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Does Saying "Please Rate and Comment" Help At All? Answered

I was just wondering, because of the iBles I've seen with that on it. ~~If it does, it might give me an edge in the Holiday contest.~~ >.> <.< Nobody saw that, right?

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Takeshi_Kovacs
Takeshi_Kovacs

13 years ago

Offer rewards? "20th post gets a cookie!" Threaten them? "If I don't get 20 comments in the next 24 hours, this puppy gets it?" PS- This is what the alphabet would look like if Q and R were removed.

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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 13 years ago

Offering rewards doesn't really help.

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Takeshi_Kovacs
Takeshi_Kovacs

Reply 13 years ago

I know, I was trying to be funny. :P Sorry, won't happen again, sir.

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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 13 years ago

Eh, I liked the threat joke! But I was just speaking from experience. I offered rewards for comments and got not much response. Maybe the reward (a tiny bumper sticker that reads, "Robots WILL kill you" wasn't a juicy enough prize. Maybe offer an iphone?

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Takeshi_Kovacs
Takeshi_Kovacs

Reply 13 years ago

Wait wait, so what happened to the bumper sticker? Can I have it? Give it to me. Now.

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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 13 years ago

Heh! Sure. PM me your address and I'll send it.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

Personally, I feel that asking for ratings in the Instructable seems needy (yes, I know I did it in a thread, but that was tactics...)

The same goes for comments as well - if an 'ible deserves (or needs) comments, they will come. I try and read as many of the new 'ibles as I can, but I only comment where it would be useful (or humorous), otherwise I would be wasting even more of my life here (sometimes it is more appropriate to comment via PM, as a response would render the comment redundant (such as pointing out a glaring spelling error or broken link).

As for "this is my first Instructable, so please be nice" .... >exasperated emoticon<

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

I agree. When people put that up, it often sways me towards not rating it.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 13 years ago

That's what I was thinking. It does the opposit, makes people not want to rate it.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 13 years ago

It's not really needy. Whenever I finish off an instructable. I put, please remember to rate it if you like it. So it's not begging for rates. Its simply reminding people who forget that the rating button is up there for a reason. A forum is a good idea though.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

tactics or tactless ? (just teasing ;-) ).

And when I get around to publishing my first -ible, I don't really want anyone to "be nice", that is, hold back constructive criticism, I want to learn what not to do / say / publish. :-)

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Doctor What
Doctor What

13 years ago

Whenever I put something like that on the page, it usually says something like, "If you like my instructable, please rate it, and check out my other achievements." That's not a direct quote. But that's the gist. It probably doesn't help, but I know from experience that I forget to rate things I like, and the only thing that reminds me is the blurp at the bottom of the page.

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royalestel
royalestel

13 years ago

I definitely think asking for feedback and comments does help, if asked in the right way. I'm no expert at this, but asking for a specific action is better than a general one. "Click the plus sign if you like this!" for example, should increase the rating. I've never asked for help in this way, but it's worth a shot.

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gmoon
gmoon

13 years ago

Slightly off topic: I just posted an ible (amp rebuild), and added it to the Laser Cutting Contest...but on second thought, I wouldn't vote for it myself!

Why? It's pretty good info and all, but it's not 'mad creative' enough for that prize. The winner will have something new and unique. Now I think it could get a higher rating, if it wasn't part of the contest (the old competitive thing)....

But if I remove it (from the contest), I'm admitting that I care about the ratings.... (mutter, mutter) ..when I aways told myself that I don't.

OH, BOTHER. Really thought myself into a corner this time...

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Brennn10
Brennn10

13 years ago

It depends on the quality of the Instructable, and also the way the person asks for feedback. If someone is being forceful and absolutely begging, then they probably won't get my feedback.

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

13 years ago

Sometimes. But I think it also really depends on the quality of the ible. I normally ask for feedback and that helps. :)