October 5, 2009

Completely new giveaway rating system (beta release)

Hello everyone,
We are glad to announce our new rating system which will greatly improve both user and software developer experience with GOTD.
Starting tomorrow, there won’t be a single rating for each software. Instead, each program will be represented by several separate ratings:

Useful (0 to 5 stars)
Easy to install 0/5
Stable 0/5
User friendly 0/5
Feature rich 0/5
Reasonable price 0/5
Helpful documentation 0/5

That’s not all. Now, you will be able to comment on each of these ratings, or add a general recommendation.
We hope that the system will help both our visitors and software developers with more detailed feedback.
Please try this new rating system and let us know if you like it:), we need your opinion!

Yours,
GOTD team

71 Comments »

  1. The last rating method was bad because people didn’t really talk about the product but this is just as bad because all people do is rate it with stars and we still don’t know much on how the product works

    Comment by furballs — October 18th, 2009 at 4:07 pm
  2. I did not prefer the thumbs down method: HOWEVER, I do think that if I can leave a comment, I should not have to register to be able to rate a program. I do feel that anyone leaving a rating should have to leave a comment.

    Comment by Evie — October 19th, 2009 at 3:53 pm
  3. Like I repeated before, here is a solution to both sides. The 5 stars will still be in use. However, the “Overall” set of 5 stars will be where the thumbs-up/thumbs-down used to be (you can’t vote there anymore, however).
    It will take some time for people to get used to the 5 stars, but I think you will find them useful after time.

    Comment by thenameipicked — October 19th, 2009 at 9:33 pm
  4. An excellent refinement – for an already great site!

    Comment by Paul Wo — October 20th, 2009 at 12:31 pm
  5. Can you please add an overall ranking, the thumbs up thumbs down was very handy and i miss that .

  6. Hey, do you guys realize that your 3 year birthday just passed this Saturday?
    http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/2006/10/24/

    At least it seems to be the first post available anyway…

    Comment by Luiz — October 26th, 2009 at 9:21 am
  7. Preferred the other rating system much more.

    Comment by PAG — October 27th, 2009 at 4:36 am
  8. THE FIX THAT KILL THE GOLDEN GOOSE !!!!!!

    ALL YOU HAD TO DO TO FIX THE OLD SYSTEM WAS TO REQUIRE THAT ALL RATERS ALSO PROVIDE A COMMENT.

    I used to look forward to coming to the GAOTD site 2-3 times each day.
    I looked forward to the ratings. [told my money’d friends]
    Since the new rating system, I have not downloaded any software for evaluation or comment.
    PLEASE, BRING BACK THE OLD SYSTEM WITH A COMMENT REQUIREMENT!

    Comment by Chris Derr — October 29th, 2009 at 3:46 am
  9. Thanks so much for all the great games!!!

    Comment by Betsy — November 1st, 2009 at 6:46 am
  10. P.S. now that I have used the clone program and ajusted some of my movies(by the way i own all my movies)they will not play with the medea program that comes with my computer.
    Thank You for any help you can give
    Ward

  11. I agree with others. Please bring back the thumbs up and down. WAY too hard to read now.

    Comment by Ash — November 7th, 2009 at 2:50 am
  12. I really don’t care for the new rating system. The older one allowed you at a glance to see the cumulative results. The new one, in no way, is as efficient or definitive. Please go back to the “thumbs up/down” rating.

    Comment by bentl1 — November 13th, 2009 at 1:04 pm
  13. The new rating is terrible. Time has now shown that most viewers don’t even rate the software via the new system. PLEASE go back to the Thumbs Up/Thumbs down system.

    Comment by Rory Keogh — December 1st, 2009 at 1:52 pm
  14. Old rating system was much better

    Comment by MetSci — December 1st, 2009 at 8:07 pm
  15. I’m not sure if anybody still checks back to the comments here, but I will leave my opinion anyway.

    After having used the new system for a while I came to the conclusion that I like the new system but there is one very important rating missing. As things are now we are rating many things except for the main one which is whether the software actually works well or not.

    I would suggest adding a rating for “DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE BOX”.

    Comment by Just Me — December 2nd, 2009 at 3:47 am
  16. Great stuff GOTD – if people like your site or not, you guys have set the standard.

    I’d like to see the Software Provider indicate what Operating System the software supports. It’s rather hit and miss for some packages where were left looking at other’s experiences

    Comment by KO_Gilligan — December 7th, 2009 at 4:05 pm
  17. It would be nice if we could go back to the ratings and change or add new comments.
    Because after using the program I find new good and bad things about it.
    But It will not let me back in to edit something or add a view.

    Comment by james0622 — December 10th, 2009 at 6:10 am
  18. I kinda like the idea. However, Ashraf may be the only one that can see if there are repeated users adding to the critique every day. I hazard a guess that the majority of users offering a responce are in general terms ‘frequent flyers’ as there is little time for the majority to be able to, or even want to, offer a full and meaningfull critique.

    Comment by Photo Gray — December 11th, 2009 at 6:28 pm
  19. I like the new reviewing system but would also like to keep the old overall thumbs up/down by percentage too. It makes a good at-a-glance reference.

    In any event, I appreciate GAOTD and happily tell my friends about it.

    Comment by Catherine — December 13th, 2009 at 10:52 pm
  20. When we add our rating using the latest rating system the image for the new rating is not re-loaded, there is no visual feedback that the reating had been incorporated into the stats… We have to manually refresh the entire page to see the new star rating graphics.

    Comment by TK — December 19th, 2009 at 6:35 am
  21. Merci beaucoup vraiment génial ce site je vais venir tous les jours !

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