Deal pass/fail-rate: creating graphs or other graphics that indicate success over time
Because popular deals will fill up with lots of comments within a few days, it is burdensome to read all the comments to try and find out what the current success-status or success-rate might be. Reading backwards from the end is one strategy, but often there are so many different opinions on success that have to be tallied, and there is also lots of other comments about the product itself (also useful) that have to be read.
In light of the above, I have a suggestion that involves graphing of user-reported success or failure with the deal over time.
It could be as simple as graph of success/failure (or maybe pass/fail is a better name), with two datapoints per day, one point counting pass and one point counting fails.
I guess one could think of it as an evolving poll, but a poll that is automatically conducted every time a user presses an associated pass/fail button (after ordering or attempting to order).
Sometimes it may be necessary to add more poll items. I'll give an example. Recently I was looking at some tax software deals, specifically
Some items that could need a tracking graph for this particular deal
1. pass/fail purchasing downloaded version at this price
2. pass/fail purchasing web-based version at this price
3. pass/fail purchasing downloaded version at this price after creating new account
4. pass/fail purchasing web-based version at this price after creating new account
5. failed getting this price no matter what I did
6. failed getting exactly the described product at this price no matter what I did
Hope this is useful -- the limitations of thumbs up/dn is that these may only indicate whether the deal is good at face value, or in the beginning, and not the current status. I hope I am making sense here.