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Coolness Vs Ratings trend

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May 2nd, 2012 2:47 pm

made a quick graph of current “coolness” vs “ratings” to show the trend, blue line is the data averaged, red line is the actual trend, yellow line is the “average” number of votes.  Should make it pretty obvious that the best way to get more people to rate your game is to rate other peoples games….so if you’re below that yellow line get crackin…it’s been 10 days, even if you only did 5-10 games a day (which takes no time at all, most games are short and take 5 minutes tops to beat) you should be at 50-100 ratings by now!

Oh also, here’s a spreadsheet version of the LD stats page, more useful cuz you can sort it!


Edit: I should clarifiy, the yellow line is average as per the trend, not per person…it’s more of a “where you should be” to ensure you receive a median number of ratings to your game.  For those curious though, currently there’s an average of 26.somehting ratings per game.

9 Responses to “Coolness Vs Ratings trend”

  1. LukeRissacher says:

    Interesting – 102 coolness and 52 ratings for me – based on the graph I’m cooler than I’m getting credit for :)

  2. digital_sorceress says:

    An average of about 75 votes per game?!… I don’t think that’s right. I’d say more like 15-20.

    I think your yellow line is the average value of the blue curve, which is not the same as the average number of votes received.

    • Raptor85 says:

      not 75 votes per game, no that’s about 26 right no. This is grouped and sorted with outliers removed just to see the average trend, otherwise it’d be a graph of zigzag lines 1 pixel wide covering the screen.

      • digital_sorceress says:

        So if not the average number of votes per game, what is the yellow line showing?

        • Raptor85 says:

          i have no idea why i keep saying average….ugh….it’s nasty here today…I blame the weather, I edited the document 3 times to change it to say “median” but kept not doing so. It’s the midpoint of the curve, not the average.

  3. AlwaysGeeky says:

    This is actually cool, this matches my coolness/rating data almost exactly… so I guess I fit on the right part of the line :)

  4. caranha says:

    Cool graph. I’m taking a breaking from rating ATM, but I should be back tomorrow.

    Anyway, I found a really interesting effect from the “sort game by coolness/default” options — On the first days of my rating sprees, I used to do 5 games from the default list, 5 games from the “least rated” list, and a sprinkle of hand-picked ones. The 5 games from the least rated list were often those with show-stopping bugs/just tech demos, etc. It came to a point where I just gave up reaching for the “least rated” list and just did 10 from the default list.

    It seemed to me that the quality of “sort by least rated” is much lower in LD23 than it was in LD22. I wonder if this is just because the 60% increase in entries from last time, or if it is some sort of effect that people who don’t put effort in rating, and end up in the bottom of the coolness barrel, are also the same people who don’t put much effort in their games either.

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