As of 2021-11-06 Agora ranking is essentially non-existent except for
- a hack in agora.py which upranks users @agora, @flancian, @vera, @neil in that order -- essentially admins in order of entry. This was hotfixed in when some long content that didn't render well (due to garden conversion issues) grabbed top position in interesting nodes. It's not a stable setup and I don't like that this kind of list could grow into a fixed hierarchy.
I think we should start working on actual better ranking.
- One simple alternative would be to introduce upvotes/emoji reactions in the interface, and store those either in git (as a reaction log) or in, say, sqlite. This could be treated as 'volatile' data -- treating all data not derivable from the agora main repo transitively as volatile seems like an OK design decision to me (it would be optional, so wouldn't add to the initial setup cost).
- Another alternative would be to support explicit upranking within nodes. So, for example, if I write uprank @neil in flaneur, the Agora would render Neil's node above mine.