29 August 2008 14:44pm
Am I missing something? There used to be a "rate this" function on these forum posts, but it seems to have gone. Most organisations are adding user content to their web sites, not taking it away!
I found it useful, as people tended to rate posts which contributed to the discussion higher than all those "I can help you, here's my phone number" which don't, and could even be risky to call, especially for the girls on here.
Please re-enable the ratings guys. Everyone can contribute.
(5 star rating)
Freelance Web Consultant at architxt.net
30 August 2008 15:17pm
I won't miss 'em as I constantly get 1 starred.
You've got a point, Star Gazer, but I think that the system can be too easily abused.
Perhaps it should be left to the mods and official bloggers to rate the particularly good discussions / people?
CEO at Econsultancy
30 August 2008 21:10pm
You're right - we've recently removed them. Two main reasons:
- Firstly, we're shortly (hopefully in about 6 weeks) to relaunch the site with a complete redesign. The forum will still be here although split into 3 main broad topics and it won't be threaded like it is currently. It will be the (now) more standard post-with-all-replies-on-the-same-page format. We're not having star ratings in the new forum (see point two) so all the historic star data will be lost.
- Secondly, our forum has become somewhat a victim of its own success and we have increasing problems from spammers (humans mostly in China) and, indeed, people 'falsifying' the ratings. In the new site we will have featured posts etc. but we'll select these editorially.
Web Marketing Manager at www.venuebirmingham.com
01 September 2008 12:21pm
I hope there will be one feature implemented I've seen and loved on other sites - the old "expand every thread" link.... - sometimes you just want to see everything, and when you get quality content that happens more often than not - and e-consultancy is one of those offering much more signal than noise...
01 September 2008 13:10pm
Our new-style forum will be more like those at http://www.affiliates4u.com/forums/ (for example) so the threads will all be expanded by default anyway. It is a bit more like having a blog with comments rather than a threaded forum I guess.
Director at Watson Hall Ltd
03 September 2008 16:00pm
There are risks with user-generated content, but it was strange that non-members and even people who haven't logged in at all could rate posts.
But I seem to think there were very few ratings submitted - most were "based on 1 or 2 votes" - this would mean that any abuse would have greater effect. I wonder why so few online and e-commerce professionals didn't participate.
It's a pity that functionality is being removed.
Good luck with the move!
Technical DirectorWatson Hall Ltd for website security
05 September 2008 14:56pm
Thanks for the answers and additional ideas. My ratings:
3 stars - LawrenceLadomery,
30 Aug 15:17
4 stars - Ashley,
30 Aug 21:10
3 stars -
JamesRobertson, 1 Sep 12:21
3 stars -
Ashley, 1 Sep 13:10
3 stars -
WebSecurity, 3 Sep 16:00
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