New and Improved Writer Leaderboard
We want to let you know about a change we’ve made to how we calculate the top writers for teams and leagues on the site. Effective this month, we will calculate top writers based on their contributions for the calendar month, and we will be awarding badges to the winning writers at the end of the month.
Since B/R started, we’ve worked to recognize excellent work, and our new top writers leaderboard is the first step among many we’re taking to improve the experience and help our writers attract a large community of readers.
You can see an example of the new leaderboard in our NFL section.
What’s changed: We used to calculate top writers on a rolling 30-day basis, but we noticed that this made it a little hard for new writers to get into the game. So now, beginning on the first of every month, it’s a brand new race to be a top writer for the teams and topics that you’re passionate about.
Some fine print: Writers must write a minimum of 5 articles about a team or topic and fulfill some other basic community requirements in order to be eligible. If you’ve fulfilled some– but not all– of the leaderboard requirements you will be listed as “pending” until you are eligible each month. The full details on the requirements are listed on each leaderboard page.
At the end of the month we’ll award the title of “top writer” to the top three writers for many teams and topics. We’ll also award an honorable mention to the top-placing writer who isn’t a Featured Columnist. These top writer winners will get badges on their profiles and additional recognition in the near future as we work to bring even more rewards and transparency to the writer program over the next several months.