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    BTW....

    You might have thought your "4" showed up as a "1" because you confused the Average Rating with the Number of Ratings, and you rated me first.

    I'll explain. (Don't worry, someone had to explain this to me once, too.)

    There are two numbers in ratings, the average rating, which comes first, and how many ratings there have been, which comes second.  For example, (4/3) means that 3 people rated something, and they all must have rated it a 4, because that's the average. So you have basically [(average rating 4)/(3 people rated this)]. If two people rated something, and one gave it a 3 and one a 4, you'd get (3.5/2).  And so on.  (That's why, say, a (4/15) next to a comment is more impressive than a (4/2)!)

    But when there is only ONE rating so far, the average rating doesn't show up yet, just a "0" and the number of people - in this case, always 1 - who rated the comment.  So if you were the first and only person to rate me, it would show up as (0/1), no matter what rating you gave me - until someone else rated me too.

    See?  You didn't rate me a 1 at all, not even accidentally.

    It may be profitable for you to reflect, in future, that there never were greed and cunning in the world yet, that did not do to much, and overreach themselves.

    by ChaosMouse on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 04:18:44 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, I feel dumb... (none)
      I have to amend that.  A single rating shows up as (none/1), not as (0/1).  Shows how much attention I pay.  Here, I'll give you a 4, and as long as I'm the only one who rates you, you'll see what I mean.

      It may be profitable for you to reflect, in future, that there never were greed and cunning in the world yet, that did not do to much, and overreach themselves.

      by ChaosMouse on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 04:33:26 PM PDT

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