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6 points by RiderOfGiraffes 2370 days ago | hide | past | web | 3 comments | favorite

In the very long discussion[1] about auto-submision 'bots it was suggested[2] that the value of a thread might be better predicted not by its votes, but by votes divided by number of comments. Expanding on the original rationale given[3], roughly the idea is that low value submissions get lots of votes, but lots of comments as well. Better value submissions get fewer comments, but each person commenting still upvotes it, so the ratio is still high.

So qeorge[4], co-founder of Illuminati Karate[5], made this snapshot[6] - the results actually look pretty good.

[1] Original thread: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2386443

[2] Original Suggestion: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2386658

[3] Original rationale: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2387054

[4] Author: http://news.ycombinator.com/user?id=qeorge

[5] http://illuminatikarate.com

[6] Original pointer: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2390239

Isn't that kind of how forum software like vBulletin or phpBB works? Every comments bumps it back up and the most active threads of the moment tend to hover at the top.

This is doing the opposite - comments drag a submission down. In this scheme it's upvoting without commenting that push an item up.

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