The Popular Discussions widget uses the Community class to retrieve popular discussions. The JavaDoc for that method says:
Returns the top x threads according to thread views, replies per thread & time passed since the thread was last modified. The algorithm is as follows:
Top x of ((thread views) * (number of messages in thread + 2)) * 1/(1 + number of days since modification date)
The number of threads to return is determined by the property "popularThreads.number", defaulting to 5 if the property is not specified. Popular threads are only calculated once every 15 minutes.
Thanks for the detailed demonstration, that's help.
Is this still the algorithm in place?