2010 August 18 Wednesday
Why Are HotOrNot.com Ratings So Inflated?

Audacious Epigone asks a question that already puzzles me.

Tangentially, to gauge one's level of attractiveness, he suggests using the site HotOrNot.com. I created a profile there a few days ago and began rating people. I was immediately struck by how inflated the scores are. After giving someone a rating, you are shown that person's average score from all ratings she's received up to that point. After rendering judgment on 100 or so ladies, I was without exception always harsher than the stated average, but the mean score I dispensed was probably 6.0-6.5, which is presumably a bit overly generous (it's a scale of 1-10, after all).

I got to that site a few months ago and had the same reaction: Why are fuglies getting rated highly? You'll be hard pressed to find even 5 ratings, let alone 4, 3, 2, or 1. Yet the site has women (didn't check the men) that are fat and/or ugly. Plain women who deserve a 5 or 6 rating get scores of over 8.

Do people visiting the site want the posters of pictures to feel good about themselves? Or do the raters have low standards for what constitutes beauty?

Update California Kid points to the Australian site amihotornot.com.au as offering more realistic scores. So I tried it out. The scores there still seem kind of high. But the scores seem closer to realistic. Still, scores below 5 are rare and that seems unjustified. Go ahead and compare. Does that site seem more realistic?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2010 August 18 10:51 PM  Human Nature Mating


Comments
Carl Shulman said at August 19, 2010 12:06 AM:

They use an algorithm to 'adjust' the raw scores. Other unadjusted rating sites have much lower average ratings.

coldequation said at August 19, 2010 4:12 AM:

I remember that site from about 10 years ago. The scores were harsh then - mostly less than 5, less than 3 for men. The only 9s and 10s appeared to be professional model photos.

mattbg said at August 19, 2010 6:52 AM:

They probably want posters to feel good about themselves. Underneath, it's probably all about maximizing traffic in order to maximize revenue. People who are rated harshly may not return to check up on their scores and people who see unjustifiably low scores may feel compelled to try and restore the balance... maybe.

California kid said at August 19, 2010 12:53 PM:

I noticed that too. It's the U.S. site that's biased. Try the Australian site at:
www.amihotornot.com.au
It grades the same as you or I would.

nothingbuttime said at January 1, 2011 12:08 PM:

More accurate conversion of ratings for hotornot.com

For woman

1.0 = 1.0

1.1 = 1.0
1.2 = 1.0
1.3 = 1.0
1.4 = 1.0
1.5 = 1.0
1.6 = 1.0
1.7 = 1.0
1.8 = 1.0
1.9 = 1.0

2.0 = 1.0

2.1 = 1.0
2.2 = 1.0
2.3 = 1.0
2.4 = 1.0
2.5 = 1.0
2.6 = 1.0
2.7 = 1.0
2.8 = 1.0
2.9 = 1.0

3.0 = 1.0

3.1 = 1.1
3.2 = 1.2
3.3 = 1.3
3.4 = 1.4
3.5 = 1.5
3.6 = 1.6
3.7 = 1.7
3.8 = 1.8
3.9 = 1.9

4.0 = 2.0

4.1 = 2.1
4.2 = 2.2
4.3 = 2.3
4.4 = 2.4
4.5 = 2.5
4.6 = 2.6
4.7 = 2.7
4.8 = 2.8
4.9 = 2.9

5.0 = 3.0

5.1 = 3.1
5.2 = 3.2
5.3 = 3.3
5.4 = 3.4
5.5 = 3.5
5.6 = 3.6
5.7 = 3.7
5.8 = 3.8
5.9 = 3.9

6.0 = 4.0

6.1 = 4.1
6.2 = 4.2
6.3 = 4.3
6.4 = 4.4
6.5 = 4.5
6.6 = 4.6
6.7 = 4.7
6.8 = 4.8
6.9 = 4.9

7.0 = 5.0

7.1 = 5.1
7.2 = 5.2
7.3 = 5.3
7.4 = 5.4
7.5 = 5.5
7.6 = 5.6
7.7 = 5.7
7.8 = 5.8
7.9 = 5.9

8.0 = 6.0 - 6.1

8.1 = 6.2 - 6.3
8.2 = 6.4 - 6.5
8.3 = 6.6 - 6.7
8.4 = 6.8 - 6.9
8.5 = 7.0 - 7.1
8.6 = 7.2 - 7.3
8.7 = 7.4 - 7.5
8.8 = 7.6 - 7.7
8.9 = 7.8 - 7.9

9.0 = 8.0 - 8.1

9.1 = 8.2 - 8.3
9.2 = 8.4 - 8.5
9.3 = 8.6 - 8.7
9.4 = 8.8 - 8.9
9.5 = 9.0 - 9.1
9.6 = 9.2 - 9.3
9.7 = 9.4 - 9.5
9.8 = 9.6 - 9.7
9.9 = 9.8 - 9.9

10.0 = Doesn't exist, but I guess if you have it, it's a 10.0

For men

1.0 = 1.0

1.1 = 1.0
1.2 = 1.0
1.3 = 1.0
1.4 = 1.0
1.5 = 1.0
1.6 = 1.0
1.7 = 1.0
1.8 = 1.0
1.9 = 1.0

2.0 = 1.0

2.1 = 1.0
2.2 = 1.0
2.3 = 1.0
2.4 = 1.0
2.5 = 1.0
2.6 = 1.0
2.7 = 1.0
2.8 = 1.0
2.9 = 1.0

3.0 = 1.0

3.1 = 1.0
3.3 = 1.0
3.4 = 1.0
3.5 = 1.0
3.6 = 1.0
3.7 = 1.0
3.8 = 1.0
3.9 = 1.0

4.0 = 1.0

4.1 = 1.1
4.2 = 1.2
4.3 = 1.3
4.4 = 1.4
4.5 = 1.5
4.6 = 1.6
4.7 = 1.7
4.8 = 1.8
4.9 = 1.9

5.0 = 2.0

5.1 = 2.1
5.2 = 2.2
5.3 = 2.3
5.4 = 2.4
5.5 = 2.5
5.6 = 2.6
5.7 = 2.7
5.8 = 2.8
5.9 = 2.9

6.0 = 3.0

6.1 = 3.1
6.2 = 3.2
6.3 = 3.3
6.4 = 3.4
6.5 = 3.5
6.6 = 3.6
6.7 = 3.7
6.8 = 3.8
6.9 = 3.9

7.0 = 4.0

7.1 = 4.1
7.2 = 4.2
7.3 = 4.3
7.4 = 4.4
7.5 = 4.5
7.6 = 4.6
7.7 = 4.7
7.8 = 4.8
7.9 = 4.9

8.0 = 5.0
8.1 = 5.0
8.2 = 5.0
8.3 = 5.0
8.4 = 5.0

8.5 = 5.1 - 5.2
8.6 = 5.3 - 5.4
8.7 = 5.5 - 5.8
8.8 = 5.9 - 6.1
8.9 = 6.2 - 6.4

9.0 = 6.5 - 7.0

9.1 = 7.1 - 7.6
9.2 = 7.7 - 8.2
9.3 = 8.3 - 8.5
9.4 = 8.6 - 8.7
9.5 = 8.8 - 8.9
9.6 = 9.0
9.7 = 9.1
9.8 = 9.2
9.9 = 9.3 - 9.9

10.0 = Doesn't exist, but I guess if you have it, it's a 10.0

Tom said at May 16, 2011 4:25 PM:

I agree, the rankings seem waaaaay out of whack. The site http://www.wouldyoudomescore.com has realistic ratings as well.


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