We don’t mind disclosing things some places keep as ” industry secrets”.
The truth is that most people will rank things based on a number of different aspects and we feel that you should know why we came to the recommendation or ranking that we did. So here it is here, Full Disclosure.
We Use a proprietary method similar to the ranking systems found in statistical models. We had to create our own system, and you may even be familiar with a scaling system used to determine value, most people use them in surveys methods to find a weighted average or value associated with a certain element or variable. This is easier than it sounds, trust us.
Our first step was to create some type of systematic approach to ranking products, lets use a book for example:
6 paws possible
|The book was difficult to read and follow along||The book was average to read||The book was easy to read|
|Factual versus entertaining|
10 Paws Possible
|The book did not meet its intended purpose||The book met its intended purpose||The book was entertaining and factual|
|Presentation of material |
5 Paws Possible
|The visual material does not match at all||The visual material matches only some parts||The visual material matched perfectly with the content of the book|
|Availability of item|
5 Paws Possible
|The item is only available in 1 format.||The item is available in only two formats||The book is available in multiple formats|
|Emotional speak |
4 Paws Possible
|The writer failed to connect emotionally||The writer connected emotionally at times||The writer connects with emotions through the entire book.|
10 Paws Possible
|The book was too expensive, did not provide enough value for the money spent||The book matched the value spent.||The book exceeded the value spent|
Referral points Y/N
You’ve probably seen this format in a grading rubric in school, (That’s because its similar). The possible paws are called the weight of the scoring system, each item holds its own value. Each row has a total value, and each column also holds its own value based on the row. Suffice to say, somethings are simply just more important than others.
For example, Emotional speak is worth 4 paws possible, that’s 1.3 Paws per section.
The referral bonus has a solid y/n weight of 10, this is called a variable check, this has a solid weight, and can make or break the review, and spot any bias in the review, or at least a possibility of one. This is why the weight is so high for the referral points.
So lets say a book has the following scores:
|Referral points||10.0 (remember this one is 10 or 0)|
The total points possible is 50
This book scored 37.3333 out of 50
or .747 which would give it a ranking of 7.5 paws out of 10
Had we decided that we would not recommend this book, the ranking would have been 27.3333 out of 50 making it .5470 or 5.5 paws out of 10.
This type of ranking system makes it almost impossible for a product to receive an unfair review. For instance even if it scored the lowest possible score on everything (which would have to be something that probably wouldn’t even get published or mass produced), the product would still have some type of score to it.
Check it out:
Total points is still 13.3333 out of 50 or 2.667 so it would still receive 2.6 paws. (Which would be pretty bad)
Each review will receive a ranking based on these scaling properties, to give an honest a trustworthy review.
Product reviews are done a Similar way, just with more sections, or guided points.
A Product review will be done in a similar manner, ranking each section individually all contributing to the final ratings, similar to above, just with more sections, each section clearly defined.
The legal stuffs…….You Know……It has to be said
Most of our reviews are done voluntarily, meaning that we are not doing them based on sponsorship, or sales volume for a particular product.
Reviews on this site are simply opinions, and these are the methods in which we choose to validate our opinions, Each review is written from an opinionated viewpoint, under the copyright fair use and review act. We do not claim ownership of any proprietary relationship with any product or service being reviewed.
This may anger some viewers, but we do not give any points for a product being sponsored, Products are ranked based on the product and its intended purpose. If you want us to review a specific product please comment below.