Similarly to what has been reported some days ago in this thread (Wrong products sorting (Solved)), yesterday I noticed that the “System Settings Add-On Installer” Most-Download list was sorted strangely (Look-And-Feel themes section). As I’m speaking everything seems to be back to normal (as my product seems to be ranked in a fair position considering the number of downloads it receives: https://store.kde.org/p/1281836/).
Yesterday, when I was reporting the issue I wrote in the “Rating System” thread:
Sadly I don’t remember if the “Most downloads” list was sorted “by newest” as it happened in a previous thread.
It seemed to be ok in principle, since themes like “Sweet KDE” and “Arc KDE” where placed in the first positions as usual. However, the problem was clear while scrolling the list: my theme, that should be placed near the aforementioned ones, was not even in the list, that was actually populated by themes that receives from 30 up to 70 downloads per day, usually.
This is not the first time that the Most Downloads sorting seems “random”: one could expect that, in general, all the themes should keep about the same positions day after day, of course by jumping 2-3 positions up or down depending on the today’s user preferences.
This never happens: sometimes I see my theme in the first position, the day after I’m 10th or even worse, this is not deterministic. Yesterday that was too much, since my theme magically disappeared.
This thread has not to be intended as a rant, I appreciate the fantastic work of the Opendesktop team as I repeated many times. I only want to acknowledge you that there are problems, probably server-side, that trigger itselves from day to day.
Maybe, also knowing the formula/algorithm behind that sorting could also help us find the cause of the problem (is it based on the “all time number of downloads” or is it a “download/day” ratio?