Kate (arohanui) wrote in suggestions,
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Increasing the interest value of Similar Interests



Executive Summary:
Hate the way particular people always "hog" the top of your "show me who's like me" interest search? I DO! I have a partial solution however: factor in the total number of interests they list.


Detail:
In my cunning scheme, Find Similar Users would include an extra column, noting the total number of interests that each person has entered into their profiles. Thus joerandoml3wser would appear as 6/2001, whilst joerandombutinteresting might appear as 3/3.

A further list could display the calculated fraction of matched interests to total (other user) interests. Perhaps the list could be sorted / resorted according to this fraction, rather than the sometimes-less-than-useful percent match.

Example:
                            Similar      Percent       Total        Percent
# User                      Interests    Match (You)   Interests    Match (Them)
1  me                       120         (100.0%)       120         (100.0%)
2  joerandombutinteresting  3           (2.5%)         3           (100.0%)
3  joerandoml3wser          6           (5.0%)         2001        (0.3%)   


PS: why doesn't/shouldn't Find Similar Users populate the User field with the current user's handle by default? I'm only ever interested in finding people interesting to me! *shrugs*

PPS: I suspect that the autoformatter has usurped my preformatting above and snuck in lots of superfluous br's.


Benefits:
* increase the ease with which users can find other users who are truly similar to them
* increase the ease with which users can track down other users they consider interesting
* generally promote greater signal to noise
* it might encourage people to list fewer, more discerningly chosen interests, saving on interest list search overhead, if that is an issue at all


Costs:
* frank presumably has other pants to eat
* calculation overhead (but, I assume the length of each user's interest list is stashed somewhere, even if it is derived *starts wondering about the data structures lurking around here*)
* screen clutter
* this is not a magic bullet; it won't filter out all the uninteresting people, but it might help


It's late here. Sorry if the above is as clear as mud. I could code up a quick demo, if you'd like.

Apologies also if this has already been posted. I'm kinda new here, and although I did start scanning backwards, I didn't get all that far, I confess.


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