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It’s been almost a year since I installed the WP Post Ratings plugin here on JaypeeOnline. Anyways, I installed this plugin because I liked the idea of having my posts rated by you, my readers and visitors. This helps me in two ways. First, I can get your immediate feedback regarding the post. Second, ratings that you submit on each post would help coming readers to have an idea whether that particular post is good or not. Of course, assuming that the previous ratings were unbiased or without any prejudice.

The Post Ratings plugin usually works better for a blog with a lot of regular readers and traffic. Here in my blog, only a handful of my regular readers use this feature and rate my posts. Most of the post ratings are submitted by anonymous guests who are brought here by search engines and other sources. Although the response or use of the Post Ratings plugin isn’t what I expected, I haven’t removed it yet because I believe that it is a useful tool for me and for you, my readers.

I’m blogging about this because recently, an anonymous guest rated several of my posts. Nothing wrong with that right? Isn’t that the purpose of the plugin? Yes, but the problem is this anonymous guest is deliberately and maliciously posting negative post ratings to my articles. This also negates the previous post ratings that other readers posted. If you’ve seen it you know that I’m using stars for my post ratings and this “guest” rated several of my posts with 1 star including posts that other readers found to be very useful and was previously rated at 5 stars.

Although I admit that I was pissed off at first, I realized that I should look at it in a positive way. Personally, I wouldn’t want to remove this plugin but this incident made me think and realize that maybe this plugin has lost its purpose or is no longer necessary here in my blog. Should I keep using the Post Ratings plugin or should I remove it? Please submit your answers via the poll in the sidebar and/or if you want to share your opinion or feedback, you can leave a comment below. I need your help and your honest opinion regarding this matter. I am not only doing this for myself but also to improve this blog for you readers.

Also, if you think that I should keep the Post Ratings plugin, I kindly request that you please use it and post ratings for any previous posts or for upcoming posts. It only takes a few seconds of your time. Btw, before I forget I’d also like to thank those who participated and cast their votes in the previous poll question. I really appreciate your help and for your continued support!

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29 Comments

  • JP Habaradas, March 12, 2008 @ 9:05 PM Reply

    @Allen – Hi! Oh okay, I get it now. Yeah, that’s true and that’s why I’m hoping that the author of Post-Ratings would add an option to enable rating moderation so users can check first before the rating gets posted.

    Thanks for replying and happy blogging! :D

  • Allen, March 12, 2008 @ 9:03 PM Reply

    Hi Jaypee, as a reply to your reply, it’s because as you said, somebody has been rating your posts with malicious intent. It’s a criteria where the results can be manipulated by somebody unlike pageviews and comments. ^_^

    Allen’s last blog post..My apologies on the advertisements shown

  • JP Habaradas, March 10, 2008 @ 1:15 AM Reply

    @Dre – I wish I knew but I don’t. Hehe Like I said in an earlier comment, I don’t see any reason why that person would be jealous of me. :P

    Btw, thanks for being one of the few regular readers who use the post ratings plugin. ;)

  • Dre, March 10, 2008 @ 1:12 AM Reply

    Is someone secretly jealous of you? :lol: Maybe that anonymous person is just a joyclicker. I think this is useful. So continue using it ;)

    Dre’s last blog post..School’s Almost Out

  • JP Habaradas, March 9, 2008 @ 8:55 PM Reply

    @dimaks – Maybe you can try it in your new blog when it goes online? ;)

    Yeah, it can be used for spamming so I do hope that the plugin author would include an option where the rating can be moderated before it gets published or displayed.

  • JP Habaradas, March 9, 2008 @ 6:55 PM Reply

    @bluep – Yeah, so far that’s what’s keeping me from removing this plugin. That’s true and I hope that if I end up keeping the Post Ratings that you guys would use it and rate future posts.

    Bout the anonymous guy, I did ban his IP address. I don’t know what the person’s intentions were in doing that but I don’t see any reason why that person should be jealous of me.

    Have a nice day and happy blogging! :D

  • dimaks, March 9, 2008 @ 8:52 PM Reply

    well, never had the chance to use it but as you indicated, it can be used as a tool for spamming.

    dimaks’s last blog post..Redemption

  • bluep, March 9, 2008 @ 6:54 PM Reply

    Keep it Jaypee. it’s also very handy for readers in browsing the most interested topic on your blog. Plus even if the anonymous guy rates your blog with one star, other readers will negate the rating he made Ban the man (hehe) Someone is indeed jealous of your achievements o sadyang wla lang magawa.

    Have a nice week ahead of you.

  • JP Habaradas, March 8, 2008 @ 9:00 PM Reply

    @Allen – What exactly do you mean by “not a good factor”? Its true that post pageviews and hits are good indicators of a post’s quality but IMO, a plugin like Post Ratings provides optional/additional information for the blog author and readers that the pageviews and hits can’t provide.

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