The idea trending effect can be used to improve the visualisation of ideas in Viima's bubble view. This can consider a few different factors and put weight on different aspects of the ideas. They will then be arranged and visually altered according to the settings of your choosing.
Note: To be able to complete the following steps, you’ll need to have a board admin account for the desired Viima board. Please contact your Viima super user for access if you don’t already have an account.
This guide includes:
Getting to the trending options
Size, transparency, and position of idea bubbles
Adjusting the trending options
How to get there
If you already know your board name, the easiest way to manage trending options is through the following URL:
If you do this, proceed directly to Step 2. Otherwise, start from Step 1.
Size, transparency, and position of idea bubbles
If you have the “Enable trending effect” on, each idea on your board will have a trending score (This feature is active by default.) The trending score will be determined through varying criteria, depending on how you have set your trending options.
If you also have the “Trending affects size” checkbox marked, this idea-specific score will affect the size of your idea bubbles. The better the trending score, the larger the idea bubble in relation to other idea bubbles.
P.S. If either checkbox is unmarked, all idea bubbles will be identical in size.
Some idea bubbles may appear more transparent than others and this is due to a feature that increases transparency in ideas that have a lower trending score. This feature can be activated by marking the “Trending affects transparency” checkbox.
P.S. Since the transparency of an idea bubble is dependent on the trending score, this feature can only be activated if the “Trending effect” is enabled.
The vertical position or "up-to-down order" of the idea bubbles is determined from the “Default sort for ideas” dropdown menu. When you choose one of the options from this dropdown menu, the ideas on your board will automatically be arranged vertically by this criteria.
P.S. This is only the default setting for your board. You can also change the vertical sorting criteria on the board itself. For using the sorting feature on the board, please refer to this guide.
If multiple ideas have the same value according to your chosen criteria, they will appear horizontally on the same level to some extent.
Adjusting the weights & factors affecting the trending effect
To demonstrate how tuning these options affects the idea bubbles on your board, we’ll start by showing you a picture of our (vertically by "Newest" sorted) example board with added relevant details and the “Trending effect” disabled. As you read on, you can use this image as a reference to see how the size, position, and transparency change in different idea bubbles.
There are 3 adjustable trending options that together determine how the idea-specific trending score is decided. However, these options don’t solely define the individual trending score of an idea. For new ideas to be guaranteed their “moment in the spotlight,” they always receive a fixed novelty bonus to their trending score, regardless of how you adjust your trending options.
The trending score can in turn affect 3 traits regarding the idea bubbles:
How far the idea bubbles are in relation to each other. (The initial vertical and horizontal positioning is chosen from the "Default sort for ideas" dropdown menu)
How big the idea bubbles are in relation to each other. (Only if "Trending affects size" is enabled)
How transparent the idea bubbles are in relation to each other. (Only if "Trending affects transparency" is enabled)
Note: If all three values are at 0, no trending score is given to any ideas. Thus, it has the same effect as if the “Trending effect” is disabled. However, if all three values are at 0 and you enable "Trending affects the size," all idea bubbles will be larger but still the same size in relation to one another.
Weight of likes
This aspect defines how much the number of likes on each idea affects their trending score. The higher the number, the greater the effect.
Notice how the idea with 3 likes is larger and more opaque than the one with 6 likes. This is because the "fixed novelty bonus" increases the trending score of this idea due to it being much newer than the others.
Also, notice that the idea with 0 likes is small and the only one that is almost completely transparent. This is because, with these settings, the number of likes is the only criterion for getting a trending score. Thus, because this idea has 0 likes, it has no trending score, to begin with.
Use Case: Putting weight on this aspect is good for getting ideas that are popular or important (depending on your likes settings) to stand out.
Weight of comments
This aspect defines how much the number of comments on each idea affects their trending score. The higher the number, the larger the effect.
Notice how the newest idea (which in the last picture was the largest and most opaque) is now small almost completely transparent. This is because in this example the only criteria for getting a trending score is the number of comments. By having no comments on it, the idea has no trending score, to begin with. Thus the fixed novelty bonus has no effect.
Use Case: Putting weight on this aspect is good if your board has a lot of collaboration between different parties.
Novelty bonus time period
This aspect defines how long new ideas gain an increased “novelty bonus” that positively affects their trending score (This is not to be mixed up with the fixed novelty bonus which cannot be altered.) If this trait is given the value “50”, it means that ideas get a steadily decreasing bonus to their trending score for 50 days from the moment they’re added.
Notice how all ideas are small and transparent except for the newest one. This is because, with these settings, the only criteria for getting a trending score, to begin with, is the age of the idea. This idea is 34 days old and thus meets the criteria.
Use Case: Putting weight on this aspect is good for getting new ideas to stand out even better. Especially for boards that have a lot of ideas, it might be difficult to distinguish all that are recently added.
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