Hi folks, the rating system needs work, completely agreed. I’ve been listening, we will improve it. The more interesting question is “when?”. I’d love to give you an exact date, but I’ll only do that when I can be certain. What I can tell you is that we’re really close to wrapping up some current projects, and ratings is sitting right at the top of the work to dig into next. A huge part of this will be re-reading the mountain of feedback we’ve already collected and community consultation on the changes we’ll be making. I’ll let the community know when this starts.
Thanks for responding. After a long wait and to avoid getting surprised or shocked after changes made on rating system, can we get confirmation if the following issues are already in the consideration?
Transparency 1: When the user places mouse over the item rating, more detail displayed:
Transparency 2: Show also half stars, no integers please. If an item has average of 4.4, currently it will show 4 stars. An item having 4.5+ will have 5 stars or something like this. If a buyer always chooses a 5 star item, most probably he/she is forced to choose a 4.5 starred item too indirectly. From an author point of view, a guy/girl who can sleep well with 4.4 rating may loss sleep when it displayed using just 4 stars. Both cases are gamble – not average.The number of marketplace items are several times higher than couple of years back. The sales number of individual items started touching completely different range than before. So adding accuracy / detail to the ratings is the single most obvious/easy change we can expect. And importantly, it is just front end addition – not much of a complex work.
Transparency 3: Every rating requires a short review in order to justify it. There will be less ratings, but at least they will be accurate.
Something interesting, not only for authors, but also for buyers, would be a ‘popular NEW items’ page.
The current ‘popular items’ page contains mostly files buyers already know, or already purchased. I wouldn’t necessarily remove it, but add another page with popular items that were uploaded during the last month or so, plus a history navigation for last months favorites.
This way buyers can see whats new and hot without having to sift through the same list over and over again.
We currently live in the UAE. You can survive with 6.600 a month, but don’t expect any luxury. Decent housing is rather expensive, and you have to pay the rent at least four months in advance.
Also, keep in mind that your visa is tied to the employment contract. So, if you lose your job, you’ll have a month to find another one, or establish your own business, otherwise you’ll have to leave the country. There is no freeloading around here.
Highly skilled personnel is in demand and usually better paid. As spinfx already said, don’t accept an offer under 12K + housing.
Well deserved Orman, congrats!
What a sweet little charmer Congrats!
At my age, saying you’re Self Employed, especially to a girl in a bar, makes you look like the biggest idiot ever, so I either say I’m a Graphic designer or ‘run websites’.
Wait, you are not a girl?
Since creating themes ist not the only thing I do, I just say I’m a web-developer.
If I have to explain the theme business, I use the app-store analogy.
Apparently so do some of the Envato staff members, as I learned in the latest podcast
I don’t know if this is what you are looking for, but Smashingmagazine had an interesting article on this:http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/01/14/how-to-identify-good-clients-avoid-bad-ones/
Also, have a look at the related posts to this one.
marcfolio saidnope, nothing extra for those authors….
And a 90% for those authors who are already at 70%?
Elite authors will get a free copy of the birthday bundle:http://notes.envato.com/general/the-birthday-bundle-is-coming/