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Instructable Ratings Answered

I've made three instructables so far and I can't seem to get a rating above average. I was wondering how you more experienced instructable authors get high ratings on your intstructables.

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kelseymh

10 years ago

Chicken gave you the basics, but it's a bit more complicated than that (read the FAQ).

Your rating is the average of the "votes" you've gotten directly, combined with the average of all ratings on the whole site. That's how (in a sensible, scalable way) they avoid the first couple of votes high or low skewing the result.

Basically, they've just pre-implemented regression to the mean.

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SFHandymankelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

I like how they weight it by the number of ratings, but it's really frustrating when you post something you think is fantastic and it shows up with 3 stars. Then it takes forever to get a second vote and move off of the 3. I think we need a rating rating.

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kelseymhSFHandyman

Reply 10 years ago

Yes. I've recently added my vote to a couple of things. An I'ble with 1 rating and a score of 3.00; I added my 4.5, and it's total went up to 3.08. Clearly it takes a substantial number of true high votes to move the score.

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SFHandymankelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

There were several FINALISTS in Halloween with NO ratings. I went through and rated everyone with zero or only a few ratings. Some really gorgeous and cool stuff also.

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SFHandyman

10 years ago

The great majority of people don't rate. It seems strange. So many people love to give their opinions. My biggest Instructables had a less than 1% rating rate.

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skunkbaitSFHandyman

Reply 10 years ago

It is strange. I'm sure some of it is just that people google the topic, and find the site, but never join. But as many iblers as there are, who like to be a part of everything, you'd think that more would rate stuff!

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SFHandymanskunkbait

Reply 10 years ago

I hadn't thought about that! It counts the visits but only members can rate. Very good point. That explains a lot.

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Chicken2209

10 years ago

These ratings are based on a formula that gives you more points for the more voters that way a ible with one vote can't get a 5.0 when a 2,000 times rated ible has 4.2