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HeroesFire Site Update: Guest Voting Now Live!

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Quote | PM | +Rep by miyari » March 2, 2019 1:57pm | Report
Earlier this year, several core members of our network communities expressed that they feel that the scores presented in the guide listings aren't very clear. We've heard this feedback loud and clear! However, while researching ways to combat this problem, we quickly realized that one factor which lies at the heart of this issue is that there are not enough votes being cast in the first place. Today, we're introducing guest voting, which we believe will lead to more votes being cast, which in turn makes it easier to provide clearer and more accurate guide rankings.

What is Guest Voting?

Guest votes are votes cast by HeroesFire users who are not registered or logged in. Anyone who uses HeroesFire will now be able to cast their vote on any guide. Guest votes are tracked separately from member votes, and each guide will have two different scores stored internally: one based on only member votes and the other made up of member votes and guest votes combined. Only the highest of these two scores will be shown on your guide and in the listings, so the inclusion of guest votes will never lower your guide score.

We already have vote manipulation protections in place, as well as requiring a valid CAPTCHA for every guest vote.

Why Are We Adding Guest Voting?

We've found that fewer and fewer users are logging in to cast votes as time goes on. It's important to us that guide scores accurately reflect the opinions of HeroesFire users, and we realize that many of those users are visiting site without logging in.

Guest voting allows these HeroesFire users to offer their opinions on your guides, which gives guide authors more feedback on their work and, if their guide is well-received, a higher place in the listings! As said, having more votes also means more accurate guide scoring and ranking, especially for guides with very low vote counts.

We're excited to open up voting to guests so our talented guide writers can earn more votes on their quality content! Let us know what you think of the new guide scoring and voting changes coming to HeroesFire in the comments below!

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