No this post is not about the outcome of the US election. It is about the voting, or better rating that you can do in the myWeblogs area of SDN. (It is in beta, so sorry no guest account there yet. If you want to see what is going on you have to log in.) The person you have rated may walk into your office.
I think it is very interesting that you can give stars to your favorite Webloggers. Yes I would prefer to rate Weblog posts too and we are working on it, but this Weblog is about the unintended consequences that have come up from these ratings.
You really have to be careful with your ratings. We had to pull the first screen shot of it, because the settings were just random, but the ones with one star don’t know that and feel randomly very hurt.
Then I was talking with my boss about the ViewPoint feature in SDN and we looked at it on his computer and what did I see? He had his “random” settings at one star next to my name. I was scratching my head before who these three people are and what it is that made them give me only one star.
So don’t despair if some of these ratings are not what you expected. For me the low ones are all random and of course the 5 stars are all deserved 🙂
My believe is that with stars, especially once we can star Weblog posts themselves, that the overall quality of the SDN content will go up. It will be so much easier to get to the good stuff and skip the fluff.