Simon Griffee · Time, light, movement & distance.

Introducing Food News

14 October 2013 · 2 minute read

♨ Food News is a website to publish and discuss links about healthy sustainable food, ranked by readers. It uses Mozilla Persona for authentication and no passwords are transmitted to or saved on the server.1 The code is open source.

Links on the homepage are ranked using a time-scaled ranking algorithm. This means that both the time since a link was published (its age) and the amount of up-votes a link has received (its popularity) affect a link’s rating, so fresh, interesting links should be present on the homepage every day, especially if the site becomes popular. I.e. The homepage lists the most recent links with most votes, while the New page lists the most recently posted links.

People publishing on Food News have a ‘karma’ number, which is a measure of their reputation on the site. Karma increases when a person’s links or comments are up-voted. Recent comments with most upvotes are listed in Best.

Ideally, food lovers, as well as people with knowledge in food-related sciences and disciplines such as agriculture, animal health, biodiversity, climate, forestry, gender, plant protection, land tenure, nutrition, soils, water, etcetera, would use Food News to publish links and comments with good information about food to help us develop better eating habits that are less damaging to our planet and the species living on it, including us humans! Note that links to not-for-profit endeavours are preferred and that spam will be deleted.

Thanks to Stephen McDonald for Mezzanine and Drum, upon which Food News is built, and to Michael Kelly for help with a django-browserid issue.

Comments, criticisms and suggestions are welcome there or at Hacker News!


  1. For a good explanation of how this works see the ‘How it Works’ section of James Bennett’s Personafied.