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  •  Pastordan's explanation (none)
    ... largely matches this one, and is a good description of what each means, but from reading the FAQ version a new user might get the idea that the distribution of ratings would be relatively even -- that you'd tend to use them all.  In practice, that isn't even close to being true:  I might give out one "1" for every thirty or so "4"s I give out, and give "3" or "2" even more infrequently than that.  Most long-term community members use them in roughly the same way.

    So he's describing what they were originally designed to mean; I'm describing the etiquette that the community has generally adopted surrounding their actual use.

    •  3 (none)
      I think Hunter's explanation is superior to Dan's because it puts each rating in context - eg, the mysterious "3."

      Swing State Project - Analyzing the 2004 battleground states.

      by David Nir on Thu Nov 18, 2004 at 04:19:58 PM PST

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      •  Yes (none)
        I think that dKos users, especially newer ones, need to understand that a "3" doesn't convey "good job" or "above-average."  It conveys "yeah, your post was okay, but I'm rating you just to let you know that I think there's something wrong with it."  Or sometimes: "I want to make sure that you don't get too cocky with the 4's you're getting from other people."  If a person is going to "3"-rate me, I feel like they almost have an obligation to tell me what they didn't like about my post.

        If we want to make 3 mean "above average," we have to make a collective effort to give out many more 3's and fewer 4's.  We could reserve 4's for extremely well-written and well-thought-out posts, and award 3's for everything else.  That would mean that we'd have to stop giving out 4's for clever one-liners, unless they're very clever.  I don't think it's possible to change the practice here, so we might as well accept the fact that 3's will continue to be rare.

      •  This is Getting Jesuitical (4.00)
        I'm sorry, but "the mysterious 3" almost has me asking how many marginal ratings can fit on the head of a pin, or if a troll came out from under a bridge and no one was there to rate him, would he still derail a thread?

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