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Where is everyone???

24 Aug 2016 15:07 #49818 by jdrock24
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Personally, I've just been out-of-town a lot on business this summer and haven't had time to come here very often. I've been home the past few weeks but will be back out on the road again next week.

Really, the only time I've had to do on here for the past few months was argue against the hate campaign of the DCEU. ;)

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24 Aug 2016 16:22 #49820 by fats
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ace191 wrote: The lack of comments was the very reason I really liked the hit meter. If 100, 250 or 5000 folks were reading what I had written, that was all the feedback that I needed.


Ok, i've reinstalted the hit counter on the story list pages, i'm working on having it at the top of the f the stories as well, i'm also working on the articale tab inb people's profile to show the storry name and the hit count so that you can look at your profile and view it there.

I've been neglecting the libray in terms of development for some time, so i'm going to restart development on that as well as sorting out eh search engine and adding a seatrch module to the front page.

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24 Aug 2016 16:47 #49821 by LustMonster
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ace191 wrote: The lack of comments was the very reason I really liked the hit meter. If 100, 250 or 5000 folks were reading what I had written, that was all the feedback that I needed.


I'm somewhat dubious of the value of the hit counter as useful feedback, since a lot of the hits (I suspect) are from search engine indexing bots.

What I've found much more satisfying, over on DeviantArt, is when people "favorite" my stories, especially when they add them to their own collections. Then I know for sure that someone actually likes them! (Unless, I suppose, it's a collection of "stories I hate", but so far I don't think I've seen any collections like that.)

It would be nice if there was an easy-to-use equivalent to DA's favorites and collections here on SWM.
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24 Aug 2016 23:04 #49828 by AuGoose
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We kind of have a favorite function here - you can subscribe to a story which lets the author see some kind of activity without having to post a text comment. It also means you'll get an email of the author makes any improvements/changes to the story. But yes, a dedicated 'favorites' function generating a user list visible to the author might be a nice way to keep those egos properly stroked :).

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25 Aug 2016 04:31 #49839 by ace191
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The last page of the top hit getters had the vast majority of the best stories ever written and published on this site. It may not have been numerically accurate, but it certainly appeared to be an excellent relative measure.

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25 Aug 2016 05:06 #49840 by AuGoose
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Huh. I evidently squeak in once at 49/50 by that measure. One of only 4 in the top 50 that's dated since 2014. Almost like older pieces have an overwhelming advantage by that metric :whistle:.

Of course a third of the hits on my stories are probably from me looking them over for edits :P.

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26 Aug 2016 03:34 #49854 by circes_cup
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AuGoose wrote: Huh. I evidently squeak in once at 49/50 by that measure. One of only 4 in the top 50 that's dated since 2014. Almost like older pieces have an overwhelming advantage by that metric :whistle:.

Of course a third of the hits on my stories are probably from me looking them over for edits :P.


I suspect the majority of hits are actually seach engines periodically indexing everything they can find. Not very inspiring, I know, but it explais the fact that almost everything we post seems to grow steadily more "popular" with time.

I ignore the hit counts.

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26 Aug 2016 05:03 #49855 by ace191
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Some of the very best stories written by the likes of Lfan and Marknew are not real high up because they were reposted here and many people had already read them. Several years ago the hit meter was reset. TSOS was
redone into like 4 chapter parts when the multi story section was created which reset the meter so to speak. You will note a huge difference in the number of hits on Chapter 25 of TSOS compared to the prior chapters that came before.

It takes several years for a story to move up to the last page. Supanji got there quicker than any before. My best story was #3 for awhile as I watched the story behind it slowly move up on it. It took two years for that to happen, and I predicted within one month of when that would happen. I have watched this for a long time.

There have been a few times when a story gets 1000 hits in a day and I would agree that is very fishy, but that happens only very rarely.The really great stories move up quickly, the not so hot ones (including several of my earlier ones) do not. It is just another type of feedback and It is one that I enjoy looking at.

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