This week we’re announcing another new tweak to improve the quality of small business news and information readers can find everyday on BizSugar.com.
A new algorithm has been added to our Website to flag sites or accounts that are voted to the “hot” list an inordinate number of times during a short time interval.
The new algorithm has been installed to prevent attempts to “game” the system to push content repeatedly onto the “hot” section or front page of BizSugar.com in an effort to monopolize top positions and decrease the participation of other members here on our site.
For 99.99 percent of members here at BizSugar.com this algorithm change will never come into play.
Flagged content will be immediately relegated to the “recently submitted” section regardless of the number of votes achieved.
The system will allow for all special contests and events such as the SugarTone Sweet Business Blogging Contest and other instances where organic voting might ordinarily push large numbers of submissions from a single site or submitter to the front page over an unusually short interval. (Note: if you wish to run a contest, please notify us so we can make sure it doesn’t trip the filter.)
We believe this step necessary in order to continue offering the opportunity for a variety of content and participation here at BizSugar.com and to prevent any person or small group from manipulating results and votes for their own benefit over the best interests of the small business community at large.
Again we emphasize: the new system will cause no inconvenience and no change whatsoever to the vast majority of members in the BizSugar.com community. We are happy for your participation, and we encourage it. But as the site grows we feel we needed to install this option to make sure the site continues to provide a variety of great content and opportunity for participation for all BizSugar members. We are looking to the future, not the past.
Thanks for being part of the BizSugar community. We appreciate it!