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Rating a forum discussion

Raees Uzhunnan
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Is there a way to rate a discussion so that ppl can rate a discussion and we can browse through top rated discussion from each forums ?

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Ben Souther
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No.
A lot of us feel that forums with rating systems attract the kind of people who are more interested in their rating than with helping people.


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Raees Uzhunnan
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It is not about rating some ones thread; but about a good discussion that ppl can immediately rate as informative and then others can look for these rated threads for information about particular subject. A better way to browse these threads

The bottom line is if you resist good change; you might be obsolete soon

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Bear Bibeault
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No, I agree with Ben. Whenever I've seen ratings introduced into a forum, the result is that the discussion degrades to be more about manipulating the ratings than providing useful information. No thank you.

Also, please use real words when posting to the forums. Abbreviations such as "ppl" in place of "people" only serve to make your posts more difficult to read and less likely to generate useful responses.

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[Raees Uzhunnan]: The bottom line is if you resist good change; you might be obsolete soon

On the other hand, resisting bad change is a good thing. Introducing change just from fear of obsolescence doesn't make much sense to me. The change must be evaluated on its own merits. Change is not automaticially good.


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Raees Uzhunnan
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I agree with you ! As we all know, you or I may not be a good judge to say that a request is good or bad. It need to be put to more people and debated among more people before you categorize it.
Raghavan Muthu
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Please see the Member Ratings section in this thread.

For me it looks snynonymous for the forum as well .

Of course, there are many other good information available in this forum and i feel i don't really get time to utilize all those in JavaRanch . It is my point of view and nothing to offend you Raees Uzhunnan


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Like Ben, Bear, and Jim said...


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Raees Uzhunnan
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I never asked to rate a member !!.

Is there a way to rate a discussion so ...


And please don't rate me


This was an effort to easily pick good discussions and answers. Now I know I did not succeed, as all other gentlemen opposed it.

I believe in democracy and forefeet this thread for now :-)
[ January 14, 2008: Message edited by: Raees Uzhunnan ]
Eric Pascarello
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I post on a number of forums that have thread ratings and/or user ratings.

With thread ratings, they never get filled in by anyone. Out of 20-30 posts I will normally see 1 post that has the stars on it. People do not do it because it is extra work.

Forums that have user ratings get messy. You do not get a good discussion. If you try to help a person, someone comes along and just posts an answer with no discussion on why or how it works. So it sort of becomes a race who can get the answer there first. Than you have the copy cats who repost your answer hours later hoping that the person selects theirs as the answer. You also have people yelling theat they did not get the XX points but their answer is right.

Both of the ideas seem like a good idea on paper, but in the real world they cause problems.
Raghavan Muthu
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That's very true Eric! Perfectly valid as well
Ilja Preuss
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Originally posted by Raees Uzhunnan:

This was an effort to easily pick good discussions and answers.


If you find a good discussion, the best thing you can do is add a link to it to an appropriate FAQ page: http://faq.javaranch.com - it's a wiki, so everyone can add new pages and edit them. That has already happened to quite some interesting threads.


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