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Subject: Websites with content ranked by users
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: apple18-ga
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Posted: 25 Nov 2005 09:01 PST
Expires: 25 Dec 2005 09:01 PST
Question ID: 597490
I would like to know of websites that aggregate category specific
content (ie. like news) where the user's feedback leads to the ranking
of content on the site..  The sites that I have found that are closest
to what i am looking for are and While I am
interested in sites for all categories, I am particularly interested
in financial news if possible or financial ideas (see for the best example of investment or idea
related user generated content that i can find)  A great answer to
this question would include many URL's to different general interest
news sites like and second, a list of financial related
sites.  Thanks.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 27 Nov 2005 14:54 PST

I'm not sure what sort of content ranking you have in mind.

For instance, Yahoo News allows ranking of its stories and photos:

Near the top of the page are a set of tabs, one of which says: Most Popular.

Clicking on that will then allow you to select one of three ranking schemes:

--Most Emailed 

--Most Viewed 

--Most Recommended 

For the "Most Recommended News", for instance, each story has a tag
with it along the lines of "Avg. Rating: 4.6"

Same with the "Most Recommended Photos"  -- Avg. Rating: 4.1

You can do the same for particular categories of news stories such as
"Most Recommended Business News" (which includes Finance, of course),
which, at the time I checked it, had this as the #1 story, according
to viewer rankings:

Broker accused of insider trading 
Reuters - Wed Nov 23, 7:39 PM ET
 Avg. Rating: 4.4
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The FBI has arrested a former
stockbroker and accused him of insider trading using stolen advance
copies of Business Week magazine, according to a court complaint
released on Wednesday...

Is this the sort of thing you're looking for?  

It's quite different from, say,, but it certainly is a
content ranking scheme.

Let me know what you think.


Clarification of Question by apple18-ga on 27 Nov 2005 20:27 PST
Thanks.  I am aware of yahoo and should have mentioned it in the
question.  I am more interested in sites where users create or submit
the content and users also rank the content.
Subject: Re: Websites with content ranked by users
Answered By: czh-ga on 30 Nov 2005 20:44 PST
Hello apple18-ga,

This was an interesting and challenging search project since there is
quite a lot of activity in the field of user ranking of website
content and user-contributed content. Some of the related trends and
technologies are social bookmarking, collaborative filtering and
implementation of various recommendation systems.

I?ve collected a variety of links for you using your examples as the
jump-off point for the search. I?ve grouped my findings according to
your stated priorities. I?ve also included some general resources to
help you continue your explorations. Please be sure to ask for
clarification if anything about my results is confusing.

Wishing you well for your project.

~ czh ~

True Stock Value 
>Investors Club

The True Stock Value Investors Club is an exclusive online investment
club where rational investors share their best ideas.  To apply, each
potential member must submit their current favorite investment
The Investors Club Application states the format of the
recommendation.  The applicant's recommendation will be judged on
whether the analysis presents a convincing case for why the stock is
overvalued or undervalued.
Each admitted member receives access to the password protected True
Stock Value Investors Club website where all the top investment ideas
are displayed.  To maintain membership, a member must submit an
Investors Club application that gets approved every 6 months. 
Membership is forfeited if this hurdle isn't reached.
The True Stock Value Investors Club is limited to a maximum of 150
selected investors.

***** This investment club is very similar to the Value Investors Club
in your example of what you?re looking for.


The SwingWire is a collective of some of the hottest online investors
today, sharing real-time market ideas, updating each other on market
conditions and movements, and striving to generate higher returns, all
day, every day. It provides the ability for investors and traders to
communicate in real time and share stock selections in a unique forum
developed on a foundation of integrity.

The Community is comprised of investors with similar interests in
mind, from well-to-do tech company employees to professional day
traders. The SwingWire focuses on well-timed ideas that result in
substantial returns on investment. Over 50% of the revenue generated
by the SwingWire is paid back to the community!

Marketocracy ? Virtual Portfolios
m100 members have proven long term track records, and serve as the
ambassadors of our top performing members. We have thousands of
excellent investors who are beating the market, but only 100 make this
list at any given time. These members receive many benefits for their
participation in the m100, including free premium memberships, posting
privileges on our forums, press opportunities, and cash. Marketocracy
pays all m100 members based on the assets under management with our
affiliate, Marketocracy Capital Management.

The current m100 group is shown below, alphabetically by login ID.
Multiple length track records were evaluated to select this m100
group. Statistics shown below for individuals are a sample of
historical performance only, and do not comprise all of the data
analyzed in the selection process. Click on any of the m100 funds to
take a closer look.

Silicon Investor

***** This site offers a wide selection of investor boards to choose
from. You can track subjects and people.

National Association of Investors (NAIC)

BetterInvesting has helped over five million investors take control of
their financial futures. That's because we're dedicated to providing a
sound program of investment education and support to help our members
become successful lifetime investors.

