How to Make a List on Ranker: The Basics Anything

How to Make a List on Ranker: The Basics

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Making a list is fun and easy. This list has everything you need to get started. Ranker has millions of items in its database - everything from universities to comic book heroes to your favorite band's discography. To make a list, all you have to do is tell us the topic, pick the items you want to include and fill in anything you have to say about them. Ranker takes care of the rest.

Already have a good handle on the basics? See our step-by-step guide to Enhancing and Expanding Your Ranker Lists. Then you're ready to check out some more advanced, insider tips for making great lists.

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    Start a List

    You have two options for making a list on You can either start a new list on an original topic from scratch, or you can "rerank" a list that someone else has already worked on.

    1. To start a new list, click the blue "Create a List" button at the top of any Ranker page. This will prompt you to name your list with a pop-up that looks like this:

    After you give your list a clear, specific name, you will go right into the "List Edit" screen, where you can type in your list description, add items to your list and choose how you want the list to look.

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    Re-Rank An Existing List

    Re-ranking simply means taking a list that has been created by someone else, editing it and then publishing it as a new list. It's the quickest and easiest way to generate new Ranker lists.

    To get started re-ranking, go to any published list on Ranker and look for the button that says "Rerank This List Your Way." If the list is a reference list, it will say "Use This List" instead. 

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    Start Adding Items

    If you're re-ranking someone else's list, you can use their list as a reference and drag all of the items that you want on your new list over to the right. You can also type in new list items and rearrange the order of the entire list until you are happy with it. 

    If you're starting a new list, or if you want to add items, just look down at the bottom of the page. You'll see a box marked "+Add New Item," and a blank space reading "Type Anything." Enter the name of whatever it is you'd like to add to the list. We'll try to guess what you're looking for by making some suggestions. If you see the item you want to add, click on it. 

    Our system contains A LOT of potential items for your list, but if you can't find the term you want to include (or a result comes up that isn't the right one), you can also create a custom item. Do this by typing in your desired result and then clicking on the blue box underneath "CREATE ITEM." This will add that item to your list. 

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    Put Your Items in Order

    OK, you've picked your items, so let's make a list!

    There are two ways to put your items in order:

    - Drag and drop individual items where you'd like them to go
    - Change the numbered boxes to the left of each item to the rank you want to give them

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    The Parts of a List

    Once you've selected your items on a list - whether it's a brand-new or a re-rank - there are only a few things you need to fill out before hitting that green FINISHED button.

    Right below where you've entered the title of your list, you'll see a box marked "Talk about your list (if you want)." This is where your "List Description" will go. Use this space to explain what your list is about and add some background or editorial content about your list topic. 

    Below that, you can add "list criteria" to your list. Use this space to narrow down the choices or clarify what you want people to vote on. For example, if you are making a list about "The Best Old Movies," use this space to identify what you consider to be "old." For example: "Only include films made before 1960.")

    Filling in the List Description and List Criteria are both optional. If you just want to put together a list without worrying about writing, that's fine too.

    In the box next to the List Description, you also have the option of adding an image to your list to make it stand out more. (This is the image that will be associated with your list around Ranker, plus when you share the list on sites like Facebook.) If you leave this image blank, we'll just use the image associated with the first item on your list.

    REMEMBER: If you're giving Ranker a URL, make sure it leads DIRECTLY to the image and not to an image search or a web page that features the image. Also, please only post photos to Ranker to which you own the rights, or that are licensed for use by Creative Commons. Ranker does not permit copyright violations on the site.

    To the far right of the List Description area, you will also see an area to add a link to your website. Feel free to promote yourself or anything else you want that doesn't violate our terms & conditions.

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