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General : Rating System Overhaul!

Posted Jan 27, 2004 by Craig McGregor

We have made drastic changes to our rating system which should greatly help the abuse we all have been well aware of for the last 3-4 weeks.  The following steps have been taken to bring us to our new system:

  1. IP checks are now in place for new users.  We only allow 1 new user per IP, per 24 hours.  Although there is the *slim* chance that 2 users from a big ISP might be behind a proxy with the same IP (like AOL uses) we don't see this as very likely.  In this rare event the user can voice a complaint and we will check the IP for a proxy.
  2. A single user can now only edit/create 2 game ratings per 24 hour period.
  3. Users must have at least a 5/100 rank with MMORPG.COM to rate a game.  For those that are not familiar with our ranks, please read our FAQ on this here.  As many of you know, getting a 5/100 rank is very easy and would only require a couple forum posts and/or a couple logins. 
  4. All game reviews placed by users that were perfect 10s or perfect 1s were deleted if the user had logged into our site less than 3 times in the entire history of their account.  This ended up removing approximately 2500 reviews out of 9800 total.

We hope that these new rules will meet a balance of not being too restrictive while enabling us to have accurate ratings.  As always, we encourage and welcome your comments.

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