Behavioral Economics · Crowdsourcing Data

Who understands user behavioral dynamics for news ratings?

Amber Pollard Kati.io Founder

Last updated on March 5th, 2018

I'm developing a directory which reflects user ratings for news stories. Stories would rated individually, but would also be aggregated into a rating for the author/contributor and for the news site/domain.

My goal is to create ratings which tend to point to quality journalism overall, even if individual ratings often reflect emotional bias.

Who can help me understand these dynamics and can advise me on how to create user rating mechanisms?

Thank you!

Daniel Turner Available

March 4th, 2018

I know a lot of academic research on how people read and evaluate news, and a lot of academic research on the sociology and motivation behind sharing. Most of that that I'm aware of points to people are more likely to share and positively rate content that they find serves homophilic impulses and/or reinforce their epistemic bubble (a pop version: the filter bubble).


Not sure how you make the connection between "people have said they rate this story highly" and "quality journalism", though. Could you point to research on that?


Signed, former journalist and academic.

Fred Cohen Helping startups and growth companies succeed

March 4th, 2018

Dan is right - lots of research in this area, and lots of technology to support it. Perhaps the best first step is to do a good job of researching what has been done before rushing off into this arena.

Siddharth Thareja Wandere in chief, Chief insight manager. Part time customer lifecycle hero

March 5th, 2018

Hi Amber, Considering your situation i can say that you want to pilot which story will max traction and i would strongly suggest you to use rating basis Net Promoter Score on a scale of 1 to 10. Do google it and i am sure it will work for you. All the best. Sid

Kunal Atree Founder

March 4th, 2018

Hi, That's quite interesting sector you are geting into. Human psychology always been my favorite subject. I would try to help you out in this. Please share more details Thanking you

Joey Morse Conversion Optimization Specialist @ Internet Brands - p/t developer and developing Growth Hacker

March 4th, 2018

Hmmm, maybe the solution is combining a couple of key performance indicators - Daniel, in your opinion, would people more prone to impulsive behavior spend more or less time on a page/article? Or at least, less time reading an article? Do you know of any research that covers something like that?


If so, then you may be able to combine time on page and ratings -


1) Disregard ratings given before a certain amount of time (like anything given under 30 sec etc).


2) You could even just use the avg time spent on the page as a quality indicator itself.