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Robbie
05-15-2009, 09:27 AM
Well, we've been utilizing the Thread Rating function to pretty good success over at the Tutorials forum, and its helped prompt more and more tutorial development which is a HUGE draw to the site.

This thread rating system is actually quite helpful for other reasons as well...For example, as of now, the community leaders keep an eye on the Finished Maps forum and choose maps to feature based on their own personal opinions. But you, the guild members, can help "influence" their decisions by rating Finished Maps threads in this forum the same way we do over at the Tutorials forum.

Just click on a thread, and up at the top portion of the thread right there to the right of the original post of the thread is a Rate Thread menu. Click it, and be honest in your ratings. Don't just go around throwing 5's around. I'd like to see all the finished maps get rated.

ravells
05-15-2009, 11:11 AM
What a great idea!!!

Ascension
05-15-2009, 04:36 PM
Just when I thought that I was gonna have a night to sit back and play some Sacred...why have I never thought of rating finished maps? Looks like gaming will have to wait another night or two. I won't be rating my own maps but I'll try to get all of the others done this weekend.

Robbie
05-16-2009, 12:05 AM
In other news...any thread in any of our forums can be rated...this caan be used to just specify which threads are "successful" lol

Gandwarf
05-16-2009, 05:38 AM
I gave this thread 5 of 5 compasses :D

StillCypher
05-18-2009, 04:05 PM
So how come the index of the Finished Maps isn't showing the ratings like the Tutorials index does? Is this still in the works?

torstan
05-18-2009, 06:04 PM
There's a minimum of votes that are needed before a rating shows. I think it's 5 but it might be larger. So chip in on the threads and the ratings should show up soon enough.

ravells
05-18-2009, 06:35 PM
I think it's 10 now.

Sapiento
09-24-2009, 03:58 AM
Is it possible or allowed to post finished maps from a challenge thread in the Finished Maps thread, too?
I hope that's not the wrong thread to ask this question.

Robbie
09-24-2009, 09:36 AM
I don't see why it would be a problem, but I woudl wait til the challenge is over and voting is complete before doing so.

What ever happened with rating finished maps and threads?

Sapiento
09-24-2009, 02:02 PM
I don't see why it would be a problem, but I woudl wait til the challenge is over and voting is complete before doing so.

What ever happened with rating finished maps and threads?

Thanks. Then I will proceed as proposed.

Karro
09-24-2009, 02:16 PM
I don't see why it would be a problem, but I woudl wait til the challenge is over and voting is complete before doing so.

What ever happened with rating finished maps and threads?

I still do that (rate threads) when I see one I like.

ravells
09-24-2009, 03:14 PM
Thanks Karro...I wish more people would.

Karro
09-24-2009, 03:27 PM
Thanks Karro...I wish more people would.

To clarify, I do that primarily in the Finished Maps area, since we were asked to. I have no problem letting it be known that I think a map I see is worthy of Mod's Choice, since there's so many awesome maps posted here :D

RobA
09-25-2009, 03:46 PM
Just follow the sticky in the finished map forum...That way if it is selected as a feature map all the info should be in your post!

-Rob A>

Steel General
09-25-2009, 07:21 PM
Thanks Karro...I wish more people would.

I'll admit, I'm really bad about rating threads. :(

Immolate
11-05-2009, 05:33 PM
It would certainly help me, and probably help some others, if I could see which maps I had rated already. As it stands, I'm never sure if I've rated one or not, and it will let me rate it as many times as I want. Am I doing something wrong or just dumb as a rock?

Gidde
11-05-2009, 05:36 PM
/agree with immolate. At one point I know I went through and rated everything, but I have no idea where I left off.

Immolate
11-05-2009, 05:53 PM
Also, is there a reason I can't see ratings on any of these finished maps, even ones I know have been promoted? Not a one...

Tear
11-05-2009, 06:39 PM
I second this.
I also tried to help by rating threads, but the lack of any indication that you have done so is a bit discouraging.

Robbie
01-16-2010, 08:04 AM
Thread rating is currently scaled for the tutorials forum...they don't show up until 10 people have rated it. This was decided because most tutorials were either not rated or rated 5...so we figured 10 five star ratings would qualify for a tutorial award.

