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As you may have already noticed, our project rating system has been removed.

Many of you requested this change, and we are so happy that it is finally completed. In it’s place, we have reformatted the “Add to Favorites” button, adding a display counter so you can see exactly how many people have included your project in their list of faves.

We have also fulfilled another request: automatic HTML! Now, if you want to share a link to a great tutorial in a comment or post a fun project in our Discussions section, you can just copy and paste the URL. The URL will then be active.

We hope that you enjoy these great, new enhancements. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

- The BurdaStyle Team


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    Mar 10, 2012, 05.47 PMby dixiediy

    The problem, I saw, with the ratings was that they were vague – were you rating the quality of the work? how good the garment looked on the person? how likely you as a viewer would make something similar in the near future? how well it matched the viewers’ personal style? so if you got a lower rating you don’t know why. And the other changes made will help make burdastyle even more user friendly. Thanks!

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    Mar 4, 2012, 08.34 PMby magdamagda

    these changes are really welcome!

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    Feb 27, 2012, 02.31 PMby jeznadel

    It is easy to navigate your comment and opinion because because you already remove the project ratings. Thank You.

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    Feb 26, 2012, 04.27 PMby icedcacti

    Thank goodness. I never thought of sewing as competitive, and if I’m going to share something I sewed at home I’d rather have comments from people who appreciated my work instead of impersonal, mindless ratings from people who missed the point of why most of us posted at all. If there are people who would like to be rated (and I’m sure there are plenty of cases where it would in fact be helpful!), I’d suggest they mention it in their project description so members could “vote,” or at least put constructive criticism, in the comments.

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    Feb 22, 2012, 10.38 PMby brownlow3

    Thank you for removing the ratings feature. As a mom of a 12 year old girl that has been learning how to sew I have in the past let her post on my account. It is heart breaking for her to see negative ratings on her projects when she clearly states that it was made by a child. I too NEVER rated anyone with anything less than 5 stars, if I did not care for whatever it was I kept it to my self. The only exception is if I knew of a way of improving said project and gave advise but never anything to imply negative feelings. There are some wonderful new sewers on here that post projects that to a experienced sewer might not look all that impressive but we have to remember we too were there at some point.

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    Feb 20, 2012, 08.51 PMby JuliaBobbin

    Bravo BurdaStyle! You have just gone and improved on an already fantastic site! I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw the rating system gone. It seemed inevitable that no matter how hard you worked on a project one person would always come and mark you down.

    I used to feel so annoyed when I saw projects posted that had been given one star. This site was set up to encourage and reward not discourage and reject. I made it a point to only ever score a project if I was giving it five stars.

    BurdaStyle I applaud your decision and thank you for creating such a great form for creative people all around the globe.

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    Feb 20, 2012, 08.25 PMby lisa g

    didn’t really care for the ratings, though to be honest i didn’t pay a great deal of attention to them. i know on occasion i clicked a low rating by mistake and couldn’t seem to change it!

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    Feb 20, 2012, 02.51 AMby lucyl12

    Yes agree good the ratings have gone. I have tried to link my projects to the burda style pattern that I used recently and have got error reports (e.g drap jersey dress from 05/2010). I like this feature that you can see finished projects when you look at a pattern but maybe there are many more like me who couldn’t link theirs.

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    Feb 19, 2012, 04.54 PMby suzeb

    I think it’s good the ratings feature was removed. I think it gave Burdastyle.com a “Hot or Not”-type vibe, which made me sad. (Remember that awful website. Eesh).

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    Feb 18, 2012, 03.35 PMby Denim Skirts Etc

    I’m glad that I can post things now without the stupid ratings system. Of course it was fine when people rated you high but recently there were a few trolls who would be putting a one on everything new that was uploaded. That put a lot of people off and some people even took projects down.

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    Feb 17, 2012, 03.54 PMby blueartisan

    At first I was a bit miffed that the rating system was removed but after reading these comments I now really agree that it wasn’t helpful. I liked to use it as an encouragement tool, to show someone I really liked their project but I realised quickly that I got annoyed when something was rated low just because it appeared to be a simple project. Even if something was simple, it may have been made by a novice who poured their heart and soul into that project and rating low could be like a virtual kick in the pants to them. There are some very talented designers in this community but it’s also important to understand that there are many people who also have great potential and this is a perfect place for them to build their skills and their self confidence. Perhaps some people forget that we have all started out as beginners at some point and we have all made things we aren’t entirely happy with but are proud we completed it and have been able to learn so much from it. I think perhaps a like or smile button would be good to replace the ratings system, that way it’s a quick way for someone to show support and encouragement without having to structure a comment. I guess at least for me and I think also for many of you on here, the Burdastyle community is supposed to be about sharing and learning with like-minded people who understand our need to touch everything made from a fabric (no matter where we are), to never drink a hot cup of tea or coffee, to get obsessional about a certain button, to mentally draft and construct an item of clothing we see someone who passes us in the street wearing, to feel utterly and equally triumphant in using a $2 fabric find as a $60 one, to not sleep all night because you are so excited about an impending project…. Well I could go on forever here hahaha

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    Feb 17, 2012, 03.16 AMby kelepso

    I didn’t mind the ratings, but I didn’t see the point, because you could determine who voted for you nor what their rating was clueless

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    Feb 17, 2012, 12.35 AMby zsyzu

    I personally don’t miss the ratings system at all. I’d be disappointed when I produced something I loved only to see it rated low. It got to the point where I almost didn’t want to post anything anymore.

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    Feb 16, 2012, 08.21 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    Actually links still aren’t working in the instructions when you add a technique…they didn’t work before either, I get around it by adding a comment under the instruction with the link. Would be good if you guys can get automatic HTML working there as well.

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      Feb 17, 2012, 05.26 PMby mynameisdavid

      Thank you for letting us know! We’ll add it to our list of enhancements.

      - David

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    Feb 16, 2012, 08.15 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    Automatic htmls FTW! :)

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    Feb 16, 2012, 08.09 PMby ariation

    I do think ratings could be harsh, but it should encourage persons to do better or to improve their photos. Now that there are no ratings persons can feel quite dejected if they receive no comment on their project post….To me it means that no one is fond of the project… Perhaps a like tab can be included as not everyone feels to make a comment or add that particular project to their favorites.

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    Feb 16, 2012, 10.35 AMby buddingnaturalist

    So do other html tags work now (like a href for links and img src for pictures)?

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    Feb 16, 2012, 08.33 AMby woman

    Love ya guys. Thanks so much to the team who keeps this site running <3

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    Feb 16, 2012, 03.28 AMby jenss-1

    Thank you!

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    Feb 15, 2012, 07.15 PMby heidilea

    It makes sense. Whenever I felt compelled to rate something, it was always high. Low ratings aren’t necessarily constructive.

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    Feb 15, 2012, 07.14 PMby patti-r

    Thank you again especially for the auto HTML and the copy and paste but just had an issue trying to give this to member in the Someone Help Me Section:http://www.burdastyle.com/discussions/someone-help-me/topics/sewing-my-own-bra-womens-topic-youve-been-warned&#8212;2

    404 Error This was from burdastyle the copy and paste did not work???

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      Feb 15, 2012, 07.46 PMby mynameisdavid

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Patti. We’ll investigate it and notify our technical support team.

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    Feb 15, 2012, 05.37 PMby fashionfreek

    Answers on the discussion forum..under(if i remember correctly) ratings.

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    Feb 15, 2012, 05.33 PMby luxperdiem

    I dont understand why it was removed?

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    Feb 15, 2012, 05.06 PMby mlssfshn


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