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Should Adult Scores Be Weight More Than A Teenager's Score In Rating Anime?
Posted 3/1/15
For example if a user is 14 Y/O and scores an anime 1-10 the algorithm calculating the rating of a series takes 0.5 of the weight of that score and if a user is 18 Y/O and rates 1-10 it takes 1.0 of the weight (max weight). So logically the 18 y/o has twice more influence on the rating system for a particular anime. I can explain further if anyone is confused.

The reason why I'm asking this is because (and you can argue with me) older users can analysis shows better and tastes evolve to the better when you're older. I'll leave it at that/
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1357904&show=0#xrZ7u2IGz2VbZx4W.99

I just had to copy and paste this thread.
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Posted 3/1/15
No I think everyone deserves any equally valid vote, because although unlikely, it is possible that a 14 Y/O could give a better analysis than an 18 Y/O. If we are going by the crunchyroll site ages as well then what would it count for people with no age or a ridiculous age like 300, if the system had a lot more accurate information of the person rating then this could work but this type of system I don't think would be effective on a site like crunchyroll.
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Posted 3/1/15
While I believe adults might be better at judging stuff due to most likely more experience, I don't think we need this kind of discrimination.
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Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/1/15
No, but I'd be interested in being able to filter votes by age. Just to see if there are any significant differences.

For science.
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Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/1/15
Some adults are under a delusion that they have a better opinion just because they are older.
Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/1/15
No. I've never been a fan of this close minded way of thinking that once you turn 18 your oppinion is actually worth something. I still remember the day I turned 18 and I didn't grow an inch smarter that day. There are many young people below the age of 18 that are far more mature than a lot of people you would technically have to consider adults. And those people can often analyze an Anime much better than most adults would. So no more of this discrimination bullshit please.


Insomnist wrote:

No, but I'd be interested in being able to filter votes by age. Just to see if there are any significant differences.

For science.


That'd actually be interesting.
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Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/1/15
Nah, I understand what you're getting at but it's kind of a generalisation to assume all adults analytical skills are better than young users as well as how mature their tastes are. Simply because a user is young doesn't mean their say in anime or manga is any less valuable than that of an adults. People have vastly different rates of maturation which depend on a number of factors, meaning that someone who is technically still a teen may be more emotionally intelligent and mature than someone much older than him who has had different life experiences. So though it is certainly true that a majority of adults have superior analytical skills and likely have a more experience with a wider range of anime, that doesn't mean that some younger individuals don't as well. I for example know a 29 year old anime fan who is stuck in the "nostalgia phase" He is unwilling to even try any modern anime like Parasyte and AOT but still loves DBZ and other older anime like Ghost in the Shell.
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Posted 3/1/15
No, especially considering all of the trolls on both ends of the spectrum.
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Posted 3/1/15
No. That's not really fair. I mean how are you going to treat the opinions of adults that are new to anime(this is very much a thing, btw)?


Insomnist wrote:

No, but I'd be interested in being able to filter votes by age. Just to see if there are any significant differences.

For science.


This I am more willing to back, though.
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Posted 3/1/15

Okocha119 wrote:

So no more of this discrimination bullshit please.

I was a bit surprised when I saw who the OP for this thread was, considering this:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-890425/bad-anime-that-you-love?fpid=49362873


In answer to the question at hand, I say no. Ratings should not be weighted by age.

Using similar logic, one could have also argued that ratings from people who have seen should be given more weight, although from a practical standpoint, that would be difficult to obtain data on (and impossible to verify).

Speaking of which, the age weighting would have the same problem. Does anyone believe there are actually people that are 100 or older on CR?

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Posted 3/1/15
Well, if they wrote an actual review and it's well thought out, and they give legitimate reasons why they don't like it, then I'll take it seriously no matter what age someone is.

But if the review just says "It Sucks" but doesn't say why, then I won't take it seriously.
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It's interesting in theory, but the reality would be much different. As one 54 years old I know there are some 14 year olds that are far brighter than I ever was or will be. Carrying on with my case I have suffered 5 concussions (3 severe) in an 18 month period so my brain has been rewired a bit around damaged areas. Also it, and other factors, have left me depression prone. So why should my opinion be worth more than anybody else? Heck I don't hold my opinion in high regards. I have a saying I think is applicable in this case.


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Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one and they all stink!


While it might seem derogatory it actually reveals one simple truth. An opinion is still just an opinion no matter who gives it. Agreement with or disagreement with an opinion neither validates it nor invalidates it. FACTS in a debate can be discussed and opinions changed, but the opinion, is and of itself, is still just an opinion. The only extra weight I might give an opinion is if the person is an acknowledge authority on the opinion in question. For example I would give Stephen Hawking's opinion in astrophysics a little more weight than Joe Jerk from Jersey, but I'd still want to know the facts behind the opinion. (Another good quote goes here: [red[Consider the Source!) I will end with this: An opinion and $10 will get you a coffee from Starbucks.

I do agree with this though.

Insomnist wrote:
No, but I'd be interested in being able to filter votes by age. Just to see if there are any significant differences.

For science.

There might be influences on a generation level that affects opinions. For example there are a few users here, I think, never knew a world before 9-11. Or one without computers, cell phones and calculators or the internet and especially the Cold War. Heck I remember the first 4 function calculators cost $300+. Anyways that is my opinion and worth 1/1,000,000th of what you paid for it.
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Posted 3/1/15
I typed an entire paragraph, but I'll just be parroting what some people before have said. *Squak!*Give me a well-written review that conveys why the review felt that way towards an anime without a lot of bias, then I'm good. *Squak!*

But seriously, don't just say an anime is terrible without saying why. When I see a warning sign, I'd like to know if its for cows crossing the street or if there's a health risk. Same goes for anime that are the best things since humans learned how to make wine.
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Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/1/15
I know I rate stuff higher than I probably should but that is my opinion.
It would be interesting to have a weighted system that edits the mean In relation to the users age e.g:

if you are 25:
0-20 year old votes have no change
20-30 year old votes are counted twice
30+ year old votes have no change

0-20 Yo votes = 4.8*
20-30 Yo votes = 4*
30+ Yo votes = 1*

Without weighted system:
4.8 + 4 + 1 ÷ 3 = 3.3*

With weighted system:
Start with doubling the 20 - 30 Yo scores then working out the mean E.G.
4.8 + 4 + 4 + 1 ÷ 4 = 3.5*
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Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/1/15
"...older users can analysis shows better..."

As someone who may be considered a younger user, it is a bit hard for me to take this seriously when the adult who wrote this thread is simultaneously making basic grammatical errors and saying adults opinions should be taken with more weight because they are more intelligent. (No offense, I just think that there will be exceptionally good and bad reviewers of all ages and diminishing one person's opinion simply because of their age comes off a bit close-minded to me. Sorry if that came off as aggressive or rude.)
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