19 Nov 2006 Zaitcev   » (Master)

Web 2.0 at ANN

Anime News Network has a very interesting feature, a rating histogram. It presents a better readout than traditional one-dimentional rating number.

I find this histogram a great way to know what the great unwashed thinks about a particular title. But there's more. Users vote by registering the series they watched. Therefore, it's possible to transpose the table and collect a list of all anime a particular user has seen, with ratings. My list is there too.

However, for an unknown reason, ANN decided to make this exceedingly difficult. There is no link to one's own list. When users want to share their lists, they must 1) find a valid URL which contains "MyAnime/" (by following "public lists", perhaps), then 2) edit it and remove explicit collection (this shows all collections). Wow, just wow. I don't think I saw anything as kinky since learning how to fetch rating values at Advogato.

Also, users must set their own lists to be public explicitly, but that is an understandable nod to privacy concerns.

{Update: I wish ANN had a list for "Rejected Unseen", similarly to SDB's "Future Series".}

Syndicated 2006-11-19 04:06:38 (Updated 2006-11-19 19:42:42) from Pete Zaitcev

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