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 Posted: Thu Aug 4th, 2016 06:18 pm
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This has come up several times over the years and now I ain't gonna keep my mouth shut about it any more. It's the stinkin' RATINGS BS...you know, how many stars some thread gets. We who appreciate the time and talent it takes to build, research, and post information think (well, I think) that there is a mean spirit-"I'll show you" attitude which can sometimes drive off those who take the time to contribute. I will give ONE example (there are many) of this type of petty...well, what can I call it...IDIOCY. How's that? One of the best threads ever posted on this or any other website gets TWO FREAKING STARS! Yep, I just signed on this morning to check things out and have "a cuppa" and found that this particular thread had a low "star count". The gent who has worked for so long and is a recognized authority on his subject (and many others) should have all the stars and more. I know that he won't lower himself to get into this "discussion", but I will. The ratings thing is silly and once you've "voted", you can't vote again!  This particular thread once had the 5 stars and this morning has TWO. There are some out here who seem to delight in "playing" star makers.  Yes, I am considered a moderator and may be considered a deleted ex whatever after this (I have the power to delete things but not the stars) and if that's what happens then I will have some more coffee and go back to work on my projects. I know that I am not alone in this view of a backward and defective thing. I have been known as a troublemaker for years and have been deleted from other "sites" when I opened my big mouth (posted the truth!). I have found that those who really cause problems don't contribute anything anyway. And so, as I once posted somewhere and got shunned..."OK, let's see YOUR work!"

My "rant" is over now...or is it?

                  Woodie C Greene



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 Posted: Thu Aug 4th, 2016 06:39 pm
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Woodie,

I've never clicked a star rating here on a thread once. In fact, I didn't even know you could "vote" for your favorite thread. Why even have that feature here? The relative value of the threads speak for themselves. My advice, don't even waste your time ignoring the stars. ;)



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 Posted: Thu Aug 4th, 2016 06:40 pm
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In fact, I just went and looked. Where the heck are these stars? I don't see 'em.



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 Posted: Thu Aug 4th, 2016 08:09 pm
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There is a 'rate topic' thing in the upper right of the thread. I am 'not authorized' to rate though.
I wonder if it can be turned off? I don't know why we need it. The forum is small and each member can decide what to read.
Can you tell who rates a thread and how they rate it Woodie?



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 Posted: Thu Aug 4th, 2016 08:29 pm
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Howdy Ken, I don't know anything about the rating crap except it sucks! You should be authorized to rate threads. Like I said, I can delete whole topics, etc. but CAN'T do a thing about the stars! I am the type who would give everybody 5 stars but it seems that once "voted", you can't vote again on that thread. Someone who grinds axes can see the 5 stars and rate it one star and that knocks it down to maybe 3 or 2. One jerk can change the rating! Oh, I'm sorry...I shouldn't call people jerks. How about sh$% heads?

Shoot for the stars....
Woodie



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Well my friend, I just tried to give you 5 stars for this topic, however I do not have authorization either. Here's a moose instead: :moose:



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 Posted: Thu Aug 4th, 2016 09:44 pm
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Hi star-makers !

:moose:

Yep ... The stars are pretty meaningless.

If a '1-star' thread has a zillion replys & views...
...it pretty much has to be an interesting one !

Having said that...
...there are plenty of threads on Freerails that are short, sharp & sensational...
...hidden away, with NO REPLYS and NO STARS and only a few views.

SO GO FIND 'EM WATSON !

As Woodie says the star-system is a waste of data-bytes !!

:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:

Si.



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OK Here is the story. Right now In am the the head janitor, and cat's litter box cleaner around here--AND I DON"T LIKE THE STARS EITHER. In the past, I contacted the host --Jim, and his wife Di) and asked if it could be removed. Now, other times, when there were other problems, they got right on it and fixed things promptly. FreeRails was one of their first customers, and Jim spent several hours on the phone with the fellow in Australia, who was our  Administrator at that time, taking him through the sign up process, item by item. If that isn't help, I don't know what is, that just seems to be the kind of people that they are.
The whole host thing has exploded on them, because you get a lot for your money there.
My thought is that to change the ratings (or better yet to remove it) would require re-writing some code in our program, and neither of them has the time to do it fo one customer.

As Woodie says, I believe that someone who is insanely jealous some how gets off on doing this sort of thing. The world is full of them

. To you who have contributed to FreeRails, there is no way that I can thank you enough!!

And Woodie isn't going anywhere--unless he wants to!

Herbert George Kephart



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I couldn't care less for stars, or #s of friends, or how many 'likes' you get online.
None of it means anything.
It's one of many reasons I don't take part in social media. My interactions online are limited to ebay, vendors and forums like this that are specifically devoted to my interests.
I DO, however, like the unofficial ratings of moose on this forum, because that represents what a person thinks of your modeling skills and what you've created. I give moose when I think of it, too. But that's like writing, "I love what you did there," in the same capacity.



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 Posted: Fri Aug 5th, 2016 01:15 am
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I also didn't know you could vote 'Stars' until Ken's Post above; I've never noticed that "Rate Topic" thing in the top RHS corner.

As my fellow Limey says, the Meese/Mooses/Mesi thing is more personal & thus, hopefully, genuine.

What is the plural anyway ?.

If 1 mouse = mouse, and 2+ mouse = mice, then surely Meece ???

Regards,      *****   (that's 5 star) !!   aka   Michael 

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