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Thread Boost feature

paul wheaton
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his thread is for discussing the new "thread boost" feature.

Years ago, when I would look at Cr. Dobbs or Byte, I spend about 20% of my time reading the ads.   I could skip over them, but I know I want to know about this stuff too. 

When we run ads on CodeRanch, most people have learned to ignore them.   So people are not getting that information.  And advertisers are bummed too.

We created a forum a long time ago called "blatant advertising"  - so when people post to this, it shows up in all the feeds.   It is labeled as "advertising" and we allow advertisers to post there for free.  I think it has worked well.   We allow publisher to make threads about their books in the books forum.   Product manufacturers to the product forum ....   Workshops, conferences, online courses ...  all are free and we encourage people to post.  We even made a big list of free stuff people can do to advertise their stuff.

There are only two sites in the world that use this exact forum software.  Both sites are belong to me.  CodeRanch and permies.  We do a lot of testing at the permies, the smaller site.  Over the last year, we have been boosting the permies threads that we think are the best.   Often times, that boost is for a really good thread.  Other times it is for something commercial. 

Most threads when they are a year old, appear to have about 800 views.   But take a look at this thread.  Six weeks ago we created it and gave it a bunch of boost.   It now has over 20,000 views.  Not too shabby!

So we have now come up with an automated way to boost a thread.  Everybody should be able to see a big button at the bottom that says "Boost this thread!"   This is a brand new feature, so it is still "beta".   Please let us know in this thread if there are any issues.   Hell, at this point, it would be good to hear that things are working well!

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