Investment Boards

***** Value Investors Club is one of the investment boards included in
this directory.

The Mensa of Investment Message Boards? Value Investors Club wants the
brightest ideas from the kind of industrious, dedicated investors who
do their homework

BoardCentral.Com was created to provide investors with extensive
information about numerous WEB based message boards and chat rooms
along with convenience of submitting (posting) and retrieving
(reading) the information to and from participating message boards and
chat rooms. We have developed unique ways of presenting the
information to users to ease and streamline end-user experience. The
uniqueness of this approach is in the way of presenting the
information to the users. The core concept of ReadAwayTM consists of
gathering and displaying content from participating partners in very
user-friendly environment that will allow our customers to easily find
and access any information they want using our web site.

The MathWorks 
Since its founding in 1984, The MathWorks has become the leading
global provider of software for technical computing and Model-Based
The MATLAB Central File Exchange contains thousands of files
contributed by users and developers of MATLAB, Simulink and related

***** Click on any category and see what resources have been
contributed to MATLAB. There is a column indicating how many times
each resource has been downloaded as well as a 5 star rating system
that shows how many reviewers contributed to the rating.

There are lots of places to post your film or animation on the Web?but
there is only one AtomFilms.

Filmmakers around the world know us as the place to go to get
discovered, get paid, and make more movies.

Millions of viewers know us as the place to discover entertainment
that's different?provocative, hilarious, fearless.

***** Users can submit films in eight different categories. These
films are than reviewed and rated by site visitors.


WholeNote is a free on-line community and education-based site for
guitarists. It's designed to enable guitarists of all skill levels and
styles to simple point or click or type to share information about all
things guitar over the Internet in a manner previously unavailable.
Its main educational focus is to provide tools for those that are
knowledgeable to create on-line music lessons from which other
visitors can learn, thereby creating a collective knowledge that all
can use to further their own playing, and to allow visitors to access
this knowledge in a fast and intuitive manner.

Member Info: Points for (Name)? WholeNote uses a point system to help
identify those members who contribute to our community.
? The higher the number, the more prominent the member in the WholeNote community.
? Points are used simply for status and respect. They have no
intrinsic monetary value.

How Does the Point System Work?
? 20 points for creating a home page
? 20 points for each featured article
? 20 points for each MP3 submission
? 10 points for each published lesson page
? -10 points for each published lesson page with no information
? 4 points for each resource
? 4 points for each resource review
? 3 points for each e-mailed link
? 2 points for each FretBuzz message
? 1 point for each login per day
? 1 point for each feedback message
? 1 point for each chat session

***** This site uses frames so it?s not possible to provide links to
the specific sections on the point system and rating systems used.
Click on members and artists and look for the points and review
ratings on user contributed material.

Active Bass Online Community

Help: Frequently Asked Questions
1.4 - What does the point total next to a member's name mean?
ActiveBass uses a point system to help identify those members who
contribute to our community. The higher the number, the more prominent
the member. For more information on how this total is calculated, look
at our point system page.

Member: The ActiveBass Point System
? ActiveBass uses a point system to help identify those members who
contribute to our community.
? The higher the number, the more prominent the member in the ActiveBass community.
? Points are used simply for status and respect. They have no
intrinsic monetary value.

How Does the Point System Work?
? 20 points for creating a home page
? 20 points for each featured article
? 20 points for each MP3 submission
? 10 points for each published lesson page
? -10 points for each published lesson page with no information
? 4 points for each resource
? 4 points for each resource review
? 3 points for each e-mailed link
? 2 points for each FretBuzz message
? 1 points for each login per day
? 1 points for each feedback message

***** This is a sister site to and is structured the same way.


Objectives and Content
From its inception, the site has aimed to be a "photography learning
community", in which more experienced photographers, both avid
amateurs and professional, provide mutual support, as well as being a
resource for those interested in learning about photography. Since the
site has been in existence since 1995, it is common to find
contributors on the site who are now experts but who first visited the
site years ago to ask beginner questions.

The most prominent sections of the site are forums and galleries
featuring member-contributed photos and writing. Volunteer moderators
and editors are responsible for most of this content. (See our
Masthead.) The site also hosts active sections for classified ads, and
a "Neighbor" section with member ratings and feedback on photography
retailers and processing labs. The "ezShop" section features
member-contributed equipment reviews and comparative shopping, with
offers from photography retailers who sponsor Almost all
the content on the site can be commented upon by members, and the
comments become a significant part of the content.

Critique Photos 
  Rate Recent Photos 
  Critique Requests 
  Photos of the Week
  Top Photos 
  Top Photographers

***** This section provides a venue for requesting reviews of your
photos if you?re a member and for reviewing and rating the work of


Right now, at this moment in history, TV is the most powerful medium in the world. 

Its reach and influence are unparalleled. It makes or breaks products
and politicians alike, paints our picture of the world, and glues our
culture together. And yet, who controls it? Now, you do.

This is our outpost in a locked-down television landscape. Here, the
channel goes two ways. Here, you are viewer and producer. Welcome to

We follow the global pulse via Google Current, a real-time view of
what the world's searching for, presented every half-hour around the

We call it viewer-created content, or VC2, and it's created in the
Current Studio, an online extension of our real studios in San
Francisco and LA. Anybody can join in to produce VC2 (and get paid for
it) or watch and vote for what goes on TV.

