Comment Rating in Movable Type 3.2

By Deane Barker on July 1, 2005

The Feedback Rating System in Movable Type 3.2: Movable Type 3.2 is due pretty soon, and they’re adding some great features to it. Here’s a welcome addition: a comment (and trackback) rating system.

[…] the system isn’t just for fighting spam: Any feedback item can be have a positive score making it easy to promote the best content your community has to offer. And all of the rules that rate your feedback can work together, making a total judgement on the comments and TrackBacks that enter the system.

I wonder if it will require comment registration? That would kinda blow.

Six Apart’s ProNet is doing a special series of posts over the next few weeks called “Our 32 Favorite Features of Movable Type 3.2.” This means there’s at least 32 new features that are worth mentioning in their own blog post.

They’ve already covered the new Administrator’s Control Panel and the Junk Folder. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

The first or second point releases after a major release, it seems, are where the really good new featues get added to a product. Major releases are often big refactoring releases, and the x.1 and x.2 releases thereafter are where you see developers really take advantage of the new architecture they just put in the preceding major release.

Harry Fuecks talks about this phenomenon as it relates to the 4.1 and 5.1 releases of PHP.

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Comments

  1. Comment ratings? Are you joking? What POSSIBLE utility could such a thing have in this context?

    These guys are just making stuff up as they go, right?

    –FLAME RETARDANT– The above comment is made in jest and has a somewhat, shall we say whimsical, nature. I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine the context. –FLAME RETARDANT–

    The registration side would be sorta frustrating. I don’t believe it would be necessary… Or rather, in my current thinking, I’m somewhat reasonably, um, confident(?), it may not be completely necessary. Probably.

    If I get some time to toss MT on a machine and play around with it, I might see about trying to do it without registration*. Although, honestly, probably not.

    *Unless they’ve already done so.

  2. The rating article seems to imply that this is strictly rules-based ranking intended to combat abuse and highlight comments reflecting some desired format or phrasing.

    The statement that “…there’s no question that a collaborative, scoring-based framework works” sorta leaves the door open to reader involvement, or at least kinda begs the question of who gets to collaborate in the evolution of the rules. The overall feel of the article, though, is simply that the creator can polish the direction or quality of the comments while fighting abuse.

    Some folks are going to want to polish the commenting to reflect their perspective, and some are going to want to see where reader feedback takes the rules. I completely understand the desire for the former, but personally think the latter oh so deeply cooler.

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