When we kicked off the new left rail project earlier this year, we had two main objectives.
Simplify the logic around what shows up in the left rail, and give the rail some style.
After giving the new design a test run over on the Gawker owned-and-operated sites, it's ready for it's debut on Kinja.
Instead of showing a huge block of headlines in the left rail, we're reducing the number of stories that appear (a maximum of three), while adding in thumbnails to make each story pop.
For a long time, we've used Chartbeat's Top Pages query to power the left rail on the stream pages of many of the larger Kinja blogs. We use a different, more opaque logic for the left rail every other stream page.