Changing Things Up

Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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Collage of Highest Rated Babies

I’ve noticed that which babies are the highest rated hasn’t changed much over time. In fact, the #1 most beautiful baby on this site has held that position for nearly two years.

I think this is because of how the rating system works. The way it’s always been is that the each baby’s average rating is multiplied by how many total votes the baby has. This made sense at first, since all the babies started out with 0 votes, so it was a fairly level playing field. Most babies received about the same number of votes.

But now the babies who have been on the site longer naturally have more votes. And the highest rated baby naturally has more exposure in order to continually get more votes, since that baby is always at the top of the leaderboard. So it’s almost practically impossible, under this system, for a new baby to be crowned as the “most” beautiful.

Now, one option would be to simply be content with this unfairness. After all, we all know that all of our babies are beautiful, and that having a rating system at all is only a bit of fun, and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

But I’m going to add one more rule to the rating system in order to (hopefully) allow newer babies to rise to the coveted top places of the leaderboard:

The leaderboard will now only take into consideration votes which were cast within the last 6 months.

This will hopefully solve a couple problems. Newer babies will actually have a chance of rising to the top. And babies which have been on the site awhile, while still having a slight advantage because of their position on the leaderboard, will need to continue to receive votes in order to remain there.

Of course, I might just be trying to solve problems that don’t exist. I wonder how many of you even look at that leaderboard. Do you? Do you even know what I’m talking about?

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