Read this if you want to know:
  • Why our voting system is in balance
  • Why manipulating it is ineffective and pointless
  • Why voters should leave a comment
  • How the charts are calculated

The Remix64 voting system explained

How does it work?

For each remix that is released at remix.kwed.org, AmigaRemix or c64audio.com, registered Remix64 members can set a vote represented by a smiley:


Outstanding
Very Good
Good
Average
Poor
Bad

Those smileys are mapped to a score of 17% to 100%, a weighted average of all votes for a remix finally determines its overall score. That means, the votes where the majority of listeners agree on, weight more than the occasional outlier. Additionally, commented votes weight more than anonymous votes (read more below).

 If a tune has received less than 15 votes, the final score is being compressed towards the average score, as it is not regarded as fully representative. Why? A remix with a single Outstanding vote would top the charts with 100% otherwise. With the compression intact, it will still reach 86%.

The following chart explains the process:

Voting Schema

Based on those calculations, the various remix charts (all time, annual, 30 days) are re-calculated at various cycles, thus your vote will not have an immediate, but a delayed impact on the charts.

Emphasise your vote by leaving a comment

The easiest way to comment your vote is to add a shout in the voting box. This is not mandatory, but it is a great opportunity for the voter to step out of anonymity and to give back some kind of feedback (positive or negative) to the artist. Leaving a shout will give double weight to your vote.

This can also be done in a more elaborate way with a full review. Writing a review enables you to lay out your detailed opinion and analysis of the tune. Reviews are displayed on the front page of Remix64, and more prominently on the tune info page. Writing a full review will award triple weight to your vote.

Opposed to shouting, writing a review is subject to a set of rules:

Review guidelines

 

Respect the artist!

Please remember that the artists who publish remixes provide a free service for the listeners. If you dislike a tune with all your heart, you are free to represent that feeling in form of votes, shouts, and reviews, but remember to maintain a certain amount of objectivity and respect. Criticise, but don't offend.

Fair or unfair, that is the question

Ever since we've established the voting system in 2001, there has been the occasional debate about the fairness of the system. No such system can be completely fair. The voting is subject to personal taste and different perception of the listener. At the end of the day, the voting smiley should represent the smile you had on the face when listening to the remix. Thus, the final score can be regarded as the average smile that people had on their faces when listening to the remix, which is a valuable feedback in itself.

Manipulation

There have been a few occasions of artists trying to manipulate the ratings to gain a better charts position. That's not only cheating, but also self-cheating, and pretty pointless too, since it can only marginally alter the outcome. 

The weighted average calculation of our charts causes small manipulations to have virtually no impact. Larger scale manipulations will certainly attract our attention. We're keeping a watch on the voting with various analysis tools. If you spot unusual voting patterns, obvious false accounts or any other kind of abuse (offending shouts or reviews), please get in touch with us.

LMan say RELAX

The Remix64 voting system is a feedback machine for the remixers. On some occasions, artists have reacted very touchy towards negative criticism, or even towards average criticism. It is a bad idea to try and silence people who provide negative feedback, after all that would not change their mind. By submitting your remix to RKO or AmigaRemix, you agree to receive any kind of feedback, good or bad. After all it's just feedback, and a bad vote is not the end of the world. Unreasonable reasons for a bad vote happen, too. Still it was the voter's reason. So relax, don't take it all too seriously.

LMan, 17th August 2007
Updated 20th July 2009

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