As we haven’t got a voting session up at the moment I thought now would be a good time to raise the issue of removing the voting on the suggestions page. As some of you will have seen I’ve done some work to look at how the voting correlates to attendance. I compared the total votes to attendance using the Spring 2011 films as a sample. I only got a pretty weak correlation:
The two outliers are Harry Potter and the Social Network. A zoomed in plot of the data other than these looks like this:
For those who still aren’t convinced I looked at some specific examples from the last few years:
From Autumn 2011:
Your Highness: 9 votes → So bad we didn’t show it
Fast and Furious 5: 18 votes → 24 audience
The Inbetweeners: 3 votes → 433 audience!
From Autumn 2010:
Inception: 8 votes → 947 audience
Green Zone: 19 votes → 93 audience (a free screening too)
Robin Hood: 22 votes → 116 audience
Sex and the City 2: 34 votes → 40 audience
Clash of the Titans: 39 votes → 3 audience?!?
While I know we don’t use the figures anymore, I think making them visible leaves us open to (a reasonably justified) complaint and doesn’t really serve any purpose. If we leave the suggesting part intact but remove the voting then people can still help identify films we may have missed or interesting ideas for classics without the problems of the current system.