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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 30 2012: It's crowd-sourcing Mr. Lynch. It's demographics and ratings, It's random, subjective, free-expression of opinion. It ain't rocket science. When something said in a TED Talk makes my jaw drop I think we all know a good, terse characterization for that talk. I support your assertion that the most valuable comments are the candid, constructive ones, whether they be pro or con. I think the fundamental TED rule applies at every level of participation. . . is the content worth sharing? Thank you!

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