making it easier for a newbie

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vshjr
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making it easier for a newbie

Post by vshjr » Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:58 am

Scenario:

I'm a newbie to wot. I've had it installed for a few weeks. I like seeing all the pretty green tori.

Now I want to rate a site. I click on the wot torus and a drop-down is displayed with four ratings criteria: trustworthiness. vendor reliability, privacy, and child safety. I like the site, it has good info. I'm about to give it an A+ rating in each category when I stop and wonder: How do I know if this site is trustworthy? Or respects my privacy? Etc.

So I go to the wot home page, expecting to find advice on how to evaluate a site along these criteria. No such luck. After some poking around, I find the wiki, but even there I don't find anything useful. In the "Support" section there's a cute video on how to move the slider on the pretty ratings bars from red to green and back to red again, but no help on what the criteria mean, or how to evaluate a site.

Even if wot's strategy is "rate it A+ unless you know otherwise", that should be documented and easily discoverable to a newbie like me. But I'd much rather find some basic guidelines on how to come up with a reasonably informed evaluation. Also, what to do if I can evaluate some categories but not others (i.e., how do I say "don't know" for a particular criterion?).

Just my $0.05's worth.

c۞g
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RE: making it easier for a newbie

Post by c۞g » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:02 am

Welcome to WOT forum
So I go to the wot home page, expecting to find advice on how to evaluate a site along these criteria.

There is a [url=https://www.mywot.com/support t=_self]Support[/url] section on the site, example:
https://www.mywot.com/faq/add-on/new-to-wot

these might be helpful:
[url=https://www.mywot.com/faq/add-on/new-to-wot#rating-criteria t=_self]The criteria for rating websites[/url]
[url=https://www.mywot.com/faq/add-on/new-to-wot#ratingcomments t=_self]Rating websites and leaving comments[/url]

Armored
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RE: making it easier for a newbie

Post by Armored » Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:06 am

<quote user="vshjr">
what to do if I can evaluate some categories but not others (i.e., how do I say "don't know" for a particular criterion?).
[/quote] Leaving that specific category unrated will accomplish that. Or in other words don't touch the "slider" for the category you don't want to rate. If you accidentally rate a component you didn't want to, you need to delete the entire rating in order to fix the mistake.

Many reliable raters don't blindly rate all the components, unless they can justifiably do so. Glad to hear you have a sensible approach to rating websites-rating what you "know" is always encouraged.

robertstangl
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RE: making it easier for a newbie

Post by robertstangl » Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:34 pm

very much helpful

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