Re: Ebird - Rating Photos

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Subject: Re: Ebird - Rating Photos
From: Julie Clark <>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:34:04 +0000

Just re-reading what I wrote in my original email, I realise that I didn't actually say what I meant.

I didn't mean that there were many 4 & 5 star ratings ... rather I meant that there were quite a lot of ratings that were higher than they probably should be, based on the guidelines.

I agree with David that is good to ignore other ratings when trying to rate a photo so as not to influence your own assessment, but it is definitely interesting to compare your own assessment with others once you've made your choice.

I also agree with Ryu in that people do have different standards regarding photos and that is where the guidelines are so useful and important.

I guess my comments were really meant to highlight the fact that it is important to read and follow the guidelines, so that ratings are meaningful.  

To quote part of the Guideline intro ....

"The purpose of rating photos and sounds is to help bring the highest quality media to the surface, in a rapidly growing collection. Please be conservative when rating media, and follow the guidelines outlined ....."


On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 8:16 PM, Julie Clark <> wrote:
Hi All,

Many of you will be aware that eBird has made it possible for us to now rate the quality of photos added to eBird Checklists.I believe the purpose of the ratings is to eventually provide a means of placing the highest rated photos of each species at the top of the list, so people wanting to see that species will be able to do so quickly and easily. 

I've been browsing photos on Ebird and have found it very interesting looking at ratings that have been given to many. Before attempting any rating myself I read the guidelines.....

I'd like to suggest that anyone interested in viewing photos and planning on rating them should also read the guidelines first.

My main observation was that many photos were rated as 4 or 5 stars, but when referring to the guidelines they should have been 2 or 3 stars. (Conversely a few were probably rated slightly lower than my assessment).

Personal taste obviously also plays a part, but based on the guidelines I would expect ratings for any  particular photo to be fairly similar.

Any thoughts comments from anyone else who has noticed the ratings?


Julie Clark

Julie Clark
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