On 27/07/2011, Thomas Morton <morton.thomas(a)googlemail.com> wrote:
The issue I've noted is that it is being used as a
"warfare" tool on
controversial articles. I've not seen it mentioned on a talk page yet; but
one contentious article (on a subject with a large online following,
entrenched *readers* on either side of the issue) has had the bars swinging
between about 1.5 and 4 in the last week.
Not a huge issue, but I suspect that on certain articles the ratings are to
be trusted less than usual :)
The average is not very trustworthy. But the bar graph of how many
people have actually voted each score is a bit more interesting. If
it's bimodal, with two peaks, then that often tells you something.
But the tool doesn't currently give you that, it probably should.