***** The website for CurrentTV is integrated with the TV show.
Viewers choose what is shown and contribute content.

"BlinkList is Social Bookmarking merged with People Powered Search and
Expert Recommendations... all wrapped in an elegant interface"
Discover -- Discover Hot New Sites or Become an Expert in Your Field
and Share Knowledge with Others.

BlinkList is based on the principle of the wisdom of crowds so it is a
great engine to help you discover information from people that share a
similar passion and interest as you.

In addition, BlinkList is fully democratic just like Wikipedia. Anyone
can contribute links and the top contributor is considered the
community leader.

This is the complete opposite from sites like, which approve
editors to contribute and edit content. On BlinkList, a democratic
process allows anyone to become an editor if they share their links
and generate interest from the community.

***** This is a collective bookmark/favorites site that?s similar to


StumbleUpon is an intelligent browsing tool for sharing and
discovering great websites. As you click  Stumble!, you'll get
high-quality pages matched to your personal preferences. These pages
have been explicitly recommended (rated I like it) by friends and
other SU members with similar interests. Rating these sites shares
them with your friends and peers ? you will automatically 'stumble
upon' each others favorites sites.

In effect, StumbleUpon's members collectively share the best sites on
the web. You can share any site by simply clicking I like it. This
passes the page on to friends and like-minded people ? letting them
"stumble upon" all the great sites you discover.
Rating pages as  or  also improves your stumbles. 
These ratings connect you to more like-minded members. 
The more you rate, the better your stumbles become!

***** This is a collaborative filtering site that helps you find
people who share your interests. It also rates members by degree of


What is MovieLens?
MovieLens is a movie recommendation website. You tell us what movies
you love and hate. We use that information to generate personalized
recommendations for other movies you will like and dislike.

How does it work?
MovieLens uses a technology called collaborative filtering to generate
movie recommendations. It works by matching together users with
similar opinions about movies. Each member of the system has a
'neighborhood' of other like-minded users. Ratings from these
neighbors are used to create personalized recommendations for the
target user.

***** You have to register to be able to see what the site offers. 

What is is a collection of favorites - yours and everyone else's.
Use to:
 -- Keep links to your favorite articles, blogs, music, restaurant
reviews, and more on and access them from any computer on
the web.
 -- Share favorites with friends, family, and colleagues.
 -- Discover new things. Everything on is someone's
favorite - they've already done the work of finding it. Explore and

***** This is a collective bookmarking/favorites system. Check out the
Popular link above to see how ranking is achieved.


What Is KindaKarma? KindaKarma is two things.
1. A no-frills list of authors, games, movies and musicians.
2. A system for rating stuff and getting recommendations from others
with similar tastes.

It works similarly to the way you can rate items at Amazon and get
recommendations, but with a different algorithm.

Browse by Category: Authors, Video Games, Movies, Music, Politics.

***** The ratings are all provided by users. It provides you with a
breakdown of opinions, a source page for additional information and
recommendations of ?also loved? links.

On-Demand Webcasts

***** Each webcast has a Customer Rating.

Which Movie to Watch? An Overview of Recommendation Systems

Designing for Improved Social Responsibility, User Participation and
Content in On-Line Communities

User-Generated "Content": This is the Promised Land?

Social bookmarking

Social bookmarking is an activity performed over a computer network
that allows users to save and categorize (see folksonomy) a personal
collection of bookmarks and share them with others. Users may also
take bookmarks saved by others and add them to their own collection,
as well as to subscribe to the lists of others. It's a tool for
personal knowledge management.

Collaborative filtering

Collaborative filtering (CF) is the method of making automatic
predictions (filtering) about the interests of a user by collecting
taste information from many users (collaborating). The underlying
assumption of CF approach is that: Those who agreed in the past tend
to agree again in the future. For example, a collaborative filtering
or recommender system for music tastes could make predictions about
which music a user should like given a partial list of that user's
tastes (likes or dislikes). Note that these predictions are specific
to the user, but use information gleaned from many users. This differs
from the more simple approach of giving an average (non-specific)
score for each item of interest, for example based on its number of

Collaborative Filtering systems usually take two steps: 1.Looking for
users who share the same rating patterns with the active user (the
user who the prediction is for). 2.Use the ratings from those
like-minded users found in step 1 to calculate a prediction for the
active user.

***** You?re probably already familiar with many of the Commercial
Systems like Amazon, Netflix or TiVo. The list of Non-Commercial
Systems will give you additional sites to explore.

Recommendation Systems

Recommendation systems are programs which attempt to predict items
(movies, music, books, news, web pages) that a user may be interested
in, given some information about the user's profile. Often, this is
implemented as a collaborative filtering algorithm.
Recommendation systems work by collecting data from users, using a
combination of explicit and implicit methods.


user reviews content
non-hierarchical editorial control
"viewer contributed content"
member OR user contributed content
user-driven recommendation systems
user OR customer content recommendation OR rating OR evaluation
"member ranking" OR "editorial control"
"member ranking"  "member contribution OR content"
investment boards OR clubs
"investment club" membership OR application "investment recommendation"
investment message board membership OR application "investment recommendation"
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