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Paddler
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 8:46:31 PM

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When I finish reading a story, I usually rate it and comment. Sometimes, I give a rating of 3. When I do, I'm asked by the system to explain my reasons, which I do. I say what works, what doesn't, and make suggestions.

Tonight, I scrolled through my own stories, looking at number of views, new comments, and so on.

I noticed a few 3's but no negative or critical comments. I thought maybe some folks gave a 3 rating, but didn't care to write real critques, so they write positives instead. However, one story got more 3s than comments, so evidently some stories get 3s and no comments.

Why the difference? Anyone know? Iis there a way to avoid the comment that I haven't seen?

Thanks.




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nicola
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 8:51:47 PM

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It wasn't always set up the way it is now. 3 votes didn't require a comment previously, as they do now.

The system is going to change in the next month or so, no comments are going to be required for any score. Scores are however, still going to be tracked to individual's accounts, so we can see if certain people are voting down stories intentionally etc.
Emimeni
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:32:52 PM

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nicola wrote:
It wasn't always set up the way it is now. 3 votes didn't require a comment previously, as they do now.

The system is going to change in the next month or so, no comments are going to be required for any score. Scores are however, still going to be tracked to individual's accounts, so we can see if certain people are voting down stories intentionally etc.


Oh, THANK YOU! Sometimes I vote a three rating to mean "Meh, the stories all right, but I'm not turned on." In other words, I don't have any specific suggestions.

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Emimeni
SensualDesires83
Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 4:41:47 PM

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I too would like to thank you for this. Several times, I will read a story and want to leave a "3," but I won't because I really don't have anything else to say about it. This will make me want to vote more regularly than I do.

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Kim
Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:49:00 AM

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I view three's as average. Sort of like a "C" in school. Comments are great, but I don't think an average score needs explaining. I got a one on my story, and the person said it started out good, but ended up being cheap porn. That comment didn't help me in evaluating my story. Just told me that they didn't like how the story went.
Buz
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 11:19:54 AM

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Location: Atlanta, United States
I like the idea of requiring a comment to go with a vote of 3 or worse. If you have the audacity to trash someone's story with a bad vote then back it up with your words and do it without hiding your identity. It takes the cowardice out of it. You either show some guts or don't do it.



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Also, if you wish, check out my co-authored a story with the wonderful DanielleX. It is called 'Focus on Sex.'
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rudyP34
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 11:40:51 AM

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Isn't it possible to vote 3 or lower, comment (since it's obligatory), and only afterwards delete the comment? Or those deleting the comment also delete the vote? I just checked, and no, it doesn't delete the vote. Some arrogant prick gave me a one, along with an idiotic comment, and later deleted his comment (after we discussed the matter in private), and the 1 still shows in the votes for the story. So that may be how stories get 3s without the comments. Along with what Nicola said, of course.

I don't like the obligatory comment thing, and I'm glad it will be removed. People are simply too sensitive. A 3 isn't a bad score. It means "average". Let's be realists and agree that a story can be average. If I got a 1, I'd understand there are things to work on, and a lot of things at that, on that story. I'd rather see stories averaging in the 2-3 range, so that in contrast, the real masterpieces on this site stand out even more.

I deserve a lot more 2s and 3s than I've received. I guess that why I only got a combined 27 votes so far. ;)
Guest
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 11:58:15 AM

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I'm not sure about the required comment thing. I kind of like the idea, because I try to set a rule for myself to review everything I read. (But you have 500 character limit and I am a very long winded person. I'd have to write three or four comments to get everything out, if I was correcting common, punctuation, grammar, spelling, number usage.) And I'd like everyone to leave comments to tell me what they don't like even if they are mean. But five comments that say the same thing really isn't beneficial anymore, and most people would probably say a lot of the same things.

So if you give a one I do think you should tell the person why, but I think the same thing of a five. And forcing the comment seems to have made people just not rate it instead of actually saying something. On Scribophile you have to leave critique to get karma in order to post work. I thought that was a brilliant idea, because it forces people to give feedback. But the whole idea of that site is to improve writing and you can't post more than two stories or chapters of stories without paying. So it doesn't really work for people who just want to read stories.
rudyP34
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:20:38 PM

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I was a member of a site that no longer exists, where each member's vote was weighted according to that member's involvement in the site. You'd get points for logging on, but a lot more for voting, then commenting, and also having stories published. So, in the end, it was the most active members whose votes weighed more in a story's (or poem's) score. A veteran member's vote could be 10 times the vote of a new member (and the "weight" was dynamic, as the member gained points for participating in the community's life). I think it was a good way to have a scores that reflected the quality of the piece and also prevent score-bombing. But if I recall correctly, it was a rather complex algorithm that the site's creator/web designer/programmer/supreme being took years refining. And of course, that site didn't have nearly the same volume of members and stories as lush has. I just miss that site...
sprite
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:32:03 PM

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Honestly, i find it amazing that you can read a story, look at the hits (thousands) and find that only a handful of people left comments. if i read something from start to finish, i vote and i always leave a comment. it doesn't take any time and it's just a nice way to say thank you to the author - that said, i don't read as much as i'd like, it is a time commitment, and i do admit that i have certain favorite authors who i stick with.

oh, and we do get badges for x amounts of votes and the same for comments, you'd think that would be a little bit on an incentive - plus, it's a good way to make friends, i try to get in contact with people who've left exceptional comments, just to say thanks, and have actually developed some good relationships by leaving my own comments. :)
stephanie
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:40:00 PM

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Comments are applause.......

