frequently asked questions

All the super-important questions that you might have about Ranker; like "Why, God, why?" and "Does that come with fries?"

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Broad Strokes

What Is Ranker?

Ranker is the #1 online destination for opinion-based, crowdsourced rankings of everything - if there’s a list of something, you’ll find it on Ranker. Our technology is centered on user engagement, turning lists into the “best possible rankings” based on the wisdom of crowds. A Quantcast Top 75 site in the US, Ranker attracts more than 30 million monthly unique visitors.

How Does Ranker Work?

Our editorial team creates rankings, adding what we think are the best items to get a given ranking going. Then, visitors can vote and rerank all the items, and add items they think deserve a spot on the list. After somewhere around 100 visitors have voted, reranked, and added items to their hearts’ content, the list becomes the definitive, ultimate ranking on that topic.

But the fun’s not over yet! As the ranking continues to grow - getting to 1,000 or 10,000 voters and lots of reranks - things start to get really interesting. At that point you can filter the ranking to see what specific demographics, geographic slices, genres, and age groups like. Who do millennials on the West Coast of the US think is the best female vocalist of all time? You can find out!

Ranker users can also make their own lists, which sometimes become the basis for an ultimate ranking as well.

The Lists Themselves

Who Makes All These Lists?

Ranker started out as a combination of user generated content and editorial content, but today 95% of our traffic comes through our hard-working editorial team, with users shaping the lists we create.

Who Decides the Order of the Lists?

You do! All votable lists are dynamic, changing as users vote in real time to reflect the wisdom of the crowd.

Can I Add Things to Lists?

Most of the time! Lots of Ranker lists are open to additions, provided the item you want to add meets the criteria of the list in question. Some lists are not open to additions, usually because they are already complete (i.e. The Best Johnny Depp Movies).

Can I Leave Comments on Lists?

Sure! We use Disqus for our comments section.

How Do I Find Lists on Ranker?

There are well over 100,000 lists on Ranker, so this is a good question. We try to feature the best lists around the site. Visiting the home page is usually a good way to get an idea about what's new and exciting in the world of Ranker, and visiting category hubs - such as the TV or Books page - is a good way to see the specific kinds of content Ranker has to offer.

Each list that you visit also has related content right there on the page, waiting to be checked out!

If you still aren’t seeing your dream list, you can use the handy search bar, located in the top right corner of any page on Ranker (including this one!).

Can I Make a List of My Own?

Sure! Most of our user generated lists these days are called “Reranks.” They’re basically your very own version of one of the lists we already have on the site. Almost every votable list will have a blue "rerank list" button near the top and again underneath the list. Clicking that will open a window containing any items you may have already upvoted. You have the ability to keep upvoting to add to your rerank as well as to reorder the items.

If the list you want to make doesn’t exist yet, you can click here to read all about about How to Make a List on Ranker.

Are There Things I Shouldn't Make a List About?

Not too many - we truly do want to feature The Universe, Ranked. Though it's okay to make lists about criminals or illegal acts, please stay away from sharing any information that's not legal to post. (So, "Historical Pot Smokers" is okay, but "10 Tips for Cooking Meth" ... not so much.)

Also, please avoid posting any pornographic videos or images to the site, and refrain from posting any hate speech. We will just pull it down from the site and ban you anyway, so it's not worth your time.

I Want to Vote for an Item on a List, but It’s Greyed Out. What’s the Deal?

We sometimes close individual list items to voting, but only in special cases. You probably saw this on prediction list (like Who Will Win the World Series in 2015?) or an “anticipated” list (like Most Anticipated Movies of 2016). In those cases, individual nodes are closed because the team is out of the running (and thus can’t win the series) or the movie has been released already (and thus can’t be anticipated anymore).

You can, however, see what that item’s ranking was when it was closed to voting - reference the red text that says “voting closed at #2” - and continue to vote up or down for other items!

Finer Details

Why Should I Use Ranker?

