23 April 2010

A content voting microformat

There needs to be a standard specification for adding user voting to content. Currently, there are a range of disparate methods for valuing content:

  • Up- and optionally down-votes for an article or comment
  • Link click-through count, relative to other links on the page
  • Unique views per page
  • Average view duration per page
  • Page popularity based on region

Microformats are used to semantically tag information on a page (rss feeds, business cards, etc.). A microformat should be created to mark rated content, specify it's rating value, and specify how it's been rated. The act of rating, currently, requires specific tracking by the web site designers themselves. A third-party site could be created, similar to visitor tracking sites like Sitemeter or validation sites like the W3C's Markup Validation Service, to manage the vote logging.

Such a standard and complementary web site would make it easy for web developers to add customized content voting without implementing complex server and database support code.

[ posted by sstrader on 23 April 2010 at 4:34:41 PM in Programming ]