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If my ss goes down because they change everything, you better sleep with one eye open.
SS should reflect your actual academic help. You should be safe kgb :)
Heh...yeah... okay. :D
and it wont happen cuzz the people running this wont probably ever read this :P
it was purely academic before... by that i mean levels were based solely on medals (and i admit it was a lot difficult to level up then)
fans and fan testimonials actually reflect academics in a way. Most people with high fan count are the great teachers
but i have no objections on the last statement though....medal parties in music group should not be credited at all
Even keeping it to solely medals doesn't make it purely academic. There will always be people giving and receiving medals for socializing posts, bad help, and pure answers. In fact, it will always be easier to get medals quickly by doing those things than it is to earn them by giving great help. That's why the really good users should stop caring about SS.
on the one hand though....some great users feel cheated that the non-academic people have higher SS than the good teachers
...not that i know anything about it
Fans and fan testimonials are pure popularity. You got people fanning in return for fans.
Fans and testimonials are related to academics because they love the cool kids at institutions.
What makes the SS score less?
Hi Tim When you need a "pure academic" score, you can rely on your good old fashioned quizzes. We are creating a new tomorrow here on OpenStudy and saying that the SmartScore is a measure of a lot of things that matter for success. And some of it is academic - like how well can you answer math questions, but some of it is about whether you can be polite and courteous and work well with others etc etc. So no, SmartScore is not a purely academic score. It is a whole lot more! And we believe it will be useful score to have when you want to signal that you are more than your grade!
ok so it is one big popularity contest then ok i gotcha.
You should ragequit.
I would but there is no quit button. Imagine that :P
As we have detailed ad nauseam on occasion after occasion, in thread after thread, and directly in response to several of the users who have posted here, the key distinction between metrics in SmartScore is their weight. Through both fundamental limits due to the one-time nature of the actions, and through the respective weights of various of the metrics, most of the metrics you refer to as a “popularity contest” (the downsides of which you haven't detailed, of course, since in the real world it is in fact a great advantage to be well-liked) will make up a relatively small part of your SmartScore. Medals and asking/answering questions still make up the overwhelming majority of most people's SmartScores. Thus why satellite is nigh untouchable as the only 100 SmartScore user: between the number of questions answered and the number of medals they've gotten for those, they've simply set up a massive numeric advantage in the raw score that is used to compute the SmartScore.
Can you show me your algorithm or just rules for calculating smart score then?
@dpflan posted a reasonable explanation at http://openstudy.com/study#/updates/4f8e1d22e4b000310fac92ff . We likely won't be publishing any more information than that anytime soon, though you're welcome to ask any followup questions and I'll answer them if I can.
@lgbasallote i completely disagree with your line "fans and fan testimonials actually reflect academics in a way. Most people with high fan count are the great teachers" indeed great teachers deserve this but lot of stuff is there that you have seen , girls get 200 fans without ever answering a single question , does that reflect how helpful are they academically ?
Jasonxx, feel free to disagree! We have some solid data and research done by the GT team and validated by Stanford research institute. You see we have a lot more data than you can see. And as educators ourselves, we are able to sift through all the noise!
well, i was just saying what i observed, no doubt this whole website is being driven by geniuses but i feel like that when i see kinda injustice, if just putting a good picture and collecting thousands of fan increases score then its ok
I hear ya. And peace all around. We are usually pretty chill - but when we start getting into certs and stuff like that then we dig deep and "compensate" for the fluff. So there is meaning and value to all this.
note: i said *high* fan count (like amistre, satellite, and all those cool chaps)