Today, we have implemented several changes in the rating and point system to improve our platform, based upon feedback received from many contestants.
The main goal of this change is to continue to reward and recognize those contestants who consistently submit high quality names. At the same time, we have taken away some of the “Negative” aspects of 1 star ratings. Heres a summary of key changes:
1. Changed the rating to a 4 point scale:
We have changed the rating system from 1-5 stars, to a new 4 point “smiley” system which better conveys a Contest Holder’s preference for a name. Essentially, the underlying ratings are the same however we have eliminated the 1 star rating category completely. We believe the difference between 1 star and 2 star rating was not very clear (in both cases the CH did not find the name to be a good fit), therefore we have eliminated the 1 star ratings. If a contest holder selects the red “Not a Good Fit” rating, it will be automatically hidden from their view, so they can focus on the high rated and not rated submissions.
2. No Negative Points for Low Ratings
We are moving the point system to more of a positive reinforcement system, and have removed the punitive aspects. Therefore, the contestants will not lose points if they receive the “Not a Good Fit” rating, which is the red smiley. To balance this, we have reduced the points for contest participation from 10 to 5.
3. No Changes to User Stats
The user high rating percentage will not change. This will continue to be based on number of high ratings received divided by total ratings. Therefore, if you consistently submit high quality names, your high rating percent will improve, and you will be able to submit more entries in contests.
4. No Lost Points on Rating Downgrades (once Contest is closed)
Once a contest is closed, you will not lose points even if the CH downgrades your rating from high to low.
We believe these changes will help eliminate some of the stress related to 1 star ratings, and will better convey a contest holder’s preference for a name.