A few weeks ago, a loyal OmniNerd posted an article asking if the Nerd Rank system was broken. Upon further review, I decided the answer was both yes and no. It was “no” in the regard that it was technically giving credit to users as it was intended to do, i.e., if you generate high volumes of quality content then your Nerd Rank will reflect that. However, it was “yes” in that while I like the secretive nature of the system, its total lack of transparency makes it a bit hard to follow.
I made a few tweaks to the site to begin addressing the pseudo-broken nature of the system. First, I tweaked the Nerd Rank algorithm to not give as much historical credit as it had been. I won’t say how much, but there’s a reason I was still in the top 5 despite my lack of recent contributions. So, hopefully it feels a little more up-to-date now. Second, I added two insightful charts on the user profile pages. They show how much a person has been contributing in terms of content and discussion. If you’re curious why VnutZ is dominating the Nerd Rank system, just take a look at his profile and you’ll quickly understand.
The one aspect I’ve not yet disclosed is my content grading algorithm. Behind Nerd Rank is a thing called Content Rank. Your Nerd Rank is essentially your interactions with the site plus the sum of your Content Rank. While I feel Content Rank is very objective and I don’t mind sharing the details, I’m worried that disclosing all the details will open a can worms as you just can’t please everyone all the time. I suppose I’ll leave that to you. After all, OmniNerd is your site. If you want the gory details, I’ll provide them. Let me know what you think.
As a side note, be sure to check out the addition of “similarly tagged content” at the end of all the articles now. We get a lot of traffic on our old articles, so this should help people find the new stuff too.
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