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Apple Removes 'Rate on Delete' for Apps

04-11-2010, 02:45 PM
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Apple Removes 'Rate on Delete' for Apps

Rejoice and be glad, developers, 'Rate on Delete' is gone.


Developers will be pleased to learn that Apple has removed a controversial "Rate on Delete" feature from iPhone 4. Starting in iPhone 2.2, when a user deleted an App from their iPhone, the operating system would ask the user to rate a App using the 1-5 star rating system in the App Store. The move was presumably meant to increase rating participation in the App Store.

However, many developers were unhappy with the system as they felt it skewed the ratings downwards. The system increased the number of ratings from customers who were likely unhappy with an app, while those who kept an app on their iPhone would never be prompted for a rating.

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04-11-2010, 02:46 PM
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Thank god! One of the most annoying features of 3.0 software

04-11-2010, 02:46 PM
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Yeah I noticed this while removing an application, I was like "What, why did i see the rating thing" then I just shook it off as nothing and continued on with my day.
04-11-2010, 02:52 PM
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Yes! Finally good apps won't have terrible ratings from whiny kids, stupid customers, and others...
04-11-2010, 03:21 PM
Yeah, definitely a step in the right direction.

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04-11-2010, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Tocarina View Post
Yes! Finally good apps won't have terrible ratings from whiny kids, stupid customers, and others...
it is a pity they don't do a small update/patch to the minor versions of 2.x and 3.x to do the same while they are at it. one can only hope.

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04-11-2010, 06:10 PM
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Might be a bug

I've noticed (in 3.0) that the App Store categories are now showing the icon of the top paid app instead of the top free app, that's a welcome change too.
04-11-2010, 06:42 PM
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It's about damn time. I thought that was a ridiculous idea from day one for the very reason developers have been complaining about it. I'm annoyed that it took them this long to realize rate-on-delete was a bad idea, but at least they've finally acknowledged it.

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04-11-2010, 07:14 PM
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I think Apple's idea was to try to force prices up. The idea being that free and maybe 99c apps would drown under 1 star ratings while apps where users had invested more money would be less likely to be deleted and therefore more likely to be rated higher.

It didn't bring prices up and has only served to make ratings almost irrelevent, specially in the free charts where there are often apps with more one star reviews than anything else in the top ten.

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04-11-2010, 09:30 PM
It's about time! Who would rate an app that's ready for deletion? As a customer, I'd rather rate an app I'm going to keep rather than something I'm about to delete.