Lists are all over the Internet - “no duh,” you’re probably thinking. Unlike most, Ranker’s lists are built by the community. If you believe in the wisdom of crowds (and we do!) then you believe a crowdsourced answer is more valid than one person’s singular opinion.

Ranker is not just about “Top 10”, surface level lists - we’re obsessed with deep, definitive rankings. If you want the best answer to any question that can be put in list form, there’s no better place to find it than on Ranker. It’s our technology and community that set us apart and make our content unique.

Of course, there are plenty of Ranker lists that aren’t crowdsourced - sometimes a topic isn’t broad enough or doesn’t lend itself being ranked. And sometimes an expert’s opinion on a topic is a great read in itself.

Does Ranker Do Anything with Its Voting Data?

The voting data is mainly used to generate more interesting data-driven content. Check out the Ranker Insights blog for more information. It is also possible that you will see an ad based on what you upvoted, though ads targeted in that way are a tiny fraction of the ads that run on Ranker.

How Does Ranker Make Money?

We sell ads, both with our own ad sales team and via programmatic ad exchanges. We also include links to where you buy things like music or movies that have been ranked on lists, and earn a commission on those purchases.

We'd appreciate it if you disabled your ad blockers when on the site and supported our sponsors - running a big website with unique technology is not cheap.

Is Ranker Hiring?

We're always looking for motivated, energetic, and smart people. Feel free to write us at jobs [at] to inquire about available positions, and check our open positions on the Jobs Page.

Where Can I Find Out More About

For the curious, we have an About Ranker page with more background information on who we are and our company history.

Ultimate Lists

What Is an Ultimate List?

A list becomes “Ultimate” when it receives a significant number of reranks and votes. Users can influence the rankings on a Ultimate Lists in two ways:

  1. By voting for or against certain items
  2. By making a rerank of their own

Ranker's algorithm looks at all the votes and reranks, and uses this data to arrange the items in order of group preference.

How Are Ultimate Lists Created?

If a list starts to get lots of reranks, we take notice. If our editorial team decides that it is worthy of becoming an Ultimate List, the switch is thrown. That original list is turned into a new Master list, and all its reranks are gathered into a single “family” of lists that all feed the Master.

The original list is essentially gone, transformed into a shiny new ranking that takes all the rankings of the family of lists and combines them to show the consensus of the Ultimate List. This list combines the rankings with the votes collected and shows a true consensus on the topic of the list.

How does it do this? Math. We’d reveal the secrets of the algorithm but that would open Ranker up for gaming or manipulation, and nobody wants that. We're all about transparency, but we're going to keep some of the details a secret to protect the integrity of the system.

My List Became an Ultimate List - What Now?

Congratulations! This is a real Ranker Honor - having your list promoted to Ultimate means you've created a topic that a ton of people are passionate about. You’ll receive an email detailing all the info about your newly promoted list.

You won’t be able edit the Ultimate List (sorry!), as it belongs to the people after it is created. But fear not! You still have some say in this list you gave the world. Not only is your name attributed as the original creator, but we will make a new rerank in that Ultimate family for you. Back when you first made your list, we saved the order in which you first published it. We take that original order, and we apply it to the new list we create for you. You can go in and edit it, reorder it, add or delete items, whatever you like. This new rerank will apply to the Ultimate ranking just like all the other reranks in the family.

We also keep a copy of your old, votable list for you to have in case you want it. It won't be linked anywhere off Ranker, but it’s there if you need it.

Profile & Accounts

Do I Have to Make a Ranker Account to Vote and Use the Site?

Nope! However, if you want to add an item, rerank a list or make one of your own, we ask that you please sign up.

You can use your Facebook, Twitter, or Google accounts to access the site if you don't want to create a new account. Just look for their icons next to the "signup" button in the upper right hand corner of any Ranker page, or click “signup” and you'll be given the option of which service to use.

Where Can I Find My Ranker Profile?

