EasyRating: The best things come in threes!

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  • EasyRating: The best things come in threes!

    29 Jun 2016

    The "Thankomat" and the “Like” belong to yesterday, today it’s "EasyRating"!
    Three different modules concerning the aspect of evaluation.
    Three versatile modules for each platform.
    Three differentiated modules within one plugin.

    "EasyRating", that's the new ultimate voting, evaluation and review product, living by the motto: Why just one, if everything’s possible. Anyone who’s now rubbing his/her eyes and asking whether this can really be true, can be reassured: Yes, it's true. "EasyRating" represents an "all-in one" product solution that can be used for different administrators and different types of applications.

    Instead of needing to decide beforehand on one module and maybe regretting that later on, every administrator receives all three possibilities at once and can choose, depending on the usage, which module is to be used on his/her website. Whether one, two or three, everything can be used, but needn’t be.

    Accordingly, "EasyRating" will be delivered inherently on a modular base and these are the three modules:
    1. The entry module (i.e. object reviewing based on established criteria)
    2. The list module (i.e. freely preparable lists with elements to be chosen or added)
    3. The review module (i.e. object evaluation based on points and emphasizing individual items)
    In essence, all these modules focus on the function that users can apply a form of assessment. That means that later on the users can
    • Evaluate entries by third parties on the basis of defined criteria (by the person offering the entry)
    • can write reviews on e.g. products and specify on them by means of set parameters (by the person offering the review) and
    • create own lists that other people can vote on
    Therefore each of the three modules has its own task and each appeals to a certain type of user behavior. This means:

    Module “Entry”

    Explanation: With this module users can submit entries of all kinds and these entries can be rated by other users along predefined criteria.

    Example: Let's take a look at a website. One user introduces a website and due to predefined criteria such as e.g. "Design", "Structure", or "Service" other users can now rate this site. By applying f.i. a point range (1/5, 3/5, 5/5), it’ll be possible to view how people have rated this website along the individual categories. (The number of points/stars can be globally set between 2-10).



    Module “List”

    Explanation: With this module users can submit lists that can be evaluated by others.

    Example: Let's take a list including 10 favorite songs. This list, created by one user, is submitted and is considered to be evaluated by other users. Namely, how do users rate the songs 1-10 on a scale of 1 (absolutely lousy) up to 10 (totally awesome)? (The number of points can be set in a list of 2-10)



    Module “Review”

    Explanation: With this module users can submit reviews and other users can offer their opinion via predefined parameters.

    Example: Let's consider a platform on gaming. So, this platform compares games and wants to provide reviews on that for users. Users can now write their reviews (HTML text), then optionally list their arguments (positive, negative, neutral) in a summarized way and end their review on the basis of defined parameters, such as e.g. "Gameplay", "Graphics" and "Action", by means of a rating (1/5, 3/5, 5/5). Naturally the number of points (emphasis) per parameter can be set freely. Then a total will be determined, based on the sum of the points.



    In addition to that, users have the ability to recommend a product (similar to the assessment of entries and lists).

    Even this short description reveals that "EasyRating" can be used for a variety of assessment types and thus be part of virtually any platform. Whether a survey, evaluation, review or feedback, now you can draw on unlimited ressources as an administrator and user. Instead of just using the simple "Like/Dislike" feature or the standard survey function of WCF, you can now depend on one or all modules, as you like it, actively involve your members and on top of that, you’ll receive significant and aesthetically nicely presented results.

    What does that mean? Well, consider this:
    • "EasyRating" allows the customization of all indicators for an assessment (icons, figures, graphics,...), so as to fit in on any platform and on any subject.
    • Optional explanations of the criteria/parameters (1 = very poor, 10 = very good or an explanatory text on a given parameter) via a tooltip can be enabled/disabled.
    • The individual ratings, depending on the module, will be distributed in a summarized overview (3 Reviews, 16 Reviews...), listed again in an abridged way within the dashboard (parameter overview including given points) and topped off with the average rating (sum of all ratings).
    • Each module differs visually from each other, so there’s no confusion.
    Besides this initial overview "EasyRating" will have, naturally, also the usual range on permissions, notifications etc.

    With "EasyRating”, the notion of assessment reaches a new dimension. With three modules different valuation methods can be easily included on your platform, turning your members into active participants (evaluators, reviewers and/or raters) and thus, providing more interaction.

    1, 2, or 3? With "EasyRating" you’re prepared for any type of rating. 3...2...1 and Go, soon there will be more details and the sale won’t be long in coming… :)

    Mind: At this point "EasyRating" has reached the final developmental stage, but some minor details have to be included yet. One of these is the insertion of English language templates. That means, the shown screenshots within this article are taken from the German language file, the English version needs to be still included (that will take place within the following weeks). So, for all the Non-German guests, members and users: Please keep in mind, that the correct screenshots for the English version will be inserted later on, we didn't forget it or were sloppy. Thanks for your understanding.

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