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JackHowell says

I often find myself wondering around GR admiring all the awesome files people have uploaded and thinking “I wish I could rate this”, but, I know ratings are reserved for actual file quality after you buy something so being able to rate something you don’t actually know about could cause problems (and of course be open to abuse). That’s fine, it should be kept that way.

Sometimes Iā€™d just like to show my appreciation for someone’s hard work but I don’t have the time to write a “that’s awesome!” comment (which would really be a waste of a comment too and no doubt irritate people). So, how about an “I appreciate this!” button? I’m sure many of you have seen it on the Behance Network. It wouldn’t allow down voting like the rating system but it would give authors that warm n’ fuzzy feeling of being appreciated, which we all know, really motivates you to create more!

Posting this on the forum as I’d like to see what others think ā€“ sound good? Sound bad?

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InterantMedia says

That’s really a great idea! Indeed you don’t have sometimes the time to write a comment and this would be a great solution.

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gruberdesigns says

I’m re-quoting myself from another post that is similar to this request. (Post Title ā€“ Motivation for a low vote)

It would be nice to know what we can improve to make the customers happier. Plus, for my own satisfaction how I can improve as a designer.

I believe this can help everyone in this community. That is how I feel about it.

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Raincutter says

+1 I appreciate this! A great idea Jack.

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Artorius says

Don’t be mad on me, but I don’t quite agree. Well, there is the rating system, which basically shows the same thing, appreciation, among those who buy. In the end, I believe buying the work might show the author your appreciation. I’ve seen many items having like 1 sell and 10 appreciation comments. Frankly, I don’t know what warm feeling one could have by seeing many people “appreciate” an item, but few or none actually buying it.

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JackHowell says

@Artorius very good point and I agree; I’d too rather see sales than short ‘well done’ comments. The idea behind this is to reduce the noise in comments (so it is easier to spot valid comments from people who need help with something etc) and replace it with something a bit more simple.

The appreciation is more likely to come from fellow authors rather than potential buyers, otherwise the buyer would just rate the item after buying it. A very appreciated item would show respect from the design community and possibly persuade someone to actually buy something they were not planning to (the “well, if they like it it must be good!” mentality – harshly more known as the sheep effect eh?).

In short;

  • A heavily appreciated item would be positive re-enforcement for both author and buyer potentially selling more.
  • Potentially new “top XX” list based on popular items – increasing sales based on positive re-enforcement
  • Appreciated items would show design trends rather than buyer trends (design community typically working 4 years ahead of the public).
  • On a per author basis you could see what is popular with designers but what might not be with buyers; this extra data can help improve files
  • Reduces comment noise
  • Most of us would love our work to be appreciated!

Rating system is great for buyers so this is more for us designers and seeing as it can only be a “+1” up-vote it can only be positive? Customers in a happy environment buy more too.

This is good though! I wanted to literally throw this idea out there and see what everyone thinks, good or bad, as it would effect all of us in some way. Looking forward to a site manager response soon too.

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Raincutter says
A very appreciated item would show respect from the design community and possibly persuade someone to actually buy something they were not planning to (the “well, if they like it it must be good!” mentality – harshly more known as the sheep effect eh?). In short;
  • On a per author basis you could see what is popular with designers but what might not be with buyers; this extra data can help improve files
  • Most of us would love our work to be appreciated!
  • Rating system is great for buyers so this is more for us designers and seeing as it can only be a “+1” up-vote it can only be positive? Customers in a happy environment buy more too.

    Some really great points Jack. I’d really like to see this idea implemented in marketplaces.

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    Motionreactor says

    Nice idea. So long as it never, ever turns into a Facebook ‘Like’ link. I’ll go mental if I see those around here.

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    JackHowell says
    Nice idea. So long as it never, ever turns into a Facebook ‘Like’ link. I’ll go mental if I see those around here.

    Naw, just something like the Behance Network has. :D

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    Daniel_R says

    This has been discussed before…

    as it will bring negative things….having a rating system like this, GR would be something like Facebook like Motion said…but again, something like devianart…or other sites, maybe interesting…

    The best ways to show appreciation to the author of any particular file:

    1. Buy the file

    2. Write a comment…that I wont take more than 1 minute…

    - D.

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