Pantheon of Storytelling

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This is the pantheon where heroes are ranked by the average rating of their Hero's Chronicles, with the number of votes shown as a matter of interest since theoretically, the larger number of votes, the more reliable the average rating. The minimum number of votes a chronicle must have to appear in this pantheon is 10. As a result, many new chronicles are pushed up to the top of the pantheon by the votes of friends, but these chronicles with 10 or a few more votes, with an average rating of 5, soon drop like a stone because of one of the key aspects of the pantheon:

Once you appear near the top, your chronicles are now in the spotlight so the wider public of Godville can then descend on them like a pack of judgemental locusts, and often do. You can be helped up to the top easily, but staying there is a different matter all together. Only the chronicles actually worth a top place in the pantheon generally stay where they are, and people tend to vote at the extreme, prefering the 5 star and the 2 star rating (they don't want to feel guilty or overly-harsh) since the scoring of a chronicle is inherently difficult due to the qualitative analysis involved (in other words, people find it hard to give a rating which reflects their opinion when they have to rate on a certain scale, and uncertainty increases with the size of the scale). this means that if you don't drop like a stone in the pantheon, you'll probably float around the same area consistently.

Some people are concerned about trolls who may downrate chronicles without even reading them, or because they don't like that particular person or their guild. This is yet another reason why more votes means more reliability, because with some added decent votes, the effects of the trolls tend to be smoothed out. The average is the key. The fact remains though that the top of the pantheon will remain dynamic (as opposed to the static pantheon of construction) until the ranking in the pantheon takes into account the number of votes as well as the average rating.

Perhaps the most obvious mathematically appropriate formula for this fairer 'storytellers rating' would be this: the average rating divided by five, multiplied by the number of votes. This would stop the pantheon becoming too fluid and unpredictable, and introduce a bit of structure to make it behave more like the gladiatorship pantheon which uses a similar idea. However, This would be fairer still if the ability to vote zero stars for a chronicle was introduced since at the moment it would favour having a larger number of votes a little too much, which is why other formulas have been proposed too. It is uncertain as to whether such a storytellers rating will make it into the game, but things aren't looking too good for it at the momemt since the current system has been in the original Russian Godville for a long time now, presumably a proven idea.

This pantheon is updated once daily at the same time as the pantheon of unity.