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Roberta Murphy mentioned in a blog post this morning that she just noticed a new control at the bottom of each blog post (when logged in) titled "Rate this blog".

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It's not actually new, it's been there all along, we just renamed it from "Do you find this post interesting?"  It gives us another way to order posts based off of member response.  Is it directly tied to scoring of blog posts?  No, not directly, rating a post higher won't automatically give/deduct someone points.  But it is an influencing factor in our new blog scoring scheme.  It also helps us to quickly identify spam/advertising posts if people rate them down. 

We recommend that our members take advantage of this to rate posts up or down, but don't feel obligated to rate a post if you don't have an opinion either way.

If your interested, the reasons we didn't directly tie rating to scoring:

  • Would open up manipulation of scores.
  • People tend to rate a post down if they don't agree with the subject even if it is a well written post.  We don't want to let personal opinion on a subject influence scoring.

-Matt Heaton (ActiveRain CEO)

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Karen Villa Schweinfurth
RE/MAX Northwest Realtors, Inc. 425-308-3669 - Everett, WA
ABR, CRS, SRES, CyberStar
Excellent explanation.
Aug 31, 2006 06:00 AM #1
Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022
It would be nice if we could "see" our own scores. 
Aug 31, 2006 06:27 AM #2
Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
Or rating it low because they don't want the person to get a lot of points for it either.  -Charles
Aug 31, 2006 06:53 AM #3
Max Chirkov
Phoenix Homes Team - Scottsdale, AZ

"..not directly..." 

indirectly, but still affected by Down grading blog posts? You probably do that already, but in case you don't here what I would use in the post rating/quality calculation:

- # of comments (limit max # of points for comments by the same people)
- # of different people participating in the discussion/leaving comment (this is good identifier)
- # of inbound links found on Yahoo and MSN to the posts (big points) :) (this should motivate members to promote their own posts within web2.0 community - digg, del.icio.us, myweb, youtube, flickr etc.etc.)

To avoid spam i would suggest to add "report spam" link available to members only - I'm sure a lot of loyal members would use it and help you to weed out junk. 

P.S. BTW, why there are no links under posts to submit them to other social networks or tagging resources? First of all that's a big oversight on self promotion, second - members education on what it is and how to use it which would benefit them also...

Aug 31, 2006 07:03 AM #4
Ben Kakimoto
Keller Williams Greater Seattle - Seattle, WA
Seattle Condo Specialist
Matt, I noticed you're now showing the votes (+/-) but it's viewable to everyone but the original poster. Would it be possible to see the ranking of our own posts?  If I know people don't like certain things I post about by seeing the number of negs, I can at least change things up.  It would help me to blog about things the community finds valuable.
Aug 31, 2006 07:09 AM #5
Matt Heaton
Timu Corp - CEO, ActiveRain - Co-founder - Bothell, WA

Thanks for the idea's.  I think we will make the rating visible to people, at least to the poster. 

Max, we do have buttons to submit of posts to social networks like del.ic.ious, digg, reddit, newsvine, etc on the list.

As far as the spam link I think the rating system can be used to accomplish that.  If people rate down the spam they see it's pretty easy for us to identify it.

Aug 31, 2006 07:31 AM #6
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Matt, I think having the rating available only to the poster is a good idea. That way the poster can gauge what they are writing and the commenters are not influenced at all by seeing the rating. 

Excellent changes! Keep up the awesome job.

Aug 31, 2006 08:12 AM #7
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
Thanks for the explanation. I always like knowing the thought process behind changes and new ideas.
Aug 31, 2006 08:23 AM #8
Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett

Having the rating visible to everyone, even the poster, would be the most effective use in my opinion. I'm indifferent on Max's idea of the "report spam" button but i like the del.icio.us are great idea. 

Aug 31, 2006 10:00 AM #9
Colleen Irwin
Retired - Buffalo, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...
I would really like to see my ratings and I agree with Bryant that it should be to the poster only.  
Sep 02, 2006 02:26 AM #10
Ken Cook
Content, coding, marketing, host. - Marietta, GA
Content Marketer/Creator
Showing who rated and how would limit the number of times your competition arbitrarily rated your postings down. It's going to be a problem and I don't believe there is any fair way to do it by openly allowing up or down votes. Let's face it ... most posts don't get that many votes so 2 downs to every post by one's competition could happen. But not if you reveal to the author who rated and how they rated.
Sep 05, 2006 03:26 PM #12
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

 What happened to this feature. Seems like it would be interesting. 

sorry for commenting on a 2 year old post :)

Nov 15, 2008 09:37 AM #13
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