Content Contribution Calculations

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Hey Nick.

I had an idea and was wondering what you might think about it.

I know that the ranks are just for fun, and help gauge how active people are on the site, but I noticed a couple people who have only a few stories with not very many "pages" in the sense that the website sees pages, but that the posts they have made are lengthy in terms of words written.

For instance, some people who are ranked 5 have something around 30 stories and 300 pages, while others are ranked 3's even though they've technically written more words and have more content on the site, just not in number of stories or pages posted.

Would it be possible to keep track of how many words have been written across all the stories submitted by a given member?

Could this be a more accurate way to judge how much content a member is contributing to the community?
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Hey Sly, thanks for the suggestion.

As you noted, the rankings are really just for fun -- they don't signify much and they only show up on profiles now (in the new interface).

We kinda encourage people to break up uber-long posts into multiple pages once they hit the 300-500 word count. It really helps the readability and helps the authors in question get more readership (i.e. a massive wall of text is hard to read for most people.) It's mentioned in the FAQ and in various other spots, including the new writing form.

Also, while word counts are tracked across all works posted on the site now, that feature was added pretty late, and there are still works that don't have calculated word counts. That's why (so far) I haven't added total word counts to users' profiles yet. That may come in time as the percentage of un-counted works lowers a bit. That hamstrings me a bit as far as your suggestion goes, for the moment.

As far as overall "rankings" go, I'm going to be replacing the old "Top 10/50" stuff to no longer be based on ratings completely. This change will go live soon, so it should help gauge contribution levels better than being strictly based on ratings over time.

Hope this clarifies things a bit. I'll keep the word count idea under consideration!

-nick / protagonize