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Ian Wakeham
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I first stumbled across this user:

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in a Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars forum post.

At the time the guy had rated about 3000 games a 1 - all of them this month. Currently he's up to 4403 games and 1955 expansions and looks like he's still going strong. He's got another 80000 or so to go but I guess he'll get there eventually.

I'm just wondering what's motivating him? It seems as if it's gone past troll behaviour into something a little more concerning.

But perhaps he's rating everything he doesn't own as a 1. Or it's just his way of relaxing at the end of a stressful day.

Each to their own, I guess.

EDIT: His idiosyncratic rating system pops up elsewhere - he gives numerous zero ratings at the Swedish online boardgame store WorldofBoardGames.com
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Bryan Thunkd
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Don't hate the player, hate the game(s)

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Boaty McBoatface
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Is this thread an attempt to get moderated?
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Seems like a fun way to manipulate the games you like further up the rankings. But that would not explain why he rated other games in the 5 - 2 range.
 
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Daniel Grant
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Possible bot testing?
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M61 Vulcan wrote:
Seems like a fun way to manipulate the games you like further up the rankings.


Fun and completely ineffective. Scott has a shill busting algorithm that filters these kind of ratings out of the ranking. I have a feeling this has zero effect.
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MWChapel wrote:
M61 Vulcan wrote:
Seems like a fun way to manipulate the games you like further up the rankings.


Fun and completely ineffective. Scott has a shill busting algorithm that filters these kind of ratings out of the ranking. I have a feeling this has zero effect.


For games not yet released with little or no ratings, this can have a huge effect. Really sucks having people view your game page, look at the ratings for something about to go on Kickstarter, and see a really low rating because someone like him decided to troll a 1 onto it.
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He's almost at 5600 games with a rating of 1. I'm sure he's played all 5600 games, even the ones that haven't even been released yet. shake
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Boaty McBoatface
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Is this attempt to not understand what the ratings are for an attempt to make the subject of the original post look like the only one who does?
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I'm wondering if he doesn't understand what the ratings are for. It's almost like he's rating anything he doesn't have or want to buy as a 1.

But it still sucks. A 1 rating on a game with limited number of ratings can really have a huge impact. It hit my game for .4 pts. I'm still at a 7.8 but it does hurt, especially since most people will not look beyond the rating that is given to see that this person is rating 97+% of all games a 1.
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Seems like an incredibly dull hobby. But I play board games so I hate to be the proverbial pot. ;-)
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Speculation is fun and all but...has anyone just tried to ask the user what the intent is for this behavior? Ideally an admin now that it's been outed on the forums, but definitely worth checking in to see if the person needs guidance or has a clear picture of the consequences both for the users reputation and for new or unreleased games.
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caseypd63 wrote:
Seems like an incredibly dull hobby. But I play board games so I hate to be the proverbial pot. ;-)


I thought you were the kettle.
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Don't judge. For all we know boardgames killed his parents.
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gamesontables wrote:
Speculation is fun and all but...has anyone just tried to ask the user what the intent is for this behavior? Ideally an admin now that it's been outed on the forums, but definitely worth checking in to see if the person needs guidance or has a clear picture of the consequences both for the users reputation and for new or unreleased games.


There's no place for reason and thoughtfulness here. Now pickup your pitchfork and join our angry mob.
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Apparently, he doesn't leave comments and doesn't return emails. Sure his actions have no effect on games like "Twilight Struggle," but it hammers new games and games from small publishers. The fact that the BGG formula disregards his trolling when figuring ranking is nice, but it doesn't stop the game average from dropping through the floor due to his actions. And new games with a "5" rating from a small publisher are dead on arrival.
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He probably saw this thread and thought "at last! validation!"
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Look at this game as an example, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/187050/red-vs-white-vs-b..., here with a 1, He completly destroys the rating..
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J J
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Do you people not read the other threads? There's one at least every week.

BGG won't "fix" this, because BGG doesn't think it a problem.
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pixatintes wrote:
Look at this game as an example, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/187050/red-vs-white-vs-b..., here with a 1, He completly destroys the rating..


A game owned by 6 and on the wishlist of 5 is now suddenly "destroyed" by somebody rating it a "1" ?

Yeah, those thousands who were lining up to buy it will suddenly have a change of heart because of that single rating shake
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I'm bored with Smjj now.

So has anyone handed out an absurd number of "10" ratings? And why hasn't anyone complained (rhetorical question).
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I think Smjj is bored - he's not bothered rating anything this month. All of his ratings (including 10,636 1's) were posted in November - an average of over 360 ratings each day.

If he'd carried on at this rate he'd have covered the whole database by the middle of next year. Don't give up that easily Smjj - you lightweight.
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I know that these ratings mean virtually nothing, because people can put whatever rating they want on any game for any reason at all. However, seeing a nice "1" rating on five of my games is still bothersome.
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Funny thing is I was just about to post something about this. As of my post the number of 1's is over 10k and its 10's are clustered around a few select titles. It is not the 1's that I think make the being's ratings invalid, it is giving Pandemic Legacy a 10. BTW, I mostly give honest ratings except PL I gave a 1 because the best satire includes oneself in the joke.
 
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7246 games rated 1
3392 expansions rated 1
as of today

Apparently you made him stop. Don't you feel bad for him?
 
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