Top Commentators Award now chosen by a Random process
It’s almost 3 weeks since I wrote a post myself. All thanks to my guest posters whose posts helped in keeping DailyBlogging up and running with constant traffic. It’s a common knowledge that good posts attract good comments. So if you remember, a few months ago we had introduced Banner Slots as the Top Commentators Award. We gave the Top 2 Commentators a chance to advertise their blog on our sidebar in the form of a 125*125 banner slot. But lately I noticed that by the end of the month there is always a rush of comments by few commentators to reach the top 2 spots.
A few of DailyBlogging’s readers also noticed the same and sent me their reactions and observations. Most of their views included a point i.e. to remove the ‘Top 10 Commentators’ widget completely. My point is that, by removing the widget completely we would definitely achieve our goal but it would annoy our good commentators who comment to the point and not just look out for back linking opportunities.
So, finally I decided that we would be giving two banner slots to those two commentators which are chosen by a random process. Certainly those two commentators won’t be chosen by me; but by random.org. The Top Commentators Widget would remain as it is. That widget will help me in putting all the 10 commentators into random.org and then select the two randomly by using the List Randomizer feature.
This process of Random selection of two commentators will start right from this month i.e. the Top Commentators Award for June 2011 will also be given by the random process only. I know commentators who are already in the top 3 positions in the Top Commentators Widget (currently) would be unhappy with this move, but they need to understand that this move was very necessary and hence it is taken at the moment.
I would also like to clarify why I posted this today because people would ask me, why I didn’t inform them earlier. The reason for that is, my exams were on and they continued till the 20th. So, I hardly got any time to write a post on this issue.
Hope you’ll take it in a positive sense and help towards making DailyBlogging a better community in the blogosphere.
If you have some innovative ideas to decide the Top 2 Commentators then you can always drop a comment below.