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Is this what we want the ranking system to do?

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2011, 5:20:24 AM PDT
Theo says:
My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains.

How are you?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2011, 5:25:00 AM PDT
Theo says:
Sorry, Non-Real Jason, but I have to side with PDH on this one. I mean, I know I _should_ side with you, given that you're just a figment of my imagination and therefore technically a fragment of my own shattered psyche, but...

I don't think a foolproof ranking system is possible any more than an unhackable system is possible. Failing some really (and I do mean _really_) fundamental breakthrough in computer science, it'll always be an ongoing game between the designers and the hackers.

Posted on Jun 10, 2011, 4:56:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 15, 2011, 8:44:06 AM PDT
Chandler says:
I have reviewed a bag of tartar control dog treats that had sugar as one of the top ingredients...It wasn't expensive but my animal losing it's health is probably the most costly things you could do to me--not because of the vet bills, but because she is priceless.

While I would probably come out really great if they weighted votes on expensive items because I tend to buy loads of them on amazon, (my right shift key isn't working sometimes. Ignore the fact sometimes the words I'm typing now don't have caps) the fact is, more expensive doesn't make the review more important. I'd rather have a healthy dog then my flat screen tv even though I bought and reviewed my flat screen on amazon.

I think it's too subjective to say how amazon should make some reviews less important--also if something cheap takes me 3 hours to assemble it, it may cause me more grief than something expensive that is the wrong color...just too subjective for me.

I don't understand the issues though. I personally just try to write helpful reviews, not popular ones. (though I love it and am honored when they are popular.) I think when one does that, regardless of the item, the votes follow and you never think or worry about them. amazon is a biz so the uber helpful reviews are what draw people to the site. It's why I shop here more than anywhere. even if I'm buying shampoo--I want the one review, that is loaded with facts I need, to rise to the top so I appreciate those ones with loads of votes. they often contain the facts you can't find anywhere else on the net when looking to buy the item and for me, as a shopper first and reviewer second, isn't that the whole point? creating a helpful site rather than worrying about cutting down the helpful votes?

I personally like it when something I am shopping for has loads of facts and is a great review. I always reward it with a helpful even if I'm about to buy it and review it too. It's not a contest or casino game for me personally--for me, helpful is helpful and should be rewarded. It's why I shop on amazon--for the helpful reviews. so while upping my review points on expensive or unusual items would get me even more points because I shop here a lot and buy expensive things, I'd rather see others with scores of helpful votes help me find the most complete review at the top of the page to read first when I'm shopping.

so I get all points here, but that's my two cents as a major shopper on the site. I kind of get the ranking and idea behind it. I don't care how many other reviews the reviewer has when I'm shopping for some random item if that random item is helpful, they are good to me right then and I reward for me as a shopper, it is very much the quality rather than the quantity. It's more a shopping site to me and probably most on here than a reviewer site even though I'm honored at my own placement...I still get what amazon is here for and what draws those who give it money and keep it in business to the site. It's not how many reviews I write. It's how helpful they are to shoppers looking at the items they are considering.

so for that I totally get the ranking system.

Posted on Jun 10, 2011, 5:05:32 PM PDT
Ursiform says:
Alana--You've dropped your "A"?

Posted on Jun 14, 2011, 4:29:28 AM PDT
Chandler says:
Yeah I posted about it earlier on the forum

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2011, 7:05:31 AM PDT
Theo says:
But where's your "J"?

Posted on Jun 14, 2011, 9:20:41 AM PDT
Jason says:
Yeah I agree in the end. Nothing is fool proof. Even the big red DO NOT TOUCH button can be fooled.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011, 8:42:32 AM PDT
Chandler says:
I don't know what that means. What J?
I was never J Chandler but I can be next week if it seems fun.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2011, 8:52:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 15, 2011, 8:56:46 AM PDT
Chandler, I think that Theo the Jason is referring to the proliferation of Jasons on TRF, and suggesting that you might wish to join the party by adopting a "J.". Check out the last two pages of the "Harriet" topic. :-)

Here's the permalink (with line breaks added):

Posted on Jun 15, 2011, 9:34:28 AM PDT
Jason says:
Yeah.. Theo is trying to start a "jason" movement on the Top Reviewers Forum. What I should do is send everyone my Kraken picture I found on the web.. everyone change their name to Jason and we should all be clones of one another!

Lets see how Amazon handles that !! The guy monitoring the TRF wakes up and finds 9000 of 10,000 people now have identical profiles!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2011, 12:52:04 PM PDT
Theo says:
Mr. Ralsky gets it. Look to him for guidance.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2011, 12:52:00 PM PDT
Brent Butler says:
Reminds me of Frank Herbert's old book, "The Hellstrom Hive". LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2011, 12:42:19 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 30, 2011, 9:20:59 PM PDT
It is quite possible to be advancing on one
ranking system and dropping on the other.
Quantity is rewarded on the old system. I can
say this because I'm writing a lot and going
up on the classic ranking system. The more I write
the farther I fall on the new.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2011, 6:42:48 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2011, 3:00:38 AM PDT
That would be interesting Jason! I think a lot of the other customers would be confused too, lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011, 7:13:37 AM PDT
I would not need a week, 2minutes would do. Major league baseball has more than the home run leader. It has a batting average leader, stolen base leader etc.

Amazon could create a Fiction top reviewer, Non fiction top reviewer. Cinema top Reviewer. And so on.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011, 9:33:39 AM PDT
"Amazon could create a Fiction top reviewer, Non fiction top reviewer. Cinema top Reviewer. And so on. "

You're preaching to the choir.

I can't find the post(s) but this has been suggested before, by myself and others. I agree that badging specialist reviewers would be useful, and especially with Amazon's efforts to take over the entire retail world, they should adjust the Top badges to reflect this, i.e., #1 Electronics Reviewer, #1 Food Reviewer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011, 11:10:07 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2011, 11:03:48 AM PDT
"Amazon could create a Fiction top reviewer, Non fiction top reviewer. Cinema top Reviewer. And so on. "

This idea is more than ten years old. Somehow, I can't see it happening.
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