How does discussion popularity work? I mean, there are the all-time most popular discussions, which I understand, but then there is the "Popular" tab. Are those the most popular discussions this week or something? Because the top discussion under "Popular" in Spanish had only 4 upvotes and 2 comments... what? I'm just a little curious as to how this works.
[EDIT] Summary: It seems that the "Popular" tab has to do with rushes of views, comments, upvotes, et cetera in a short period of time. And it doesn't really matter. (And it's nice to know others have been puzzled by this as well!) :)
It seems straightforward to me. I believe Duolingo uses 2 criteria for keeping a discussion on top. One is up-votes, and the other most likely is number of views. However, the number of views is not shown to the users, hence the confusion. But even discussions with a lot of up-votes will probably be buried if it is old or has few views.
At least that's what it seems to me.
Me, too. I don't get it, either. It seems that 'popular' may just mean a couple recent comments in quick succession. From my casual observation, I am not sure up/downvotes have anything to do with it.
hmmm. I don't know. It seems that upvotes and downvotes would contribute to popularity.
From what I've seen, a lot of upvotes and comments on a discussion in the past couple of days makes a discussion popular. It seems that surges of a lot of attention boost popularity. As it gets older and the comments and votes die down, the discussion sinks down in the list and makes way for the next. I think the reason for certain smaller discussions (16 upvotes, 13 comments) make it up there is because they're just the most popular for the moment and popularity is relative to other activity. Just my gathering.
I feel similarly. The Most Popular tab Discussions clearly have the most upvotes, comments, etc. I've scratched my head over the Popular tab more than once.