What does the gold star on the geen donut in the WOT toolbar in the browser mean??

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What does the gold star on the geen donut in the WOT toolbar in the browser mean??

Post by Guest » Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:15 pm

For a while, I got that little gold star on the green donut icon in the browser for ALL the sites that seemed to be rated green.

But then for a time, that gold star went away on some sites. It seems to be almost random and still does it.

For example, on my home page, http://my.msn.com/default.armx, it went away for a time. Now it's back.

On the How-To-Geek site, http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/, it's gone . . . with only the green donut appearing.

On the Tech Support Guy site, http://forums.techguy.org/21-windows-nt-2000-xp/, it's present.

And here's one that makes me think that maybe my theory that it's related to a certain threshold is not so . . . here on this very site, http://www.mywot.com/en/node/add/forum/2 , there's ONLY the green donut and no gold star on it.

So at first, I thought maybe this anomaly was related to ratings (though I never saw this happen before), but I can't imagine that this site would be anything less than a green donut WITH the gold star if that was so.

It started happening just today. The only three things that I can think of (since my "ratings threshold" theory seems to be out) is that 1) Maybe the WOT folks have changed things, or 2) It's related to the recent update to version 8.9.17.0 for IE (BTW, I'm talking about IE . . . I have FF too, but haven't checked yet if FF shows similar behavior), or 3) My IE7 is all of a sudden buggy when it comes to WOT.

And I'm NOT talking about the green donut here in these posts or in a Google search. They have always been sans gold star.

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RE:What does the gold star on the geen donut in the WOT toolbar

Post by Curious » Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:18 pm

That gold star on the WOT button mean that you did not rated that site. And on http://www.mywot.com/en/node/add/forum/2 is no gold star because you rated mywot.com and that address starts with mywot.com/en..... So whens the gold star on the WOT button, that means that you haven`t rated that site. When you rate it, it will be gone.

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Very interesting. There

Post by Guest » Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:43 pm

Very interesting. There must be a lag, because on the How-To-Geek forums, which I had rated almost two weeks ago, it was showing up with a gold star until today. And Google likewise.

And apparently it's very specific because I couldn't figure out why Tech Support Guy was showing up with a gold star when in fact I had rated it over two weeks ago also. Turns out that I had rated the home page, which is Techguy,org, and the forums, which had the gold star, are forums.techguy,org, which I guess is a different domain.

In any case, now that I know what the gold star means I can start rating more websites with that "reminder" in view.

Thanks for the explanation.

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Gold star.

Post by logicman » Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:44 pm

I think it is just a 'tweak' to emphasise an excellent rating, presumably to help people with poor vision. The size of the star (I would say gem) varies.

There's a great example of this diamond ring effect on the WOT symbol here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse
but the explanation given there has little or no relevance to the original question. ;-)

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BobJam, you type too fast. :-)

Post by logicman » Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:46 pm

We both posted at about the same time.
Please look upstairs for my response. :)
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Re: Symbols

Post by Sami » Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:09 pm

If you haven't noticed already, we have explanations for all the symbols in the Support section. The gold star disappears as soon as you rate the site, there's no delay.

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Duhhhh . . . sometimes it's

Post by Guest » Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:44 pm

Duhhhh . . . sometimes it's quicker for us lazy folks just to ask the question in this forum. On the other hand, the obvious reply to that is "Then why should we maintain a support page just so you lazy people can use the forum instead of doing a little research?"

So, chastising myself with my own reply, I will get off my lazy butt and do a little clicking around here before I ask in the forum.

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If all else fails ...

Post by logicman » Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:57 pm

If all else fails, read the manual. :)

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If...

Post by phantazm » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:34 pm

logicman: "If all else fails, read the manual. :)"

If the manual fails too? Write a new one... ;)

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If the manual fails too?

Post by logicman » Sun Sep 21, 2008 7:59 am

If the manual fails too, you still have two options depending on your degree of patience:

1 - prayer, followed by a heartfelt 'amen'.
2 - defenestration, followed by a very satifying thud.
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