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How online ratings affect your judgment

#1  Postby iamthereforeithink » Aug 09, 2013 6:31 pm

....The results, published today in the journal Science, detail a five-month experiment conducted on a major news-aggregation web site. The research group systematically altered the favorability ratings given to certain comments on the site, to see how perceptions of favorability affected people’s judgment about those comments. They found that comments whose ratings were manipulated in a favorable direction saw their popularity snowball, receiving a 25 percent higher average rating from other site users.

“This herding behavior happens systematically on positive signals of quality and ratings,” says Sinan Aral, an associate professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and one of three authors of the study. At the same time, Aral notes, the results “were asymmetric between positive and negative herding.” Comments given negative ratings attracted more negative judgments, but that increase was drowned out by what the researchers call a “correction effect” of additional positive responses....


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#2  Postby I'm With Stupid » Aug 09, 2013 7:42 pm

Should I like this post so that more people agree with it?
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#3  Postby iamthereforeithink » Aug 09, 2013 9:23 pm

Well, there you are. QED.
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#4  Postby jamest » Aug 09, 2013 10:01 pm

A good enough reason to get rid of the thumbs up button, I think.
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#5  Postby Kenaz » Aug 11, 2013 11:12 pm

But how will we determine if THAT is a good idea? A popular vote? :P
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#6  Postby surreptitious57 » Aug 12, 2013 2:04 am

We are ground apes and seek safety in numbers and familiarity

And so we appear to be conditioned to being accepted by our peers

But it is always good to be a contrarian and not follow the other sheep

So all hail Cito the cyber guru : Dispensing wisdom to the great unwashed

Hail hail hail : The Solomon of the web : Hail hail hail : Guru of the new age

Where art thou o contrarian : We hungry for your words o wise one : Hail hail hail
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