The dilemma of "Best Post"....

Australia
January 23, 2007 6:14am CST
I have found that by rating someone as "Best Post", later in the discussion several other comments have amazed me with the effort and sincerity put into them. As the "Star Rating" supposedly is influenced by the awarding of the best post, this seems to be inconsistant with the ideals of the "Star Rating". It also lends to the availability to give minus ratings, just to be spiteful! Has anyone any thoughts on this!
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@caramello (4381)
• Australia
23 Jan 07
Eagle my star rating went down by one and the issue for me was why this happened and if it was from a - rating then I would have liked to know who I have offended! Not to take this too serious but my aim on here is not to cause any grief to anybody as I would not like it to happen to me, as I have seen in other forums!
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• Australia
26 Jan 07
That's what I was indicating about stirers who could post - votes to peoples discussions, just to be little shishers, dropping that persons rating, and yes it is not the be all, end all of things, but it is still nice to be thought of as a "10". As others have mentioned in various discussions, before the star rating no-one really cared! I believe that's because something has been given, then taken away again. Hence some people feel a lose!
@ukchriss (2103)
26 Feb 07
I dont know if giving a best responce to someone helps them with their star rating or not, but i do know that the + and - does. As for picking out a best responce i always wait a couple of weeks before doing so, sometimes even longer if i havent recieved many replies.
• Australia
27 Feb 07
That appears to be right for the better part ukchriss, but lately I have noticed that "big brother" is not impressed with me.... so I have decided not to point the finger at them (even if in jest)....well try not to anyway.. as it has cost me a reduction from 9 to 4 over 3 weeks!!
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@BELMCstar (1341)
• Australia
2 Feb 07
I have found a similar thing with 'best post' - which is why I don't usually award it. I have also noticed that if I give a + rating to a discussion, it does not stay that way all the time. I might have to ignore those things, and see what occurs.
• Australia
5 Feb 07
Well it's definately not like "the dark side" forum BM, where you have trouble following the discussion!! lol
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@ronita34 (3923)
• Canada
1 Feb 07
I agree with you and i have also done this probably too many times! So now i make sure that i wait until the discussion slows down alot and then i decide then or at least i try to ... LOL!!!
• Australia
2 Feb 07
I have realised latley that it is difficult to respond when having puter problems, which make it look like one doesn't reply to the responses... but here I am, mind you I only have a few discussions to reply to!! lol and getting back on track...I think that is all any of us can do... try to!!
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• United States
26 Jan 07
Undoubtly, there are those giving minus to lower star ratings. Just the other day I had a conversation with someone who went from a 10 to an 8 overnight. Clearly, this only could have happened if a group of people target this person. A minus or 2 is not going to drop your rating. But if a group of people follow your responses and all give you minus, that would have to drop it. Another case I am familar with involved a person who writes very well and is quite informed and articulate. He had a "1". Clearly, this person was targeted for his unpopular views on world affairs. So, yeah, while the star system is nice, it is a long way from perfect.
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• Australia
27 Jan 07
Well red, I'm surprised that certain people didn't do that for some of my confronting questions! It is challenging to think of an effective way of rating discussions without the opertunity for abusing it!
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