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Hello users, and welcome to a blogpost detailing a tool to help you rig the sputnik ratings in your favor. Probably a third of users’ comments are related to how much they dislike the average rating of albums (verified fact, obviously). Some albums’ average rating is too high, too low, there are not enough 5’s, 1’s, or the count of ratings is low. Your favorite album may have missed the year end chart; meanwhile, that album that you (and, really, only you) hated was near the top.

Numbers are often used to set incentives in our modern/global/capitalistic society. We gain admission or don’t to the colleges we want to go to based on our test scores and grades, we get fired or retain our jobs based on benchmarks set by our bosses, and we make $10’s of millions or more by breaking the home run record (and a few seasons later follow that up with 120+ intentional walks). But numbers used for evaluation are, generally speaking, adjacent to what they intend to measure. It’s not exactly the case that getting a good grade is the same as usefully retaining course material or that closing a lot of sales indicates one is worthy of employment. (But yes, if you hit 73 homers, you are good at baseball).

“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” (Goodhart’s Law). Sometimes, when it suits us, we humans tend to manipulate a measure for our own gain – we cheat. We have, in the past, manipulated interest rates, state-mandated test scores, and our heads (allegedly). The cheating that often makes the news is generally of the variety that involves lots of money, but the desire to have something one could not otherwise fairly acquire lives inside the sputnik user who signals to others in album threads, lists, etc. that an album is improperly rated.

Since you can’t get jail time for making a bunch of accounts and rigging the sputnik average ratings (I think), it’s not such a costly desire. It does, however, have to be done smartly. So here I present you code to discover what it would take to change the rating of an album, either by making a bunch of accounts to inflate/deflate the ratings or by hacking the highest/lowest ratings to change the average rating to your liking.

First, you’ll need to go into R, and run the following code get all the necessary packages to run the script.

install.packages(c("dplyr","XML","purrr"))

By copying the code (here again) into a text editor, changing the “album <- …” line to the link of the desired album of your choosing (surrounded by quotes), and pasting the resulting code into the R console, you will be presented with a few pieces of information. First, you will see what the current average rating for that album is, rounded as well as to 4 decimal points, and including how many ratings the album has; how many 5’s it would take to raise it up .1 points; how many 1’s it would take to drop it .1 points; how many accounts you would need to hack to raise it .1 points; and how many you would need to hack to drop it .1 points. (The default is .1 points but if you change the second input to the “sput_rig” function “dat <- sput_rig(album, points = 1)” you can change that threshold to any other integer increase, i.e. points = 2 would see what it would take to change it .2 points).

If the rating of an album matters to you enough, you will now know the scope of the job that needs to be done. If not, back into the batting cage (allegedly).

P.S. Please don’t rig the ratings!





macman76
08.12.17
you guys know the deal, request some albums that need rigging information

Ovrot
08.12.17
How do we get Rust in Peace to a 4.7

macman76
08.12.17
Band: Megadeth, Album: Rust in Peace
Current Average Rating: 4.6 (full: 4.5747), 4811 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 1035
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 34
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 143
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 30

Conmaniac
08.12.17
Because the Internet to a 4 avg

Conmaniac
08.12.17
also Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit to a 4

macman76
08.12.17
Band: Childish Gambino, Album: Because the Internet
Current Average Rating: 3.5 (full: 3.4777), 776 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.5 points: 350
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 0.5 points: 162
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.5 points: 129
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.5 points: 90

macman76
08.12.17
Band: Snowing, Album: Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit
Current Average Rating: 3.9 (full: 3.9475), 514 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 2
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 18
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 1
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 13

... huh, you really could

Sinternet
08.12.17
oo rust in peace can drop quite easily

how do we get devil and god to a 4.6?

Sinternet
08.12.17
i didnt have that snowing ep rated for some reason so have a 4.5 to help ya out

Conmaniac
08.12.17
good man Sint.

macman76
08.12.17
Band: Brand New, Album: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Current Average Rating: 4.5 (full: 4.4584), 5585 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 1138
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 14
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 188
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 12

hal1ax
08.12.17
black malachite - rage --- to a 4.5 avg

macman76
08.12.17
Band: Black Malachite, Album: Rage
Current Average Rating: 1.4 (full: 1.4224), 58 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 3.3 points: 535
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 3.3 points: NaN
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 3.3 points: 50
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 3.3 points: NaN

macman76
08.12.17
oh, i did the math wrong in my head, that is what it would take to get it to a 4.7 lol

hal1ax
08.12.17
math in your head? are u some kind of cyborg

SandwichBubble
08.13.17
Ok, but what will it take to get M.O.S.E. - That's Not Jazz to a solid 1.4 average

macman76
08.13.17
Band: M.O.S.E., Album: That's Not Jazz
Current Average Rating: 3.8 (full: 3.7778), 9 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 2.4 points: NaN
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 2.4 points: 47
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 2.4 points: NaN
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 2.4 points: 6

