This is part of why I've kept the exact algorithm the stuff of secrets and dark arts; less chance of people trying to game the system. I can see both the pros and cons of having it open and people being able to track their progress. One thing to note; the algorithm is entirely different to the one used for Top Critiquers. It's based more on activity, whereas Top Critiquers tries to build in some quality based bonuses.
Thank you for your answer. While I better understand the differentiation between algorithms, I still wish there was some way to more accurately distinguish the term critiquer from commenter. Both are important, one being no better than the other, especially in regards to those asking for honest critique or friendly feedback. But I keep thinking of things said along the years, e.g. - "I laugh whenever I see Top Critiquers each month", or "I use that term loosely [ in regards to top critiquers]".
In sleeping on it, characters came to mind. Or, rather, the number of them. Or words. So many being required to be a critique vs comment. But, again, I am no webmaster nor programmer; thus, know diddly squat about the intricacies of either. On the contrary, to me HTML is evil.
I don't know that there will ever be a way to accurately differentiate.
I do appreciate your time and attention this week, and the positive changes you have brought about the site. To me it feels like home again versus a dark alley at 2:00 AM, where I'm constantly "Under His Eye"
trying to escape Aunt Lydia. I don't mean that negatively toward anyone. It's merely a reflection of how I personally felt/feel.