Imagine your rating system having Allagash White at a 3.76/5 and you not thinking your algorithm needs a few enhancements, like weighting by style.— Beer Cruncher 📈📢 (@beercruncher) October 22, 2021
He is talking about how if Allagash White (considered by Beer Twitter to be a perfect beer) can be rated so low by Untappd, then something is wrong with Untappd.
Yes but if you are Untappd, HOW can you weight by style?
I think everyone knows “not my style” guy is a problem in Untappd, but how in the world could you actually remove that guy’s rating? How do you fix that in reality without someone at Untappd picking through every rating and messing with it?
I don’t think you can.
One of the ticks of Untappd is it’s what the world of drinkers thinks of a beer, not just what uppity beer geeks think.
Maybe you can try, like others have, to create a more curated, “educated” beer drinker app and not let anyone rate Allagash White below a five. Good luck with your boring-ass beer app.
And also, us beer geeks aren’t perfect either:
Selection bias is always a problem, to be sure. And data always needs context. But usually the folks complaining want to be the arbitrators of "good", and bias exists just as much (or more) in those groups as well— Aaron MJ Gore (@ale_chaser) October 22, 2021
Yeah, what that👆guy said!
I guess it would be nice to have a more accurate rating system. But I feel like you lose something if you’re tweaking things and walling off all non-snobs.
So I think Allagash White deserves that 3.76. It’s rated too low by drinkers that don’t know Belgian Wit and overly hyped by Allagash fans, making for a perfect real world rating.
BTW, Wheat beers and Belgian Witbier, like Allagash White? Well, they suck. Not my style.