reply to post by samureyed
Actually, that's hackable. All you need is a little circle of people, who all have agreed to give lots of stars to each other's posts...
Here's an alternate proposal: a "Random Post" button on the button bar.
This would take a member to a random post from the last 24 hours, in-location in its thread. On that particular post, as well a little 'alert',
'u2u', etc buttons, there would also be four other little 'rating' buttons, for that post only: '
'. You could click one, and be taken to another random post. Each member could rate up to, say, 20 posts a day that way.
This would be a good feature for two reasons: first, random post is neat, it adds entropy to ATS browsing, and would let people find topics that they
may be interested in that they wouldn't otherwise click into.
Second, the simple up/down data (a 1-4 rating) could be used to unhackably generate an average 'post quality' rating that could be displayed in the
avatar area. A simple 'quality percentage', with a margin of error.
The back-end calculation of such is a little complex, though. It involves not only ranking each poster, based on how the viewers' ratings, but also
rating each viewer, based on how well their rating reflect the emergent overall consensus of quality. What emerges is that members who idea of
quality better reflect the overall
idea of quality, from all the members, have more 'weight' in their ranking, when applying to a particular
poster. This avoids 'clusters' of like-opinionated members from dominating the system.