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Posted on 20-Jun-2000 20:37 GMT by Christian Kemp8 comments
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Even though I ought to have updated my resume/CV and applied for a new job, this evening I quickly hacked together a ratings system for any news article posted on ANN. You can vote, and therefore voice your opinion, on every article; the possible votes being the numbers 1 to 5, 1 being the worst and 5 the best. In the future, this system might be expanded to reduce the size of unimportant and off-topic postings, or perhaps even to hide them altogether, and to emphasize on the more important and relevants news items.

Any comments, ideas or suggestions?

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Posted by Jason Murray on 19-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
First poster has a point - the system is so open to abuse it's not funny.
What's needed is a moderator system like slashdot uses, but then I doubt
the traffic is high enough to warrant such a complex system.
Something else is needed, I think.
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Posted by Anonymous on 19-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
its an unfair system which will allow people to use their friends to vote for things to get things on there, or people will only go for stuff that interests them, and there may be heaps of people who would be really interested in the article who dont read unmoderated and miss out because of this stupid rating system. these are not the only flaws/problems with this thing. crap posts like the terry cooksey ones and other b-llshit posts should just be removed entirely.
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Posted by Mike on 20-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Overall I like the idea but I agree w/ comment #4 that the loading to another screen for confirmation
is a pain.
p.s. Christian, keep up the good work, hope a new job comes along.
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Posted by Russ Yost on 20-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Anonymous):
I agree with poster 1. Besides, I don't see the need for this rating system.
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Posted by Joe "Floid" Kanowitz on 20-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Well, if you just use the rankings system to determine what rises/stays at the top of the heap, and someone /is/ looking at the output, abuse shouldn't be too much of a problem (IMHO).
I do have to whine that the confirmation screen is annoying. Maybe the Amiga browsers handle caching better, but I'm stuck using IE for the summer and Netscape tends to be even worse- it takes quite a while for the main page to reparse after loading. I don't know if dynamically adding a box at the top of the main page that says "You voted!" would be feasible, but it'd be a lot faster, since I wouldn't have to click back. Even a popup window (Geocities style) wouldn't really be as annoying.
Or maybe this is an option, but I've been too lazy to examine whatever login/cookie-based customization options ANN has, and I travel between so many different boxes over the course of my life that I generally try to get used to the default interface on things. :)
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Posted by Paul Sadlik on 20-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
The ratings system is great... hopefully, it provides the means by which to
attach a value to those contributors providing news of interest vs. those
unknown or of little interest. Keep up the GREAT WORK Chrisian!
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Posted by rvo on 21-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
no, I think its a good idea but Its a bit unclear: where exactly do we vote for?
the actual news itself? (netscape update - rating: 1, amiga buying out microsoft - rating: 5)
the quality of the written article? (written at 5 AM - rating: 1)
(good news, bad news? (hyperion drops sin - rating: 1)
or even everyting put together? (which will get confusing :)
but I like it, another step ahead!
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Posted by Eric on 22-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
I dunno...I neither pay attention to nor participate in ratings.
But if people want 'em, I don't care.
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