Siteseeing: What happens in Vegas...

26 Aug 2008 - 10:20am
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kimbieler
2007

...becomes a kiosk confessional where you can tell the world what was
supposed to stay in Vegas.

Sadly, the concept is undermined by a distinct lack of juicy
confessions (example: "Having the time of our lives!") and a weirdly
clunky interface.

Here's what I'm wondering: I think this would be more fun if they
implemented a negative ratings system, where viewers (assuming there
are any) punish people for not being forthcoming with genuine dirt.
I've never seen a ratings system like that -- do they exist anywhere
else?

-- Kim

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26 Aug 2008 - 11:05am
Scott McDaniel
2007

To slightly shill, our company produces a User Generated Content
platform which allows for ratings
similar to YouTube, and oddly enough, one of our clients (Adult Swim)
allows for Negative ratings,
including a sort by "Worst Videos/Pictures" - on the easy side, this
simply put the assets at the bottom
of listings. The way they would promote it would to encourage mockery
of the lowest rated assets.

Scott

On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM, Kim Bieler <kimbieler at mindspring.com> wrote:
> ...becomes a kiosk confessional where you can tell the world what was
> supposed to stay in Vegas.
>
> Sadly, the concept is undermined by a distinct lack of juicy confessions
> (example: "Having the time of our lives!") and a weirdly clunky interface.
>
> Here's what I'm wondering: I think this would be more fun if they
> implemented a negative ratings system, where viewers (assuming there are
> any) punish people for not being forthcoming with genuine dirt. I've never
> seen a ratings system like that -- do they exist anywhere else?
>
>
> -- Kim

--
The lesson here is that we cannot remove artificial dependencies, but
we can reduce them. - Hao He

26 Aug 2008 - 11:13am
SemanticWill
2007

Dude,

Kind of a poor job of schilling there - I think there are many on this list
that are in some way today or in the future, going to be designing sociality
into online experiences, and knowing about your company would be useful - so
give us the 411!

--
~ will

"Where you innovate, how you innovate,
and what you innovate are design problems"

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On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 12:05 PM, Scott McDaniel <scott at scottopic.com>wrote:

> To slightly shill, our company produces a User Generated Content
> platform which allows for ratings
> similar to YouTube, and oddly enough, one of our clients (Adult Swim)
> allows for Negative ratings,
> including a sort by "Worst Videos/Pictures" - on the easy side, this
> simply put the assets at the bottom
> of listings. The way they would promote it would to encourage mockery
> of the lowest rated assets.
>
> Scott
>
> On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM, Kim Bieler <kimbieler at mindspring.com>
> wrote:
> > ...becomes a kiosk confessional where you can tell the world what was
> > supposed to stay in Vegas.
> >
> > Sadly, the concept is undermined by a distinct lack of juicy confessions
> > (example: "Having the time of our lives!") and a weirdly clunky
> interface.
> >
> > Here's what I'm wondering: I think this would be more fun if they
> > implemented a negative ratings system, where viewers (assuming there are
> > any) punish people for not being forthcoming with genuine dirt. I've
> never
> > seen a ratings system like that -- do they exist anywhere else?
> >
> >
> > -- Kim
>
> --
> The lesson here is that we cannot remove artificial dependencies, but
> we can reduce them. - Hao He
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26 Aug 2008 - 12:01pm
Nasir Barday
2006

I respect Scott's modesty, though also would like some more info-- hook us
up with a URL! :-).

- N

26 Aug 2008 - 4:00pm
Scott McDaniel
2007

> Dude,
>
> Kind of a poor job of schilling there - I think there are many on this list
> that are in some way today or in the future, going to be designing sociality
> into online experiences, and knowing about your company would be useful - so
> give us the 411!
>
> --
> ~ will

Will,

I hit enter when I was only partially finished since a sudden meeting came up,
but yeah - a weak shill at best! This shows why I wasn't so hot at
going freelance -
I can't self-promote worth crap!

Anyway, I'm a/the Information Architect at Vitrue: http://www.vitrue.com -
We serve these through our platform which manages the content (photos,
photos, video, audio, text, etc.), ratings, comments, users, language
filters, categories, tagging, media mixing capability and promotions.
We're in process of building syndication (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter,
etc.), Mobile application (upload, iPhone app, mobile management) and
so on - it's an exciting time in an interesting space! In some
senses, we're competing with YouTube, but for the service and product
benefits, it's usually up against ad agencies who do one-off launch
and forget micro-sites. We distinguish ourselves by a richness in
functionality and experience, with a stable but evolving back-end.

The basic idea to our product is to customize the UI according to a
client and their promotion's needs. Of course with each project there
comes special requirements which mean we try to balance between these
requirements and trying to maintain a usable and functional product,
not to mention trying not to burn out our hardworking implementation
team.

The promotion we first did with Adult Swim was a joint contest with
Honda for "Submit a T-shirt Design
and we'll use it unless it sucks, then we won't."
It's no longer online, but the write-up is at:
http://vitrue.com/our-work/cartoon-network-honda-fit-art-contest

Some of our larger scale projects include Captain Morgan's
(http://www.captainmorgan.com), Ben and Jerry's
(http://www.benjerry.com/imagine/) and Klondike
(http://www.klondikecontest.com/)
but the negative scoring comment brought the Adult Swim contests to mind.

So, Kim...
It'd seem that the simple answer would to simply have a rating system
of any sort, and the higher rated would naturally be pushed to the
top, and the lowest would end up on page 2+ (often as good as online
death!) - or would drop out of the listing altogether after a certain
point. If you wanted a "Hall of Shame" grouping, that can be a tag
category, search criteria, or simply a place where they go "If it has
more than ten Ratings that are less than 2". It does seem to bring up
more questions about the kiosk: does it put these confessions on a
site? Is the site linked to another company, service, product? If
it's in Vegas, does it entice with money, booze or sex?

Thanks for the prodding,
Scott
--
The lesson here is that we cannot remove artificial dependencies, but
we can reduce them. - Hao He

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