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Implemented Requiring Review To Rate (Anonymous Reviews)

Discussion in 'Resource Manager Closed Suggestions' started by digitalpoint, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    The new version requires a review in order to rate, and requires a download in order to review.

    This is a step in the right direction, but always forcing someone's name publicly is going to tend to have people not give bad reviews even when one is warranted. Simply because they don't want to deal with having an argument with the resource author.

    I'm not sure what the ideal solution would be, but maybe somehow give reputed members the ability to not sign their name to their review. Maybe based on user group at the time they left the review... or maybe a preference you could set a threshold at like after xxx public reviews, the user is allowed to leave reviews without signing their name.

    Another idea would be to have another sort of rating based on the ratio of ratings to downloads (since the current setup will make tons of positive reviews, but very few negative reviews).

    Anyone else have any ideas of how to encourage negative reviews when they are actually warranted?
     
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  2. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    Would love to hear suggestions and solution on how to allow people to speak their mind freely.
    Our site encourages real names (think LinkedIn) but at the same time, we want people to anonymously post reviews.
    Ideally, this should be an option in ACP that allow reviews to be anonymous (hide ID and activity). On the front end, the reviewer can choose to make it public if he wants. Default is anonymous and can be set per resource category.
     
  3. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I've mentioned the possibility of making reviews anonymous, though this isn't coded yet.

    Also, you don't have to require reviews to rate - it's just a decision we've taken here.
     
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  4. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    thanks Mike. we are looking forward to it.
     
  5. EasyTarget

    EasyTarget Well-Known Member

    I would suggest the option of anonymous reviews also, with being able to update the review at a later date.
    • This would allow the resource author to directly address the issue
    • the anonymous poster can update their review at a later
     
  6. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    If anonymous reviews are turned on, would we (admins) still be able to view who left the review?
     
  7. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    I would hope that admins/mods could.
     
  8. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    Hey, just figured I would ask now before it gets released to the rest of us for playing with. :)
     
  9. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I don't suspect Addon Makers will think that Anonymous reviews are particularly fair.
    I don't think they are either.

    I dont think reviews or ratings are all that helpful anyway.
     
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  10. Trekkan

    Trekkan Well-Known Member

    Make them all optional and everyone can set it the way they want and stop trying to enforce what they think is "correct" for everyone.
     
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  11. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Don't do iiiitttt!!!!

    People will download it and make up something spiteful to say without even installing it. The way it is right now is perfect.
     
  12. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    It's perfect if you never want to ever see bad ratings. Legitimate bad ratings are usually the most useful.
     
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  13. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    They aren't really legitimate when they're anonymous.
     
  14. steel_curtain

    steel_curtain Well-Known Member

    Anonymity has nothing to do with legitimacy. If a user has downloaded, tried, and had legitimate issues with a resource they should be able to speak their mind. I'm not saying there shouldn't be an option to switch on or off, but the ability to do so should exist.
     
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  15. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Being anonymous is a great way to troll. This system will easily get abused.
     
  16. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    You take a college course with a professor. You post a review on RateMyProfessors.com
    Do you want to use your real name?
    If you don't, is using a fake username the same as anonymous review?
    Is your review not legitimate if you don't use your real name?
     
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  17. steel_curtain

    steel_curtain Well-Known Member

    How is that any worse than this?

    The system can be gamed either way. Checks and balances are what keeps thing fair.
     
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  18. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I used all his modifications but I wouldn't have reviewed them otherwise. His Library add-on is friggin awesome. Because it was awesome, it made me want to review his other add-ons. Sometimes when someone's product is awesome, it makes you want to use their other add-ons and/or buy them. For instance, I bought all of Robbo's other modifications because I liked his donation manager add-on. Didn't even need the other ones he made. The opposite reaction of this is if someone hated a modification so much, they went and negatively reviewed all of your other add-ons. The best way to do something like that is anonymously, which is how the system will be abused.
     
  19. steel_curtain

    steel_curtain Well-Known Member

    Well... I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this one.
     
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  20. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    There isn't anything you can do about this. Saying anonymous review isn't legitimate is not the answer.
    If a product has 1,000 reviews, a few negative reviews are expected and should not affect the overall rating.
     
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