Thursday, December 30, 2010

UBC AMS Voting Statistics for November 2010

I've posted a one-page report at, entitled "UBC AMS VoterMedia Voting Statistics for November 2010".

It lists the number of votes supporting each of the blogs competing at, along with some explanation, analysis and discussion.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New video: What Is VoterMedia?

We just released a new video at, entitled "What Is VoterMedia?"

In it, students at the University of British Columbia explain that votermedia is a system for rewarding bloggers who inform students about their student union, elections and other issues that matter to their community. "’s an innovative incentive structure to encourage independent media to develop and to flourish and to cover events in their local communities." (-- Alex Lougheed)

Thank you to all who contributed to this!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Changing spread parameter

As discussed in my previous post, I'm changing the way we spread the wealth among competing bloggers. Until this change, we have been capping the menus of votable shares, e.g. to max 30% shares when there are at least 5 competing blogs.

For all communities except UBC, five days ago I let the caps "float" so as to stay at least 5% above the top blog's share.

This evening I'm phasing in the other half of our new spread-the-wealth system, which is a kind of "progressive income tax" on vote counts as a function of %share -- see previous post for details.

The "spread" parameter will change from 1.0 to 4.0 as of the tallies calculated tonight, which for North American time zones will mean starting with the award shares dated 2010-12-15 in the "horserace" pages.

I'll monitor the results, and if they seem good then I'll recommend a similar change for UBC.

Your comments invited!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Spreading the wealth among competing blogs

Thinking some more about the votermedia award algorithm change I made on November 22, I think we should make a more sweeping change to further enhance competition among blogs. Changing the interpolation range from 5% to 10% does encourage the top blogs to compete with each other more, but it still leaves the maximum vote ceiling as an overly firm limit.