Ranking.. Even here.. LO17340

Richard Karash (rkarash@karash.com)
Sat, 7 Mar 1998 10:35:55 -0500 (EST)

Replying to LO17333 --

On Fri, 6 Mar 1998, RMTomasko wrote:

> In LO17301 Rick Karash speculated
> > - Or, for each msg, the average quality scores of that author's past msgs
> >could be displayed as a guide.
> Would these be placed in the subject headings so as to guide us in our
> decision to delete unread messages (only when we get real busy, of
> course)?

Don't know... It was more of a speculation, a thought experiment, not a
proposal and certainly not a design.

> On another list I participate in, the participants are ranked each month.
> The host publishes names of the top 20 most frequent contributors along
> with each person's number of contributions that month. A monthly list is
> also provided of number of messages per thread.

I'm sure that highlighting this measure has some effects I would not
desire here.

> So, my question for Rick: in what direction would you like to influence
> things by the system of quality and relevance ratings you've (maybe with a
> little tounge-in-cheek) proposed?

Please consider this a thought experiment, not a proposal. At times, when
I've posted content msgs, I would have been interested in feedback on
quality and relevance of my contribution. I believe that responses are not
necessarily a good measure of the influence any msg has had.

And, that reminds me that a measure often mentioned for learned journals
is the number of times an article is cited by subsequent authors.

-- Rick

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