Re: Bad Employers/Clients List???

Subject: Re: Bad Employers/Clients List???
From: "Parks, Beverly" <ParksB -at- EMH1 -dot- HQISEC -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Mon, 5 May 1997 08:12:40 -0700

Nyman, Rikki[SMTP:Rikki -dot- Nyman -at- ALLIEDSIGNAL -dot- COM] provided a good
>description of how AuctionWeb (ebay) operates their comments section.
I'd like to also add that in conjunction with what Rikki described, they
also have a numerical rating system. A "positive" comment increases your
rating by one, a "neutral" comment does not change your rating, and a
"negative" comment reduces your rating by one. As Rikki said, at the
time you post your comment, you have to choose which category it is:
positive, neutral, or negative.

This system was subject to abuse. Someone with a low or negative rating
could have friends post positive comments in order to elevate their
rating. Likewise, if you had a really bad experience dealing with
someone, you could get your friends to post a bunch of negative
comments, lowering that person's or company's rating.

I'm not positive, but I think that ebay has counteracted this problem by
allowing comments from registered users only.

Bev Parks
parksb -at- emh1 -dot- hqisec -dot- army -dot- mil

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