You can find your profile page by clicking on your name anywhere it appears on the site. As well, in the top bar of any Ranker page, there is an icon with your profile picture. Clicking there and selecting “view profile” will also take you to your profile page.

Can I Link to My Blog or Twitter/Facebook Account from My Profile?

Of course! Just click the button marked "my settings" near the top of your profile page. Here you can:

  • Enter a brief bio by filling in the "About Me" section
  • Enter your gender, date of birth, and choose whether or not you want your current age to appear publicly on Ranker
  • Enter location information
  • Enter your personal website
  • Enter your Twitter and Facebook info

What Do I Do If I Forgot My Password or Login Info?

Happens to the best of us. Just click sign in, then click "Forgot Password?" under password, type in the email address of your Ranker account, and we'll send a password reset email.

If you forgot your username, or are having other login issues, feel free to email us at feedback [at] We'll help you figure it out.

Can I Change My Username?

Unfortunately, we generally can't alter your original chosen username without deleting your account and losing all of your lists and activities.

But please, if you really do want a new username, DON'T DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT. Instead, sign up for a brand new account and email us with both account names at feedback [at]

We can't make any promises, but we'll do what we can to help out. We hate losing all your votes (and lists).

Where Can I Change My Account Settings?

Click on your name anywhere on the site to go to your profile page.

Click on "my settings" then select the Account Settings tab, where you'll find some basic info about your profile. This includes:

  • The day you joined Ranker
  • The URL of your Ranker profile
  • Your present email address

You can also use this page to change some of the basics of how we manage your account.

  • Change Password: To alter your Ranker password, log in, enter your old password and then enter what you'd like your new password to be. Then click anywhere on the page and it will be saved automatically.
  • Change Email Address: You will see your current Ranker email address appear underneath your URL in Account Settings. To change it, just enter the new email address you'd like to use and click anywhere on the page and it will be saved automatically. You will then be asked to verify that this new email account is valid.
  • Manage Comment Emails:
    • Send Comments Immediately: When this button is selected, you will receive an email immediately whenever someone comments on one of your lists
    • Send Comments in Digest Form: When this button is selected, you will received a digest email each week with all comments on your lists by Ranker users
    • Don’t Send: When this button is selected, you won’t receive any emails when a Ranker user comments on one of your lists
  • Manage Activity Emails:
    • Send Weekly Digest Update: When this button is selected, you will receive emails from Ranker for major events on the site, including when you items are added to your lists.
    • Don’t Send: When this button is selected, you will stop getting emails from Ranker.
  • Show Voting Movement: If you vote on an item on a list that causes the order of the list to change, you will see the item you voted on move on the list
  • Automatically Add Upvotes to Published Reranks: Once you have published a rerank and you return to the list you original reranked, we give you the option to have your up-votes automatically add to your already-published list. So, if you had reranked the Best TV Shows Ever, and returned to the original list you'd ranked off of and saw new items to vote on... upvoting would automatically place those new TV Shows onto the bottom of your rerank, unless you disable this setting.

Legal Stuff

What Are Ranker’s Terms and Conditions?

Here’s a full rundown of Ranker's Terms and Conditions.

I Think Ranker Has Posted Some of My Intellectual Property. What Can I Do?

We take Intellectual Property violations very seriously.

If you believe that your work has been copied on Ranker in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify our Copyright Agent in writing, and include the following:

  • Your physical or electronic signature, as the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed or as a person authorized to act on the owner's behalf.
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at our site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works.
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing, or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed, or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material. Providing URLs in the body of an email is the best way to help us locate content quickly.
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as your address, telephone number, or email address.
  • A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed or a person authorized to act on the owner's behalf.

Such notices should be sent to our Copyright Agent as follows:

DMCA Complaints
Attn: Daniel Kohn
6420 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Fax: 323-467-6909

Please note that this procedure is exclusively for notifying us that your copyrighted material has been infringed.

Please also note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability.