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clinton says

I just added an often-requested feature. Users and items will not show the star rating until they have 5 votes. Many authors have complained in the past that a new item was killed early by one nasty rating. Now it will take 5 nasty ratings to cause the same anguish.

No, really, stop the cheering. You are making me blush. You are too kind. 8-)

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vaisnava says

Correct me if I am wrong… but shouldn’t all the votes have equal weight? I mean if someone truly finds a file to be poor, then they should be able to make that statement known with their vote, upfront.

I downloaded a Flash file and it was not as described and the developer basically said “tough luck, I am not helping” so I gave him a poor rating on that file, because I do not want another 4 people to waste their money and time like I did on something I was misled on.

Anyways, I do not think 5 people should have to download and pay for a junk file before the warning goes out to the customers… especially if they cannot get a refund.

I think if anything the rater should have to explain why they rated it as such. No comment, no vote.

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MaestroRage says

as right as you are Vaisnava, it’s not a secret that sites like this become a hugging fest or a vendetta run. Revostock recently removed their rating system entirely because you could only be 3 types of composers

1: 5/5 2: 1/5 3: not yet rated.

If you wanted to let people know a file was junk, leave a message on the product. Somebody left a warning on one of Music for Media’s horror sound effect packages about how the file was one wav instead of 5 seperate files ooooh, what a big deal :/.

So there are ways to get your voice heard.

Though I welcome this system I doubt it will make a big difference. It will just take longer to become one of those above mentioned three (except the third, EVERYBODY is the third right away! hurray!). I would recommend a system where people can vote during a review for example what they thought of the file, though people who purchased it and voted have a heavier vote.

So If I voted 3 for a product after listening to it, but somebody voted 5 for it after buying it, then the score would be 4.33 instead of 4. Give the purchaser a voting weight of 2 and the reviewer 1.

Something of this style could work.

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ADG3studios Envato team says

There was a lot of clamoring for this on FD since file sales are much more prevalent there, but here on AJ here it seems that this may be a bit of a hindrance for buyers, imo, as hardly any item has a rating now…

So it kinda boils down to searching for sounds in the dark , if one cares to look at ratings as a quick visual before one decides which preview to listen to aid.

audio is not the type of product that most folks rate based upon the response of the author so something might be figured out perhaps…

We’ll see what staff thinks.. new methods do sometimes have kinks :)

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joelfalconer says

Unfortunately, if people weren’t misusing the rating systems, this wouldn’t be necessary. It is, however, a more democratic system; a system that allows one person to ruin another’s work with nothing more complicated than a vote is flawed. I think Clinton has done a great job with this and applaud the decision.

Fortunately for AudioJungle buyers, the preview shows you just about everything you need to make an informed decision. Flash files are more complicated as there can be tricky technical issues that get in the way. You can hear the quality and aesthetic of the audio in advance, and all files are thoroughly checked by our reviewers to ensure that there’s no unwanted distortion, clipping, glitches, corruption or otherwise malfunctioning files in the package.

In other words, the previewing system really makes ratings obsolete.

Comments still exist. If a person has a serious problem with a purchase, they can make it known there; I’m sure most prospective buyers read them. And ratings still exist too—we’ve just made the selling environment safer for authors who invest plenty of time and effort into making great content available.

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musicformedia says

If you wanted to let people know a file was junk, leave a message on the product. Somebody left a warning on one of Music for Media’s horror sound effect packages about how the file was one wav instead of 5 seperate files ooooh, what a big deal :/.

Really? I can’t seem to find that anywhere on my horror sound effects….I only have creepy soundscapes aswell lol….I think you’re talking about someone else :)

Yea the idea is good and bad…but only time will tell how it works out

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Trix-Music says

This works for flashden, but there are not as many sales here. How many files actually have 5 votes?

Id expect maybe 5% of all the files here.

Id change it to 3 votes max for Audiojungle

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musicformedia says
This works for flashden, but there are not as many sales here. How many files actually have 5 votes?

Id expect maybe 5% of all the files here.

Id change it to 3 votes max for Audiojungle

Yea true, seeing as how the marketplace and sales here are a lot smaller, and we wouldnt get as many votes as flashden

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clinton says

It has been changed to 3 votes for all sites, due to popular demand.

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AndySlatter Envato team says

What votes? how do you rate a file?

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