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Death to duplicates!!!!

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The second most requested feature from users has been a system that limits the amount of duplicate content appearing on MANteresting. Renailing is incredibly popular, and when someone posts a picture of an epic Chili recipe, it isn't uncommon for that nail to be renailed 10 or 20 times throughout the day. Awesome that people like stuff enough to want to store it to one of their workbenches, annoying that this cluttered up the homepage.  We originally rolled out the "report" button hoping that users would flag inappropriate and/or duplicate content. If two different users flag the same nail, that nail is not removed from the website, but is hidden from the homepage view. The amount of nails going up per day has been insane and moderation was taking up waaaaaaay too much time. Soooooo, Jesse and one of our main developers spent the last few days working on some new code that punches duplicate content in the nuts. Here's how things used to work:

  • Let's say JohnDoe nails image X.

  • User SnoopDizzle likes image X and wants to renail it to his man food workbench. Image X is duplicated and appears at top of home page as image Y.

  • Now user GuacamoleMan sees image Y and wants to renail it, thus creating image Z. Instead of image X being shown as "renailed twice", image X was renailed once and image Y was renailed once. Lame.

And here's how it works now:

  • JohnDoe nails image X.

  • SnoopDizzle really likes image X and wants to renail it back to his "man food" workbench.

  • If image X is renailed within a twelve hour time frame of it's original posting, SnoopDizzle's renail will be hidden from the homepage, but is still viewable to SnoopDizzle (and the rest of the community) on Snoop's man food workbench page.

  • JohnDoe's original of image X will show "1 renail" at the bottom.

  • Now GuacamoleMan sees image X and also renails it. This renail is also hidden, and JohnDoe's renail count on image X increases to "2". Thus creating an infinite loop of positive renail credit.

For now Jesse and I arbitrarily picked a twelve hour window. As soon as twelve hours and one minute passes, a renail of image X will appear at the top of the homepage again as image Y.  Why? While we want to give the original nail author as much credit as possible, we also need to allow old content to be re-promoted after a certain period of time. If we simply hid all renails indefinitely you would likely miss out on a lot of awesome content as the number of nails going up per day is so high (we assume you probably don't want to scroll through 1,000s of nails every time you visit). We know the system isn't perfect, and believe me, we are working on new algorithms and code that will make renailing even better, but we hope this step in the right direction makes you a little happy. As always, leave any comments or concerns you have in the comment section below. Deuces, -The MANteresting Team p.s. Make sure to check back tomorrow as we will be releasing yet another SUPER AWESOME feature that will make you want to projectile vomit all over the place because you wont be able to handle the excitement.


  • frank Tuesday, 27 March 2012

    thanks. i was getting discourgaged seeing othes get credit from my original nails
    jake and elwood
    some like it hot

  • Jason Tuesday, 27 March 2012

    What happens to my original Nails? Do they revert all the renails back to mine, or does it start from scratch from now?

  • Collin Tuesday, 27 March 2012

    AWESOME. So glad you guys are implementing this. Keep up the great work.

  • MANteresting Team Tuesday, 27 March 2012

    @Jason The original nails will not change, but going forward original nails will show all times that nail has been renailed within a 12 hour timeframe.

  • Steve Merideth Tuesday, 27 March 2012

    Awesome! It was bugging me a bit to see a nail I posted originally being credited to someone else. While I agree there will be some issues with the 12 hr time frame, I know a 24 hr time frame will be too long and we may miss an awesome nail. Might I suggest an 18 hr Posting time b4 repetition?

  • MANteresting Team Tuesday, 27 March 2012

    Definitely. We are totally open to adjusting the timeframe to whatever users think is best. We will give 12 hours and 18 hours a try and see what seems to work best.

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