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New On Ranker: Tags, Ratings & More

Hey there Rankers!

This week, we released a bunch of stuff to the site. We’ve brought back ratings, so you can now tell the world how you really feel about the movies, albums, books, video games, etc. on your lists via our handy dandy numerical scale. And, you can learn all about how ratings work on our brand new and shiny FAQ, which we also just renovated. Look for more updates to the FAQ in the next few weeks as well, as we continue to get it up to date with all the fun new features we’re working on.

We also added the ability for you to tag your lists, which helps them to show up in more relevant places across Ranker. You can see the link to add tags on the page you’re taken to when you publish a list. We’ve also just redesigned that page too, and now it’s full of great suggestions for making your lists even better. Fun tip: if you’ve already published a list, you can always get back to that page by clicking ‘update’ in the top right corner of any list you’re editing. 

We also made a few more little tweaks to make it even easier to find the list items you want to rank. And, we’ve added even more images and info to a lot of the list items on the site. 

Additionally, we fixed a bunch of bugs, including one that unfortunately broke some of the YouTube videos in certain people’s lists. If your list is mysteriously missing a video you had previously embedded, that’s probably why. We’re really sorry for the inconvenience, but the good news is that if you add the video again, it should work fine now. 

The next big thing we’re working on are some changes to the way you sign up and log in on Ranker. So, look for those things to get a lot better in the next few weeks. And, as always, please feel free to shoot us any questions, comments, suggestions or issues you find via email, Twitter or Facebook.

Have a great weekend and happy Ranking!
The Ranker Team 

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New Year, New Ranker

Dear Rankers,
Our New Year’s resolution? Make it easier than ever to build and browse great lists on Ranker. Well, that and try to stop eating stuff like this. And, while our eating habits might be slow to change, the site certainly isn’t.

We’ve got over 50 CrowdRanked lists open for voting now, including The Most Inspirational Sports Movies and The Most Overrated Books Of All Time. We’ve also added lots of cool info to them, so you can see how your votes compare to other people’s and see how the crowd’s opinion breaks down statistically.

It’s also a lot easier to build lists of your own now, since we simplified the way you find and create list items. And the overhaul of the site’s design, while not yet finished, continues — we think you’ll like what you see if you haven’t checked us out in the last month. 

The most important improvement we’ve made is that browsing Ranker is now significantly faster. Even our developers are ready to sprint to their inboxes to check out your feedback. So please send any thoughts about the new Ranker to us via email, Twitter or Facebook. In the meantime, we’ll be trying to resist the lure of the bacon-wrapped mug.

Happy Ranking!
The Ranker Team

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Ranker's Interface-Lift

Dear Rankers,

We’re not ashamed to admit it. We’ve had a little work done. (Although, not nearly as much as these folks).

You may have noticed a few minor nips and tucks on Ranker.com over the last few months. We’ve also been working on a total makeover of the list building process. And, we’re proud to announce that the brand new process is now live on the site.

We’ve listened to all of your feedback, and we hope we’ve solved any issues you may have had with the flow of the old list building process, the ease of dragging and dropping items and the complexity of adding commentary, images and videos to your lists.

We’re still working on a few more things to make the process even better. You may notice that we’ve temporarily turned off certain features you may have been used to — the ability to rate items on your lists, edit the information about your list items and sort your lists by anything other than rank. We’re working on bringing those things back with the new design, and should have them live on the site again within a few weeks.

But, in the meantime, we think you’ll find what’s already there to be simpler, more streamlined and a whole lot prettier.

All of your old lists are still there, and we’ve got hundreds of categories ready for you to rank. So, take a look, build a list, and let us know what you think. We’re ready for our close-up.

Rank on!
The Ranker Team

 

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Happy Ranksgiving!

Dear Rankers,

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful that over 1 million people visit Ranker every month. We’re thankful that thousands have voted on our CrowdRanked lists in the past few weeks. But most of all, we’re thankful to you for making all of that happen.

Of course, no Thanksgiving would be complete without a feast. And, we’ve got a veritable buffet of lists to make your holiday even better. From handy how-to’s to help with the cooking to trippy turkey pics and T-Day trivia, we’ve got all your Ranksgiving needs covered.

