[wp-hackers] 'Scoring system' to show more relevant posts?

Stephen Rider wp-hackers at striderweb.com
Tue Jul 27 13:05:40 UTC 2010

Alex --

If you haven't yet done much work on this, it almost sounds to me as though you could adapt the Spam Karma plugin to do what you describe.

Spam Karma runs comments through a series of filters that each apply a score to the comment.  -7 if the browser doesn't read JavaScript; +5 if the commenter has commented in the past; and so forth.

You could do similar for your system, but apply it to posts.


On Jul 2, 2010, at 10:07 AM, Alex Hempton-Smith wrote:

> Hi all,
> Putting this out there to see whether others have worked on something
> similar, and any tips you might have.
> I'm working on a news website, online newspaper type thing, that I'd like to
> make more relevant for users. The homepage will be just like a newspaper
> frontpage, but dynamically generated based on what is popular and relevant
> to the user (if logged in).
> I thought I could basically work out a scoring system, that gives each post
> a 'score' based on different criteria:
> Popularity (how many views and/or stars)
> Timestamp (latest posts have a higher score)
> Interests (I'll have an array of the users interests and if the posts
> tags/cats match one or more, it gets a higher score)
> Location (the logged in user will provide a postcode, if the post is in
> their region it gets bumped)
> etc etc.
> My only issue is making this happen on the homepage, do I just 'foreach'
> through the latest posts and then generate the homepage based on that? Thats
> resource intensive though...
> What are your thoughts on making homepages more relevant to users? If I can
> package this up, I'll release it as a plugin later on.
> -- Alex  (Hempsworth)
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