ArsMoriendi
08.13.17
Tales from the Punchbowl

ArsMoriendi
08.13.17
Getting it to a 3.9

ianblxdsoe
08.13.17
what about touche amore is survived by to a 4 average

macman76
08.13.17
Band: Primus, Album: Tales from the Punchbowl
Current Average Rating: 3.6 (full: 3.6477), 543 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.3 points: 96
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 0.3 points: 69
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.3 points: 41
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.3 points: 43

macman76
08.13.17
Band: Touche Amore, Album: Is Survived By
Current Average Rating: 3.9 (full: 3.873), 955 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 71
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 8
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 22
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 6

sixdegrees
08.13.17
NervousBreadown is running the coheed discog through the algorithm as we speak

Laeddis
08.13.17
"NervousBreadown is running the coheed discog through the algorithm as we speak"



mac, what have you done?

macman76
08.13.17
If I recall, from that list from a while back, that nervousbreakdown & crew have more Brand New 5'd

ianblxdsoe
08.13.17
thanks man shit that's sucky i'll take a 3.9 then hahahah

BlazinBlitzer
08.13.17
Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here to a 4.7?

macman76
08.13.17
Band: Pink Floyd, Album: Wish You Were Here
Current Average Rating: 4.6 (full: 4.6392), 5823 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 180
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 147
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 22
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 130

not that hard actually

onionbubs
08.13.17
looks like i need to make 147 alts...

neekafat
08.13.17
Fuck off bubs
Also, how do we get Like Clockwork to a 4.5?

Toondude10
08.13.17
Vektor's Terminal Redux at a 4.9

To Pimp A Butterfly at a 1.3

brainmelter
08.13.17
Immolation - close to a world below to a 4.5



Valkoor952
08.13.17
Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist to a 4 avg.

macman76
08.13.17
Band: Queens of the Stone Age, Album: ...Like Clockwork
Current Average Rating: 4.2 (full: 4.1739), 2191 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.3 points: 1100
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 0.3 points: 167
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.3 points: 314
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.3 points: 123

macman76
08.13.17
Band: Vektor, Album: Terminal Redux
Current Average Rating: 4.2 (full: 4.2374), 1146 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.7 points: 4680
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 0.7 points: 309
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.7 points: 482
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.7 points: 197

Band: Kendrick Lamar, Album: To Pimp a Butterfly
Current Average Rating: 4.4 (full: 4.4243), 2920 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 3.1 points: NaN
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 3.1 points: 25649
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 3.1 points: NaN
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 3.1 points: 2439

macman76
08.13.17
Band: Immolation, Album: Close to a World Below
Current Average Rating: 4.4 (full: 4.4492), 1030 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 2
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 31
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 1
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 26

..hmmmmm

macman76
08.13.17
Band: Deftones, Album: Saturday Night Wrist
Current Average Rating: 3.9 (full: 3.9256), 3061 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 72
Number of 1's needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 82
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 22
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 58


tempest--
08.14.17
macmate not sure if you've taken this into account, but for highly rated albums like Rust in Peace, this site physically doesn't let you 1 them

Satellite
08.14.17
How many 2s would it take to bring down TDAGARIM's score enough to be able to give it a 1?

Anticipating a slow day at work.

macman76
08.14.17
I don't actually know the rules for excluding 1s, otherwise I would've included it

theacademy
08.14.17
"How many 2s would it take to bring down TDAGARIM's score enough to be able to give it a 1?"

same question except for kid a and abbey road, thx

Satellite
08.14.17
@mac any album with an avg of over 4.2 can't receive a score of less than 2.

lol acad

Satellite
08.14.17
*an avg of 4.2 or higher

Satellite
08.14.17
oops, i was right the first time actually. 4.3 is the threshold for not being able to 1 an album.

macman76
08.14.17
Well I'm not at my computer right now, but I could do the TDAG one since I have the data listed in the comments

It would take 518 2's to get tdag to a 4.2

DinosaurJones
08.14.17
Damn, man, this is fascinating.

But for real, are you a robot?

macman76
08.14.17
Are you a dinosaur?

pjorn
08.14.17
oh man, if you could tell me what we need to get Q and Not U - No Kill No Beep Beep to a 4, that would be sweet

Dylan620
08.14.17
The Weakerthans - Left and Leaving to a 4.3, and then to a 4.4
The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site to a 4.3
Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual to a 4.1
Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog to a 4.2

onionbubs
08.15.17
how many 5s to get a thousand suns to a 2.7?

