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Re: Considering Front Paging a Node?

by mojotoad (Monsignor)
on Jan 16, 2003 at 01:46 UTC ( #227320=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Considering Front Paging a Node?

Well darn if this discussion doesn't present a conundrum to me. For my own part, I ususally FP a node that I consider a "gem", a node that I consider really notable or one that presents tough questions that broader exposure might enhance.

If it is of general quality but not gem quality, then I will ususally simply approve it.

Now, based mostly on the stance tye has assumed, I feel like I might have been slapping people in the face when I approved a node but didn't FP it! This is in no way what I ever intended, but tye makes it sound like approval sans FP is a great technique to dampen votes cast towards someone you may dislike. Admittedly this was tongue-in-cheek on tye's part, but the basic premise is not so much a "cream of the crop" FP function as it is "filter out the flotsam and jetsam, but all else hits the front page".

I don't mind shifting my assumptions here, but I remain somewhat taken off guard.


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Re^2: Considering Front Paging a Node? (mea culpa)
by tye (Sage) on Jan 16, 2003 at 06:34 UTC

    Please don't feel bad. Most people were certainly approving and not front-paging nodes recently. About a month back I was seeing well under 5% of SoPW nodes ever getting front-paged.

    At that time I started "spreading the word" via the chatterbox that more front-paging was desired. I'd hoped to write a root node on the subject but never found the time for that particular task.

    So I really doubt anyone would have been offended by you approving a node but not front-paging it. I could see someone feeling bad if you were front-paging lots of nodes and only approving theirs. But in that case I'd wonder why the person was paying so much attention to who was doing what.

    Actually, the approval nodelet makes it pretty easy to tell when a node has been approved but not front-paged and to then front-page it, so even my joke doesn't carry much water in the current system.

    At the time I made it I was faced with lots of approved SoPW nodes (I could tell they had been approved by looking at Seekers of Perl Wisdom) but that it was very difficult to tell how many had been front paged. I really wanted a "front page" check box to appear on such nodes when looking at Seekers of Perl Wisdom. But since then I increased the number SoPW nodes that show on the front page (from 2 to 12, I think) so even that isn't so bad any more.

    And I don't think you should feel bad about approving a node and not front-paging it now.

    It isn't that I think each person should front-page 95% of the nodes that they approve. It is that I think people should feel free to front-page nodes that they feel should be (not just outstanding nodes) and that this will result in about 90% of nodes being front-paged (not all by the person who approved them) and that this is a good thing.

                    - tye

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