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Viewed 89 Time(s)] Scroll To Top Of Page Direct Link to this Post Posted On: 9/7/16 2:40 PM

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New This is not really a big deal, but just for gits and shiggles I added a new feature; the ability to rate a Blog Post or Forum Topic with 1-5 stars. Why? Because I was bored and not sure what to do next. LOL

Seriously though, I guess it could be fun on an active site (which this is not), and it is done in such a way that it would be pretty easy to add to just about anything else. I was thinking about also doing it for topic replies, but I'm honestly not sure how necessary that is...

If you are reading this and you are a member, and you absolutely need the ability to rate replies as well, let me know and I am sure I will add it. Otherwise, for now, I don't see the point...

Oh, and right now it is done in such a way that you vote and then get redirected back to whatever page you were on. At some point in time I will go ahead and 'AJAX' it. What does that mean you ask? Basically that means using javascript to make cast the vote and update the page without taking you away from the page.

That shouldn't be too hard, but it's just not a priority right now...

Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think!
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New Well, I went ahead and 'AJAXED' it. Simply hover over the stars, either in topic/blog or on the blog/topic listing pages, click the star and it should cast your vote. I also setup a pop up window for anything that has 1 or more rating to break down the votes by number of stars given.

There are a few aspects of how it's setup right now that I'm not totally sure about, so any thoughts would be appreciated.

First, I don't now if I care for the idea of rating something if you are not directly on the page. As in, rating a Blog from the main listing, where you are clearly not reading the blog in question. But I do like convenience...

Second, at the moment, the system will allow you to re-cast a vote for anything you have already rated. Part of me thinks that you should only be allowed to cast a vote once, but another part of me knows that we all make mistakes...

Third, on the pop up window that shows the breakdown of ratings, I was thinking about showing who all has cast a vote. Not what rating they cast, just that they voted. And I was thinking about having it only show up if a minimum amount of votes have been cast, like 5 or 10, so as not to single anyone out when only 1 or 2 votes have been cast.

So do you have any thoughts on any of this? Please let me know if you do...
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