Is it useful for HP to rank writers by numbers? If yes what are the advantages to readers, writers and HP. Does a higher rank attract more views and would you automatically pay more attention to a higher ranking writier's articles?
I think it is for two reasons. One, it gives the readers (who are also writers in many cases) a numerical way to express their appreciation of a given writer's work. Two, it gives relevance to the examples of writers that one might want to emulate in terms of style and effort. I really do not look upon it as a contest so much as just an indicator of quality and interest. WB
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