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Ian Toltz
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There are frequently threads from people who are worried about the ratings of games being tainted, whether by alleged astro-turfing (OH NOES LOOK AT ALL THE BGGNEWUSERS/NON-AVATAR 10s!) or people rating a game without playing it or what have you...

Frankly, I find these threads tedious and obnoxious, and I don't see what purpose they serve. Literally nothing will ever come of one of these threads, except a bunch of nosy people gnashing teeth. Ratings aren't going to be changed or removed.

I feel like this issue could be avoided entirely if BGG simply didn't show specifically who gave a game what rating. You could still see how a user rated a game if you're looking at that user specifically, but you couldn't see the identity of everyone at once who rated a particular game.
 
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I don't know, I think there may be some use here. If I scan the ratings for a game, I'll see how people I know have rated it, without having to search by user.

I've also been contacted by designers who asked why I rated their game so low. While one was obnoxious about it, the other genuinely appreciated the feedback, and I thought it was a productive exchange.
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If the site didn't show who rated what, the shilling would get worse.

I prefer seeing who rated. It gives me a lot of info when I remember the name of the rater.
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Having less transparency instead of more is very rarely a good idea.
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You can ignore complaints. Attributing who commented/rated is useful for multiple reasons, including discovering users with with preferences that help guide you to other games.
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Reference: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1205681/does-anyone-else...
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That is indeed the most recent thread I've seen in which this has happened, but I see it relatively frequently.
 
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That's a terrible idea. Going through a game's ratings and comments is one of the more useful thing for a lot of users here.
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Asmor wrote:
There are frequently threads from people who are worried about the ratings of games being tainted, whether by alleged astro-turfing (OH NOES LOOK AT ALL THE BGGNEWUSERS/NON-AVATAR 10s!) or people rating a game without playing it or what have you...

Frankly, I find these threads tedious and obnoxious, and I don't see what purpose they serve. Literally nothing will ever come of one of these threads, except a bunch of nosy people gnashing teeth. Ratings aren't going to be changed or removed.

I feel like this issue could be avoided entirely if BGG simply didn't show specifically who gave a game what rating. You could still see how a user rated a game if you're looking at that user specifically, but you couldn't see the identity of everyone at once who rated a particular game.

Ian, usually I agree with you but not in this case (sorry to pile on, too). Ratings, at least in large numbers, do have an impact on how conspicuous the profile game has on this site; they matter to that degree, like it or not. A basic level of accountability about one's rating - which amounts to at least a willingness not to avoid being associated with it - is the least that can be expected for a community acting in good faith. Indeed I have seen users retract ratings when they have been asked about what seemed like a 1 or a 10 given for petty reasons. Those users can also ignore a question if it ever comes up, too. I think your best bet is yourself to ignore the threads that annoy you, incluing the ones you mention. Speaking for myself, I find seeing the kind of community a game attracts toward the high, medium and low ratings to be a terrific aid in understanding whether or not I would like it or not.
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