- These ratings essentially work as a popularity contest. There
are different, and possibly better measures (e.g. BLOAT!), but this method is
objective at least. (Another objective measure is the total number of
- The ratings fluctuate to a considerable degree even over a single
day. (Particularly lower-ranking weblogs, where just one additional link
can move it up ten positions.)
- The score is calculated as follows: over 400
weblogs are retrieved and scanned for links to other weblogs.
A link to a weblog is considered a vote for that weblog; each vote is
worth 10 divided by the number of links to other weblogs. (So a
weblog linking to 20 other weblogs will contribute 0.5 to the total
score of each weblog it links to.)
- The maximum allowable vote is 1.5. (Otherwise, a weblog that only
links to one other weblog would contribute 10 to its score, which
would artificially inflate its ranking.) Consequently, if a weblog
links to less than seven weblogs, each link contributes 1.5.
- Multiple links to the same weblog count as a single link. (And
you can't vote for your own weblog.)
- The count is simply the total number of links to that weblog.
- I've tried pretty hard to correctly count weblogs known
by different names. (e.g. with and without the "www.") I don't think
I would have miscounted by much, but if your weblog is commonly
reached at several different URLs please tell me.
- Finally, if your weblog is not in my list of
weblogs, please tell me.
Homer: Wow! You made the front page!
Bart: Aw, Dad, it's just a popularity contest?
Homer: Just a popularity contest? Excuse me. What's more important
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