• 16 October 2008 13:35:25

    Important new site poll, please vote!

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    Away with the old and in with the new, and this time it's a poll where your votes get a relative look in on something on this site, so get on it!

    Firstly, the last poll asked "Are you going to buy Bethesda's upcoming game, Fallout 3?". Here are the results:

    Yes, 8092 votes (48%)
    No, 2768 votes (16%)
    Maybe, 3923 votes (23%)
    Only if it comes with a construction set, 2056 votes (12%)
    16839 total votes.

    Impressive statistics that a potential 84% of TESNexus visitors could be buying Fallout 3.

    Now onto the next poll. The latest poll asks "Should the file database rating system be changed to be like the Image Share rating system?". For those not in the loop the Image Share section recently had a rating system overhaul whereby user ratings are much like the kudos system for members. You cannot rate images negatively, only positively. If you don't like an image then you just don't rate it. Instead of rating the file from a set number range, you give the file your endorsement, which gives the file a "+1" to its rating.

    Why would such a system be necessary I hear you ask? Well, first of all the 1 - 10 rating system has become more of a 1 or 10 rating system, with the odd 5, 6 and 7 thrown in for good measure. You rate 10 if you like a file, 1 if you don't like a file, and 5, 6 or 7 if you think the file has potential but don't think it's at its best. However, there are also people out there abusing the rating system for their own benefit, or just because they're prats. They'll rate files 5, 6 or 7 and give a constructive post, but deep down they're doing it because they want to see that file lose some rating points.

    Similarly with the ability to rate files badly with a necessary comment comes a lot of negative, rude and insulting comments. It's something we're aware of, we've tried to change, and the moderation team try their hardest to weed out and remove (the ban statistics since the rule changes have say the least). Unfortunately there are still those who want to push their luck and think we won't ban them if they're derogatory towards others.

    By removing a tool for negativity and promoting only positive feedback the hope is mod authors will be more content with sharing their files with the public.

    There's been a focus in the community recently on authors leaving because they don't feel respected; while I can sympathise with these people it is, unfortunately, a way of the internet. You should see the amount of crap I get through my inbox on a weekly basis from raging kids! After seven years I've learnt to ignore it, or amuse myself with it, but never take it to heart.

    As per the current system you will still need to leave a comment with your endorsement, and comments will still be available for constructive feedback.

    So please cast your vote in the new site poll and feel free to discuss the issue through the poll thread, or this news thread.

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