Meanwhile, here at Ranker HQ, we’re putting the finishing touches on a brand new way to build lists. It’s cleaner, it’s clearer and it’s a whole lot prettier. And, you should be able to see it live on Ranker.com soon — just give us a few days to recover from our tryptophan comas first.

In the meantime, you can keep in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter.  We may not be able to button our pants after tomorrow, but we promise we’ll keep Tweeting and Facebooking the best lists all weekend long.

Happy Thanksgiving!
The Ranker Team

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Ranker Release Roundup: What's New & What's Next

Hey everyone! It’s your friendly neighborhood Product Manager Mollie here, sharing what’s new on Ranker this week, and what we’re working on for next week’s release. If anyone has any questions, feel free to shoot them over to us @Ranker_com, via Facebook or in an email. Thanks, and happy ranking!

  • Added a block to the homepage and the category pages that displays the most Ranked list items in a particular category, and shows you how many people have used those items in a list. You can see a great example of this on our Film page (hint: Pulp Fiction, The Godfather and The Matrix are almost tied for the top spot…clearly our users have great taste). 
  • Added this page so you can see all of the Community Lists on Ranker at once.
  • Changed the Community Lists so you can now vote on whether an item belongs on the list or not via the heart & frown buttons on the Community List itself.
  • Added the Facebook Like button the bottom of every list to make it easier to like a list after you’ve read it.
  • Put a white background on the appropriate navigation bar tab when you’re on a page within a given category. So now, if you’re looking at a list of Reality TV Show Fails, you’ll also easily be able to find the page where we display all of our lists about TV.

In the next release, we’ll be working on adding more activity feeds to the site, sending out even better emails to keep you up to date about the lists you publish, making Community Lists even clearer and a lot more. Stay tuned!

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Staff Pick List: Ron Artest's Best Moments

                                                                                    

Basketball season is just around the corner, and exhibition games are already going on across the country. To celebrate the return of NBA play, here’s one of our favorite basketball-themed lists on Ranker — a rundown of Ron Artest’s best moments, both on and off the court. From thanking his psychiatrist in a post-game interview to ‘Getting Lo’ in an epic music video, Artest is one of the NBA’s most unpredictable players. And, one of the most fun to watch. Here’s hoping this season brings many more awesome additions to this list of the baller’s best moments.

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Staff Pick List: Top 20 Sexist Roger Sterling Quotes

                          

This weekend, season four of everyone’s favorite ode to the sixties is coming to a close.To celebrate the season finale of Mad Men, your friendly neighborhood Ranker staffers have plucked another list from  the pile of great rankings users are building on our site. Today’s choice is The Top 20 Sexist Roger Sterling Quotes –  – an homage to the sheer political incorrectness of our favorite archetypal ad exec. Because when it comes to one of our favorite Mad Men characters, ‘it’s toasted’ doesn’t just refer to Lucky Strike tobacco.

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Ranker Release Roundup: What's New & What's Next

This is your friendly neighborhood Product Manager Mollie speaking — or writing, as the case may be. As you may have noticed, Ranker regularly gets updated with new fixes and features as part of a weekly ‘release cycle’. Because Ranker is growing so rapidly, we decided to start sharing the details of those releases with our Ranker.com users here, and give you a sneak peek of what we’re working on when we can. 

If you ever have any questions or comments about anything you see here, or anything you see on the site, please shoot us a Tweet, post on our Facebook page, email us or contact me directly via Twitter. We love your feedback almost as much as we love your lists!

Our latest release is now up on Ranker.com. In this release, we did the following:

  • Built a page to showcase the best Halloween lists on Ranker
  • Gave users the ability to add a link back to any site, blog, social network, etc. on every list they build
  • Implemented steps to significantly reduce amount of spam in comments on Ranker, and to keep users from getting an email when someone posts a spammy comment on their list
  • Added the ability to agree or disagree with items on any Community List and the ability to easily vote on the items in any Community List
  • Added links to our TwitterFacebook and Digg profiles on the homepage
  • Gave users the ability to add images to their lists and profiles by entering a URL, rather than having to upload the image from their desktop

Right now, we’re working on streamlining list-making, showcasing more real-time activity feeds across the site and generally making it easier for users to find the best lists in the categories they’re interested in. 

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