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Kill the Scorecard

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Kill the Scorecard

Postby The Batman » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:45 pm

Hi, DMS. It's me, Batman, again. I have another suggestion for you. Kill the scorecard. It was an interesting attempt. You wanted to have higher quality articles. Understandable. You thought allowing editors to rate writers would be a way to see who was producing good work and who wasn't. It didn't work. You know it didn't work. First, let's discuss why it didn't work.

1) The grammar score is less about grammar and more about an individual CE's whim/preference/mood. You also have too many CEs that do not know basic grammar and punctuation. You will say, but Batman, the scores are an average. Over time the best writers will have a higher average score.
2) Higher grammar scores are not indicative of good writing. All they indicate is that the person has mastered the particular DMS style. You know, that dead, formulaic writing that you are mocked for. That's what a high grammar score gets you. It leads to part of your low quality problem.
3) The research score is routinely gamed by your writers. They scour the Internet to find "references" and "resources" that they didn't actually use, preferably from .gov and .edu sites. Notice, I didn't say government or university sites. That's because many of your CEs are too dense to know that not all government and university sites are .gov or .edu. You will find many of your writers with a high research score that always put X number of references down and X number of resources. Do you think they always use the exact same number of sources? Why is this a problem you ask? Because it would take The Batman less than five minutes to find a slew of articles on Livestrong that say the exact opposite of what their .gov references say. How's that for quality?

Is there a solution for this without the scorecard? Yes, of course. You already "review" writers when they reach certain milestones for submitted articles. Take a little bit more time with those reviews. Read a few articles. It does not take long to read one of your articles. Make a human decision on the quality of the writing. That will get you higher quality content.
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Re: Kill the Scorecard

Postby BurnCEs » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:31 pm

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Re: Kill the Scorecard

Postby SEO Speedwagon » Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:18 pm

Amen to this thread.
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