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Contents Last issue we introduced a system whereby you, the readers, could rate the articles you were reading. We knew that you liked the stuff we were producing, but we weren't completely sure exactly what it was that you liked. Our hope was that the ratings could give us a bit more insight - and that seems to be the case.

Quite a few of you have taken the time and trouble to give ratings. Thanks a lot. It gives us a lot more to think about.

Since you've taken the time to do the ratings, we figured we ought to give you some idea of what the results were, hence this "top ten" section. We've actually ranked the articles in two ways.

Firstly, we just worked out the average score. This gives a pretty good idea of how, on average, people liked an article. However, we noticed that some articles fared pretty badly under this scheme. These tended to be the more controversial ones that people either loved or hated. The way I figure it, if everyone gives an article a rating of 4 out of 7, for an average of 4, that article was clearly not particularly good and didn't really enhance the magazine. However, if 50% of the readers rate an article as 7, and the other 50% rate it as 1, for the same average of 4, that article was definitely worth publishing - since for half our readers, it alone made visiting our site worthwhile.

Am I making sense? Hope so.

To take account of this, we've also ranked the articles in a second way, by giving points based on how many 7, 6 and 5 ratings they got. Of course, this system also has its flaws. It rewards those articles that were read by many people, which is good to a certain extent, but means that those articles at the top of the contents list (e.g. mine) are liable to get more than those at the bottom. But then you can't have everything.

So here they are:

Top Ten (Based On Average Rating)

1) 6.24 Gaming Records
2) 6.08 Kill The Hippy!
3) 5.94 Nuke The Crap Out Of Europe
4) 5.81 Lost In Cyberspace
5) 5.67 What You Guys Need Is A Lawyer
6) 5.65 The Worst Roleplaying Game Ever Written
7) 5.48 In My Humble Opinion
8) 5.40 Thought For The Soul
9) 5.08 Uncle Figgy's Guides
10) 4.97 Ask Dr Bubba

Well, since gaming records was actually a link to someone else's site, I'm not sure whether to be pleased that we had clearly uncovered a little gem that you all loved, or pissed off that you loved someone else's stuff more than ours! :)

Top Ten (Based On 5, 6 & 7 Ratings)

1) The Worst Roleplaying Game Ever Written
2) What You Guys Need Is A Lawyer
3) Lost In Cyberspace
4) Nuke The Crap Out Of Europe
5) I Know What Roleplaying Is
6) Ask Dr Bubba
7) "...And then you realise it was only a dream. The end."
8) What Dickhead Came Up With That Plan?
9) Reality and Super Heroes, A Deadly Combination
10) Kill The Hippy!
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