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Trust Comments & Other Updates

Posted by Rick

April 19th, 2007

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We've been working hard on some more important changes and updates to PornUsers.com! I think most of you will like them. Read below for details:

1. New Trust Rating Comments, Etc.

Based on user input, we've expanded our Trust Ratings some important new features. Here's a list of what's new:

-You must have 5+ points to submit Trust Ratings.
-You have the option to submit a comment with your rating (good or bad).
-You have the option of disclosing your Nick with your rating, versus always being anonymous.
-You can be notified by e-mail when a user rates you with a comment.
-You can reply to trust ratings comments and also be notified when replies are made.
-The page header (when you're logged in) now includes a notification when you've received new trust ratings.
-New preferences can be found from your edit profile page.

2. Previous trust ratings still saved.

All past trust ratings have been saved and still apply. For users with less than 5 points, your previous ratings will be re-activated once you've reached that milestone.

3. Past trust ratings can be edited easily.

We've built a tool (also linked from your edit profile) which makes it easy to review your trust ratings and add comments to each. Go to the new Ratings Mass Edit page to add comments or change the anonymous setting for each rating.

4. New minimum review standards.

Our minimum review criteria has changed quite significantly, more strict that before. Check our review rules (available on the add review page) to view the new standards.

5. Excellent reviews now earn 2 points.

We've previous rated all reviews that qualify with either Approved, Good, or Excellent. Good or Excelllent reviews were granted 1 point each. With the changes, Excellent reviews will earn 2 points. To view our new criteria for both standards, visit the Points Page.

Points have been updated based on previous ratings. Check your profile to see if your points have increased.

6. 2 new badges released.

Profile Badge: Simply answer all "About You" questions from your Edit Profile page.
Trusted Badge: Earn 30 trust votes (Yes) from fellow users to earn this badge.

For specific info, visit the badges page.

7. Profile page gets a design update.

The profile page has gotten a makeover and includes a recent log of trust ratings with date/time and comments.

8. Rookie & Hardcore Badge Updates

The rookie badge and hardcore badge requirements have changed slightly. The rookie badge goal is now 5 points rather than 10 reviews (previously). The hardcore badge goal is now 100 points rather than 100 reviews (previously). This makes is far easier to reach both goals and encourages higher quality reviews.

Damn, that was a long list! Overall these changes are minor, but should be a good step forward toward making PornUsers.com the best it can be.

Please post any comments or bugs in the replies area. Thanks!

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King (27) Great news! You guys are doing great job! It is good to know why I am being not trusted. Thank you all for these changes for good and still waiting for the forum :)
04-20-07  06:52am

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REPLY TO #1 - King :

Thanks King!

I hope with the new trust rating features users will at least comment when they don't trust someone (even if anonymous). More info is definitely better!

Be patient, but a forum is definitely on the horizon. I can't give a specific date for this (since we have to commit the resources to higher priority tasks), but I want to shoot for a July 2007 release.

Have a good one!

04-20-07  08:43am

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Denner (235) Of course I aggree with King.
The new trust-rating system is just the right way to do it.

This site keeps growing along with still more users and it's still getting better.

04-22-07  06:39am

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SnowDude (214) I think the changes are great, although I did have a question. If someone gets the 30 required "Yes" votes for the Trusted Badge, but then has some of those votes changed to "No" (presumably by writing a review or comment that meets with some disapproval) does that person lose the badge? Not a big thing, but it occured to me while I was reading about the changes and thought I'd ask!
04-28-07  08:14pm

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REPLY TO #4 - SnowDude :

Hey S-Dude!

Whenever you earn any badge, it can't be taken away. :)

We should probably not apply it this way to the profile badge (since it somewhat indicates when a user has filled out the profile questions), but there's no reason for users to go in and delete them.

04-29-07  09:33am

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kkman112 (12) I love the new enhancements, except for one thing: I have seen people get rated bad with no reason why. People I would really put a good trust rating to many anonymously rate bad here and there with no comment. I think you should require a comment of X length (maybe 50 characters?) be attached when rating someone badly.
05-08-07  04:02pm

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REPLY TO #6 - kkman112 :

Hi kman,

This is something we considered, but there were a few reasons we didn't:

1. Previous NO trust ratings were all anonymous without comments and we didn't feel right about removing them all (or requiring users to go back and add comments). If we required comments, then we would have wanted to start from scratch so it's consistent.

2. Users could still input whatever they wanted in the comments (like random characters). It's not something we wanted to start monitoring like we do for reviews, comments, and replies.

3. If we required comments, we would want to do it for both YES and NO votes (so it didn't appear as if we were trying to discourange NO votes). Doing this would definitely limit the overall number of votes, which would be counterproductive.

4. By now requiring 5 points prior to submitting Trust Ratings, this solves most of the issues we previously had.

Overall I think most users should be comfortable with the current format. Newer votes appear to be much more clean and a lot have included comments. I do wish all users would explain why they don't trust someone, but this is a situation where we're giving the community the freedom to express themselves as they wish. I personally think that's how it should be. :)

05-08-07  04:45pm

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DpornGuy (36) as much as i like the idea of this trust thing, i can also see it easily being abused to discredit posters in favour of reducing competition. i noticed i got allot of negative posts simply because i scored sites low? i think that's somewhat unreasonable..
05-15-07  03:09pm

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REPLY TO #8 - DpornGuy :

As only one person has left a comment(on your acct), I'm guessing you're assuming the reason for the rest of the no votes.

Remember, basically the Trust rating is a statement of how accurate a reviewer will be to what the reader will see if they visit the site. Despite some users wanting to read it as such, it isn't a comment on anyone's personal trustworthiness.

So, if you tend to rate sites low, then yes, it *could* translate into meaning your reviews will not reflect what other users would rate the site. But, if you're happy with your higher standards, there's certainly no reason why you should modify your scoring.

Oh, and I'm not sure where the competition is. As each user is entitled to post their own opinions, I can see no real motivation to "discredit" other users. Perhaps you can speak more to your comment on this part?

05-15-07  03:35pm

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DpornGuy (36) REPLY TO #9 - Khan :

hey khan.

that's fair enough.. yeah i kinda have high standards, being looking at sites for years so ultimately, i am a connessueir (christ did i even spell that right?).

by competition i mean that ultimately i was concerned that other users may use the trust system if they don't like a reviewer, i recall when one review i did where someone left a really weird comment which was really out of the blue.

05-15-07  03:40pm

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REPLY TO #10 - DpornGuy :

One thing you might consider is to add a few comments to your user profile. There you can give an overview of what you tend to look for and why you may judge harsher than some. It's possible that with that additional context, others will understand your reviews better.

Just a thought.

05-16-07  06:52am

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DpornGuy (36) REPLY TO #11 - Khan :

it may be just a thought... but it's a good one. i'll do that.
thanks khan.

05-17-07  04:02am

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