Old 02-03-2016, 06:51 PM   #1
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Is it exactly that? Is rating a story One Star better than not rating it at all, or does it work against the author?
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:56 PM   #2
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Is it exactly that? Is rating a story One Star better than not rating it at all, or does it work against the author?
Stories get ranked by average rating. A one-star vote drags the average down, so it's worse for the story than not rating it.

That said, a lot of 1-stars get deleted by the "sweep" process that tries to eliminate bad-faith votes.
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Better to not have voted if you are going to 1 bomb a story, although, if the story deserves a 1 then it deserves a 1 and not a nothing.
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Unless you have 9-FIVES and need 10 votes for the fives to matter. In that scenario a ONE actually lifts the 4.50 average a tidge higher.
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But with 2 5's a one will lower the average. From solid 5 down to a 3.6.

Now it will never get back up to a 5!
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In which case, a 3 Star rating wouldn't move the average up or down? I always like to rate. That way, the story is marked 'as read'
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In which case, a 3 Star rating wouldn't move the average up or down? I always like to rate. That way, the story is marked 'as read'
A rating lower than the average will drop the average; a rating higher than the average will pull it up. Most stories average higher than 3, so a 3 will pull them down.

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Unless you have 9-FIVES and need 10 votes for the fives to matter. In that scenario a ONE actually lifts the 4.50 average a tidge higher.
JBJ has a point there - you need ten votes and at least 4.5 to get that red "H", so in that one situation any vote at all might be better than none.
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In which case, a 3 Star rating wouldn't move the average up or down? I always like to rate. That way, the story is marked 'as read'
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JBJ has a point there - you need ten votes and at least 4.5 to get that red "H", so in that one situation any vote at all might be better than none.
The above. Other than that scenario, any vote which is not a 5 will pull the story's rating below a red H. Authors care a lot about the red H, so would often rather you didn't vote at all if you aren't going to give a 5.

However some authors do look for an honest opinion, and the red H is worthwhile precisely because it's quite hard to get - so you should cast your vote in line with your honest opinion of the story.
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I would rather have someone give an honest opinion about the story in a comment (public or private) than just slam bad scores.

It's so easy for trolls to slam a 1 vote, it seems mostly done out of spite.

Then again, some people like stories about sparkly vampires and some people like stories about non-con and others want their mommy-son smut.

It's not always about how good/bad the story is written but people will 1 vote just because it didn't rock their boat, was too long or too short or they don't like the author.
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A rating lower than the average will drop the average; a rating higher than the average will pull it up. Most stories average higher than 3, so a 3 will pull them down.



JBJ has a point there - you need ten votes and at least 4.5 to get that red "H", so in that one situation any vote at all might be better than none.
Sure. Nine 5's = 45, nine 5's plus one 1=46/10=4.60 Amazing how it works.
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Sure. Nine 5's = 45, nine 5's plus one 1=46/10=4.60 Amazing how it works.
I actually did have that happen on one of my story chapters I was really hoping they wouldn't do the sweep and get rid of my trolling 1-bomb which had given me a red H!
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I actually did have that happen on one of my story chapters I was really hoping they wouldn't do the sweep and get rid of my trolling 1-bomb which had given me a red H!
Sure, its an anomaly with benefits!
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Make that 10th vote anything more than one and youre good to go with sweeps.
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Make that 10th vote anything more than one and youre good to go with sweeps.
I've noticed that all kinds of votes get swept off. Some people will do a 2- or even 3-bomb on a story; they have figured out that anything under 5 will usually knock it out of its red H, and they think only 1s get picked up in the sweeps. I've had 2s and 3s swept off my scores. (There is sometimes so little voting on my stories because of the category or other reasons, that I can see exactly which votes have been cleaned off.)

The main thing to warn your friends and allies about, is that if they rush on and vote without actually reading the story it will get swept off. The length of time the browser page is open seems to be one of the sweeping criteria. So, please READ and vote, LOL.

(This does mean that if you read, go away to think about your vote, then come back to cast it quickly, you may be in danger of it getting swept off.)
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I've noticed that all kinds of votes get swept off. Some people will do a 2- or even 3-bomb on a story; they have figured out that anything under 5 will usually knock it out of its red H, and they think only 1s get picked up in the sweeps. I've had 2s and 3s swept off my scores. (There is sometimes so little voting on my stories because of the category or other reasons, that I can see exactly which votes have been cleaned off.)

The main thing to warn your friends and allies about, is that if they rush on and vote without actually reading the story it will get swept off. The length of time the browser page is open seems to be one of the sweeping criteria. So, please READ and vote, LOL.

(This does mean that if you read, go away to think about your vote, then come back to cast it quickly, you may be in danger of it getting swept off.)
I suspect sweeps are all about ad revenues. If the story has 3 pages, click every page so the ad counter makes a sale. Prolly has nothing to do with scores per se, multiple ISPs and too few page clicks are sweep litter.
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