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Shane Lynch


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I think TEDsters are way too generous with rating talks!

I think we are way to generous with our ratings. I rate every talk I watch and I rate them very critically. Not because I think I can do a better job but in my opinion some talks are delivered more effectively, some have a more interesting message, some are more emotional.

I think it is our job to rate them. They are all awesome people and speakers but without being critical we will never have GREAT speakers or know the difference between an video which is interesting and one that is making waves around the world.

The rating system is there for everyone's benefit and I think the speakers can handle the constructive criticism. I think we get scared to rate them critically because we are in a domain of thinkers and afraid to say something that will have push back as I'm sure this comment will.

The only opinions and the only ratings that matter are the ones that face an oppositions and cause people to stand up, think and act.


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    Nov 29 2012: Do you think that speakers look more seriously at the ratings their talks get or at the number of views in evaluating whether what they offered was considered "an idea worth spreading?"
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      Nov 30 2012: It's a good question. I think as a blogger there is something that really makes me feel sucessful when I get a pile of hits but I know for a fact that the tribe I want to build consist of the people who leave comments.

      I can't say for certain what the speakers think. I'm sure if you have the most watched video it means something but if it is somewhere in the middle of the pack I wouldn't say quantity of views means as much as the comments and ratings people are compelled to leave.

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