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Who ever runs the website for T-Nation , is there anyway to introduce a like/dislike function to articles , so that the better articles can gain in popularity / searchable by most liked article?

To what end?

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I mean, there probably is a way to do it, but I know it’s not gonna happen separate from TN’s Facebook and Twitter pages where the articles are posted daily. There’s no real benefit to having a like/dislike system on the site itself.

This already happens.

Articles can already be searched using the Tag system by author, topic, or other categories. “Most Popular” is based on page views. More views means more people saw the article, presumably got worthwhile information out of it, and then shared it on their own which brought in those additional views.

That sounds like what you’re looking for: https://www.t-nation.com/most-popular

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Just to expand on my above post, while I have time, what do you mean by better?

A one dimensional rating system fails when you try applying it to a more complicated subject. People have different goals, history and gaps in their training knowledge, so an article will have different value for different people.

An article on high rep deadlifts might be an absolute game changer for the lanky kid who keeps getting injured trying to do them poorly, but will get ridiculed by a competitive strongman who has specialised in them for a decade. The article hasn’t changed, but its value sure has.

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Fair points well presented.

I just read the CT article on the front page yesterday - Tip : One. Heavy. Rep , about how to warm up for a 1RM and really wanted to ‘like’ to help it get into the eyes of more people for longer but there was no option.

Always an option to stick around the forums or wherever else you talk about lifting and point people in the right direction.

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Is there a reason why certain articles that are months or even years old get flagged as “new” on the homepage?

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There is no “new” on the home page. There’s “Latest and Trending”, which is what they are.

It’s the most recently published, as well as the articles getting a high number of recent views. The older articles are sometimes boosted when they’re posted on T Nation’s Facebook or Twitter.

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The image you posted shows a red NEW caption box on Paul Carter’s article “Body Disrupters.” The same red NEW appears on Christian Thibaudeau’s “Tip:My Favorite Strength-Building Method,” which I know I read months ago originally.

The “tips” articles are repurposed sections of longer articles. You probably read the original, longer version months ago.

Chris, if you feel this is inaccurate, please delete it. It’s just my uninformed take

I didn’t know that about Tip articles, but I am positive it is not just the Tip articles. Old articles are being labeled NEW and the only change is the date in the article.

That particular tip appeared about 30 days ago as an answer in Thib’s Question of Strength 60 article.

Tips are sometimes pulled from larger articles to be given their own emphasis, or sometimes to be expanded on. That’s why it’s new. Because it’s been turned into a standalone Tip.

Still, there are no “articles that are months or even years old get flagged as ‘new’”. If something appeared as a small chunk of a larger article and was then turned into a Tip on its own, it’s a new thing.

EDIT:

Links, please.

I know they’ve run through some of the older articles and done re-edits, either to remove dated references (like goofing on Backstreet Boys) or to clarify outdated points, but I don’t believe those are re-published under a “NEW” icon.

I will link as it happens next time. Currently there are only 2 flagged as NEW and you’ve already cleared up the Tip article. The other article, by Paul Carter, I am confident is actually new.

Thanks for the help

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OK, “5 Things You Can Train Everyday” by Christian Thibaudeau is labeled as NEW today and definitely is not. I am certain it is not new because I implemented some of the main points in the article in my own training months ago. Plus I remember reading it a while back. Definitely not new, and not a “Tip” rehash either.

Well, that was quick. Ha.

I’d circle back to what I said about older articles getting re-edited, tweaked, or adjusted on re-publishing. I didn’t remember them getting the New label, but I guess it does happen sometimes.

“The Best Damn Cardio for Natural Lifters” today says NEW and is quite old.

… … … I’d circle back to what I said about older articles getting re-edited, tweaked, or adjusted on re-publishing. I didn’t remember them getting the New label, but I guess it does happen sometimes.