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This is a bit of a technical question. I'm curious about what this line about ratings means:

> additional factors are considered, such as a higher weight on member ratings **and an exclusion of ratings outside the standard deviation. **

So that'd obviously be the 1's and 8's. But how specifically are they "excluded"? Are they just not counted or what?

edit: actually I'm living in 2014. these days we have people with access to the code who aren't as big of a faggot as 3J so maybe we could get an answer

Yeah this rating system is very odd. Looking at my story right now, if we add together all the scores, we get 183, then divided by the number of ratings (28) we get 6.53. My story's currently sitting on 5.9.

Meanwhile a random story I took for comparison has the sum of scores at 97, divided by the number of ratings (17) we get 5.7, yet the story's sitting on a 6.5 rating.

Is there even an approximate guess how it's being done?

Nope. Even JJJ who came up with this overly complicated system looked at it during one of the last times he actually did things here shrugged his shoulders at what he did in the first place.

Looking at your Eternal, it has the sum of ratings at 83103, divided by the number of ratings (12649) we get a 6.57, yet eternal is at 7.29 (not that it doesn't deserve it, best story I read, it's like 2/3rds the length of the entire Harry Potter series). Black Magic indeed.