    George Bush doesn't care about Black people.... and Andrea Mitchell doesn't care about the Truth....

    by DeanFan84 on Thu Nov 17, 2005 at 10:54:43 PM PST

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    •  I like these proposals (none)
      I disagree however with giving elected officials their own Recommended List. Let them compete like the rest of us mortals. If they are consitently good they might make featured authors. But frankly most of them aren'tthat great. They get a lot of recommends because of their names, but also because they don't post too often. Giving them their own list would encourage them to do more of what they presently do: post highly calculated self-promotional pieces that usually have precious little news value.
      •  They'd still... (4.00)
        ...have to get recommended to get up there, though.  So if they write drivel, they won't be around long.  I just like the idea of having them arranged in one list so we can quickly see which ones have posted recently.
      •  No (none)
        I think the point was that nationally recognized figures (not just politicians but also figures like Cindy Sheehan) are going to be recommended no matter what they say. In some cases, the diaries are written by staffers. That's fine with me, but give them their own spot. It might even encourage them to write more often.

        Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

        by TerraByte on Fri Nov 18, 2005 at 08:38:04 AM PST

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    •  Victim of Its Own Success (3.60)
      The site is now so popular that new diaries have a very small time window in which to achieve recommended "critical mass" before scrolling off the page and being lost to eternity.

      I propose giving extra time on the "new diary" list for those that have an encouraging number of recommendations, not purely based on order of entry.  I guess this implies a ranking algorithm taking the form:

      Score = C1 * Recommendations / (T - T0).

      •  Unintended Consequence (4.00)
        I think the problem with this it it would simply accelerate those unrecommended diaries off the list.  If you don't pick up a recommend in the first few minutes, you'd be off the new diary list and mostly out of sight.  Only if you'd expand the recent diary list would you be able to accommodate this longer lifetime without exacerbating the problem you're trying to fix.

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