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The Rating Meter should go live this week

By Jay Garmon Contributor ·
As discussed in an earlier thread, we're deploying a new signature system for discussions posts which will include a rating meter. The meter output is based on an evolving algorithm of site participation.

Now, many of you were recruited to the TRI ranks because you "set the bar" for community participation, so some of you might rightly expect to score pretty highly on this first incarnation of the meter. You will, at least relative to the rest of the group.

However, while our heavy hitters will certainly be the highest scorers, but you won't peg the meter. That's because the meter algorithm accounts for participation in features that aren't built yet. You can't score points in these areas because the areas don't exist, so don't be suprised when the best of the best still have ample opportunity to improve.

As we phase in features during 2005, I'm sure you guys will be able to race up the charts as fast or faster than anyone...especially since you'll know about the features first. So now you know.

That, and you guys are usually far better at fielding questions from the community masses than we are, so it's best to keep you informed as much as we can.


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I get pretty good satellite here

by Oz_Media In reply to OZ when you go camping

I actualy do get a pretty good signal until midway across on the ferry. All the mountains around here are fine, that's where everything runs through, no streetside poles even,it all comes in from the alley, they are really big on aesthetics.

A funnt one is when I am on the top deck of the ferry surfing around TR, the top deck is where ALL the UVIC students go to smoke weed during the crossing. I'll be sitting there clicking away on a laptop while they all sit around on the various benches gazing at me like the apes when they saw the obelisk in 2001 a Space Odyssey. A few head scratches and a litle chest pounding and they are back to thier own business though.

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Max you accuse me of keeping weird hours

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I live here

And then you go and admit that you spend all of your time here.

I at least admit to getting some sleep at least once a year.

Cheers Mate!


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Weird hours indeed

by maxwell edison In reply to Max you accuse me of kee ...

It's all in fun, Colin, as I'm sure you know. And there are a few of us who do keep some pretty strange hours. At my office, for example, we are, pretty much, an 8 to 5 kind of place. But I'm the ONLY IT person, and one of my goals is to have 100 percent "up time" on both my network and everyone's personal computer. So whenever I have to take someone or something down for a bit, I'll do it after normal working hours so I don't interrupt anyone's work-flow.

But I see that as a win-win. The company gets to have as close to 100 percent up-time as possible, and I can take some hours, a half-day, or a whole day, or whatever to go play golf or to watch my son's sporting events, (to post at TechRepublic), and so on.

As far as how much time I really spend at this site, of course I was exaggerating just a bit when I said I spend all my time here. If I were to estimate some sort of average, however, I might guess that I spend perhaps an hour a day either reading or writing something.

Hey TR guys, can you tell me how much time "Maxwell Edison" has been logged in over the past year? Let's take that time and divide it by 365, and there ya' go; that's my daily average.

Oh my gosh - think about even that. 365 hours divided by 24 equals 15.2 days. That's THREE WEEKS (5 day "working weeks") of my time - FULL TIME! 365 divided by 8 (8 hour "working day") is a WHOPPING 45.6 DAYS! Geesh, I should start billing TechRepublic for my time. (Just kidding. That's a win-win as well. Or am I just kidding?) But geesh, maybe I should really think about that.

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Yes I know Max but I couldn't resist the dig!

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Weird hours indeed

Isn't it fun pulling an E-Mail Server?

The complaints that I get when I just have to pull one for some reason and they will not let me or one of the guys at it after hours.

I sometimes think that all business runs on e-mail from the way that they carry on I think I'd have fewer problems if I slept with their wifes or whatever.

If you think the time you spend on TR is long I just hate to think of the wasted time that I have to hang around waiting to pull whatever because something important is coming and even though the server isn't working properly it just has to say working no matter what. At one of the places I have an old Dual Slot 1 with Hot Swappable SCSI's that was always falling over and they wouldn't do anything about it so I just Ghosted another drive and left it running so that next time it fell over I could have it up and running in the time it took to reboot and pull the first drive mostly under a minute. It hasn't fallen over since but I can guarantee if I was to remove that second boot drive I wouldn't get back here before I had another call out because it had failed.

Any way look after yourself and Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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I keep weird hours now too

by house In reply to looking forward to change ...

I hit this site at work, at's a good thing that my girlfriend is a web designer who plays video games, otherwise I'd have been shown the door a long time ago.

The only time that I'm not here is when the "wife" is playing Everquest, and I'm on the Gamecube.

I have also noticed that I am not the only one chewin' his nails after midnight on this site. Even though I'm in Eastern Standard time, and considering the three hour difference to the west, the site still shows responses after 12:00.

I should also say that TR is a highly addictive drug. I need to start going to bed at a decent time and waking up earlier...I haven't done anything besides go to work, come home, read eWeek, and hop on TR. The weather sucks in Ontario right now too; that could be part of it. Maybe not though; perhaps I'm just looking for an excuse to be here.

PS - My non-tech buddies are starting to worry about me too.

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let 'em worry

by apotheon In reply to I keep weird hours now to ...

You've got a geek girlfriend that doesn't mind your obsession with online computer-geek activities. You don't NEED to go outside!

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by apotheon In reply to looking forward to change ...

Welcome to the party. I just received my email invite yesterday, and I'm already enjoying myself.

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Okay, I have a problem

by Oz_Media In reply to The Rating Meter should g ...

Why is the status based on the last 30 days? THis will result in some absurd results. Many people drop in to discussions and just post EVERYWHERE stirring it up for a while and they are history, not exactly someone you would want to promote as a viable member to be trusted. Yet this person has the ability to APPEAR to be a highly preferred member or 'peer'.

If the time frame is lengthened, say 1 yr or even 6 months, then it would be a much better indication of who is valid and useful as opposed to who is most actively making noise.

My apoligies to those of you who are new to TR and yet have a lot of useful input, you will soon understand who I am referring to though and it certainly isn't yourselves.

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Sounds fair to me

by house In reply to Okay, I have a problem

That will help in fighting off any new abuse trends that may arise due to the new rating system. If someone wants to sit there and fill a six month average to the max, let them...they will die from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Hey, I think we found a way to get rid of these people.

I understand exactly what you're saying, and I won't mind sacrificing my rating for the cause. Even though I've been here under different names in the past (just for info, not discussions), I've only recently decided to proactively contribute to this site. I think it is fair that new guys put in their time to earn the respect of others.

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wholly cow

by apotheon In reply to Sounds fair to me

You've got fully half again the recent activity rating I have, it looks like.

I'm sure my own activity rating would suffer if it was made a longer-term measure, but I too would be willing to make the sacrifice for greater integrity for the system. Then again, I don't know why a 30-day activity meter was implemented. Maybe there's a very good reason for such a short-term measure.

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