Most sites seem to keep them separate - providing the user the ability to sort content by rating or popularity/most views. I was thinking of combining them into one metric that gives the user a good mix between popular and quality content. What are some of the ways I can do this?
Assume popularity = number of views. I could search for content by rating, then do another search by popularity, finally mixing the results into one list (i.e. 50% of the result from the most popular and 50% highest rated). Another way is to weigh the rating based on views somehow, this would make popularity underscore everything in a way - not sure if its a good or bad thing.
It's for a news aggregation site and my goals is to promote quality content (well written articles) but at the same time getting important/relevant news to their readers might be more important than the actual rating (although they go together as relevant news gets rated higher).