Dissonant
08.15.17
shit

god forbid if there actually is someone out there who thinks Jane Doe is a 1.

which is why RYM is superior

macman76
08.15.17
Yeah, could you do this blog post at rym?

macman76
08.15.17
Band: Q and Not U, Album: No Kill No Beep Beep
Current Average Rating: 3.9 (full: 3.9335), 158 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 3
Number of 1's* needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 5
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 1
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 4
*if album is above a 4.2, then an album has to be 2'd until it drops

macman76
08.15.17
Band: The Weakerthans, Album: Left and Leaving
Current Average Rating: 4.2 (full: 4.1915), 355 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 28
Number of 1's* needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 5
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 8
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 4
*if album is above a 4.2, then an album has to be 2'd until it drops
/album/7548/The-Weakerthans-Left-and-Leaving/ COMPLETED

Band: The Weakerthans, Album: Left and Leaving
Current Average Rating: 4.2 (full: 4.1915), 355 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.2 points: 87
Number of 1's* needed to decrease rating by 0.2 points: 17
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.2 points: 27
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.2 points: 13
*if album is above a 4.2, then an album has to be 2'd until it drops
/album/2350/The-Weakerthans-Reconstruction-Site/ COMPLETED

Band: The Weakerthans, Album: Reconstruction Site
Current Average Rating: 4.2 (full: 4.2381), 399 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 7
Number of 1's* needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 12
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 2
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 9
*if album is above a 4.2, then an album has to be 2'd until it drops
/album/546/Janes-Addiction-Ritual-De-Lo-Habitual/ COMPLETED

Band: Jane's Addiction, Album: Ritual De Lo Habitual
Current Average Rating: 4 (full: 3.9961), 638 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 37
Number of 1's* needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 10
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 11
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 8
*if album is above a 4.2, then an album has to be 2'd until it drops
/album/2239/Temple-of-the-Dog-Temple-of-the-Dog/ COMPLETED

Band: Temple of the Dog, Album: Temple of the Dog
Current Average Rating: 4.1 (full: 4.0932), 622 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 42
Number of 1's* needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 9
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 14
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 7
*if album is above a 4.2, then an album has to be 2'd until it drops

macman76
08.15.17
Band: Linkin Park, Album: A Thousand Suns
Current Average Rating: 2.6 (full: 2.6123), 2379 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 39
Number of 1's* needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 96
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 23
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 38
*if album is above a 4.2, then an album has to be 2'd until it drops

Alastor
08.15.17
"Band: Immolation, Album: Close to a World Below
Current Average Rating: 4.4 (full: 4.4492), 1030 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 2"

Damn! We need some 5s over there.

DinosaurJones
08.15.17
I certainly feel like a dinosaur sometimes...

TVC15
08.15.17
If you're still accepting suggestions Macbro, how about Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible up to a 4.5?

macman76
08.15.17
Band: Manic Street Preachers, Album: The Holy Bible
Current Average Rating: 4.4 (full: 4.3879), 635 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.1 points: 72
Number of 1's* needed to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 11
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.1 points: 15
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.1 points: 9
*if album is above a 4.2, then an album has to be 2'd until it drops

Toondude10
08.15.17
Kamelot: The Black Halo to a 4.4

macman76
08.16.17
Band: Kamelot, Album: The Black Halo
Current Average Rating: 4.3 (full: 4.2934), 888 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.2 points: 253
Number of 1's* needed to decrease rating by 0.2 points: 47
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.2 points: 58
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.2 points: 36
*if album is above a 4.2, then an album has to be 2'd until it drops

SandwichBubble
08.16.17
Now you've got me curious: what would it take to get Avey Tare - Eucalyptus to a 3.9

macman76
08.16.17
Band: Avey Tare, Album: Eucalyptus
Current Average Rating: 3.7 (full: 3.7206), 34 Ratings
Number of 5's needed to increase rating by 0.2 points: 8
Number of 1's* needed to decrease rating by 0.2 points: 3
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating by 0.2 points: 4
Number of accounts to needed be hacked to decrease rating by 0.2 points: 2
*if album is above a 4.2, then an album has to be 2'd until it drops

macman76
08.16.17
"Number of accounts to needed be hacked to increase rating"
I didn't realize this typo this whole time lol

SandwichBubble
08.16.17
It's a charming mistake, don't worry about it.

In unrelated news, I'm gonna log off of sputnikmusic.com for a few minutes and try to come up with a few inconspicuous usernames

macman76
08.16.17
HotDogIsASandwichBubbleWaitDamnit

SandwichBubble
08.16.17
XxAreTacosSandwichesStopVoicetoTextPleaseStupid PhonexX

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