Top Ten Qualities of a Good TheTopTens ListThere are thousands upon thousands of lists on TheTopTens and hundreds of thousands of visitors every day. With so much traffic, entering a good list is very important so it doesn't get buried.
The concept of the site is that any user can add a list (or item to an existing list), put in a description of both the list and the items on it so other people have some idea of why it was put there, then everyone gets to vote on the items.
Adding lists that don't follow the below criteria both clutter up the lists for the rest of us as well as water-down the site in general. Below are the major qualities a good list on TheTopTens will have. Some of these can be found on TheTopTens website HERE.
The Top Ten
Adding a list, then changing one word to a synonym and adding another list (basically adding the same list multiple times with slightly different wording) is silly. Not only will the list probably get merged into an existing list but even if it doesn't, you're just filling up the site with derivatives. Make it something truly different if you want it to be seen.
Of course it needs to be unique so that you can gain mass appeal just because that particular topic hasn't been talked about yet. Try to think out of the box and try not to copy based on an existing list while being very specific just to leech off votes. Though I admit that my lists aren't that unique either but that's what I'm here for. - Bolshoy_Brat
Excellent list, anonymous. I am afraid I have been guilty of submitting a duplicate list on a few occasions, but all of them were snappily merged. Just out of curiosity, what other lists have you created on the site? I often wonder about the anons who comment on my lists. - PetSounds
What's really stupid is you see a list called Best Metal Bands. Then there is another one called Best Heavy Metal Bands.
I mostly stick to making what I'm passionate about and know best. That is to say, that I only talk about things that I have the knowledge to explain it, and argue for or against. You cannot talk about a particular subject that you literally know nothing about. It's worth the experience to research something in order to gain new interests as well. - Bolshoy_Brat
Actually take some time and do research. There's nothing more annoying than looking at a best female singers of all time list only to find that all of the singers mentioned are from the past decade. - PetSounds
It's true. If you're going to make a list, you must know what you are talking about. You need to focus and do research. You need to take time on what you're doing. Otherwise, it will be messed up. - The_FictionyKnight
I always research when making my lists. - Wolftail
Adding a list with a unique title but adding the same items 10 times just isn't going to work. I have yet to see a list like this get through the admins but I know it's been tried. Putting a list of the best singers then putting the same singer 10 times is ridiculous.
Lists with less than ten items drive me insane. Except for lists where you can't, like Coolest Fundamental Interactions of Physics, or Best Members of the Beatles. - PositronWildhawk
The "You have to have ten items on this list" feature can be annoying sometimes especially when I make "Best songs from this album" when it has less than ten tracks so I have to fill the other items with blanks (Blank, Blank 2, Blank 3,etc.)
It isn't a website of top 7, or 5, or 3, but of Top Ten items of a certain group. If you don't add 10 items, maybe you shouldn't add the list.
But not all 10 original items get approved. My list on Worst Things about North Korea was supposed to have 10, but 2 of them were not approved.
This holds true for adding new lists as well as adding new items to existing lists. Don't put a list of best female singers then add a male artist to the list. Everyone gets that you are trying to be funny but it just doesn't make sense.
I've seen many a list title on TheTopTens and wondered what it was about, only to click over to it and still have no idea. If you put up a list, you should put in a description of what the list is about. If you want certain types of items added or specifically don't want others then spell it out. Let the rest of us know what your list is about and why we should read it. Plus, the description helps Google know if it should index the page.
Their =/= they're
And this is coming from an non-native English speaker - BorisRule
They're = They are (They're waiting for you... )
Their = Refers to the possessive (They lost their tickets... )
There = Refers to a place in reality or the abstract (Let's just meet over there at the store... )
This is just one example where grammar comes into play. Please use the correct words when you can.
Not all users are that fluent in English, and there is such thing as language barriers. So the issue on poor grammar is not that bad. But this reason is valid.
Seeing Poorly written grammar annoys me but sometimes I'm also guilty of it. Sorry. - Britgirl
Very few things are as quickly ignored as commercials and seeing lists that are basically just advertisements for a person or company is pretty abhorrent. If you want to advertise then go to a website where you can do so freely without cluttering up this one with SPAM.
Don't just put your item and walk away. The beauty of the site is in the reasons why you like things in the order you do. If you're afraid others might not agree with you, give your reasons in the descriptions and maybe you'll change some minds.
It sucks to have typos...
Your web browser has a nice feature where it'll underline your misspellings in red for you. Right-click and fix what is spelled wrong.
Perhaps, but anyone is wrong in these circumstances - MaxBravo
Yes there should be a clear theme to your list but not so exclusionary that only the 10 items you began with can be on it. Best numbers from 1 to 10 for example - focused yes, but it doesn't allow for other people to make additions and is therefore going to be a stagnant list. The same goes for lists like: Best Songs From July 1982 Where the word Blue and Car Were Both Mentioned... You've got to leave some room.