Shane Lynch Posted almost 2 years ago I think TEDsters are way too generous with rating talks! 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.