Rating the rating sites

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Hagrinas
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Rating the rating sites

Post by Hagrinas » Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:05 pm

We all know why WOT is useful, what sorts of things we want to be protected from, and so forth. But there are cases where people might not want you to go to certain websites that have nothing to do with how safe, reliable, child friendly, or privacy friendly they are. In some cases, it's the adherence to the privacy policy that bothers them.

Specifically, I'm referring to review sites. If a business gets bad reviews, it's in their best interest to steer people away from the websites that reviewed them. I was wondering what's done to prevent people from slamming sites that provide reviews and ratings.

In the past, I always avoided sites with red circles. Today I did a search, and noticed that one of the entries with a red circle was a review site I'd used before. I wanted to find out what they were doing wrong, and found bad marks in every category, including child friendliness. That one left me perplexed.

They had never spammed me and there was nothing remotely child unfriendly that I could see, so I read their privacy policy. It said that among the 10% of dentists who get bad reviews, there are many who complain, threaten, and demand that they remove bad reviews or disclose information about their dissatisfied patients or they will be sued. It said they would not do so without a court order, and if any such legal action were taken, they would prominently publish dentist complaints, legal proceedings, etc. That seemed to be as strong a privacy policy as you could get.

Perhaps there are parents out there who fear we must protect our children from reading reviews of dentists, but I somehow doubt it.

It's not the specific site (droogle.com) but the general issue of steering me away from sites when the sites themselves are safe. Perhaps there's something about the specific site that I need to be aware of, but I couldn't figure it out from the rating.

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RE: Rating the rating sites

Post by Guest » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:00 pm

@ Hagrinus,

Are you talking about [url=http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/droogle.com t=_self]droogle.com[/url] or [url=http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/doctoroogle.com t=_self]dr-oogle.com[/url]?

siblingshot
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RE: Rating the rating sites

Post by siblingshot » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:10 pm

@ Hagrinas

They had never spammed me and there was nothing remotely child unfriendly that I could see, so I read their privacy policy. "

It sometimes happens that a perfectly safe site might attract enough negative ratings to damage its reputation. Hence, a red donut.

Since ratings can be cast by secret ballot, there may no evidence in comments to substantiate a poor rating. Equally, comments ought not to be confused with ratings, and there are instances where a spate of comments - negative or positive - seemingly contradict the indexed reputation.

The best thing to do, in such circumstances, is bring a controversial rating to the forum - as you have done - and invite impartial ratings to address the issue.

By inference, such irregularities demonstrate the importance of proactively rating sites as you use them; of not passively relying on WOT as a barometer of trust. Your own experience as a user is as valid - perhaps more valid - as any rating cast by an individual unknown to you. With potentially contrasting opinions on what merits trust.

Participation underpins the very premise of WOT.

i☆
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RE: Rating the rating sites

Post by i☆ » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:22 pm

This is obviously ridiculous. (Cartoon) child pornography is alright, but dentist reviews? *shakes head*. < /sarcasm>

I don't see anything wrong with the site, and I don't know how to help address the concerns you have above. When a website has cookies and trackers, but no Privacy Policy, I may rate them low in Privacy (or not rate at all in that category), but I rate the other three categories independently. However, if a website admin/owner/user posts here and never checks back for feedback, as is frequently the case, there is not much more I can do to help them.

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