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Want to be a top 100 user? A Power Plurker?

Bad news… if you’re not already on the top Plurk user list, you’re going to have a very difficult time ever getting there. In fact, it might be next to impossible thanks to the new Karma ALGO.

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There are two major flaws to the top Plurk user list.

1) It’s based on Karma
Without an official Plurk API, Karma is really all there is to go on now, unfortunately. I’m not in any way bashing on Ryan Lim, who has done a killer job putting the top user list together, especially considering the data he had to work with. But, it is what it is… a top user list based on Karma is just downright wrong.

There are users, for example, who made the top 100 Plurk user list simply because they were the first with high Karma. Some of these “top users” made it there with low numbers of plurks and responses, few referrals, and very few fans. The key, however, is that they got the Karma back when it was much easier to get.

Therefor, a lot of the top user profiles are falsely inflated. Why does this matter? It matters because we all want our profiles to be seen by as many people as possible, right? And being on the top users list will certainly bring traffic to your profile. Heck, I’ve clicked on MANY profiles simply because of the link provided in the top users list.

So, essentially, users are getting attention they may not necessarily deserve. That being said, there are top user who definitely deserve to be there.

2) Plurk Karma Becomes a Slug at 61.00
Every single top 100 user has karma above 61.00. This means that in a 24 hour period, every single one of them will rise at a rate of 0.54. You can only get maximum of 0.09 per cycle (six per day) once you hit 61.00, and this 0.09 is fairly easy to obtain.

This means some users might have had a much more productive and fruitful day within the Plurk community, but those users will not receive any more credit than someone who might Plurk a silly question or two.

Very few of the Plurkers on the top 100 users list actually drop in Karma, and when they do it is overnight when everyone is dropping as well. And this isn’t a significant drop either… we’re talking maybe 0.03. Knowing this, I think it’s safe to assume that you simply cannot catch up with the top 100 users. Unless, of course, a couple of them get lazy and give up on Plurk.

So, the Plurk “Power Users”, or top 100, is not really the top 100, yet it is still being pitched as such. And worse, if you’re not already there, you’re likely going to be turned away at the door.

Thoughts?

-Eric Odom

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