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Post is unread #1 Dec 17, 2007, 9:43 pm
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Samson
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Mainly a curiosity question. Is anyone finding the file ratings at all useful? I notice that very few if any ratings have been given and I'm wondering if that information is just not that important to people, or if there would be something else people might want to see shown there instead.
       
Post is unread #2 Dec 17, 2007, 10:41 pm
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I don't really use file ratings, mainly because ratings aren't terribly relevant for those files (and for me). But versions appended to bug fixes might be a useful feature. :grinning:
       
Post is unread #3 Dec 17, 2007, 11:58 pm
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The problem, for me at least, with file ratings is that I feel like I need to actually try the code before I go and rate it and I won't rate my own submissions (it's tacky), and honestly, until MudBytes came along the files didn't have a ratings system and until very recently (since MudBytes) I'd been grabbing my files there far more often than here, so I'd had no reason to come here to rate stuff.. even over there though, I was far more likely to return to a file's 'listing' to comment if I found a bug or some such than I was likely to remember where I got it so I could go back and rate it since I tend to download new snippets as I see them become available if they look good to me and then let them sit on my hard drive for awhile before I get around to dealing with them because I've always got plenty of other things ahead of them already.

As for the general usefulness of the ratings themselves, I'd have to agree with David that they don't mean much to me. If I saw a snippet had been rated particularly badly, I'd be looking extra closely for comments to explain the rating should it be a snippet that otherwise interests me, and likewise, if a snippet was rated particularly high I'd be watching for comments to explain what made that snippet so great rather than just a bias from the author or his/her friends sort of thing, but which snippets I'd choose to play with have far more to do with their descriptions and titles than their ratings.
       
Post is unread #4 Dec 18, 2007, 6:28 am
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Samson
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Yeah. I'm guessing very few if any people actually use it. I may end up taking it out at some point. Most of the places I've seen with file ratings don't tend to pick up very many of them. It does sort of make me wonder why various website packages that include download modules bother to include it :P
       
Post is unread #5 Dec 18, 2007, 4:11 pm
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Conner
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No idea. On principle it seems like a really good idea, it's just that when you put it into practice, unless the files are stories or images or songs or some other sort of files that folks are going to go back and rate after checking out for competition purposes.. actually, that's probably exactly what going into the thought process of including a rating system in most forum software like that to begin with, they're not expecting the file uploads to be snippets or code bases but rather user contributions for competitive comparisons.
       
Post is unread #6 Dec 18, 2007, 7:38 pm
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Darwin
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I don't find the rating system helpful either. I mean, it's just a few stars. It doesn't tell me anything about how good the software is be it a codebase or snippet or what have you.

I was thinking that maybe instead of that kind of rating system, some other kind of tracking showing how many people liked it (maybe thumbs up) and how many didn't like it (likewise, thumbs down.) But then, like what was said earlier, I also rarely return to where I've downloaded something from just to rate it, so it probably is just a wasted space.
       
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