Ranker, as an openended platform for ranking people/places/things, is a lot of different (awesome) things to different people. But the overarching goal for Ranker has always been to provide the best possible answer to opinion-based questions like “What are the best _____?”
Popular sports and entertainment vote lists often grow into being a great answer within 12-72 hours as they get lots of traffic quickly, but the majority of Ranker lists take 1 – 3 months to build to full credibility as visitors on Ranker and from search engines find them and shape them with votes and re-ranks.
I thought it would be fun to showcase some Ultimate Lists and Vote Lists in other categories that haven’t gone viral, but through the participation of lots of Rankers over a few months have indeed become “the best possible answer” to this question.
Food: you all clearly love to weigh in on the start of the day, and the 5 o’clock hour:
But you also have strong opinions on hydration during the day:
And even specific Gatorade flavors (thanks for the list Lucas)
Snacking, whether it be on a particular type of cheese, candy bar, or even as granular as a specific Jelly Belly flavor (thanks for the list Samantha but what’s with all the chocolate pudding haters?)
Dining out, specifically at Italian chain restaurants
A list I am not authorized to vote on, pregnancy cravings
And hundreds more, including perhaps a new category entirely – food nostalgia (I do miss those Crispy M&Ms myself)
Fashion/Beauty: not categories that I personally check up on much, so I was psyched to see quite a few solid rankings here, some of them high-end but mostly stuff you can find at the mall:
And even a men’s facial moisturizers list (have only tried 3 or 4 myself, but agree with their relative positions on the list)
Travel: Rankers, I know from a number of you that as we’ve been adding datasets of “rank-able objects” over the last year, one of the most-requested ones that we don’t yet have is hotels/resorts. Trust me, it’s still on the list. But in the meantime, it’s been heartening to see how many of you have participated in these great resources for travel destinations and attractions, like these:
Great stuff – these lists and 1000s more like them are true testimonials to the “wisdom of crowds”. Thanks, crowds!