# 20 Jan, 2019 00:18
Hi, I don't really understand the index in spite of reading numerous posts. Should it go to zero or should it be stable? I can't believe I have to constantly upload photos to keep my index above zero… there aren't enough clear nights in Vermont for that to ever happen. So I guess I am entirely confused as to what's happening. So now I can no longer like images, or I guess do much of anything except wait for clear weather ???|
Can someone please fill me in as to whether this is a real issue or expected performance?
# 20 Jan, 2019 06:33
|Your index is expected to fluctuate a bit but not go from 4.4 to 0 suddenly. Sounds like an issue and I will look into it.|
# 20 Jan, 2019 15:02
|BTW, the same exact thing has been happening to me since I joined. I just assumed it was a ratio of uploaded images to likes the system allowed us to perform. But it surely doesn’t slowly go down, it just drops to zero without me knowing how many likes I can or cannot give. Thanks Salvatore for investigating!|
# 20 Jan, 2019 15:10
Ara JerahianI can't understand why we should be limited to likes or comments of other peoples photos? Is this a limitation? I'm still trying to understand if this is a facility I'll join, but it seems like it has some strange rules.
# 20 Jan, 2019 15:52
TerriTerri, my issue here is just with one small part of Astrobin. Aside from this one Index weirdness, Salvatore has been doing a great job keep Astrobin humming along for our social astrophotographic tendencies. It really is a great site!
# 20 Jan, 2019 16:11
Ara JerahianThanks Ara, I agree, seems a great concept and many times when searching for how an image should appear, I find the best images on Astrobin. Now I'm going to be concerned about liking someone else's image unless I get a more exact understanding of this index.TerriTerri, my issue here is just with one small part of Astrobin. Aside from this one Index weirdness, Salvatore has been doing a great job keep Astrobin humming along for our social astrophotographic tendencies. It really is a great site!
# 20 Jan, 2019 16:39
|The index is there to prevent cheating. Back when it wasn’t in place, some people would create fake accounts to like their own images…|
# 20 Jan, 2019 16:46
Salvatore, Thank you for the explanation. I guess there's some unfortunate human nature going on. So can I ask what the formula is so I have some idea of what I can and can't do? Does it make sense for your index go to zero like mine did?|
# 20 Jan, 2019 16:54
|The formula is quite complicated, but basically more likes and more images yield a greater index. Index can fluctuate because sometimes people retract likes or delete their account and their likes are lost, but if it goes suddenly to zero it’s probably a bug. I can check, but if you save one of your images again that should trigger a recalculation.|
# 20 Jan, 2019 18:46
Thank you Salvatore. My index has changed, must have been some kind of bug.|
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