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Deflation and "Selected Best Nodes"by LanX (Chancellor)
|on Jan 07, 2014 at 15:16 UTC||Need Help??|
when bored I start reading and enjoying the wisdom of "Selected Best Nodes of All Time, 50 of the top 2000 nodes"!
I don't know if I'm the only one noticing¹ but it's pretty difficult to find nodes written after 2006!
As I'm looking at it now the last node N° 50 is "DNA is Life" with 99 upvotes, which pretty much explains the phenomenon.
It's the deflation (the opposite of inflation) of votes in the last years. IAW votes were "cheaper" back then.
The best node of 2013 apparently was "perlmonksflair.com : get your perlmonks flair!" with 87 votes.
I certainly doubt that the loss of monks or votes in the last years represents a decline of quality.
My suggestion (IFF easily realized!) is to select the nodes after multiplying a antiproportional weight factor which is derived from either average votes or maximum votes in the corresponding year.
This is far from being urgent, I just thought it might be worth noting, that ATM "selected best nodes" only represents the far past of the community.
( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)
PS: another factor could be that old posts had more time collecting votes, I don't have the necessary statistical data to check. Anyway it's still strange if this only applies to nodes written prior to 2006.
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