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  1. barb emerson

    “During lunch, we discussed a number of topics from the efforts to change the company’s image, to ideas that help the WordPress community.”

    So what was the verdict on how to change the company’s image?

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    • Jeff Chandler

      This is a typo on my part. I’ve edited the post to say from the efforts made to change the company’s image. At the time, the company had already made some significant strides towards changing its image and we discussed those.

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  2. dlouwe

    Certainly an interesting idea and neat to look at, though I think there’s room for improvement in making the data more useful.

    Firstly, the current ranking method is very susceptible to large fluctuations as it is based on exactly a week period; there’s no cumulative or rolling effect. This is quite apparent when you look at the large number of “Last Week: N/A” that are present every single week. Any given week – on its own – is a decent snapshot of activity, but trying to plot any trends is difficult when you can see an item shoot into the #2 spot from “N/A” one week, then be gone from the rankings the week after. I would suggest something like a rolling daily ranking of the past X days’ activity, or having historical rankings contribute to the current rankings with a decaying relevance over time. This would hopefully stabilize the rankings, and make more useful trend analysis possible.

    Second, a graph to plot the movement of the plugins/themes on the chart would also be very handy. Having to go back and load each week to check a particular item’s progress is quite time consuming. Though the ranking volatility would need to be addressed first; such a graph wouldn’t be particularly useful with items constantly jumping on and off the rankings week to week.

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    • Jeff Chandler

      I think there’s room as well but is there a line in the sand between showing people too much data and keeping some of it behind the scenes for their eyes only? This is the first public roll out so I bet based on feedback, the team will make changes to make the site more useful to the public. I’m hoping that instead of visiting the Plugin or Author URL when clicking on a plugin link, it loads a nice page instead with historical stats on the site. Maybe something similar to the layout of plugins on the WordPress directory but in the style they have now.

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      • dlouwe

        I think there’s room as well but is there a line in the sand between showing people too much data and keeping some of it behind the scenes for their eyes only?

        That is a good point, and I was mostly commenting with the assumption that the data/tool is 100% for public benefit. I still maintain that the “weekly snapshot” format isn’t very useful for trend analysis, but obviously if they were to improve their data collection method they aren’t obliged to provide the extra data to the public.

        Thinking about it a bit further, if the current version generates enough interest they could monetize and paywall certain views/data points/tool functions.

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  3. Peter Cralen

    It is always nice if any company do something extra like this. Hope they will continue.
    These data tells me the same like wp stats about version of php, wp … https://wordpress.org/about/stats/
    Majority of users get lost somewhere in the past ;)

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  4. Summer

    Does the high ranking for the Default theme mean there’s still a lot of WP installs on GoDaddy that are running versions older than 3.0?

    How that particular ranking happens has me curious as all get-out :)

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