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Shannon Appelcline has a great overview of rating, ranking, and other systems in the article series "Collective Choice": http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_/TTnT_178.phtml . The key points are that most people want to be nice so you'll have far more activity in the top half of the ratings (3-5 for 5 stars, 6-10 for 10 stars); explicitly describing what each level means makes people more accurate; and instead of using a simple average you should weight it towards the site average to prevent items with few ratings from being misrepresented (e.g. an item with one 5-star rating is not the best ever).

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Women get a whole other dimension of online harrasment that men don't.

For a gaming-centered sample, look at http://fatuglyorslutty.com/ .

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Yeah, men have absolutely never been accused of being fat, ugly, or accused of having a societally unacceptable number of sexual partners.

What exactly is wrong with the idea that we shouldn't harass anyone?

What is wrong with the idea that all people are created equal and that people don't need special privileges or protections based on gender/race/sexual orientation?

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Did you ever play an online game and identify as a woman? It's usually a bad idea, believe me.

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Similar actions don't have the same force or effect systematically when they are applied to groups who have different levels of power in society.

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granting privileges to a select group of people and denying then to others in particular contexts skews power even more.

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