Another visible change unannounced -- GONE

Another minor update appears to have been rolled out without a post to Site Updates.  In this case, it's the new "view raters" capability in the INFO box.

UPDATE 13 May 2010:  According to Staff, this "feature" is for Admins only, and was not intended for public release.  The bug has been fixed.

When it was being tested (I presume) a couple of days ago, it got the immediate attention of the K'nex community (who are, as you'd expect, inordinately preoccupied with status among their peers).  Now that it seems to be "permanent," they continue to debate their tribal concerns about the information now available.

I'd be very interested in a "view from the top" posting about this feature (which I think is actually useful and interesting for data-mining), and how Instructables authors can benefit from it.

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canida7 years ago
To clarify: "it has been withdrawn" = "bug has been fixed."

Sounds like people had fun while it lasted. ;)
kelseymh (author)  canida7 years ago
Text edited accordingly!  Are you Instructables official spinmeister?
canida kelseymh7 years ago
Ha!  I simply value linguistic precision.

Saying that it "has been withdrawn" suggests that we were trying something out, then removed it upon negative response.  In reality it was a (rather embarrassing) bug we hastily fixed - users made their ratings with an expectation of anonymity.  We've no intention of pulling a Facebook.
kelseymh (author)  canida7 years ago
Excellent.  I think you're quite right about that (but I still wish we could get the histograms :-( ).
I'm with you and Nacho on the usefulness of distribution data, but having the names attached just makes me want to PM the one person who downrated my Gene Simmons costume to find out why they hated it so much. Everybody else who bothered to rate it gave it above average numbers, but this one guy gave it a 1. I know I'm biased, but it's better than a 1. It's never been entered in a contest, and the downrater has not posted a costume or general Halloween 'ible of any kind, so I'm totally perplexed as to what the issue could be.
I won't give in to the temptation, but having the names available could lead to a whole lot of "Dude, WTF?" PMing and retaliatory downrating, especially among the younger set. Count me as a "Keep the numbers, lose the names" vote.
kelseymh (author)  RavingMadStudios7 years ago
"Could lead?"  It already has.  Take a look at DJ Radio's brag about "atomic bombing" somebody's I'bles...
Uhh that was just an example.  It wasn't really serious.
kelseymh (author)  DJ Radio7 years ago
Right.  That's why you stated is a fact, rather than as a possibility.  When you make outrageous claims, then you get to reap the consequences.
I'll pass on the reaping, thanks.
kelseymh (author)  DJ Radio7 years ago
:-D  "said the chess player to Death."
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