as admin for one of australias largest RC forums i can say from experience (and imo) that the standard 1-5 star rating seen on Vbulletin is amongst
the ATS system seems to be more about "back patting"
Vbulletin uses a system based on the average rating.
so i rate a thread 1 star (downright lousy) and someone else rates it 5star, it then balances out to a 3 star rating.
the more that rate, gives a more clear and true indication of the average persons opinion on that thread.
add that with the user reputation system which you can give someone a negative or positive, and you have a simple + great system of rating posts and
for those who arent familiar with the options within VB you can set it so you have to share around reputation ratings before giving the same person
rep' again. (eg below)
if i give 'joe bloggs" reputation (either pos or neg) i might have to rate 50 or even 100 other users before i can rate joe bloggs again. this
prevents people using it as a personal grudge match against one another.
newby's start with zero rep, and have to earn some.
i have seen many young and immature members on our forum who go into NEGATIVE user ratings because of their absolute bias garbage postings.
then theres others who quickly earn a higher reputation score because of intelligent and helpfull posts.
im not suggesting the above network change to Vbulletin, after all im not a VB salesman
but i do think those options are the best currently
available and the above network should strongly consider them.
only rating with positives (like existing ATS) really is not a true indication of the general populations opinion and is very one sided. as i said,
its just a back patting / i agree rating.
there has been a LOT of garbage posts floating to the top of ATS recent posts page lately, and it does detract from the intelligent debates +
discussions that the forum wishes to be known for.
[edit on 29/11/07 by Obliv_au]