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About pondare™


pondare.com is a website that allows you to view and participate in comparing head to head any two subjects like people, schools, products, investments, services - anything and everything based on a custom list of evaluation criteria.

Understanding the comparison results page


At the top of the page for a given comparison you will see:
  • the title and a brief description of the comparison
  • a picture for each of the subjects in the comparison if pictures were provided when the comparison was created;
  • below each picture you will see the name of the subject and right below the name you should see a horizontal colored bar and a decimal number indicating each subjects current standing based on the scores received from all participants. The best possible score that a subject can receive is 10 and the worst is 1.
  • “Evaluated by: n people” that indicates the number of people that have actually graded each of the subjects and assigned an importance score to each evaluation criteria.
  • Further down you will see a simple table that is organized as following:
    • the first column lists all the criteria based on which those two subjects are being evaluated
    • the second column with the heading Importance lists the average importance factor that each criteria has received from all graders. The highest possible importance factor is 10 (indicating most important) and the lowest possible factor is 1 (indicating least important). The order in which the criteria are listed changes as more users submit their scores – they are always shown from the most important to the least important
    • the heading on the third and fourth column is made of the first 10 character’s of each subject’s name, and the columns themselves show the average score that each subject has received on each criteria with the best possible score being 10 and the worst possible being 1
    • the appearance of the next 3 columns (fifth, sixth and seventh) changes based on whether you are logged in or not. If you are not logged in you will see blank boxes. When you log in:
      • if you have already submitted your grades for this comparison you will see those grades and a little checkbox will appear at the bottom indicating that you can change your scores if you wish
      • if you have not submitted grades for the given comparison then the boxes are open for you to enter your grades

How is the overall score for each subject calculated?


First, based on the average importance factors for each criteria a percentage factor is calculated for each criteria indicating the weight that criteria has on the total score; Next, the average score for each subject on each criteria is multiplied with the weight of that criteria and the results aggregated to produce the final score.

Grading


If you wish to grade the subjects of a comparison then you will need to log in. If you don’t have a username and password you will need to Join first and then you will be able to log in. Once you log in you can submit grades for any public comparison as well as any private comparison you may have received an invitation for.

Here are a few strong suggestions to keep in mind:
  • be as objective as you can like a good teacher not a bad one – the value of a comparison is directly affected by the objectivity of the graders
  • if you decide to participate on a comparison try to assign an importance score to every criteria and to each subject on every criteria
  • the importance factors can range from 1 to 10 with 1 being least important (to you) and 10 being the most important
  • the grades for each subject on each criteria can range from 1 to 10 with 1 being the worst score and 10 being the best

Anonymity of the graders


We do not require you to provide any information that uniquely identifies you and even if such information is voluntarily provided by you we maintain total anonymity of the graders. We understand the inherent risk involved in a such anonymous “world” but we decided that you will be more willing and open to provide honest and objective grading on conditions of anonymity. We trust that you will not abuse this privilege.

Creating a new comparison


To create a new comparison you must be logged in. Once you log in the “Start a new comparison” link will appear on various places on the site. Clicking on that link will take you to the page where you can set up your own comparison. Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating a comparison:
  • choose a clear and concise title for the comparison
  • make the comparison “PRIVATE” if you don’t want the whole World to see and participate in it otherwise make it “PUBLIC”
  • be careful when deciding what the “Geographical area of relevance” is. This only matters if you are creating a public comparison. Example: if I want to compare two middle schools in Atlanta I know that people outside Atlanta could care less about this and I will enter Atlanta on that field but if I am comparing two United States presidential candidates I will enter World as that comparison is relevant to the whole World. This designation will help users quickly get to the comparisons they may care about
  • when uploading an image for each subject try to size the images based on the requirements listed on the form before you upload it
  • think carefully about how you want to evaluate those two subjects. What are the criteria that should be considered? Once you have decided list each criteria on a separate line on the criteria box. A couple of things to keep in mind:
    • make it as clear and as concise as possible
    • don’t make a long laundry list of criteria – no one is going to take the time to participate on such comparison. Keep the list of criteria short – put there only the things that you think really matter