The instrument ratings section has been drastically changed today. It has been completely rewritten and now requires you to supply a Username and password when you submit a review. To obtain a Username you must register for the forum. We've done this because the previous anonymous review system allowed multiple reviews from the same person, albeit with IP checking which was not particularly effective, and was open to abuse. We've also taken this opportunity to start afresh with the reviews and ratings so everything is currently rated a big fat 0!
The reviews are now integrated with each instruments page, the latest 5 reviews will appear at the bottom of the page, with a link to all the reviews if there are more than 5.
The new review system requires you to rate an instrument between 1 and 10 in 8 categories, the average result is then ascertained from these ratings. You also need to select the Operating System, Plugin format and version that you are reviewing. These requirements should make for an altogether more accurate and reliable means of reviewing an instrument.
The categories are:
- User Interface
- Customer Support
- Value For Money
Further to this you can also edit your reviews and ratings, this means that should a new version of the instrument become available that fixes or improves any concerns you had with a previous version you can now go back and edit your comments and rating to reflect your current feelings. Again this should increase the value of the reviews.
Initially the overall ratings list only shows the average ratings, this will be expanded shortly to allow you to choose listing by any of the rateable categories.
Keeping with the spirit of the industry this should be considered a Public Beta test so please let us know if you encounter any problems, I'm sure there will be a few. It's been tested with IE 5.5 and Netscape 6 on Windows and seems to work OK with those!
Check out the new ratings listing here...