Firstly, there have been a lot of new users to Lensroll this year. For that we thank you all very much! It gives us great satisfaction to know that you find value in Lensroll.
With all the changes we’ve made since the beginning of the year those changes have brought along with them a few new questions.
To answer these I first need to explain a bit about how we setup Lensroll.
We setup the site with one goal in mind. To offer a top notch link to all Lensmasters for each and every lens they created on Squidoo. Several months back we opened the site up to include Hubpages and Wizzley content. The goal is still the same. To offer the best damn one-way link we possibly can.
History - The original code used to create Lensroll applied a “nofollow” attribute to all upcoming story links. Meaning, anything that was added did not get the link love Lensroll has to offer unless the story made it to a Published status. This flew in the face of the “best damn link” idea so we changed the way the site works and removed the nofollow attribute from the upcoming Que..
For the link chaser the end result is that all stories submitted are followed links.
Now onto the questions.
The two most often asked are ; “Why are my submissions not published?” and “What is karma and rank?”
@Rose – I wonder why all of my lenses are coming up as submitted, and what I can do to move them forward to published. I am active on the site and roll and comment on others work.
Getting to published and the front page is done in one of two ways. Either you are voted there by peer’s – it takes 9 votes to move from upcoming to Published. The other is by editors choice. The editors are N376 and myself.
@Alleycatlane – I can’t find any information on what the stats mean. Karma score? ESP roll? Rank? Can you explain or point me to the right place so I can understand what the stats mean?
Karma is a score assigned to each user account on Lensroll. The score is a representation of how active they are. If he/she frequently participating they would have a high Karma score, while someone who is either new to the site or inactive will have a low score.
ESP is when your vote causes a story to go from Upcoming to Published.
User Rankings shows you what place a user has on Lensroll. The most active user, who has the highest total Karma score, will be ranked in first place (#1)
Right now we use the Karma function in conjunction with awards module but look forward to implementing it into more of the social aspects of the site in the future.
I wish more users of Lensroll acted they way that @Rose does. Voting, commenting and just showing simple social curtsies. If every user did what she is doing the front page would be crawling with new material constantly.
Being on the front page has one huge advantage that just sitting in upcoming que does not have. Top billing.
tidBit - There are 10 stories plus 4 featured stories on the front page at any one time.
tidBit - Our analytics shows that the front page is by far the most popular landing page..
The front page, or Published, is also the most syndicated page on the site. Places like our Facebook page, twitter feed, Squidcast, Squidoo News and the like play a critical roll in building backlinks to your backlink. This is where the real power of Lensroll lies.
I hope that this clears up being Published and what Karma is doing.
Thanks again for letting Lensroll play apart in your marketing campaign.
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