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#1 Grayson

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 15:09

As some of you will no doubt have noticed already, we've added a module at the bottom of our news stories which contains links to other news stories from around AUTOSPORT.com.

The stories are placed there by an algorithm which should, over the coming days and weeks, learn what the most relevant content on the site is depending on what people are clicking on and also what you've read so far (ie. if other readers on the site read the same stories as you've just read and been interested in a particular story next, you will be shown that story as well). I'd be interested to hear how well this is working and whether any particularly suitable/unsuitable stories are being shown.

The module is NOT present for logged in subscribers at present, so if you're an AUTOSPORT+ subscriber and would like to see what I'm talking about you will need to log out (and then log back in again if you want to read any of our features). One thing we haven't decided yet is whether the relevant story links should be added to the page for subscribers or whether those of you with an AUTOSPORT+ subscription are likely to be reading all of our content as it's published rather than browsing around the site and wondering what to read next. If anyone has a view on this, please let me know!

For any feedback, you can contact me at simon.grayson@haymarket.com or reply in this thread.

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#2 Florence8

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:23

As some of you will no doubt have noticed already, we've added a module at the bottom of our news stories which contains links to other news stories from around AUTOSPORT.com.

The stories are placed there by an algorithm which should, over the coming days and weeks, learn what the most relevant content on the site is depending on what people are clicking on and also what you've read so far (ie. if other readers on the site read the same stories as you've just read and been interested in a particular story next, you will be shown that story as well).

I'd be interested to hear how well this is working and whether any particularly suitable/unsuitable stories are being shown.


#3 chdphd

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 11:54

I looked at the site when not logged in and saw nothing extra at the bottom of any news story. I tried in all three browsers I have installed here.

Are you sure the devs have set it loose on the internet and not just the test server?

#4 Grayson

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 08:55

I looked at the site when not logged in and saw nothing extra at the bottom of any news story. I tried in all three browsers I have installed here.


That's very odd - it's definitely on the live site rather than our dev server, and the links have been clicked enough that they seem to be appearing.

Could you send me a screenshot of how the bottom of a news article is appearing to you and also let me know what your system is and what country you're visiting the site from so that I can look into this? It would also be good to know if you're visiting the site from an office or somewhere that might have an unusual firewall. I presume you're not running any sort of ad blocking software or anything like that?

#5 babbel

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 14:34

It's stuffed so far down that not a whole lot of people are going to notice it. At first glance I thought it was part of the text ads.

#6 chdphd

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 16:56

That's very odd - it's definitely on the live site rather than our dev server, and the links have been clicked enough that they seem to be appearing.

Could you send me a screenshot of how the bottom of a news article is appearing to you and also let me know what your system is and what country you're visiting the site from so that I can look into this? It would also be good to know if you're visiting the site from an office or somewhere that might have an unusual firewall. I presume you're not running any sort of ad blocking software or anything like that?

Here's a shot of the footer, at home in the UK, using Chrome via Sky broadband. Not logged in.

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At home I don't see the extra links. I have adblock on Firefox because it is my main browser, but not IE or Chrome (I only use them to test websites).

At work, I can see the links in Chrome and IE. In IE, the fonts of the links are big. Firefox has adblock and I don't see them.

It would be interesting to see what other users can/can/t see.