I got an account, looked through some blogs, and that’s about it. I don’t know if my traffic went up or not. To some degree I guess it did.
One of the things you can do with BE is you can rate other people’s work. And you can see who rated you, and more importantly (for some I guess), what rating they gave you.
Which gives rise to vindictive voting. For example, I gave this blog by one Lewis Moten a low rating. A one, in fact. Perhaps a bit of an exaggeration. It wasn’t that bad. But the content and the design annoyed me.
The first thing I saw was this entry about the Star Wars trailer, which includes nothing but a screen shot and the comment,
I just watched the trailer to Star Wars Episode III — Revent [sic] of the Sith. Pretty cool, and I didn’t have to buy a Hyperspace account to see it.
Fairly lame, I thought.
Worse, the design is a little annoying, with all those frames and scroll bars. As I commented (admittedly later):
The embedded frames with the off-color scroll bars makes it visually unattractive. The floating link list on the right adds a distracting element, and partially obscures the site title.
So I gave it a low mark and moved on.
Well, it appears that Lewis, angered by my low rating, decided to give me a low rating.
Ah, the joys and pains of the cyber experience…