(And, in truth, in my case, the occasional Boo.......)

Can't please 'em all......

But I CAN say, as a writer, that I have HUGE gratitude toward the people (ALL PEOPLE )who bother to comment on my work.... And YES, I comment upon the stuff I like.....

xx SF

"I'm a writer... Honesty is not my first language..." (Stephen Flashman)
Michael
Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 7:40:52 PM

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Location: Expat in, Russia
The opinions stated here are from individuals, correction.. Writers that I respect and enjoy reading. Some of you are the most prolific writers here.

I recently went to the "Most Viewed" list, which I glean is based upon reads (meaning clicks). The top 14 of the top 15 stories read like incest case profiles for "Most Wanted". I didn't come here to read that type of story, nor do I care to demean myself to that level.

I love the concept of a weighted voting system, but it does sound complex.

Rather than having a comment not required, I would prefer to see comments required for all votes.
I post stories here to see if I have potential as a writer and hone my writing style, thus votes without comments are empty. I crave comments, more than that, I want constructive criticism. I would love to see my name on the list as a high rated author, but applause without reason is somewhat empty.

Buz
Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2011 11:24:43 AM

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I wish we had a comment required for all votes along with what score the vote was.

The people that tend to give bad scores practically never say who they are or why.

I assume that they are just jealous that they can't write a well received story themselves so they dish out bad votes and hide like cowards!!!!

I have written a new poem. It is called 'Long Twisty Woman.'
You can read it at: http://www.lushstories.com/stories/erotic-poems/long-twisty-woman.aspxx
Also, if you wish, check out my co-authored a story with the wonderful DanielleX. It is called 'Focus on Sex.'
You can read it at: http://www.lushstories.com/stories/quickie-sex/focused-on-sex-1.aspx

Guest
Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2011 11:50:02 PM

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I think that there should be a reason why a 1/2/3 score is deserved, like how it was before in V1 of Lush.

The way I score is like this .... I read a lot of stories, and there are a lot of those stories that I don't score because it didn't deserve a score - maybe I lost interest in the first two paragraphs, maybe it was poorly written, maybe the story was not plausible (all of those are important in my opinion).

I also dislike giving some stories a score ... because on the "outside" .... you may see a story that shows ... "20" or more ... and you think, must be good. You get into the story, and you realize many of the scores are 3 or less. What a waste of time.

I almost would prefer to see the scoring (still done on a 1-5 scale, with 5 being tops) .... but what is reflect on the story pages is the A-E grades indicating A for 5 ratings, then the mix up of: B for those with 4 ratings and C for those with 3 ratings, etc. Where it gets screwy is in the case of Buz's (above) latest story ... wherein someone low balled his story with a 1. Like really???

Just because a story has a lot of "Scores" does not indicate it's a great story.

Ok ... back to the original posting ... I think the reasons why a story is being graded 1/2/3 should be reimplemented for fairness.
Catnip
Posted: Friday, December 09, 2011 3:04:23 AM

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There seem to be two type of readers or more lol.

the one who cares for grammar, plot and flow of the story:
They will vote a four if something is missing.
A three if something more is missing.
A two if one part seems totally lost
and a 1 if they can't get how it was ever submitted and got through the system in the first place.

THe one who cares for what's in the story:
5. It has everything I want in a story, I came big time.
4. it was missing a scene or two, I still got off though, put a doggystyle scene in next time!
3. Hello?! you missed out both the doggy and the wife busting them!
2. too long passings without the deed. come on seriously?
1. there was hardly no sex in it?(or the wrong sort of sex) how was I to even get a boner(get wet)?!

[EDIT:]
I'm glad that the system will change.
When a person don't vote or put a comment, I suppose they either read it logged out or didn't read it at all just browsing by.
(Something like all the people who actually looked at your profile but didn't find you interesting enough to say hello to.)

The count on how many votes and comments I get is the number that I care for more than how many "reads" I've gotten.
A person putting a one on your story hopefully read it through to the end and gave its opinion, it's nice to see there's still honesty around.



Michael
Posted: Friday, December 09, 2011 3:35:13 AM

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I do so agree with Yahtzee, a high score level posted on the cover page is misleading, but a grade would be helpful.

Catnip has again hit the nail on the head. Perhaps we should post her note as voting directions, on each story as an epilog. ;)



Guest
Posted: Friday, December 09, 2011 7:10:59 AM

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Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 470,067
nicola wrote:
It wasn't always set up the way it is now. 3 votes didn't require a comment previously, as they do now.

The system is going to change in the next month or so, no comments are going to be required for any score. Scores are however, still going to be tracked to individual's accounts, so we can see if certain people are voting down stories intentionally etc.


In the case of Buz's last story .... that would be great to find out who voted his story down and why. (not that I need to know) Maybe the vote of a 1 was a mistake, like shaking hands from such a great orgasm?? dontknow Or at least Admin being aware of the low-ball-scoring that obviously should not have happened in this case.

Catnip
Posted: Friday, December 09, 2011 7:13:50 AM

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I was just trying to show that people think differently when they vote. One is voting a 1 because they didn't like what was in the story the other one because of the quality of the text.

That's why I like more advanced voting where you grade different aspects of the story. But it's not for everyone, and not for lush. (It's been brought up and turned down more times than I dare to count.)

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