Japan’s sumo season has come to an end, but the power users over at JapanSoc are just getting started.
What is JapanSoc Sumo?
It’s a new measure for ranking users so we can see who the biggest contributors to JapanSoc are. You earn points by submitting stories, voting, commenting, saving stories as “Favorites”, and for getting positive votes on comments you write. The more points you get, the higher up the sumo rankings you’ll move, until everybody recognizes you as an almighty Yokozuna!
What happened to Karma?
Karma is still there, but is now merely an indication of a user’s recent activity. If I can ever figure out the magical Karma formula, I’ll try to include more factors than just submitting stories and voting into the equations.
How do you get sumo points again?
Here’s the breakdown:
- 10 points – Submitting a story that hits the front page
- 7 points – Submitting a story that doesn’t make the font page
- 5 points – Commenting on a story
- 3 points – Voting for a story
- 2 points – Adding a story to your Favorites
- 1 point – Receiving a positive vote on a comment
How many points do you need to move up the rankings?
Everyone starts at Jonokuchi, the lowest level sumo rank…
- <1,000 points – Jonokuchi
- 1,000 – 1,999 points – Jonidan
- 2,000 – 2,999 points – Sandamme
- 3,000 – 3,999 points – Makushita
- 4,000 – 4,999 points – Juryo
- 5,000 – 5,999 points – Makkuchi
- 6,000 – 6,999 points – Komusubi
- 7,000 – 7,999 points – Sekiwake
- 8,000 – 9,999 points – Ozeki
- >10,000 points – Yokozuna
10,000 points! You’ve got to be kidding me!
I’m hopeful that JapanSoc will continue to grow and and establish itself as one of the biggest Japan-related social sites of its kind. So, five or ten years down the line, any Ozeki or Yokozuna will be like JapanSoc gods to all the new users that join. And if you’re a blogger, you can be sure they’ll start reading your blog!
The current top ten power users are…
- LongCountdown (me, Nick) from here and Virtual Tripping
- ShaneS from A Typical Life and The Tokyo Traveler
- Deas from Rocking in Hakata
- fz22gq also known as Neil Duckett
- OmoshiroiEigo also known as Michael McKinlay and Omoshiroi Eigo
- Thomas from Nihon Hacks and Babelhut
- Hawaiibadboy from Chris’ English School
- thechemist from the Daily J (whatever happened to Tori?)
- billywest from 7:10 to Tokyo and Billy West Evolution
- freedomwv from The Liberty Factor
… and snapping at their heels are a bunch of regular contributors who I’m sure will break into the top 10 very soon! See the full Top Users List for more.
Leave your thoughts in the comments!
Addition: Points are updated every 6 hours, not instantly.If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I'd love to hear from you!