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Okay, that’s awesome.

And if you go out to YouTube right now, it’s still like that with over a thousand more rankings. I wonder how long it’s been like that.

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It’s been that way for at least a year, when I first saw it. It may very well have been that way from the very beginning — it would be nice to find out.

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Bryan Rasmussen said on October 9th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

maybe whoever put it up has a batch script that goes and updates the it whenever like/dislike deviate.

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I have no strong feelings about this.

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@Bryan Rasmussen, I really hope that’s not the case. I’d like to think that people just go and change it spontaneously (as I recently did when I saw that one more like would put us back at equilibrium again).

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I’m pretty sure the way it works is that some people frequently check the video’s stats, and switch their own rating back and forth as necessary to preserve the balance. (The last time I looked at the comments, there were clearly people trying to mess it up, but far more ready to cancel them out.) It probably wouldn’t even take that many dedicated super-geeks to maintain the equilibrium, but I’m sure there are hundreds of them keeping a sharp, neutral eye on things.

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And this leads me to be nitpicky and point out that a balance of “like” and “dislike” is not the same as “dispassionate” – it could as easily mean strong feelings both ways as true neutrality.

Or maybe I’m just grouchy that there isn’t a meta-page where I can “like” and know it will likely tip the balance in favor of a clever concept that deserves recognition.

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highlyverbal said on October 10th, 2012 at 11:41 am

@Kirala: I think it means aggregate neutrality. The real problem is not strong feelings both ways; that would balance in the aggregate. The real problem is when the likes are very mild and milquetoast but the dislikes are very strongly held and passionate. (Or vice versa.) Then, aggregating to neutrality is silly.

Until “likes” are weighted, this is the best we can do. And weighted “likes” will have obviously have their own problems.

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@highlyverbal I slightly dislike your idea

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Bryan Rasmussen said on October 10th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

So anyway, on the alignment chart of the Interwebs this would be True Neutral?

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steve, from the internet said on October 11th, 2012 at 5:32 am

It’s out by 2 in favour of “likes”; go fix it, internetters.

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It’s fixed.

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mygif

It is pretty funny, but it’d have been six times funnier if the video had zero likes or dislikes. Invent a time machine and go do it right, Internets!

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