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updated Ratings.cgi script
I have an updated ratings.cgi, similar to what I had for Links 1.13, where it tracks user votes and individual ratings.

I have a my_ratings.cgi script that will do that, and it seems to be working (not bug free, but working).

It's not in plugin form, yet, the tables are created by cut/paste to the SQL Monitor, and the def files are created manually by tricking Links a bit.

You copy the My_Ratings.pm to Links::User and my_ratings.cgi to your user bin.

The only change I've had to make is on rate.html to change the submit to my_rate.cgi

It still does not let a user change their rating, but that should be done by tonight or tomorrow.

A user is allowed ONE vote per LINK.

An admin option will allow a user to change it, or not, and will specify a time interval (24 hours, etc.) between changes.

The quality of a site/link may change over time, and a user should be able to change their vote.

Because Username/LinkID/Date is tracked, the votes for each link can be recalculated. This means, you can drop votes/ratings x-time-period old, and rebuild the ratings system.

For instance, you lose a lot of users, they just don't come back, and you want the site to reflect the CURRENT (or mostly) impressions of the users.

You can edit the Rate_UserTrack table, and delete all votes/entries older than x-days.

You can then rebuild the Rate_VoteTrack table (which will update the Links->Votes/Rating fields) and the counts will reflect only the newest entries.

Make sense??

Those counts/votes could be stored in another table, for historical reasons, and performance reasons.... But, at some point, the amount of data becomes pointless, and you need to decide where to cut it off.

Next out is an updated Reviews system, that incorporates this idea, and more. It will used a combined ratings/review system to allow a $ and a point system. Specifically, I need it for a domain name appraising site, where $$ value may not reflect the point value. for instance, a name that is quite good for a personal or hobby site, may not have a high dollar value. I also need it to give profiles of the appraisers (reviewers) as well as breakdowns of the $ and point values of a name/link.


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Thread updated Ratings.cgi script pugdog 1836 Feb 22, 2002, 12:11 AM
Post Re: [pugdog] updated Ratings.cgi script
pugdog 1749 Feb 22, 2002, 9:29 AM