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# Review Bombing

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10 hours ago, Trevor L. said:

Three for me.

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8 hours ago, IKLland said:

Three for me.

Agreed.

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On 8/9/2021 at 1:59 PM, IKLland said:

I got a five star( happy with ) and a three star on this. Is this really a three?
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/360114071

On 8/11/2021 at 11:29 AM, IKLland said:

Why’s the average 4? Did someone give it one maybe?

I'm not sure how advanced your math skills are, but averages are calculated by adding your ratings together and then dividing that total by the number of ratings.  A rating of 5 added to a rating of 3 is a total rating score of 8, divide that by the 2 ratings and you end up with an average of 4. I hope that helps explain why the average is 4.

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While we're on topic, the macaulay library does average everyones ranking to give the star rating that's shown below, its process for ranking photos are different. Every photo is given a point score from 0-5 which I believe is based on a mix of total number of ratings, and what percentage of high (5 star) ratings it gets. For example, here's the data for @IKLland's Mallard photo that was just being discussed.

The 'rating rank' is how high the photo would appear in any time the library is filtered by 'most popular'. Just thought this would interesest some people sense everyone in this topic seems pretty obsessed with ratings.

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How is this a 5??

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3 minutes ago, PalmWarbler said:

How is this a 5??

looks like at least a 4 to me. what would you call it?

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4 minutes ago, kansabirdguy said:

looks like at least a 4 to me. what would you call it?

3; the bird is pretty tiny in the frame.

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5 hours ago, PalmWarbler said:

How is this a 5??

Because butterfly 🙄

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I didn't really know where else to post this, but isn't this a cardinal?

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3 minutes ago, PalmWarbler said:

I didn't really know where else to post this, but isn't this a cardinal?

It is. I just reported it.

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On 8/17/2021 at 6:39 PM, PalmWarbler said:

How is this a 5??

It's not terrible at all. It's even in the top photos.

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2 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

It's not terrible at all. It's even in the top photos.

It's in the top photos because it has a ton of good ratings.  It's a great photo, but people don't understand that just because it's a rare, unique, or interesting photo doesn't necessarily mean it's a 5-star photo according to eBird.

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33 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

It's in the top photos because it has a ton of good ratings.  It's a great photo, but people don't understand that just because it's a rare, unique, or interesting photo doesn't necessarily mean it's a 5-star photo according to eBird.

Good point. But, if I saw this on a photo quiz, I would probably rate it a five.

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48 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Good point. But, if I saw this on a photo quiz, I would probably rate it a five.

The photo quiz is still eBird.

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Just now, The Bird Nuts said:

The photo quiz is still eBird.

I know, that was my way of saying that I would still rate it a five.

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On 4/8/2021 at 8:19 PM, Birding Boy said:

@IKLland Do you have access to a phone? The reason I ask is because Lightroom ( a photo editing app) is free for mobile, and it’s really helpful to adjust stuff like exposure, cropping, etc. I just found out about this a couple months ago, wish I had known sooner myself!

So, would Lightroom be free for an apple ipad?

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11 hours ago, IKLland said:

So, would Lightroom be free for an apple ipad?

Sort of. You can do basic stuff like cropping and lighting for free, but you have to pay for just about everything else.

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12 hours ago, IKLland said:

So, would Lightroom be free for an apple ipad?

Yes, well at least some features, like exposure, minor color adjustment, etc.

Edit: whoops, didn’t see Sean’s post

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2 minutes ago, BirdNrd said:

Five for me.

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24 minutes ago, BirdNrd said:

The quality is great, but I think it needed to be framed a little different.

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I think a different crop would make it look even better, like a 2:3, instead of a 1:1 or whatever you're using now.

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17 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

I think a different crop would make it look even better, like a 2:3, instead of a 1:1 or whatever you're using now.

So maybe like this?

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17 minutes ago, BirdNrd said:

So maybe like this?

That's cropped in too close, in my opinion.  Great shot, though!  I think it's a 4 since the background is quite busy and distracting.

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