Hello readers and authors!
A quick announcement on a renaming, and a new way to find fictions!
First of all, Trending (Referred to as "Old Trending" for this blog) is being renamed to "Rising Stars", to better reflect what it measures - the new, rising stars of Royal Road. Nothing else about it is changing - just the name!
Right now, there's a bit of an awkward gap for novels once they leave Old Trending, now Rising Stars. They're too small to hit popular this week but too old to be on trending. Discovering these novels can be a bit tricky, and authors can sometimes feel like their story is hard to discover. Hence the creation of "Trending" (called "New Trending" for this blog post).
New Trending uses complex black magic to try and pick the popular stories that aren't too popular. Stories that end up on Royal Road's front page, for example, will rarely if ever make it onto the list. However, it should show the somewhat popular stories - we could even say the trendy stories - that are a fantastic and worthwhile read. We are likely to tweak the list's settings more over time, which will probably cause huge swings in the ranks.
We have also removed Hot Fictions and the voting system - given the data, we've decided that Unique Views would already approximate the votes very closely, and we may re-add Hot Fictions as a list later based solely on unique views - this isn't a simple decision though as we feel there is a significant overlap between Popular This Week and Hot Fictions, while at the same time they fulfil different roles.
The voting system highlighted some interesting facts for us though, including how many people really interact with the website actively, and how much authors could influence said rate.
- Trending is now called Rising Stars
- A new category called Trending is being created, to try and fill the gap between Rising Stars, and Popular This Week // Best Rated.
- Hot Fictions and the voting system is gone
We understand that the change around the name Trending will cause some confusion, and we have been grappling with this decision for quite some time as we've always felt that Trending didn't quite suit the list based on its role.