The community can then vote using a 5 star rating. We can then use a weighted Baysian estimate, or the less robust Wilson score, to order the list. The Baysian estimate would ensure that high votes from small numbers of voters would be still be listed low in the list.
Paul, feel free to weigh in on the method in the site rating thread. I implemented (weighted) Wilson score as we have too few votes and imho that works. An unweighted score would yield plenty of zero ratings due to low numbers. I am happy to look into other statistical methods, but ... you can dress up a pig, it's still a pig (low votes for some sites).
I don't really understand the motivation to impose a uniform distribution of sites based on some definition of representation.
Researching African places and seeing how few sites we actually listed as Top Missing in the previous iteration, I don't think representation works. Plenty of sites found by simply googling that seem stunning (albeit badly preserved). I think well known sites (and Europe) were over represented in the last effort and we should steer somewhat to get a balanced proposal. So, it's actually good to actually look at gaps and make a dedicated effort to think how to fill it. And you have traveled probably more than most here in Africa, would love your suggestions.
I think creating and discussing detailed motivations for nominations is the value of the whole exercise.
I think we are in the brainstorming phase. We should list plenty of sites and see what sticks. For me, writing a rationale/motivation would come as a second step.
The fact that our remaining Top 50 Missing list includes ZERO sites from Africa, is that based on merit?
Technically, not true. It's based on the fact that Egypt counts as Arab state ;)
A community that primarily resides in Europe will inevitably be Eurocentric (not placing blame here), therefore by definition NOT being a list based on merit.
Don't agree on the Europe centric being a result of Europe residents. But name recognition plays a key role and name recognition is heavily influenced by media etc
- Pharaonic Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu (31 votes)
Case in point re Africa.