The RateItAll Blog has a New Home

We are circling the wagons and bringing the venerable RateItAll Blog in house to a new home: http://blog.rateitall.com.

Thanks to Blogger for the memories, and we plan to leave these archive posts up indefinitely.


Talking Winter Olympics

OK, here is what we have going on the topic of the Olympics:

Athletes of the 2010 Winter Games
Rate the athletes like Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn, etc.

Events of the 2010 Winter Games
Rating and commenting on stuff like the Opening Ceremonies, The Anti-Olympic Protests, and the tragic death of the Georgian luger.

Winter Games Events
Rate the events themselves like Figure Skating, Short Track, Ice Hockey, etc.


Treatment of New RateItAll Members

For the most part, I believe the RateItAll community to be pretty fair and decent in its treatment of issues and each other.

But recently, I've been noticing a disturbing trend of a handful of regulars picking on new users.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell you that an online community that scares away new members is an online community that will struggle to grow.

As such, this is a very, very big deal to me and the rest of the RIA team, and we are moving the issue up the priority list.

To date, we've asked folks to police themselves in this area. Sure, I've sent the occasional private message or made the occasional blog post. But to date, we haven't made any institutional changes.

But as the community grows, this doesn't seem to be enough.

Effective immediately, we are going to treat the issue with a combination of "legislation" - aka, site rules, and tools.

On the tools side, we are exploring a number of member and admin controlled tools including the ability to block another member from commenting on your stuff or messaging you, and the ability to lock a thread.

On the rules side, effective immediately, anyone who is seen as harassing, flaming, or otherwise making things unpleasant for a new member will be suspended for one week. Subsequent transgressions will be treated more harshly.

Just to make it easy, this includes harassing new members who deserve to be harassed - like the folks who join just to post some wingnut political conspiracy.

New members are to be treated with kid gloves, period, no matter how wacky, tasteless, or disturbed they appear to be.

Those of you who have known me for a while know that I really hate this. I really hate to try and legislate away social issues. But I've asked, and I've reasoned, and I've warned, but folks don't seem to be getting the message. And if folks won't willingly be a part of a culture that welcomes new members, we will lay the hammer down. Nobody is bigger than the site.


Super Bowl!

Oh yeah, it's Super Bowl weekend.

Here is what we have going on at RateItAll

- Rate the 2010 Super Bowl Commercials (coming soon)
- Greatest teams NOT to win the Super Bowl
- Best Super Bowl Food
- Super Bowl Party Guests

And of course, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are very rate-able.


Improvements to Local Search

We've rolled out some small, but helpful improvements to our search results page when searching for local businesses. We've added the state or country to the breadcrumb trail, which is helpful when searching for things like Athens Bars (you can now see which one is Athens, Greece, and which one is Athens, GA), and we've also added address, phone number, and map info for local queries. Here's a pic:


In the News: January 27

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