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".
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.