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  • Hi Rarst — Thanks for the write-up!

    The Bear has not gone away completely. In fact the guys have been playing around with a few new potential uses for him. He still appears on our new feeds import page for the time being. :)

    Which static information items (that have been removed) are you referring to, exactly? I imagine the primary one is the PostRank metrics, which are now accessible via mouseover on PostRank scores. Any others? All the specific information about how we calculate rankings is still located here: http://postrank.com/postrank/.

    Regarding the engagement feature on the homepage, it’s something we’re experimenting with for now, and yeah, we’ve had the discussion that it’s not going to mean a whole lot to folks who aren’t really familiar with our system already. The goal is to integrate engagement analysis into more of what we do, so that will evolve over time.

  • Hi, Melanie. Glad to see you as thorough as always. :)

    For info items – I think AideRSS had some kind of ranks graph and average number of posts. Don’t see those in new version.

    Yep, information is there and still bit vague for my taste. If I look at post in Google Analytics I can see how many pageviews it got, what amount of time people spent on it, had they bounced or moved deeper… In PostRank I see that it got few comments and is ranked 6 or something. GA are details without rank, PostRank is rank without details.

    I am familiar with system but engagement still seems cryptic. :)

  • Ahh, right the spark line and the posts stats at the top. Yeah, those are gone for now. However!

    I was talking to our designer, and he showed me some ideas he’s been mocking up, which would bring back more stats. Whether it will get integrated back into the Feed Details pages or result in the creation of stats pages… we don’t know yet.

    There’s also no ETA yet on when we’d work on that project, but like I said, we have mockups, and are collecting ideas and suggestions.

    So needless to say we’re all ears for feedback about what kind of stats the user community would like to see. :) (I’ve printed out your post/comments and have added them to our suggestions grouping — many thanks for the recommendations!)

  • @Melanie

    To sum it up what I would like to see are things like:

    “what made this post good?”
    “what made this post better than that one?”

    These are obviously interesting to me as to blogger. But as reader I won’t use filtering technology if I am not sure how it works. It is slightly similar to antispam – you either have control and/or knowledge about filtering process or you don’t. I am not likely to rely on latter.

  • Man, that’s really nice! I just bookmarked it…

    I was sad to see that frogstr wasn’t indexed but their crawler is supposed to index it now ;)

  • @Ben

    Yep, sad when you submit your blog/feed to some service and it’s like “and who are you?.. really?..” :)

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