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missing-score
01-10-2006, 05:24 AM
I had an idea for a website earlier, here is my idea in a nutshell:

www.mywebsite.com has testimonials about the webmasters of other websites, for example, there might be a testimonial about the owner of www.yourwebsite.com

Ratings would be left by developers or designers that have worked with the person in question and the information would be in a sort of "lookup directory" so that designers or developers thinking of working for this person could possibly find out some past information.

Obviously, it would be a little more complex than this...

None of the webmasters personal details (real name, contact information, address etc.) unless they asked them to be. Just the website URL would be used, so I shouldnt be violating anything there.

My concern is though, is there any liability in having ratings about others websites and their owners. Eg: If a website was given a bad rating, could that website owner legally make me take the review down (assuming that the review isn't slanderous).

Thanks
Matt

zro@rtv
01-10-2006, 07:03 AM
now i'm not officially credentialed to weigh in on this but I dont see what argument anyone could have as long as you say its not "slanderous", "libel", or advocating violence or something toward the webmaster (however appropriate it may seem). If something is "news-worthy" (pretty much entirely subjective) as far as i know its fair-game to review it.

I suppose you could run into a problem if a user says something like i had an account on site X and they did all this bad stuff too me and then site X contacts you and says that never happened or that person was never a user. Although it seems rather insiginificant and less than always varifiable,... so maybe, but i doubt it.

missing-score
01-10-2006, 07:14 AM
now i'm not officially credentialed to weigh in on this but I dont see what argument anyone could have as long as you say its not "slanderous", "libel", or advocating violence or something toward the webmaster (however appropriate it may seem). If something is "news-worthy" (pretty much entirely subjective) as far as i know its fair-game to review it.

I suppose you could run into a problem if a user says something like i had an account on site X and they did all this bad stuff too me and then site X contacts you and says that never happened or that person was never a user. Although it seems rather insiginificant and less than always varifiable,... so maybe, but i doubt it.
Thanks :)

If it works out how I plan then it should be fairly simple to spot problem users. For example, if you recieve 200 positive feedback and 1 is negative, you can conclude that:

The user made 1 mistake out of 200 sales The user was a problem user

I'd like to hear anyone elses opinions.

_Aerospace_Eng_
01-10-2006, 10:45 AM
Hmm its a good idea but there are so many people out there who do web design and the chances of someone else working with the same person that another person worked with are slim. There is a site that has done something similar except they do it with college professors instead. It allows you to leave comments and rate the professors based on their performance in the courses. www.ratemyprofessor.com is you want to get some ideas of how it works.

missing-score
01-10-2006, 10:51 AM
Hmm its a good idea but there are so many people out there who do web design and the chances of someone else working with the same person that another person worked with are slim. There is a site that has done something similar except they do it with college professors instead. It allows you to leave comments and rate the professors based on their performance in the courses. www.ratemyprofessor.com is you want to get some ideas of how it works.
I know what you are saying, but I have been parts of projects and have been asked what the clients were like (clients being the website owners). I definatley think it could be useful but it would have to get alot of ratings for a large range of sites and/or people first.

I would like to allow the option for website owners to register themselves using more than the websites they own so that they could be linked to owning various websites.

oracleguy
01-10-2006, 06:27 PM
The idea is worth a shot; as far as liability you'd need to write a good disclaimer something like how all the comments are the opinion those of the people who authored them and not you. I'd suggest looking on commercial sites that let people comment on stuff they usually have disclaimers of that nature and might give you an idea on what they say to prevent them from becoming liable from what someone says on their site.

And to prevent like disgruntled customers from posting non-relevent comments just have some sort of approval queue so all comments have to be approved before they appear on the site. That way you can restrict to developer and designers comments.

zro@rtv
01-10-2006, 08:26 PM
Definitely! those two things i think would make you golden. Good Disclaimer and a moderation queue. I dont know why i didnt just say that before... seems so obvious now that you point it out, oracle.



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