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Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by RayDonovan, Apr 9, 2015.

  1. RayDonovan macrumors regular

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    Not sure if I'm supposed to be posting this here but i've checked the FAQ and ran a search and came up short.

    Is there a way to view top rated comments in a thread created by anyone of us just like you can do from the posts on the front page?
     
  2. OllyW Moderator

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  3. Renzatic Suspended

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    Nor should there be. Upvotes are more an indication of popularity rather than quality. I've seen tons of good posts that only get one or two upvotes, while some of the stupidest crap imaginable get 50.

    Though if you only want to view the most highly rated posts, just stick to the first couple of pages of any thread. The upvote frenzy tends to die down the deeper you get into a topic.
     
  4. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth in this observation.

    A post which attracts a good many up-votes is not always - and certainly, not all that often - a sign of quality, but of a post which strikes a popular chord with readers.

    Indeed, I have seen some appalling posts receive a lot of up votes, and thoughtful, sensible posts receive one or two. This tendency was even more pronounced in the days when we had the dreadful down vote button.
     
  5. Renzatic Suspended

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    Ah, the downvote button. I do not miss those days.

    While I'm sure we've all upvoted or downvoted based upon our personal likes or dislikes, I try to limit how often I used them, and would only give an up for someone who I thought had a particularly good point argued well, and saved my downs for really, incredibly, unabashedly stupid posts.
     
  6. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Agreed. And likewise.

    While it lasted, I thought the down-vote gave rise to easy and cheap abuse - individual choosing to hide behind a downarrow without arguing or identifying themselves - and enabled a nasty atmosphere to develop on some threads.

    Actually, I hardly ever used it as I thought it encouraged cheap negativity.

    Ditto on the up vote; I will generally use it when someone makes a good post and - most of the time - I will usually add a supporting post as well.

    In summary, to the OP, there is, at best, a tenuous relationship between the number of up votes a post receives and the quality of the post in question.
     
  7. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I suppose it is possible that the OP has an academic interest in the content of the most popular posts...
     
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Hm.

    This is an angle I hadn't actually considered. I simply took the OP's post at……face value.
     
  9. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Possible....perhaps not probable.
     
  10. RayDonovan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh no, i wish that were the the case.
     
  11. AngerDanger macrumors 68030

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    As you should. If you like something others consider to be the stupidest crap, it reflects poorly on you. Options that don't interest an individual should be unavailable to others. :mad:

    On a serious note, popular comments reflect the average taste of the users who read them. Realistically, most of us are average in many ways; I cannot see a problem with that.
     
  12. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    For the first open test of the redesign of MacRumors Forums, observations include:

    • less content per screen
    • no allowance for thirty, forty or one hundred posts per page
    -- in other words, more navigation may be required.

    In that context, I welcome the possibility of navigation that is more user-friendly; of previewing and jumping to a post that is both (a) well-liked and (b) not crap.
     

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