Because of the absolutely and utterly dastardly gentleman that I am, I have changed our ranking system. There's been a problem for a while now in our site and I wanted to combat it with the most recent update.
We had a lot of older plans that utterly dominated our ranking systems. They were grandfathered in after the site was launched due to being really awesome and their popularity grew as did their rankings. The problem lies in the fact that they could never be removed from the top rankings. You may say that's not a bad thing but the problem is Clash of Clans gets updated and those plans wouldn't necessarily update their bases. So therefore, they were great bases but no longer relevant.
So what I've done is made it so that when there is an update to the game that adds new structures to a given base level (be it an extra Cannon or a new structure altogether), we will setting that date of the update as the new date that plans must be updated by. What I mean to say, is that when a new update hits, the existing plans need to update their bases to stay relevant and maintain their high rankings. If not, any new plan with great ideas can come in, get rankings and kick butt. It's just that easy.
This change will ONLY affect the HIGHEST RANKING and MOST USED base leaderboards. It's also based on base level. So if there were no new structures for town hall level 5, it won't be affected by our ranking updates. However if a new Air Sweeper was added for base level 9, then all bases of level 9 will need to be updated because they are no longer as relevant as they once were. If they are updated, they are relevant again and appear in our rankings just as they always did.
My hopes is that this allows new authors to get a nice 'reset' on every update and allow them to build build build to their heart's content and actually see their plans in our leaderboards. In addition, it will make sure the older, more popular plans are updated to maintain their rankings.
So now you'll notice that there's a great deal of room in the highest ranking / most used plans for town hall level 9/10... I suggest you start earning some fame now.