Originally Posted by ZATHANSRULE
I dont call them the "miami sellers". I usually distinguish between the two.
As far as the negatives. Yes, they should count heavier than positive, maybe at at a rate of 10-1, but and this is the point--the bidder must see the feedback in context
I agree that, statistically speaking, the bidder should be able to view the context in which negative feedbacks occur - eg: some people are going to try and use the relative anonymity of the online medium to try and mislead and skew facts to their advantage, but that being said, it's still a useful tool for people to see just the circumstances in which a seller got negs.
Many times, the savvy ebay user can view the feedbackERs feedback and take than in context of the feedbackEEs stuff. My point is that you should be able to view the data both at its MOST and LEAST granular.
Summarizations are useful insofar as they reduce large numbers of anecdotal data points to a smooth distribution curve. But sometimes its also helpful to view the actual outlying data points. For instance, 98% of people who take ibuprofen are fine, but 2% have adverse effects. Maybe there's something retarded about the immune system of that 2% or some portion thereof, but maybe there's a legitimate problem? Its always useful to be able to view the raw data rather than summarization.
Oh and by the way, there's a difference between principle and principal.