I don't understand the meaning of the new ranking. Chans with only 1 or 2 pageviews in the top 20? Chans with only 4 pageviews per day, higher than chans with more than 5.000?
The system will reward chan owners for creating a good website. It ranks chans according to quality. Chans with better reviews are better quality and will therefore appear higher in the list. Chans that are filled with spam, cp, and virus are going to have worse reviews and appear lower.
I register a new chan, and give myself 5 stars.
I am now at the top of the list (rank is 5)
TopChan users see my chan, visit it and review it.
If my chan is good it stays in the top 20
if my chan sucks it falls off to the bottom.
Chan owners have always had the power to manipulate rankings. This takes away that power and gives it to the 14,000+ visitors that come here each day.