Rankings – I’m sure many of you who are Goodreads addicts have noticed them and though – ‘Oh wouldn’t it be lovely to have one of those Top Reviewer rankings.’ I know I have – but then I realized it’s probably pretty crazy to get there.
Then I started wondering – how do they calculate all that jazz. So I asked the questions and Suzanne, the VP of Communications over at Goodreads was lovely enough to answer them!
The what you need to know about ‘Top Reviewers’ rankings
TABITHA: What reviews get counted towards becoming a Top Reviewer?
SUZANNE: We count both new reviews and also reviews that were edited in a meaningful way by date. (So, if you wrote a review three months ago and then updated it with additional thoughts this week, it would reflect in your review count this week.) We only count text reviews, not books that are just star rated.
Some members like to enter their reviews in batches so this can impact the numbers.
TABITHA: As you said only Text reviews are counted. Then Goodreads users that write text reviews are in the running for the Top Reviewer ranking based on the number of reviews they post weekly. (Or update meaningfully weekly). So posting your reviews on a weekly basis is the best way to make a difference in your ranking correct?
SUZANNE: Yes, if you post a lot of reviews in a seven day period, then it will impact on your ranking in the “This Week” category.
TABITHA: What is the weekly basis that reviews are tallied on? Monday through Sunday?
SUZANNE: It’s actually the past seven days (much like “This Year” is the past 12 months). And because I know you’ll ask, “This Month” is 30 days. 🙂 And, because I’m pretty sure you’ll want this too: we update the lists on the following days – This Week (Wednesdays), This Month (Thursdays), This Year (Saturdays), All-Time (Sundays). Have I successfully read your mind? 😉
TABITHA: Does the ranking system take into account at all the number of unread books you have on your other Exclusive Goodreads shelves such as “To Read” or “Wish-List”. Does the number of unread books you have on your shelves impact the ranking system at all is pretty much my question.
SUZANNE: No, only your reviews are taken into account.
TABITHA: Is it true that Top Reviewer Rankings are broken down by country?
SUZANNE: Yes, you can see Top Reviewer Rankings by country. Click on “The World” link and then “My Country” link to see the top 100 reviewers in your country. (Another way to get a country’s ranking is to click on “The World,” then click on one of the reviewers from another country, click on their #x reviewer status under their profile picture and that will take you to the Top 100 Reviewers in their country.)
TABITHA: Are there any other algorithms that are pulled in and used towards ranking? How active the Goodreads user is? The amount of likes on their reviews?
SUZANNE: No, all that’s counted are the number of text reviews that have been written during the appropriate period. Where the number of likes on a review is counted is in the Most Popular Reviewers.
So now taking some of that into account – does knowing this change the way you view that Top Reviewer ranking score? I know it does for me. I really don’t care much about it either way anymore. (Ok honestly that originally said something like “I could care less, or give a rat’s patoot.” 🙂
There is no accurate way to calculate something like that. Would I be cynical if I said top reviewer type ranking systems just encourage more use of a system, abuse of the system and that hey I use the system anyway to see what friends are reading and to track my own books I own and read – so why sweat it?
Because personally if you think about it – someone who is very very active on Goodreads and who just puts in random things into the review area – without having read the book – say their *pre squeeeing* love for it, or even a “read review coming soon* or maybe even just a few lines of text and then oodles of gifs, or making small changes to already written reviews, technically all of these things would count to their ranking so, yeah, need More be said? There is just no way it can be accurate unfortunately. Lol
While I’m sure it would be nice to have that Top Reviewer tag next to your name, just don’t sweat it. I know I don’t spend enough time diligently updating my reviews to ever be able to manage it. So, what do you guys think of the system?