These different ways are basically the same thing: giving a positive (Thanks/Like/+1/Thumbs Up) rating or a negative (Dislike/-1/Thumbs Down) rating, while ratings extending from 0-5 or even 0-10 is probably not useful for most forums.Pony99CA wrote:While I don't have a problem with something like this in the core code, the previous two posts illustrate one of the problems -- how many different ways of doing this there are. You can do Thanks/Like/+1, Ranking (0-5/10), Thumbs Up/Down, etc. You can do that for posts and/or topics, too.
I would like to use a big player like YouTube as an example. They used to have a 5 star rating system, but they found out that the 5-star rating was used by far the most. The 1-star rating was also used somewhat, but there was only a very small percentage of 2, 3 and 4-star ratings. So they decided to go for a simpler thumbs up/thumbs down system.
Informative YouTube blog post about this: http://youtube-global.blogspot.nl/2009/ ... tings.html
Quote from the YouTube blog post:
I think for forums in general it will be the same as with the YouTube videos, you only need a simple approval/disapproval rating system.Seems like when it comes to ratings it's pretty much all or nothing. Great videos prompt action; anything less prompts indifference. Thus, the ratings system is primarily being used as a seal of approval, not as an editorial indicator of what the community thinks about a video.
+1 (or thumbs up...)Pony99CA wrote:Maybe phpBB could implement a very simple system (simpler than VSE's suggestion) that other extensions could override. For example, I would not display a list of people who thanked anybody in the post, just the total count of thanks
Agreed, keep it simple. For example like YouTube only displaying total likes and dislikes, or the sum of them.