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CAPS Feature idea: changing blog recs to a scale of 1-5

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June 18, 2009 – Comments (7)

If you go on Amazon.com and look at a book review, books are rated from 1 star to 5 stars, with an additional notice of "was this review helpful to you?".  Such a system might really help improve the CAPS blogs and weed out some of the negative attacks that get high rec scores.  The current system of blogs highlights posters that make extreme claims or have highly dramatic attacks on other posters.  Neither of these types of posters is conducive to a positive atmosphere in the blogs nor helpful to less experienced bloggers.  Less experienced bloggers might look at a posting saying the market is going to 14000!!! or DOW going to 3000!!! with 30 recs and think, wow - that guy must be on to something.  In the current investing atmosphere, that is very dangerous for new investors without much background to be able to filter out wild posters.

I've often wanted to give some posters -1 recommendations - just a feeling that luckily we cannot do.  Its not fair to drive some poster completely into the ground because you are a bull and just hate bear posts, or vice-versa.

A 1-5 caps blog ranking score would let multiple opinions on posts be added together, but not have such a negative effect on posters.   The "was this blog helpful to you" would be similar to the current +1 recommendation system.

Then, a filter could be added into the CAPS blogs that lets you see only posts that have an average rating above 3 stars, or that have X #'s of "helpful to you" recommendations.

I think such a system would be helpful to the more moderate and more information filled posts over extremist posts and drama posts.

 -Rof 

7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 18, 2009 at 4:03 PM, tonylogan1 (27.57) wrote:

agreed with OP... now... post hijack coming...

another thing I would like to see is add a few more "top posts" for the day. There are some decent blogs that just miss making the top 5 cut and we are all too lazy to search them out.

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#2) On June 18, 2009 at 4:12 PM, goldminingXpert (28.71) wrote:

Somebody's jealous... (I've never called for dow 3,000 by the way.)

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#3) On June 18, 2009 at 4:25 PM, swank9 (< 20) wrote:

i couldn't agree with this post more.  there has to be something done with the rec system...

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#4) On June 18, 2009 at 4:52 PM, Mary953 (85.70) wrote:

Rof - You get my rec, my disagreement (yes, Dis agreement), and hope that you start a pretty good discussion.

I would like to see the ability to recommend a response, just as we can recommend a really good response in the stock pitch section.  This is not the first time I have suggested it. 

Tony's idea of a top <5 for day/week/month,etc is good.  I like the idea of some personal responsibility.  Don't rec it because you read it.  Don't rec it because you comment.  Rec because it is deserved.  At least skim the titles and the group once in a while.

If you see something that didn't get the attention it deserved, pull it up and point to it.  No one will hang you for it.

Hijack coming:  The only blog I would like to see stick around longer (but will keep putting it back up as long as we have people that get some good from it)  is the list of blogs that I put together for new CAPS members.  As always, if something helped you, please add it into the comments section of whichever blog has been posted most recently.  This is my way of thanking you guys for the help you give me.  If you want to check the latest, it is here.  Add suggestions at the bottom.  No recs needed.  http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/ViewPost.aspx?bpid=207431&t=01007737217973478225

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#5) On June 18, 2009 at 5:05 PM, rofgile (99.10) wrote:

GMX:

 I'm not jealous of other posters.  I appreciate your blog much, though I often disagree (as I don't think things are quite so bad as the bears seem to think, etc).  

 My CAPS score isn't bad, nor great, nor that meaningful to me.  I've done far better in CAPS than I have in the real world, largely seen in CAPS I am much more diversified than in real life.  I also have downthumbs in CAPS that I don't have in real life - since I don't short any stocks in real life. 

 -Rof

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#6) On June 18, 2009 at 5:08 PM, rofgile (99.10) wrote:

Mary - I like the idea of rating comments very much - that's a very good addition to this discussion.

Often times when I read blogs, the most insight comes in response to a blog post - rather than post itself.  Sometimes I even recommend a blog simply because of the quality of responses to the blog - not the blog itself!

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#7) On June 18, 2009 at 6:03 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:

rofgile: Good idea man! I like it! 5 recs for you!, oh wait, can't do that yet :)

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