Very unclear what the criteria is for the right side list, after I click on the MF Cap. It doesn’t seem to be any particular Category, but in fact is more annoying as one of the only 2 members I’ve purposely Muted shows up there, and there is no way I’ve found to either Mark Read or Hide any of those in the list. Reading it, only lightens the item, but it’s still there… There needs to be a Dismiss or Hide button or checkbox…
What ends up there is based on a score, which is calculated from a somewhat complicated formula. It’s based on number of likes on the original post, average number of likes in the thread, number of views, number of replies, and maybe some other factors.
There’s no way (that I’m aware of) to filter that list. It shows the posts with highest score for the selected time period, and it makes no difference whether a visitor is logged in or not. Think of it as a somewhat broken rudimentary global top 10, i.e. reading of dismissing posts there makes no difference.
I never go there, as I don’t find any use for that page. So I went and looked.
At first glance, that list seems to be selections from Saul’s Investing Discussions. But I suspect Ray is more technically correct than I am. It’s just after applying the various criteria, what you end up with is Saul’s board and nothing else.
This one is more static in nature. The period is about a month and you have a little ? in the corner that you can click on an get a short description as to how it works:
I believe this one is global and same for all users. I might be wrong on this though.
Icons show the last poster in respective topic. This can be confusing! For example, here’s a part of the list from a couple of day ago:
This might make you wonder. “Why are there two topics in the top 10 with some Raylight dude I haven’t heard about?” Well, it’s a list of topics. In the first topic above, I’m simply the last one to reply.
This one is more or less just a another way to sort the list of topics.
There’s a dropdown where you can choose among different intervals:
I haven’t fully looked into this, but it would be natural to assume that this list doesn’t show muted categories, i.e. it’s behavior should be the same as “latest” or any other way of sorting the topics.
As far as I can tell, the criteria and ranking is the same regardless of which one you look at. The behavior and look is different, though.
With that out the way, we can look at the “magic formula”. Note that this isn’t TMF’s doing. Not directly, anyway. TMF chose Discourse, and with that they got Discourse’s idea of “Top”.
Simplified, in plain English , it goes something like this:
…or not. The code is a mess, if you ask me, and it might have changed since last time I looked. Anyway, it gives us an idea.
There are (at least) four factors in play, and TMF can configure how much each individual factor matter. (That is, you can change those multiply by two and so on.) Note that there’s no such thing as “top posts”, and there’s no way in that formula for a great reply to have a meaningful impact on the topic’s score. You’re pretty much stuck with:
How much should the number of impressions (views) matter?
How much should likes on the first post in the topic matter?
How much should the number of replies matter?
How much should the average number of likes per post matter?
TMF can fine-tune it, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they have. That said, without changing the code or requesting a change, their options are limited.
Take this thread, for example. It doesn’t matter much if someone wrote an epic useful reply here that got a ton of likes. (Not that it would, since it would require a lot of views.) You could change that “average number of likes per post” to try make it matter. But it’s still an average, though.
This is the one that appears to be uncontrollable by these… Apparently the ‘Hidden’ poster replies to more posts so shows up in this column more often… Nothing major just there when this Tab opens… Thanks for all the insights, I’d clicked on the ‘?’ before, but your explanation make more sense, even though it’s not user adjustable… Or at least I don’t want to Mute all the threads to just clear out the one poster… ‘Hidden’ works, just not in that column…
Seeing it now, don’t know how I missed it earlier… Now to see what changes…
OK, yes, that at least gets me away from the annoyances I had earlier today. Opening the Preferences in another Tab, making changes, then the original TMF tab has to be reloaded to see the changes made…
Excellent… So many nooks n crannies, not all make a lot of sense, but little by little I think I’m winning…