This may have to change for this purpose, but we have to find a nice balance. I can't set the ratings on a per-forum basis.

I just changed it so you cannot re-rate threads that you've already rated (no changing of ratings) lets see if that makes it easier to tell whether you've rated or not.

But be honest with ratings...they are private I think...and don't follow the 5 or nothing rule, or this system will never work. Make it a habit to rate a finished map and if everyone does this, after a few, the ratings will show up.

I'm definitely open to suggestions though.

Immolate
01-16-2010, 10:18 AM
Arcana,

I really appreciate all the hard work you do on this forum. This is the best community on the internet that I've seen, and I've been here since gopher was the coolest thing going.

I tried rating the first ten maps from the top, and what I found was that about half of them said I'd already rated them. I haven't rated a map since this conversation began, and I haven't seen any of the maps that I tried to rate, so I'm pretty sure this is an error.

A good example is the thread " Kingdom of Earlsdale - v3.0". I haven't even been on the finished maps forum in a couple of weeks and the thread says that's I've already rated the map.

Thanks again!

Robbie
01-16-2010, 10:36 AM
Immolate, thanks much! I just set it back...must be a bug...Hopefully there will be something different in todays big upgrade.

jfrazierjr
07-26-2011, 12:47 PM
Just a friendly reminder from your community leaders, please rate threads in the Finished Map Gallery!!!! We would rather you rate a map a 1 vs not at all... granted, we hope you will find many you like and rate most higher, but please rate the threads.....

For those of you who may not know how to apply a rating, I created a quick sample screenshot. The Rating menu is at the top of the thread above the first post.

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Note that while you may not see any visible effect that the rating has been performed, rest assured that it will be stored. Of the top of my head I am not sure of the exact numbers but usually the rating will only show up after a thread has been rated by a specific number of people.. so for example, the rating may only show up in the forum search results list after it has been rated by 10 people(as an example).

Also, please take the time to go back and rate older posts. There is some incredible work in the Finished Maps forum!

EDIT: please also remember to rate any tutorials you read....

arsheesh
07-26-2011, 01:24 PM
Thanks for the reminder Jfraz. I have been rating tutorials all along but I didn't realize that it was important for finished maps. So, does a decent amount of 5 star ratings somehow figure into the community leaders selection of featured maps?

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

jfrazierjr
07-26-2011, 03:12 PM
Thanks for the reminder Jfraz. I have been rating tutorials all along but I didn't realize that it was important for finished maps.
-Arsheesh

Yes, it is important, and thanks for at least rating the tutorials! Now get busy going through 4 years of finished maps, heh....



So, does a decent amount of 5 star ratings somehow figure into the community leaders selection of featured maps?

ummm.... yea.... it does... well.. that's the theory at least... As a group, we have been kind of slow to do featured maps over the past 1-2 years and the original idea behind using the ratings was to help us CL's pick the best of the best. While any of the community leaders has the option to feature any map they deem worthy, there are so many excellent maps AND we CL's get busy with stuff to the point that it's hard to choose one from a huge field of contenders.... so the ratings will help, especially if everyone rates honestly instead of just giving some threads a 5 and just not rating any that they don't like(I have been guilty of this in the past....)

Jonat84
10-16-2011, 07:05 AM
Agreed. This is great idea!

Robbie
02-22-2012, 08:53 AM
Reminder...again...Rate these maps! I'm going to look in to some changes to the thread rating system in order to promote this. We should be rating maps, tutorials, and threads in general...The thread rating system is good for more than just letting the CL's know what needs to be featured, but it's also good for letting new and returning users know where the good content is.

Master TMO
02-22-2012, 11:01 AM
I haven't gone through the Finished Maps section, but will do so. I just went through and rated every thread I had ever subscribed to, either Good or Excellent. On the assumption that I wouldn't have subscribed if it wasn't interesting or useful. ;)

JefBT
03-23-2014, 06:14 PM
The voting system can get the highest ranked thread with the most votes. It can also make a threshold with something like the then 5-star votes.