7/19/05

Thoughts on a proposed new feature

I am considering adding a feature that would let folks comment on particular reviews - much like you can do on Blogger. So if a particular review inspires a reaction, registered RateItAll reviewers would be able to post a comment regarding that review.

The thinking is this: currently, in order to rebut a review, you need to repost your entire review with one of those awkward "UPDATE" announcements. It doesn't make for very good reading, and oftentimes the original quality comment can be lost under all the updates.

These review comments would be one click deeper than the reviews themselves. Anyone see any downside?

Comments are appreciated.

7 comments:

  1. I, for one, think this is a great idea. I don't like doing the "Update" thing, but will on occasion. Some have the pedal to the metal when it coems to updating their reviews, to the point that you can't tell who they are responding to or what they are even talking about.

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  2. I'm with james76255; this is an excellent idea. People are going to get their comments out of their system one way or the other and it might as well be in an organized fashion. This would also add depth to the section as well as give people who are so inclined a chance to really discuss topics. I like it! I also think it would be nice to have a place to make general comments concerning what you think about the list itself -opposed to leaving that kind of remark somewhere within the list where it makes less sense to do so.

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  3. Speaking as one who routinely "rebuts", let me say that I don't care where the rebuttal can be found. Are there any downsides? Sure. It all depends on how it is implemented. Until I see that I couldn't say. The upside is that people wouldn't have to bother reading anything other than my original comments if that were their desire. Although some might think I enjoy the rambling exchanges the fact is I prefer to let my original commentary stand most every time. So having a separate place to filter all that nonsense would help. But a lesson learned would be the implementation of the new comment window. I'd say it is pretty well established that users think it stinks. And while we are at it... What and the hell is the deal with the comments and ratings being the same now. Damn that is annoying. And one other thing... When is RIA going to make the drop downs for selecting specific topics on user comment pages etc... show the KEY topics first. With them stacked in between all teh RIA Local stuff they are hard to find. Features is a pain. One word and it is sandwiched way down the list and in between all those cities that begin with F. The KEY items should be listed at the top wit the rest in alpha order.

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  4. This just might work. I think that UPDATEing is a good idea, and anything to further the exchange of ideas is a good thing. Let's run up the flagpole and see who salutes it!!

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  5. I, personally, would use it. I think it would be a lot more organized. Though I don't know how I'd feel to see RIA officially morph into a message board (which this would kind of lead to), I can't say that I wouldn't make use of this feature.

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  6. RIA is already turning into an online forum. For my part I refuse to participate but that is not a large factor. Forums suck and I have seen many new RIA users mention how they left forums for exactly that reason. But this is what happens when quality doesn't have some form of control. As I said before. It all depends on the implementation. One leve lower for udpates might work. But a continuing series of tiers is a very bad idea. And it is unfortunate that efforts are made to prevent or at least limit the DEBATES being seen. While I agree that might work and be fine it is so ironic that updates and ongoing debates, the actual thing the site was designed for (ie rating and giving opinions) is to be put into levels but no effort will be made to control quality or curb crappy lists. Any effort to improve the site is worth a try. I just widh the site tried to improve the evergrowing number of insane lists. But that's alright. Find a convenient place for updates and back and forth exchanges. But don't try to find a place to filter some of the weblists. That makes perfect sense to me. Heh.

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  7. Thanks for the comments... I'll add this feature to the enhancement list.

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