Dearest Pinside community...
I thought Robin invented the "bogus flag" button to allow the community to flag the "1" and "10" ratings that dirty the ratings on games, since no game is ever a 1 or a 10 -- not to allow us to flag ratings we disagree with, because they aren't high enough for pins we personally favor.
I just reviewed my 24 ratings, most of which have clear comments for the ratings. Most of my ratings are 7 through 9 -- with a few exceptions -- I see that my (5.992) rating for WoZ got 5 "bogus" ratings. Completely hilarious. I'm left wondering how a 5.9 on a scale of 1 to 10 is bogus.
This means there are at least FIVE soul-crushed WoZ fans out there, who may mark your rating "bogus" if you don't give their game a high rating -- you will get voted off their fantasy island of "OMG. this pin rulez, you are the one who is bogus!"
I guess I'll submit a feature request to Robin that we allow our alleged "bogus ratings" to be reviewed so that Robin can pinpoint the people who are abusing (or are confused about) the bogus button -- in order to somehow improve the system. (If a rating is considered "not bogus" by a moderator, perhaps all "flags" can be reset on the rating and then all bogus flags set by that person can be undone.)
(I did a little more research, and found nine or ten "10" ratings that have 0 or 1 bogus flag(s) on them. So apparently, the "bogus flag's" use right now (in WoZ-land and possibly elsewhere) is only to pump the ratings, not to remove actual bogus ratings of 1 and 10.) I also found another four or five people like me, with "average" WoZ ratings in the 5 or 6 range, who all have 2 or more bogus marks.
Is this really what was intended by implementing this system?