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You may have noticed that we added a little feature to Toolmonger this week — a little button:

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What is it? 

By clicking this button, you can let us know that the post in question caught your interest.  Clicking the button isn’t doesn’t show your approval of the tool in question or even your agreement with the sentiments contained within — it simply lets us know that the post was significant to you in some way.

But why bother? 

Well, we use this information in a couple of ways.  First, we review it every so often to see what topics we should put more effort into and which topics Toolmongers as a whole aren’t really interested in.  We also use it to assist in selecting the “top 5” tools each week for our Week in Tools roundup.  And, we use it to determine which posts we should discuss in the Toolmonger podcast.

Can’t I just click it 10,000 times?  Is this a real contest/voting system?

Yes.  No.  Please don’t.  We’re not looking to become the next Digg here, so we haven’t invested in trying to prevent gaming of the system or other such abuses.  We’ll simply ask you to use the system as it’s intended, clicking the button only once when you’re interested in a post.  We’ll go over the results and use our own common sense when interpreting them.

We hope this information helps, and we also hope that you’ll take the time to click the button!

 

4 Responses to What’s this “Interesting Post” Doohickey?

  1. nrChris says:

    Good feature. Will the results be correlated by category? Too bad there is no way to show on entries with multiple tags, which of those tags receive the most “hits”. I guess it will show cumulatively.

    At any rate, you guys should publish the information ala Amazon’s top sellers view–so we can see both the most and least interesting tools, etc.

  2. James says:

    Would it be possible to also put the button on the full post pages as well? Those of us with RSS readers never see the main page.

  3. Chuck Cage says:

    James: Done! I meant to do that when I deployed the feature, but I got sidetracked looking at tools. Oops!

  4. Paul says:

    Who doesn’t like new features? Not me! I’ll vote this interesting.

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