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FRIDAY NEWSPOST - Top Ten Reboot and Secret Santa 2013

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Dec. 6, 2013

We've got a brand new community project for the holiday season: Reashi is organizing another annual DD Secret Santa!
The way it works is that participants sign up, request a drawing of something, and then are randomly given another person to do a drawing for in return. Sign up HERE until Dec 15th.
(Thanks to ozoneocean for the awesome Christmas duck, by the way!)


KademonsterX's Misadventures of Classic MegaMan has surpassed 575 pages after more than 4 years on DrunkDuck!


Most of you are probably aware that stats haven't been working for some time. As a result, the Top Ten have been pretty much static, other than being used to promote community comics. No longer! We are rebooting the top ten, and here’s what you need to know.

The Top Ten will be determined by ‘likes.’

This is currently our most objective way of determining the most popular comics on DrunkDuck. Granted, using likes means the top ten won’t see quite as much movement as it might if we were using stats, because one can’t lose likes the same way they could pageviews. And some of the very top comics (like Charby – way to go, Amelius!) are going to be pretty hard to beat. But as you can see below, at the lower end of the top ten some of the comics are very close in likes, and very attainable with some good campaigning.

Your comic must have updated within the last month to be in the Top Ten.

This is in an effort to keep the Top Ten current. When DDers click on a comic on the front page, I want them to find a great new comic that they can follow regularly, not a once-popular comic that’s since been abandoned. At some point I would love to have a “DD Classics” section which could feature things like finished comics, but I don’t think the Top Ten is the place for that.

If your comic is rated Adult, it cannot be in the Top Ten.

Sorry! :( DD has no problem with Adult comics (nor do I personally), and if you click on ‘comics’ at the top of DrunkDuck you can see all the comics, including the Adult ones, listed in their proper ‘liked’ order. One of the main reasons for this is that folks have to be logged in to DD to be able to see these comics. When people first come to DD the front page is probably going to be one of the first places they go, and we don’t want them to see just a bunch of blank squares that take them nowhere. (If you want to see what I mean, log out and take a look at the ‘comics’ section.)

One spot will be reserved for a community project.

We like being able to promote community comics/projects on the front page, so various ones will be rotated through each week. Unless we have none on a given week, which would make me very sad. This means that the Top Ten is technically the Top Nine, I guess.

If you have any feedback, please leave it in the comments below or post it to this thread. None of this is set in stone, folks, and I’m happy to change around anything that DDers aren't happy with.
Also important: I am doing this manually, which means it will be subject to human error. If you think I somehow missed your comic and that it should be in the Top Ten, please don't panic! Just let me know via PQ or email and I will fix it ASAP.

Here are the current Top Ten comics:
Community Spot: DD Secret Santa Gift Exchange - check out last year's!
1. Charby the Vampirate - 469 likes
2. Life and Death - 246 likes
3. Culture Shock - 133 likes
4. Simply Sarah - 128 likes
5. Essay Bee Comics Presents Fusion - 99 likes
6. Demon Eater - 94 likes
7. Heroes Alliance - 82 likes
8. Monster Soup - 77 likes
9. The Pirate Balthasar - 66 likes

Note: Typically I will update these on Sunday, but I did them a little bit early this week so they would be changed in time for this newspost.

Have a comic milestone, a community project or some comic-related news you’d like to see in a newspost? Send it to me via PQ or at hippievannews(at)!



kawaiidaigakusei at 10:31PM, Dec. 6, 2013

Yay! Secret Santa 2013--love it.

irrevenant at 8:12PM, Dec. 6, 2013

I think it's cool having a spot for a community project, but it's pretty misleading to include it as part of the Top Ten. Can the layout be tweaked to give it its own separate spot? I'm also not super clear how that differs from featured status - isn't the whole point of the Featured section to promote particular titles on the front page?

Hawk at 10:23AM, Dec. 6, 2013

Even if "Likes" is not the ideal situation, it's nice to poke back onto the front page after all this time. :) I'm really looking forward to getting stats back on this site. If not for a more functional top ten, then at least for helping us get a better peg on the fluctuation of our readership.

HippieVan at 8:14AM, Dec. 6, 2013

Just a note: there are a whole bunch of active comics in the 40-60 range. Everyone should make sure to like their favourites so that this can be a real competition!

HippieVan at 7:47AM, Dec. 6, 2013

@gunwallace: haha, yep, it's me who cheated here. I was planning on drawing a duck with a Santa hat for this newspost and then just by coincidence oz drew one, so I borrowed it. :)

Banes at 7:04AM, Dec. 6, 2013

Thanks Hippy!

Reashi at 3:38AM, Dec. 6, 2013

Wooo Secret Santa :D

Ozoneocean at 2:29AM, Dec. 6, 2013

Hahaha, Gunwallace, total oportunisim on Hippy's part! Ha! I did base it on the DD mascot though... Excellent explanation of the top yen system Hippy!

KademonsterX at 12:22AM, Dec. 6, 2013

Thanks for the mention, HippieVan =)

Gunwallace at 12:07AM, Dec. 6, 2013

That's cheating, Ozone ... I know why you drew that duck :-)

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