New +1 Rating System for WunderPhotos

By: Michelle Schlachta , 6:25 PM GMT on May 30, 2014

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Since launching the new WU design, we've been hard at work to address your concerns. The #1 request from fans of WunderPhotos has been to replace the 1-10 rating system with a feature that is simpler and more friendly. So, we have replaced the scoring mechanism with a “like-only” feature. Now, if you like a photo you can just click the “plus” button. Here’s how the new rating system works:

- You can plus a photo.
- You can only plus a photo once.
- You can see a list of people who have plus'd the photo.
- Old 1-10 ratings are converted into plus' through an algorithm

We hope everyone will embrace this change as a more friendly way to say “I like your photo”. The WU community uploads hundreds of exceptional images of weather, nature and the outdoors each day. If you see a photo that you don't necessarily love, we encourage you to check out the entire collection of WunderPhotos on the site. Put a +1 on the photos you like, and add them to your favorites (by clicking the star button) if you want to save them to your profile.

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13. Hamptonite
9:45 PM GMT on June 29, 2014
I much preferred the 1-10 rating system. I felt it was great feedback on a photo as the ratings came from varied types of photographers from amateur to professional. If my photo was rated highly I appreciated it and tried to see what it was about the photo that people liked and the same for those not rated as highly. I agree with the person who said there does not seem to be the enthusiasm that there was before. I would like to see the rating system returned. Would it be possible to have an opinion vote on this issue.

Thanks for listening, Eleanor L.
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11. BriarCraft
2:10 AM GMT on June 20, 2014
Since the the advent of NUWU, it seems there are fewer photos being posted and they are getting fewer comments. Only 357 photos posted in the last 24 hours. Isn't that a smaller number than WU used to get? I only look at my favorite bloggers photos now and seldom bother visiting the galleries.
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10. slywy
10:38 AM GMT on June 13, 2014
That's why I suggested a compromise, like a 1 -5 system. I - 10 is too great a range. The simple "like" is meaningless.
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9. RenoSoHill
2:17 AM GMT on June 10, 2014
I am in favor of the like system, true it is a yes/no situation but there are alternatives. If you really like/dislike then write a comment stating your feelings. The old system was used as a 9 or 10 situation unless there were a group of low-ballers playing around just to see if they could upset the troops. Yes, "Like"could be a "participation trophy" if you don't leave a comment but under the old system a lot of folks were not rating either.
Just like before, if the picture is above par, then it will probably receive an AC and the trophy moves up a shelf in the "show and tell" case. If it is exceptional, you will probably see it on World View, and the trophy will sit on the top shelf.
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8. slywy
1:31 AM GMT on June 10, 2014
Couldn't there be a compromise between 1 - 10 and "like" only? The former has a broad range and the latter is too binary. Probably won't use (although I accidentally "liked" one of my own photos and now can't "unlike" it). Really wish you'd preserved the old ratings for the pre-change photos, too. As someone below suggested, it would be nice if the photographer could choose which system he/she prefers. I definitely would not go with "like."
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7. mike4him
6:25 PM GMT on June 05, 2014
I like that.

One feature I really, really want to see is the ability to add tags and a caption to photos through the mobile app. I upload, then have to log on and add all the details on full browser. Then it needs re-approval.

Just a suggestion-thought.

Mike
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6. Bogon
10:17 PM GMT on June 04, 2014
While the 1-10 system would seem to have a greater range of expression, in practice I feel the two rating systems are functionally equivalent. Both give rise to a number. What does the number mean?

It's pretty clear that a high number is better than a low number. Does a perfect 10.0 guarantee a perfect picture? Heck, no, it means that a few people liked the photo. They may like it because it is technically excellent camera work. They may think the subject of the photo is beautiful, or humorous or informative. Or they may simply wish to encourage the photographer.

I know that when I used the old system, only a couple of numbers were in play. If I didn't like a photo, I didn't bother to rate it. I never gave a 1 or 2, because I don't come to Weather Underground to ruin somebody's day. I didn't give a 5, because that felt like damning with faint praise. Usually I clicked 10. Sometimes, if there was some obvious flaw (bad exposure, for example), I might give a nine.

The +1 rating is more honest and easier to use. If you like the photo (for any reason), click the plus sign. I expect it will save lots of time that we might have spent agonizing over which number best represents our feelings about the photo.
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5. trailhiker44
6:27 AM GMT on June 04, 2014
Great job done by the development team !

Likes and dislikes are such an individual thing - I can like a photo, but it still might not be " outstanding " in somebody elses eyes - and this like I can express in my comment,and give the uploader an additional positive feedback, that might make her/ him feel good about his work !
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4. SpecialtyMachining
2:45 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Well we wouldn't want truthful opinions to offend anyone. How about allowing the posting photographer to choose rating or like?
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3. Astrometeor
2:23 AM GMT on June 02, 2014
Quoting BriarCraft:
With no way to differentiate between a good photo and one that is great - why bother with any sort of rating? Under this system, both would get "liked". Might as well just show the number of views.

I equate this with the kids' soccer teams where everyone gets a trophy just for showing up and winners don't matter any more.


I get what you're saying, but the allusion to the little soccer kids and trophies isn't proper in my mind. While I did get a trophy every year for just participating, the real joy came in my final year when my soccer squad went undefeated. Losing a soccer game can never be made up for with some participatory trophy.

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The 1-10 rating system was fine, even though I don't surf through the WU Photo section that often. The system of "likes" is so arbitrary to the point that it doesn't convey well how "cool" or "amazing" the picture is. A stellar picture can be given the same number of "likes" as an okay picture, but the rating system has the ability to differentiate between the two.

The "liking" system, I think, should be more geared towards comments, as those are more specific, and less likely to garner random clicks of an ambivalent user.
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2. BriarCraft
10:14 PM GMT on June 01, 2014
With no way to differentiate between a good photo and one that is great - why bother with any sort of rating? Under this system, both would get "liked". Might as well just show the number of views.

I equate this with the kids' soccer teams where everyone gets a trophy just for showing up and winners don't matter any more.
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1. RenoSoHill
11:24 PM GMT on May 30, 2014
Give my "Hat's Off" and Job well done to the development team! Great work.
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