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  • iPhone 4.0 Dumps "Rate on Delete" for Apps

    The new iPhone OS is bringing to an end a familiar prompt that showed itself to those preparing to delete an app that was no longer wanted, enjoyed, or deleted. First introduced in iPhone 2.2, the ability to "Rate on Delete" has been a well-established option that enabled users to give one final thumbs up or down to their departing app. Well, no longer with this option be available.

    It stands to reason that such a prompt would - at least, in theory - be desirable to developers in hopes of obtaining some measure of feedback from iPhone users who used a particular application. In addition, bulking up the App Store's reviews and user ratings was another added benefit to Apple of having the prompt. And although the prompt didn't obligate anyone to rate a departing app, let's face it, most of us still assigned a 1-5 star rating upon termination.

    Unfortunately, then, it also makes sense that some developers feel that the prompt to "rate on delete" negatively impacted user ratings.

    Needless to say, if you're deleting an app, you're either tired of it, annoyed by it, or ready to replace the old with the new. As a result, that "mindset" will likely effect how you rate an app that you're tossing. It may have been a five-star app only three weeks ago. But now that you've found better, the app will only get two stars on deletion. This situation has increasingly made developers displeased with the process.

    So for the new iPhone OS, this longstanding prompt will no longer be featured. Instead, the only way to rate an application is to go to the App Store and rate the app there.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4.0 Dumps "Rate on Delete" for Apps started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      More and more devs are putting that ability inside their apps. Usually look in the settings/about/feedback sections which will let you rate the app in iTunes. I think that is a much better process than utilizing a pop up before deletion which I am sure skewed some people to rate the app low.

      I just know the ratings are all subjective anyway. I hold reviews from my friends and family much higher than that of some nicknamed anonymous person on iTunes who I don't know (which by the way lots of the ratings on iTunes are pure kiddie littered garbage). An extra point, if someone managed to sound intelligent inside an iTunes review I might consider theirs as well but those are few and far between.
      Interesting. Didn't know that. As for the numbers, I doubt that it skewed people to vote low. I feel it simply got people to vote, period. Frankly, I am far less likely to vote on anything now, unless it is just so terrible or so overwhelmingly amazing that it pushes me one way or the other. A hard push, mind you.

      As a general rule of thumb though, an amazing app isn't going to be rated 1-3 stars whether they remove the ratings pop-up or not. THAT was my point. A good app will be good, a bad app will be bad, regardless of the changes in how we rate. People deleting an app simply because they have played the hell out of it probably won't rate it one star. Similarly, deleting an app fifteen seconds after downloading it because you already realize it is a waste of your time is going to get one star most likely. Those are the ratings that I foresee largely will no longer count.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -

      GIVE IT A 5
    1. Sniper366's Avatar
      Sniper366 -
      I also noticed that when buying a free app that you've already purchased, it doesn't tell you about it anymore. Before it would say "You've already purchased this app" and then you just download it again, now it acts as if you're downloading it for the first time
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      Good move must help decs wit their ratings
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      yeah i never liked that feature
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      glad. I always tap "no thanks" anyway.....
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      Yes I hate that rate box
    1. wannabprogramma's Avatar
      wannabprogramma -
      I think this is good because this would always distort ratings because if you are deleting an app you obviously don't like it..I mean I even keep the apps I'm indifferent to, I only delete the ones I really hate..this should bring up ratings I think.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      Like many, i always tapped no thanks unless it was great or sucky
    1. plasmakirby's Avatar
      plasmakirby -
      Replace the old with the new? So you're getting Jelly Car 2? The first one is a lot better...
    1. jadenyuki678's Avatar
      jadenyuki678 -
      thank god that thing was annoying