[Vit-discuss] Top Ruby Projects algorithm?

evan at protest.net evan at protest.net
Fri Aug 25 15:22:22 EDT 2006

This conversation has devolved in to a discussion about what color we  
should paint the ruby bikeshed. The site is wonderful, set it free  
and make it live!

Ok, back to the topic at hand:
Why not just change it to someting like this:

"Some Top Ruby Projects"

Then make the list take randomly from the top 20 or 50...  The idea  
is to give a little exposure and page rank to lesser known but good  
ruby projects.

Or, take the latest news on projects from rubyforge and link to to  
each of those projects. Then it would be Recent Ruby Activity or  
something like that.


On Aug 25, 2006, at 7:05 AM, James Britt wrote:

> John W. Long wrote:
>> I'm trying to see what it would take to have this information
>> automatically updated.
> Nit:  What user problem does this information solve?
> (One issue I have with lists of what's popular is that they can be
> re-enforcing, to the exclusion of other , maybe better, options.)
> I'd rather see more space made on the home page for a "Download Here"
> widget thing than clutter the main page with RubyForge trivia.
> (Other nit: "Top Ruby Projects" is really  "Most downloaded from the
> rubyforge.org site".  That probably equates to "most popular projects"
> for most cases, but does nothing to account for anything that may be
> hosted elsewhere.)
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