Sunday, November 05, 2006

How to cheat distrowatch ranking

You always wanted to know how to promote the ranking of your Linux distribution at distrowatch? Simply do the same as in the english version of the Fedora wiki start page and link against the page of your distribution at distrowatch.com instead of provide your own package list (as e.g. Debian or openSUSE do). And don't forget to name the link 'Packages' ;-) :


And whoso want to know which packages are available push the level of popularity for your Linux distribution in the 'Page Hit Ranking' with each click (checked google's cache and this link in the fedora wiki is new):

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

keep your suse then.

at least you wont have problems with microsoft

Ladislav Bodnar said...

Well, it's not like openSUSE is the bastion of innocence. If you look at the DistroWatch's referrer list, you'll notice that openSUSE's download page, which provides a link very similar to the Fedora one you ridicule in your story, is the third highest referrer of all sites. Scroll further down and you'll notice more referrers from openSUSE's German and other language pages.

Still, you have a point. This is a tricky situation because I don't want to discourage distributions from linking to DistroWatch wherever appropriate (and I do consider linking to a quick list of important packages as appropriate and useful), but at the same time, this must not be done with the intention to manipulate the page hit ranking stats. There is a fine line between the two and it's not always easy to judge whether a distribution has crossed it or not.

Jason Lai said...

Distrowatch's rankings are flawed in their very premise. Hit counts. Why even bother looking at the rankings?

Ladislav Bodnar said...

There is absolutely nothing flawed about DistroWatch page hit ranking. It represents page hits on the individual distribution pages, period. Now, if you'd said that the DistroWatch page hit ranking is a flawed way of measuring the popularity of Linux distributions, then yes, I would have agreed...

Flawed is the way some people choose to look at the numbers, not the numbers themselves.

Danny said...

[quote] ... Well, it's not like openSUSE is the bastion of innocence. If you look at the DistroWatch's referrer list ...[/quote]

But openSUSE name the link as what it is. Take a look at http://en.opensuse.org/Download . The link is named with "DistroWatch has a version list of the main SUSE Linux 10.1 packages, a shorter list is also part of the Product Highlights description." And IMO this is the fine line between cheat and provide information, isn't it? ;-)