As you may have noticed there is now a new ranking module thingy over on the right hand side of the front page. It's a bit low on detail, which I will shortly remedy, but I wanted to take a moment to explain exactly how it works.
Basically, it's next week's ranking now, up to the minute. Or, up to the 5 minute to be precise, ironically I think. What it does is every 5 minutes it updates based on everyone's record so far from the most recent Monday at noon EST. Unlike the RP ranking, which can be easily pulled up on the fly whenever the page is loaded, this requires a rather complex bit of code to figure out. So, rather than make the site take an extra 30 seconds to load, we just update it every 5 minutes.
Without doing to much back patting I just wanted to point out that this is not a feature found on the Japanese site. They do have a very similar widget, but it is only update once a week when the rankings go up. I'm rather hopeful that this kind of up to the minute stat tracking will keep our top iczers out there battling even more fiercely for those top spots. And more people playing longer is always good for everyone. Except of course all those WoW widows out there.
Unofficially I'm going to call it a BETA for at least a day just because I'm sure there must be some sort of bug in there somewhere. In the meantime, if anyone happens to notice any issues please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org