Do PICKS have credibility?
There seems to be a few critics of PICKS making their assertions that this is not a valid or credible way to rank worthy posts. So I thought I might write a post that would hopefully defend them and those who are recipients of the love their share.
The first argument that appears in this dialogue is, "Members are only Picking to collect Points." If this were true then we would expect a member would be working their way down the current list systematically picking each of the 200 Current Posts. Obviously, we would only see scores that were all the same for each post. Which doesn't quite fly when you look at a group of random results like this;
If you're having trouble reading it at this resolution then let me illustrate the first 12 in order: 1 - 6 Picks, 2 - 9 Picks, 3 - 12 Picks, 4 - 5 Picks, 5 - 10 Picks, 6 - 4 Picks, 7 - 7 Picks, 8 - 3 Picks, 9 - 5 Picks, 10 - 9 Picks, 11 - 4 Picks and 12 - 9 Picks. Just from these twelve we can already see that the above argument fails. If it were true then we could easily discount the first 3 Picks of each post as that's the minimum and obviously represents three members who are picking each one just to score points.
But, even that fails because as we can see a little further down the random sample one blog fails to get any Picks at all. Does that mean that the point-picking-members have suddenly become choosy? Or maybe users aren't just Picking posts at random? Perhaps some discretion is being employed!
What makes a post worthy of being Picked? You tell me. I know for myself the reasons are vast and varied. Some make me laugh, some teach me something, I just like the blogger, some provoke thought, and others are because the content is just incredible. And I'm sure my choice is often dictated by the mood I'm in that day.
Do I pick everyone I read? No. Would it matter if I did? Only if EVERYBODY did the same thing. But we don't. We're as varied in our post picking methods as are the posts we pick. That doesn't make them less worthwhile.
The second argument I hear is, "Picks on the Top 10 are easy to Pick". Therefore, the argument continues, their Picks are increased by lazy Pickers. So? Isn't that the point of putting those more worthwhile posts in a place where they can be easily found. If your post makes it to the Top 10 then you should deserve more people viewing and picking it. If your posts don't then maybe you need to start finding out how others get them there and try pandering to the public that votes rather than criticising the system with inane arguments.
Picks is a wonderful way to help us grow in our garden blogging. It should help us to think about the titles we use, our writing style, the type of content we display etc. If you're not interested in getting better at blogging then ignore Picks and enjoy Blotanical for the many other features it offers.
Picks is a credible way to honour bloggers and their posts and those who have been successful enough to have a post make it to the Top 10 shouldn't be berated but encouraged. Keep it up.