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  1. a5cent's Avatar
    That's what app rating system for. So now we need another rating system to just rate the existing ratings of apps? Don't you think it is redundant and probably not going to work out either?

    The same spammers and idiots will practically make the new system as flawed as the original one.
    Maybe you should look at Amazon who have been using that approach for years.

    It's already proven itself in practice. Nothing new.
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    05-21-2013 01:41 PM
  2. foxbat121's Avatar
    Maybe you should look at Amazon who have been using that approach for years.

    It's already proven itself in practice. Nothing new.
    I did and found that Amazon's rating system is useless as well to me. Nothing worse than a 5-star rating on a new product you used just for one day. Not to mention ppl often posted wrong rating/reviews on wrong items due to duplicate listing on similar items sold by different vendors.

    The truth about usefulness of a particular rating system is amount of community involvement. 1 spammer/***** out of 10 user ratings can indeed severely skew the rating. 1 spammer/***** out of 10,000 will not affect product rating at all. And it is very obvious who is the spammer or ***** there. Same goes for review of the rating. If participation rate is low, the review rating can be easily skewed as well.

    I think Google's approach that let dev to respond to the bad reviews is a better solution, IMO.
    05-21-2013 02:54 PM
  3. Abdul Rahman Noor's Avatar
    I agree some (okay, LOTS of) reviews are unhelpful and sometimes outright stupid, but giving *anyone* - especially the developer of the app - the ability to delete reviews is definitely a step in the WRONG direction:
    What's to stop devs who make lousy apps (and there's plenty where that came from) from deleting perfectly honest reviews that aren't in their favour?
    Review ratings like what Amazon has ("1 of 29 people found this review helpful") help to some extent, as would the ability to comment on a review.

    But I fail to see the rationale behind needing a huge, complicated review review system because it doesn't take a genius to see that the "Not free? 1 Star" reviews don't make sense.
    We're not robots to blindly average all ratings and think something that has a 2.5 star overall is a bad app. People really must learn to read through a few reviews before making a judgement.
    (The official YouTube app being a great example of bad-app-turned-awesome that still looks pretty bad ratings-wise)
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    05-21-2013 02:59 PM
  4. a5cent's Avatar
    I did and found that Amazon's rating system is useless as well to me. Nothing worse than a 5-star rating on a new product you used just for one day. Not to mention ppl often posted wrong rating/reviews on wrong items due to duplicate listing on similar items sold by different vendors.

    The truth about usefulness of a particular rating system is amount of community involvement. 1 spammer/***** out of 10 user ratings can indeed severely skew the rating. 1 spammer/***** out of 10,000 will not affect product rating at all. And it is very obvious who is the spammer or ***** there. Same goes for review of the rating. If participation rate is low, the review rating can be easily skewed as well.

    I think Google's approach that let dev to respond to the bad reviews is a better solution, IMO.
    Okay, we've apparently made very different experiences with amazon. Possibly because we don't look at reviews for the same kind of products? For books I find review ratings very helpful. Never looked at a review for consumer electronics... never will.
    05-21-2013 03:42 PM
  5. foxbat121's Avatar
    I never bought any book on Amazon. Mostly electronics stuff.
    05-21-2013 05:17 PM
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