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The old method of letting all users rate each movie out of 5 stars was becoming outdated and prone to cheating. Which is why we have introduced the spiffy new Personal Top Ten. This allows you to select your own all-time favorite movies from our cinema.
At the end of each day we will be looking at everyones personal top ten and generating an overall ranking for each movie. This will be used to generate our charts and top tens.
To combat those pesky cheaters and vote riggers the main chart will only be based on the personal top tens created by gold users. There will also be a chart based on all users for people interested in that, but this will obviously by susceptible to cheating and shouldn't be taken too seriously. Also, we have made a special chart that is weighted by force rankings; the more force you have the greater your influence on the rankings will be.
OK, so how do you get to play with all this funky stuff? The most important new page is the Top Ten Customizer page. You can get to this page via your profile or at the bottom of a movie details page. The customizer lists all the movies from our cinema (apart from any movies you submitted yourself) so you can pick your favorites and add them to your top ten. It also allows you to move movies up and down your top ten so you can order them how you wish. You can go back to the page and re-edit your selection at any time. Once you hit submit we will record your choices and other people will then be able to view your recommendations via your profile.
The other way to alter your top ten is to look for the box at the bottom of a movie details page. This will give you a quick drop down list of your top ten and allow you to insert the new movie into it.
You can view the overall rankings in a couple of places. The top ten on the cinema page now features the movies ranked by the gold users, as this is now our main ranking method. If you wish to see the top ten based on all users or the force weighted one this is currently an option on the Cinema Stat Funbox on the community page.
This is the first stage in improving the cinema. Over the next few months we hope to revamp other parts and introduce new features. We will be looking into the problems with browsing the archive and making sure everyone has a fair chance to get their movie seen. As always, your suggestions and ideas are very welcome.
I'd like to thank all the AlamDV community who have made suggestions and hashed this idea out. Especially Sidewinder who finalized this design. I hope it meets everyones approval