Bug 10959 - Popular projects should ordered (by popularity)
: Popular projects should ordered (by popularity)
Status: NEW
Product: maemo.org Website
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: All Maemo
: Unspecified major with 8 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Niels Breet
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Reported: 2010-07-18 20:12 UTC by Felipe Contreras
Modified: 2010-10-24 00:21 UTC (History)
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Description Felipe Contreras (reporter) 2010-07-18 20:12:43 UTC
Clearly it's in the best interest of users to find good applications, so they
should be listed *first*.

Or what is the purpose of the "popular" list?

= impuzzle =
Downloads: 2779
Votes: 0
Stars: 0

Shows on page 6.

= msn-pecan =
Downloads: 116090
Votes: 25
Stars: 4

Shows on page 12.
Comment 1 Niels Breet maemo.org 2010-07-27 16:38:56 UTC
Popular in this case is not based on the total number of downloads. That would
be a pretty static list.

Popularity is measured by the delta of downloads, comments and ratings in the
last week. It shows the applications which currently get more attention from
users than the week before.

Your application has a very stable download number and as such doesn't show up
as being a hot topic.
Comment 2 Felipe Contreras (reporter) 2010-07-27 17:32:54 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)
> Popular in this case is not based on the total number of downloads. That would
> be a pretty static list.

That's what popular means. One application doesn't suddenly become unpopular.

See freshmeat.net list of popular projects:
http://freshmeat.net/

It takes a while before one app is dropped from the list, just like it takes a
while for people to forgot about it.

> Popularity is measured by the delta of downloads, comments and ratings in the
> last week.
> It shows the applications which currently get more attention from
> users than the week before.

If your are doing it by period of time then it's "hotness", or "top of the
week", not most popular.

> Your application has a very stable download number and as such doesn't show up
> as being a hot topic.

So if an application has one million downloads per day steadily, it's not hot
because the number of downloads are not increasing? I think that algorithm is
week.

Clearly, an application that has 500 downloads per day (msn-pecan) is more
popular than one that has 100 (impuzzle) regardless of whether you are
measuring actual popularity, or hotness (per period of time).

Obviously users need a sorted list by *popularity* (as in total popularity), in
order to quickly visualize which apps are regarded as the best, but the
community in general, and had stood the proof of time. Otherwise, they'll just
see a bunch of disorganized apps without any clue which are the best.
Comment 3 Henri Bergius 2010-10-23 23:43:11 UTC
I think the best fix for this would be to provide a link to
http://maemo.org/downloads/downloads/Maemo5/25/ with label "see the most
downloaded applications" or something like that. The Hot list we have now
provides apps that are hot 'right now', as opposed to all time
Comment 4 Felipe Contreras (reporter) 2010-10-24 00:21:11 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)
> I think the best fix for this would be to provide a link to
> http://maemo.org/downloads/downloads/Maemo5/25/ with label "see the most
> downloaded applications" or something like that. The Hot list we have now
> provides apps that are hot 'right now', as opposed to all time

If "hot" is used for "right now", then there would be no confusion if we use
"popular" as opposed to "see the most downloaded applications" (too much text).