_____Hit counts allow both
the author and prospective readers the chance to measure interest in the
work. The natural "flight to quality" should not be lost on the novice
poet; better writing invariably attracts a greater number of readers
here and everywhere else.
The Egoless web site provides hit counts for:
- "Read hits"
- the number of people who have seen the poem;
- the number of people who have written critiques of the poem;
"Posts" or "Comments"
- the total number of contributions to the thread, including critiques, followups and responses from the poet;
- the number of people who have seen the critiques of the poem.
"Chimes" or "Me-Too's"
_____After you've written a few noteworthy critiques you may see, under "Assessments of your Critiques", a chime total in brackets. This is the number of members who have, in addition to numbering among those who graded your critique, agreed with it 100%. Generally speaking, a high chime count in this box is, as Martha Stewart would say, a "good thing".
- the number of people who agree with a critique and have nothing that they feel is worth adding (beyond an evaluation of the critique).
_____Similarly, some may eventually see a chime count beside the number under "Number of Critiques Received by You". This is the number of people who voiced their complete agreement with the critique of one of your poems. This being the case, any such "me-too" vote acts as another numeric assessment of your poem, identical to that given by the original critic. Unlike the chime count under "Assessments of your Critiques", these members are not included in the total that you see (hence the "+" sign) since these people did not necessarily write critiques of their own. A high number here suggests that your work (and, even more generally, this site) has attracted the attention of some very good critics. That, too, is a "good thing".
_____Members revisiting a poem or critique will not cause these hit counts to be incremented.
_____Members can score a poem without critiquing it, but such numeric evaluations are merely for "lazy feedback" purposes. They do not count towards the poet's or poem's rating. A count of Gold Stars for "Perfect as is!" poems is also kept. Each of these is an evaluation of "10" on Egoless, "6" on Egolite. To the right of "From the Gallery:" we see the Critic Ratings of those who awarded the poem an evaluation without a critique. Each Critic's Rating is followed by their evaluation of the poem. Evaluations which are Gold Stars are in gold.