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Most popular links on homenodesby jdporter (Canon)
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This is an index of popular PerlMonks nodes, as defined by monks "voting with their feet", i.e. by linking to them on their homenodes.
Note that only nodes linked to by id were tallied (specifically, using the [id://...] shortcut protocol). The data were harvested from homenodes at 2005-10-05 21:18 UTC.
In case it matters to some people, the statistics were recalculated with different users "counting more" based on various criteria: how recently they were active, how long they've been a user, how many nodes they've authored, and how many XP they have. In all cases, the weighting scheme is normalized so that the maximum extra weight (or "vote", if you want to think of it that way) is capped at 1. That is, someone with no extra weight (a "worst case" user) has 1 vote, and someone with maximum extra weight has 2 vote. Note that this is a continuous scale. Someone in the middle could have 1.573 vote.
The XP and numwriteups numbers were log-scaled, to make more difference at the lower end of the scales. That is, the amount of additional benefit for having more XP/writeups diminishes.
The usersince numbers are linearly scaled. The lasttime ("last seen") numbers are scaled by an inverse-log formula, which gives recently active users a huge benefit. (But remember, it's never more than twice what a luser would have.)
The top 5% scoring nodes were selected for this index. This came to 20 nodes in the unweighted case, and 21 nodes in the other four cases.
Votes uniformly weightedOne user, one vote.
Votes weighted by usersinceGives more weight to users who joined PerlMonks longer ago.
Votes weighted by lasttimeGives more weight to users who've been more recently active on PerlMonks.
Votes weighted by numwriteupsGives more weight to users who've written more nodes.
Votes weighted by experienceGives more weight to users with more XP.
Here's a different view of the same data: most popular homenode-linked nodes grouped by node type
Some type groups with long tails have had their tails chopped off. For example, there were lots of Meditations with only 1 or 2 votes.
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