Rating and Writing Impact
In the future, newly admitted Birdwatch contributors will need to earn enough Rating Impact to unlock the ability to write notes.
Writing Impact reflects how often a contributor’s notes have earned a status of Helpful when rated by others. Impact increases when a note earns the status of Helpful, and decreases when a note reaches the status of Not Helpful.
Notes in ‘Needs More Ratings’ status don’t count towards Writing Impact.
To increase your Impact, you need to write notes that earn the status of Helpful when rated by other contributors.
Note statuses aren’t reached by majority rule. A note will reach a status of Helpful or Not Helpful only when there’s agreement between contributors who have sometimes disagreed in their past ratings. This helps prevent one-sided ratings.
Here are some tips on how to write helpful notes.
Rating Impact reflects how often a contributor’s ratings helped the community identify notes that earned a status of Helpful or Not Helpful. It increases when a contributor rates a note before it has reached a status, and when their rating matches the status reached by the note. Impact decreases when a contributor rates a note opposite the status it later reaches.
Note statuses can change any time as more ratings come in, and can be overturned if a broad enough group of contributors agrees that it should change.
To increase this impact, you should look for notes that still need more ratings, and rate them. The best ways to do this are by browsing the Needs Your Help tab in Birdwatch, and by looking out for alerts from Birdwatch that a note needs your rating.
Help identify notes as Helpful
Help identify notes as Not Helpful
Note statuses aren’t reached by majority rule. A note will reach a status of Helpful or Not Helpful only when there’s some agreement between contributors who have sometimes disagreed in their past ratings. This helps prevent one-sided ratings.
Contrasting ratings are important. They help make sure the best notes get seen, and can often help overturn the status of a note. However, contrasting ratings that don’t contribute to changing a note’s status need to be discounted to prevent simple manipulation strategies. (For example: a contributor acting in bad faith could increase their score by rating many notes randomly and earning Rating Impact for the ones where their rating happened to agree with the status reached.)
This approach helps make sure Rating Impact reflects the overall net impact that people find helpful. We expect everyone to have some contrasting ratings, and this disagreement is important, so don’t worry if you have some!
When a note is deleted, its content is removed. However, contributors continue to earn Writing Impact and Rating Impact based on the status of the note. This is important, as it prevents people from gaming impact scores simply by deleting notes that have reached a status of Not Helpful.
Yes. Both scores can go negative.
Yes, scores are shown publicly on contributor profiles.