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Weekend Reading

posted on 2014-01-12

One thing I’ve learned from TBRSS is that very little gets written or published on the weekends (where “weekend” includes Friday afternoons). By Sunday one’s reading list becomes depressingly thin.

So I’ve introduced a very simple but very useful feature. Over the weekend, the algorithm that ranks entries adapts itself to give less weight to recency. The result is a reading list with a longer window, one that reflects the best of the week rather than the past few days.

Call it “weekend reading.”

(An ideal implementation would be able to infer the country of origin of every feed and adjust its idea of what the “weekend” is to the vagaries of cultures and time zones. But in practice, as far as I can tell, the net as a whole still moves to the rhythm of the American workweek.)

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