- Fri Apr 04, 2003
This week's challenge: "Spring".
We're trying something different this week. To make things more fair, we're delaying turning on the link function until a randomly-selected time on Friday. We think this will give people not on the mailing list, and those in other time zones, a better shot at grabbing the top spots "above the fold".
What do you think? Let us know through feedback.
A while back we changed the site so that Challenge links will stay gray after you've clicked them. It was a small but important change, and it helps everyone know which links are new.
We don't think being "above the fold" is any better than any other spot on the list, and it certainly isn't the goal of the site to see people race to be first with their submission. But we're pretty sure that links nearer the top get more traffic than those further down.
It's pretty clear from your feedback that you don't like the delay for submitting links, so we're bringing that to an end right away. We will continue to get the weekly challenge online by around midnight of Friday, but this can vary with our schedules.
Two interesting ideas were suggested:
1: Randomize the entire list of links.
2: Sort the link list so that newest is on top, oldest on bottom.
Both would be very easy changes to make. Let us know your thoughts.
So in the final analysis, I think we tried to fix something that maybe wasn't broken. Maybe we don't need to make any changes to the link list at all.
If we upset you, please accept our apology. We thought we were making it more FUN, but instead we made it NUF (the opposite of fun.) We're learning, and you're a great group of very patient participants.
Thank you everyone!
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