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Subject: How is the "Hot Games" list calculated? rss

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| Scott Kinzie |
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What I really want to know is: do DIRECT links (i.e. from game update emails, geeklists, other threads) count toward the Hot List count or are only visits to the game's front page used in the count?

I think that simple visits to the game's front page should somehow be weighted down to diminish the power of the one-click visit. In my opinion, a Hot Game should be one where people don't just visit a game's front page, but are visiting its forums, looking at its images, including it in geeklists, reading its personal comments, etc. Hopefully, this is how the calculation is made.

I'm annoyed because it seems that clicking on an UN-LABELED and UN-DOCUMENTED link, like this:

... pushes the game higher and higher into the Hot Games list. You have to actually click on the link to find out which game it goes to and doing so causes the game to look like people are interested in it when they just want to know what game it's linking to. You can't even lookup the game's number (3522) without visiting the front page. (or can you? I can't find a way.)

A labled link like this would not get clicked on very often at all unless you were truly interested in checking it out:

LCR ->

Is there a way to force labeling on links (like the above)?

Sorry for mixing two issues here (calculating Hot Games and un-labled links), but I think they are related.
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