Add the "five-star" opinion gadget to all forums posts?

Just wondering, maybe it would make more sense to have the "five-star" gadget appear on all forum posts, in the same way as for blog posts and news items? No particular reason not to have it there, just historical. Would allow a quick way to see whether people support or don't support your post, without them having to comment (and maintain their anonymity, which posting a comment doesn't do.)

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373 reads but only 4 votes?

Looks like I'm failing to explain something properly. The idea is to use the "star-graph" to get a quick and easy view of people's opinions. All you have to do is click somewhere on the part where it says "your rating", where in this case the range 1 to 5 represents a range of "strong disagreement" to "strong agreement".

Comments to posts are (almost) always useful, but sometimes you just want to get an idea of what people think, or, more often than not, confirm that something is a good idea. Elsewhere we've got threads going on about "strategy" and such, and whilst "committee decisions" can be dangerous, well informed decisions are generally a good idea.

Posted by ng on Thu, 22/01/2009 - 08:14
post voting

I don't like this. We already have few of our 2232 members posting. The thought that you might be ostracized by not receiving even one single lonely star will put some of these off from writing. I want to encourage more members to write. This will have the opposite effect. Let's keep things simple.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 22/01/2009 - 08:38
Good point. IME asking

Good point. IME asking people a question works, but they may not say anything otherwise. Many I suspect are simply not used to the idea of online forums, at least not from a contributor perspective - this is related to age distribution etc. I first used such things in around 1993 and others here perhaps even earlier, but for many this may be their first time.

Posted by ng on Thu, 22/01/2009 - 10:27
5 stars

Honestly, i don't feel comfortable 'scoring' someone’s post. I feel everyone has the right to have their opinion ( even when they are wrong!!)........ that is why i read but don't 'vote'....maybe others feel the same, hence many reads, 4 votes

Posted by sad on Thu, 22/01/2009 - 08:32
Sorry I'd not seen these two

Sorry I'd not seen these two responses before going and enabling the feature. It can be taken away again. I would suggest the principle is widely used on the net, many forum sites, even ebay allow you to "rate" people. Also, you can add a comment to say "fantastic" or "I don't agree", or simply click a star-chart. The latter I believe is more efficient and gives a better picture of the overall result.

I can see that this might result in reduced postings. However, that may be good if it increases the signal-to-noise ratio (i.e. higher ratio of valuable content.)

Dunno, I will take the feature off it the result is clearly negative or many people are against it.

Posted by ng on Thu, 22/01/2009 - 10:22

no need to remove, i was just putting my opinion forward as to why there were many 'views' and no 'scores'......we now have the choice to either 'score/mark' or as i will continue to do to read and not score.

Posted by sad on Thu, 22/01/2009 - 10:31
Read and score

Yes, I have to read a lot too, haven't scored in ages :)

Posted by ng on Thu, 22/01/2009 - 10:59
ng's lack of 'score-ing'

....don't panic, spring is on the way!!

Posted by sad on Thu, 22/01/2009 - 11:24
KSFIoM Balance at closure 8/10/2008

Anybody know how much cash was successfully withdrawn in late Sept. early Oct. prior to the withdrawal of the banking license?

Posted by Ashoker on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 17:54
KSFIoM Balance at closure 8/10/2008

I got a bit out late September, but almost got to the point of threatening consequential loss if the funds didn't arrive as promised - I put it down to one of those things, what an idiot I was , I am sure they knew that things were going sour. Still, we now know they didn't exercise due dilligence in vetting some customer is not all of them, I think someone will be answering some very sticky questions.

Posted by Captain Mainwaring on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 18:04
Cpt. Mainwaring - Director withdrawls

My comment is slightly irrelevant for this topic but it would be more than interesting to find out if KSFIoM Directors and those others in the know, got their funds out prior to this shambles. A question for M.Simpson perhaps but an answer probably not, no doubt it would breach some data protection act somewhere.

Posted by steveejeb on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 18:17
I would suggest that they got

I would suggest that they got the required amount out, after all, they didn't know that the DCS was going to increase, did they? I also think you will find that is why Simpson doesn't want to publicize depotors names..... think on Mike, it is going to warm up a bit in the next day or so.

Posted by Captain Mainwaring on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 18:27
Cpt. Mainwaring - surely not!

Surely not Captain. I would have thought they had total confidence in their own bank and would surely not act on prior tip-offs and remove their own funds whilst leaving the rest of the crew to sink!!

Posted by steveejeb on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 19:18
ng, great idea. It will be

ng, great idea.

It will be easier to find the more useful posts.

Many Thanks

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 17:34
Finding useful posts

That's true, I will need to add some kind of search or sort on the rating itself, but that's feasible too. The only complication is whether the stars should represent "quality/usefulness" of the post, or "level of agreement" as with the Quick Poll now available. I guess there could be two star-graphs one for each, but maybe that's going to far?

By the way, they can only be added to the post, not comments made on the post (that might be possible, but not with the current installed system, I would need to add some stuff.)

Posted by ng on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 20:31
star rating

This will simply provide ammunition to NOT rate content people don't like. Will create even more of a <50k / >50k division. Will not indicate usefulness. Will frighten people off the site.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 22/01/2009 - 08:41
Good Idea

Good Idea ng I am all for this.

Posted by steveejeb on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 17:30
Dear ng, Good idea. This

Dear ng,

Good idea.

This would provide a quick and easy method for members to show
disapproval of a lot of the silly bickering that frequently plagues the site.

Kind regards,


Posted by mikepapa on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 17:19
Showing disapproval of comments/users

Unfortunately probably not, as the stars can only be placed on the original post, not comments. Well, I suppose they could be regarded as a set of stars for the whole thread, but then there's an issue if the original topic was great but the comments are largely a waste of space, possibly with one or two good ones.

There is a feature to rate a "user" .. a sort of kudos points system. I haven't implemented it as I didn't think it would be useful. Basically you can increase or decrease the kudos you give to any member, based on their posts.

Posted by ng on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 20:36
Dear ng, OK

Dear ng,

OK understood.


PS: Couple of questions.

1] What happened to the net-worth poll? I cannot find it.
2] Poll for USD shows results, but no way to post vote?

Kind regards,


Posted by mikepapa on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 20:48
US $ accounts poll

Yes, it was broken. Problem turned out to be that, for some reason, the poll's status was set as "closed" (voting time ended.) I have reset it to "open".

Posted by ng on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 22:51
  1. The "net worth" poll has been removed because one member (at least) felt very strongly that it was not a question we should be asking. I am waiting for input from others - see

  2. I will check the USD poll. In general, if the "vote" button is not shown, that's because you have already voted. In that case you will see a "cancel vote" button instead (allows you to re-vote), but only in the full view of the poll, not the mini view that we show bottom-left of the pages (click the title to see full view in that case.)

Posted by ng on Wed, 21/01/2009 - 21:19