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No Rating System, No Problem!

Posted on Jan 14, 2009 By Deron Sizemore in General | 6

If you visit 99 percent of the inspiration galleries out there online, the one thing they all have in common is some sort of rating system. I even have one on my CSS inspiration gallery. The thing is, I’ve come to the conclusion that rating systems on inspiration galleries are pretty much worthless. A while back I asked the question about having ratings on an inspiration gallery on my blog.

Here are some of the responses I received to the article:

I think the ones rated top 10 are often not the ones I would consider best. Maybe that’s because more people are just looking at the site pictures than rating them – which leads to the situation where fans of a site can affect the poll a bit too much. – Jarkko Laine

I hate rating systems on inspiration galleries. If you’re good enough to get on a gallery, that’s a rating in itself! – Renee Rist

Personally I use such sites just to browse and then click on what I like the look of. Quite often there are designs that I really like that others don’t (or vice versa), so I don’t pay a great deal of attention to what other people think. – Andy Harris

I must say that I do like ratings and would keep them.
Comments are great but after they grow to a significant size I simply don’t have the desire to read through all of them-at least not when it comes to gallery or some form of showcase. – lebisol

There were some mixed reviews, but the general consensus was that a rating system was not needed and I agree.

What’s Wrong With Ratings?

In my experience from running Nice Stylesheet for over a year now, ratings don’t do what they’re intended to do, plain and simple. There are a lot of instances where some fantastic designs will be uploaded to the gallery, a lot of them already receiving high honors around the web, yet in the gallery on Nice Stylesheet they receive ratings of one and two stars. If you really don’t think a design is that great, that’s fine and that’s your opinion, but I just don’t see how so many people could be so wrong around the web.

That’s just one scenario. The other is when a design is featured in a gallery and the owner blogs about it asking all of his/her friends to give their design a great rating. That’s all well and good since the design is in the gallery in the first place, it must be good, but you can see how having a bunch of people only coming to the site to rate up this one design can skew things a bit.

If No Ratings, Then What?

I’ve intentionally left a rating system off of LogoGala. Right now the only system I have in place to track popular designs is by page views. The more page views a design receives, the higher it will appear in the “popular logos” area. This is far from a perfect solution as the designs submitted early on will obviously have a slight advantage but over time things should equal out. For now, this is what I have in place to track popular designs. I do have some great ideas for LogoGala going forward that I plan to develop into the site, but the main goal at this time was to get the site online and start building content. With no content, there is no site and I can always continue to add on later. I can’t spoil the secret for what I have planned for tracking popular designs on LogoGala, but hopefully the new features will go over well once they are available.

What Do You Think?

Are you a fan of rating systems or do you agree that aren’t really a great way to gauge how good a design is? Lets discuss in the comments below.

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Comments

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TimJanuary 14, 2009

To be honest I don’t really pay any attention to ratings. I’m usually looking for a certain kind of design if I’m browsing an inspiration site and don’t care about the stars. I may only be looking at one element of the logo anyway. People do a lot of recruiting for votes as well, I’m guilty I’ve asked for friends to vote, so how much are they really worth anyway.

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Connor SearsJanuary 14, 2009

Couldn’t agree more Deron. Funny that you posted this because I was actually just thinking on the subject recently and came to some of the same conclusions.

Anyways, good post. Nice to see similar thoughts that are more organized than my own.

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Mark BowenJanuary 14, 2009

I don’t pay any attention at all to ratings. Not only is it the fact that I might not agree with the rating but also on a lot of these types of sites the logo doesn’t go any higher up the ranks just because it has a higher rating they are usually displayed by date added so I always check them all through anyway.

I think that the comments system you have here is a much better system than ratings as people can (hopefully) place some insights into the way the logo was created and then the logo designer can answer questions where needed. A much better system if you ask me.

Anyway congrats on such a great looking site. Absolutely awesome.

Best wishes,

Mark

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MattJanuary 16, 2009

I completely agree. ratings are… overrated. It’s nice to see someone doing it different for a change. I’m digging it so far, best of luck.

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EuanJanuary 16, 2009

I too agree. Sites like this are used for inspiration so it doesn’t matter whether or not someone feels a logo is worth 2 stars of 5.

If somebody likes a logo enough to give it full marks, then i’m sure a comment is in order to congratulate the logo and its designer and that is much better to see than a ratings box. Even if it is a negative comment too.

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Deron SizemoreJanuary 16, 2009

Thanks everyone for the comments! Seems like I was on point with my decision to not incorporate ratings into the site. I appreciate you all taking the time to give me some feedback on this. Reassuring to know that you made the right decision. ;)

Makes me wish I would have approached Nice Stylesheet differently and included comments along with other methods of tracking. Maybe I’ll get on developing that in the future.

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