We wuz robbed !!!!!

Started Aug 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
Ryan Williams
Ryan Williams Contributing Member • Posts: 598
Re: DPR gold vs silver awards

To add another perspective to this, I first came across DPReview while researching which compact camera I wanted a couple of months ago. When facing such a task, whittling down an unbelievably big list of candidates is quite tiresome and review scores are often my main way of doing this — then once I have a shortlist I'll read their reviews and forums in more depth.

What made it a bit confusing was that while I initially used the cameras awarded with nice, clear 'silver' and 'gold' icons as my way of singling out the best, as I looked more closely a bit later on I realised the awards didn't actually correlate that much with the scores, and so I was skipping some cameras I really should have paid attention to.

My feeling is the awards should be an objective, score-based token. Having awards that're subjective makes things confusing, and in a more human context (ie: deciding which person out of a group of several should win) would cause a lot of hurt feelings and, worse, lack of understanding why someone was chosen above them.

Obviously it's an analogy, but maybe it's one that helps DPR understand why this doesn't gel very well with people. The only way to resolve it would be to remove all existing awards, or re-badge them as some kind of legacy award. Then, in future stick to a more objective system that helps visitors of the site such as myself rather than just be a useless symbol that some cameras happen to have.

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