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Rating Quality Updates

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

UPDATE: Changes #1 and #2 have been rolled back. After hearing reasonable feedback from concerned members of the community, the choice was clear that this wasn’t the best method.

The mission of the Table Tennis Database is to provide a platform for giving ratings and reviews that are:

  1. Accurate
  2. Useful for people’s research

There are several reasons why reviews and ratings aren’t always accurate (whether accidentally or deliberately), and we’re taking steps to uphold this mission and maintain quality as much as possible. Some of the changes that we’ve made include:

  1. Users cannot give an Overall score below 5. Does anything really deserve lower than a 5/10? Let’s be reasonable; every item is useful to a particular type of player, even if it doesn’t suit your needs. Very low scores unfairly affect the average numbers drastically.
  2. Past Overall ratings below 5 have been changed to unrated (as if “overall” was left blank).
    1. We had debated changing those low ratings to 5 (the lowest allowable rating), but decided against the idea of changing a user’s ratings without permission. If your rating was affected, you can always login and update the rating.
    2. All users with affected ratings have been notified by e-mail and can update the blank “overall” ratings with a more fair score.
  3. Users cannot give a Speed score below 4 for a rubber or blade. Only a freshly cooked pancake could produce speed scores lower than 4, otherwise it’s not physically possible to be that slow.
  4. Users cannot give a Control score below 3.
  5. Already many user accounts have been shut down as suspicious ratings and reviews were detected, and hundreds of ratings have been deleted. A sophisticated algorithm is in place to detect malicious ratings and they get deleted one-by-one. There is also a sophisticated keyword detector for preventing spam.

In order for the Table Tennis Database to continue to be a great resource, we will continue our commitment to protecting rating quality.

Do you have more suggestions for maintaining the quality of the ratings and reviews?

Life as a Tournament Volunteer

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Life as a Tournament Volunteer

I’m sipping a hot cup of coffee as I write this from my hotel room at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for the 2013 US Open.

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Help Fund the “Top Spin” Documentary

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

There is a Kickstarter project to fund a new documentary featuring Arial Hsing, Lily Zhang, and Michael Landers. They are seeking to raise $75,000 by July 19, 2012. Please watch the video and have a look. I’ve already got my pledge in, I hope you will too! Note that you can get great prizes depending on the amount you choose to pledge. Read more

Table Tennis Dictionary

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve got a Table Tennis Dictionary with definitions of all the terms you’ll need to know about equipment characteristics, strokes, etc.

Isn’t it about time you got educated?

Here are the most popular terms recently looked up:

  1. “Cho!”
  2. Loop
  3. Anatomic handle
  4. Double bounce
  5. Brush

Searching Equipment by Characteristic

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Query by Stats

Did you know you can sort equipment by its characteristics? Apparently I hadn’t made this feature visible enough because people were requesting ways to do this.

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“Mens Top 10” Widget

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

We’re proud to announce a new widget that you can install on your own site or blog. This widget shows an up-to-date table of world rankings of the top men in the world. Here’s the widget:

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