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youtube ratings.

so recently i realized something about youtube video ratings, that i think there are two common ways of rating a video and the one that's more common creates a less than accurate compilation rating of the actual video.

way one seems straight-forward enough: you give it a rating based on how much you like the video, regardless of previous voting context. To me, this is the most accurate thing you can do.

way two is what i think is more common, which is to not rate based on what you think, but rate based on how you want to steer the average. As in, i see a video that has one vote of 1 star, and i think that it deserves a rating of three stars or maybe four. So i vote a 5 in order to boost the average and bring the rating closer to what i think it should be.

Then at some point when a video has so many votes, a person's individual vote turns into either 1s or 5s only as a political statement for or against the majority. The ones that are opposed are thinking, "maybe my vote won't make it big change, but at least i contributed to the system." The ones that are in line are maybe just thinking, "i'm contributing to the system, my vote counts!"

There's got to be a big lesson there, but my brain isn't in it right now to know what it is.

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taren_
Jun. 29th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
I think the big lesson here is "people are stupid". Most of the time, people are going to rate 1's and 5's anyway, because anything else is unamerican has less overall effect on the average. People don't want to take the time to think about differentiating between a 2 and a 3; they want to quickly and efficiently vote 1's and 5's because it requires the least amount of thought.

In the end, youtube video ratings are completely meaningless anyway. A lot of my videos that are pretty awesome (in MY opinion) get shit ratings because people don't like furries, hahaha.
lifeofmendel
Jun. 29th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
*laugh*

yeah, quality of video can sometimes be completely lost in favor of social biases a lot of the time. the ratings are indeed pretty meaningless, but our culture is so immersed in it, in how you're "rated", the basis of practically all reality telly shows today, so sometimes even though i deliberately keep myself out of as much of that culture as i can, i can get an instinctual reaction of "1 star is bad!" before i catch myself and divert my herd sort of thinking.
crackoon
Jun. 29th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
I think the lesson is that all mass-populace oriented voting should be done in yes-no format.
lifeofmendel
Jun. 29th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
i actually think the opposite of this.

I think that that's the way that mass-populace oriented voting *is* treated, but i think that it should change.

i hate voting for only two people for president.

but this is a completely separate sort of discussion. :)
hellomrhieu
Jun. 30th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
personally don't use it much. a lot of people are conformist or anti-conformist conformists.
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