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Default star ratings are flawed Answered


I think it is a very bad idea for an Instructable to have a default rating of any kind, much less one as high as (what I assume is) 4. I have rated some seriously flawed 'ibles with low star ratings like 1.5 stars, I have been the first to rate them, and yet they "average" something like 3.55 stars with ONLY my rating. This SERIOUSLY skews the ratings system and makes it close to worthless, as nearly all 'ibles have a rating of 3 or better... no matter how seriously flawed they made be.


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lemonie

7 years ago

It's been like that a long time, and I agree.

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TheFoofinator

7 years ago

Personally, I don't rate anything. A comment is worth a lot more to the author if it helps than a number.

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scraptopower

7 years ago

I agree!

I rated this post best ever though :)

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Lithium Rain

7 years ago

Instructables has deliberately skewed the results so that they will be higher when viewed by search engines. I agree; while it may drive traffic ratings are now quite worthless. I've completely stopped looking at them or rating anything, where I used to view the highest voted ibles (way back in the day when you could +1; I wish they'd bring that back!

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KitemanLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

I haven't rated a project for months.

Because that's how long it is since the stars have worked for me...

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Lithium Raincaitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

I propose a ghetto + system; a boycott if you will. Don't use ratings, textually add your +n vote in comments!

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lemonie

7 years ago


On a positive note: this topic is rated "above average".... with one rating.

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makendo

7 years ago

Yep, the rating system is broken. The algorithm they use is something like "throw 10 dummy votes in at 2.9, then take the average of all votes including the dummies, then add 1". Their rationale for the +1 is that it brought ratings in line with other sites... pretty sketchy reasoning, but it is true that in the pre-fudge factor days, an ible with a rating >4 was really rare, even for fantastic projects. However, now even terrible ibles (terr-ibles?) are generally rated "above average" or better, which must be weird for people who are new to the site.