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Switch Blayde

I don't typically look at the story stats, but I do when the story is new so I am now for my new story.

I guess the stats no longer show the scores that are in the top and bottom 5%. Too bad. That's useful information.

But something else came to my attention. I always thought of 10s and 1s (or maybe 2s) being removed in the top and bottom 5%. What I think is happening in my case is 6s are the bottom scores. So I lose a 10 to drop a 6. When the score is calculated, that's a whole lot different than dropping a 10 to get rid of a 1. Oh well.

The Outsider
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@Switch Blayde

I was just about to ask Lazeez about that (his favorite subject), because both my stories went up in score by close to .75 each after one additional vote was cast for them within the last day.

Not that I won't take that...

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde

@The Outsider

because both my stories went up in score by close to .75 each after one additional vote was cast


It may be something totally different. Each time your story is voted on, a new score is calculated. Part of the algorithm compares your scores with other stories during some time period. If that adjustment factor went down, your score would go up.

When the new scoring system went into effect, all existing stories were recalculated based on the new method. To help test the system, I voted on my stories (I hadn't in the past). When I gave a story a 10, the score actually went down because the algorithm was using a different number than what it used when it recalculated all the stories.

Crumbly Writer

PLEASE, for the sake of everyone here, let's NOT go down the dreaded 'Scoring' black hole once again!

Capt. Zapp

@Crumbly Writer

PLEASE, for the sake of everyone here, let's NOT go down the dreaded 'Scoring' black hole once again!


I Second That! PLEASE!

richardshagrin

If your score is below 6.5, you will have to be a concubine to be extracted, or the SWARM will get you.

Replies:   Darian Wolfe
Switch Blayde

@Crumbly Writer

let's NOT go down the dreaded 'Scoring' black hole once again!


I didn't expect to. My second post was to correct The Outsider's misbeliefs.

My first post was because of an eye-opener. I didn't realize the top and bottom 5% votes no longer showed. My bar for 6s gets to a small number and then goes down. Currently it's back to zero so it must have disappeared because of the bottom 5%. That means an unknown number of 10s have been lost.

So when I look at the chart it looks like more people scored the story an 8 than a 10. But that's not the case. I just don't see many of the 10 votes. I also don't know how low someone scored my story. It's at least a 6 because I saw some, but were there any lower? And if I were to look at it right now for the first time, I'd assume the lowest score was a 7 because there are no scores lower.

Crumbly, you've mentioned several times that readers change their votes based on new chapters. But how do you know that? A low score might disappear because it ends up in the bottom 5%. So you're making decision based on erroneous data.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Darian Wolfe

@richardshagrin

Over half my stories are sponsors! WOOHOO - They're all going to the stars. Not one Dickhead Delight amongst them. Daddy loves all his little pumpkin heads.

Crumbly Writer

@Switch Blayde

Crumbly, you've mentioned several times that readers change their votes based on new chapters. But how do you know that? A low score might disappear because it ends up in the bottom 5%. So you're making decision based on erroneous data.

It's based on my observations before Lazeez stopped showing the missing 5% in both directions. Because my 1-voters were always loyal readers, I assume they're still there, but I can no longer see them, and because I refused to change my first story to suit them, they've never again communicated with me.

robberhands

@Switch Blayde

But something else came to my attention. I always thought of 10s and 1s (or maybe 2s) being removed in the top and bottom 5%. What I think is happening in my case is 6s are the bottom scores. So I lose a 10 to drop a 6. When the score is calculated, that's a whole lot different than dropping a 10 to get rid of a 1. Oh well.

Just imagine a story at the very top of the totem pole. Only two bars are left, the 9 and 10 votes, and every time twenty new votes come in, a 9 and a 10 get dropped as outliers.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@robberhands

Just imagine a story at the very top of the totem pole.


This is the point where some annoying pedant will point out that master craftsmen made the carvings at the bottom of the totem pole whereas the carvings at the top were made by inferior craftsmen ;)

AJ

robberhands

@awnlee jawking

Luckily we have you and don't need to rely on some ordinary pedant.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@robberhands

I'd like to think the author whose novel I'm beta-reading thinks my pedantry is worth every penny - or would be, if they were paying me ;)

AJ

Switch Blayde

@awnlee jawking

whereas the carvings at the top were made by inferior craftsmen


Nope, tall craftsmen :)

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Switch Blayde

Nope, tall craftsmen :)

Or, at least, agile craftsmen (or women), or extremely dexterous goats (aka. 'kids').

AmigaClone

A brief research showed that totem poles are carved from a log in an horizontal position. The link below has an article about them with a picture of one in progress.

http://www.burkemuseum.org/blog/northwest-coast-totem-pole-myths

awnlee jawking

@AmigaClone

And yet many sites persist with the opposite view, that the bottom of the pole is the most prestigious:

http://users.imag.net/~sry.jkramer/nativetotems/lowman.htm
https://www.woot.com/blog/post/the-debunker-is-it-bad-to-be-the-low-man-on-the-totem-pole

AJ

PrincelyGuy

All I know about totem poles is that the one at the top of the pole has all of the bird crap on his head.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@AmigaClone

From your link, the important bit.

Myth: The "low man on the totem pole" has the lowest status.
Fact: There is no universal significance to the order in which figures are placed on poles.

Dominions Son

@PrincelyGuy

All I know about totem poles is that the one at the top of the pole has all of the bird crap on his head.


Shit may roll down hill, but shit from the heavens (government) lands on the top of the hill first. :)

Replies:   richardshagrin
richardshagrin

@Dominions Son

shit from the heavens (government)

Most of the time it appears in your mail.

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