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    This isn't feedback - just a question about the site. Can anyone explain to me what the column headed "rating" means? Why do some threads have five stars whilst most have no stars?


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    Quote Originally Posted by JonG View Post
    Can anyone explain to me what the column headed "rating" means?
    I've always assumed it's so that users are allowed to give personal evaluation.

    Why do some threads have five stars whilst most have no stars?
    At a guess: because few people bother to give a rating.
    (In fact I think the only times I've done so have been in an effort to get the thread demoted 1).

    1 Ideally deleted, but... meh.


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    Dywyddyr, thanks for your comments
    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    I've always assumed it's so that users are allowed to give personal evaluation.
    How does one evaluate or "rate" a thread?
    (In fact I think the only times I've done so have been in an effort to get the thread demoted 1). 1 Ideally deleted, but... meh.
    Why should rating a thread lead to it being demoted or deleted?
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    Partial apologies - I have just discovered the "Rate this thread" option.
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    [QUOTE=JonG;570204] How does one evaluate or "rate" a thread? [QUOTE]

    A snapshot can sometimes provide an answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonG View Post
    How does one evaluate or "rate" a thread?
    Assuming you mean "how does one physically assign a rating?" (as opposed to "what critical faculties does one bring into play to rate a thread?" ) then that's easy: Select "Rate This Thread" second from the right at the top of any thread page (in the blue bar just above the first post).

    Why should rating a thread lead to it being demoted or deleted?
    I'm not sure it does in fact I doubt sincerely that it does, but I just hoped that if enough people rated that thread as one star 1 then the mods 2 might have moved it to somewhere it couldn't be accessed.

    1 There really should be a Zero Stars (or negative stars) option.
    2 All hail the mods!
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    From the FAQ. To tell you the truth, I wasn't even aware we had implemented this. Was this from when admin recently did an update, or was it always there?
    Rating Threads

    What are ratings?
    The forums allow you to rate threads between 1 star (terrible) and 5 stars (excellent). Once enough votes are cast for a thread, stars will appear next to its name in the listings. These show the average vote, and can be an easy way to see which threads are worth reading if you are on a busy forum.
    On the forum viewing page you can also arrange threads by rating, with either the highest or lowest at the top.
    It therefore makes sense to rate threads because it helps all users. To do this, click on the 'rate thread' link at the top of the thread viewing page. Choose the number of stars you feel best represents the quality of the thread. You may or may not be able to change your choice of rating at a later date.

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