I see that each person can have their own Hotlist, and I think there's a great potential to add a sort of "global" hotlist as well. That way, new visitors (and old) could feast on the best stories.
The "classics" would be more prominent, and vanish less quickly into relative obscurity (as newer additions would be slowly added to the top of the "best of" list). Perhaps there could even be a "classics" section for each section or topic area, as well as a more global one for the site as a whole.
How to determine which stories are worthy of the "best of" designation? Voting, of course! Perhaps each member could be given, say, 5 special points per month that they could bestow on the stories they saw fit. That way they could lend a lot of weight to one particular story that they really loved, or sprinkle a little here and there on a couple/few that they thought were just darn good.
Or a simpler way to do it would just be to take the stories with the highest scores, now that I think of it.
The actual numbers, threshold for inclusion, and implementation is of course something that would be worked out according to rusty's whim^H^H^H^Hwisdom, etc.
So, what do you all think? Is this worth it? Would you like this type of thing?
I just think it would be great if some of the real gems here, like the Personality Types story & discussion, were featured more prominently (I never would have stumbled upon it unless someone linked to it and I had the time/inclination to follow the link...).
-Beth, INTJ/INTP, for the record.