LXer update: The voting system has been redone

Posted by dave on Oct 21, 2004 1:54 PM EDT
LXer; By Dave Whitinger
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The voting system at LXer has been completely re-written and has many new options, as well as features. Click to find out more.

Prior to now, readers could vote on stories, but they only get two choices: "Yay" or "Nay", nothing else. This has caused a lot of confusion as to what the votes really mean. Following the advice of some of the readers, I have implemented a new voting system that solves some current problems, and is scalable to include even more abilities in the future.

The first thing you'll notice is that the system now asks you to vote on a number of factors:

  1. Did you like and/or agree with the actual content of this story?
  2. Should this even have been posted to LXer?
  3. Would you want to see more stories from this source and author?

You may abstain from voting on as many of the question as you like. Abstained votes do nothing to the score of the article.

Once you have voted, your scores are figured up and the score of the article is adjusted accordingly. Furthermore, we can use the voting data to more accurately decide which stories were inappropriate for the newswire, and adjust our editorial review process accordingly.

You will notice that all the votes that you cast in the old system have been copied over to the new system. As a result of the new system offering additional choices, I had to put something into all the fields. Therefore, if you previously voted negatively on a story, the new vote reflects all 3 choices as negative. You may easily go back and change any vote done in the past, to correct this, if you wish. Just go back to the story, and click on the Vote link.

I think this will be a fun feature, and I hope you do, too. As always, if you have any more suggestions on the voting system, or any other feature of LXer, please do let me know.

Dave

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I notice the HTML connection to CSS was fixed as well AnonymousCoward 3 1,087 Oct 24, 2004 5:26 AM
So far I like it TxtEdMacs 1 976 Oct 22, 2004 6:29 PM
How does the Bar char work now bstadil 5 1,040 Oct 22, 2004 8:14 AM

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