A couple years ago, Wattpad decided to ruin their ranking system by letting stories rank in their hashtags. While I see the appeal behind this, it was executed so poorly. It used to be an honor and so exciting to have your book ranking, but now–when you can rank in something like #toothpaste it doesn’t mean anything. I dont ever check the genres to find a book because half of them have one chapter written!
I get that they tried eliminating the old system to give everyone a chance to rank–which is an absolute GREAT idea-- but now its a mess. Why can a romance book that doesn’t contain any fantasy rank in fantasy? Thats not fair to the fantasy writers who are trying to get their books ranking!
Here are some simple ways they could’ve improved it (as stated by @saintc)
- Only ongoing books can rank in popular in their genre
- Completed books can rank in trending in their genre
- Only newly updated books show up in fresh
- Premium section only for paid stories
- Stories can’t rank high for extreme periods of time
I don’t know how to reach out to them and I doubt this is on their list to fix things, so let’s have a discussion here! What do you guys think? How do you feel about it? What else would you like to see get fixed?