So what's this "Amazon Reviewer Ranking" thing?
The question comes up occasionally... "So why are you an 'Amazon Reviewer', and what does the ranking mean?"
Basically, you can submit reviews of anything that Amazon sells, and people can vote on whether your review was helpful or not. Here's my review page as of today...
I'm ranked at 270, I have 412 reviews to my name, and I've had 2183 helpful votes.
At the bottom of each review for an item, there a "yes"/"no" button in order for the reader to rank if the review was helpful or not. Based on those helpful votes, you get ranking points. Amazon doesn't publish the formula, but some people have reverse-engineered it and figure out many of the components.
If you get three helpful votes on a review, you get one ranking point. If you get ten helpful votes, you get another. You can lose a point of your "not helpful" votes minus your helpful votes is five more than your total helpful votes for that review (confusing, huh?). It's not an exact science, as many people read "helpful"/"not helpful" as "did I agree with you or not". It's just part of what we put up with...
So... if you ever want to participate in the fun, feel free to click on any of my book links and vote helpful/not helpful on my reviews.
Oh, typical numbers? Usually reviews generate between 0 and 10 votes on average, but there have been some that have really snared attention...
Knoppix Hacks - 39 helpful of 41 total
Visio 2003 Bible - 25 of 27
Google - The Missing Manual - 34 of 36
Excel Hacks - 25 of 30
Digital Photography Hacks - 30 of 32
Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One - 82 of 83
OOP Demystified - 24 of 25
The Great Influenza - 32 of 36
Degunking Windows - 52 of 59
HTML & XHTML: The Complete Reference - 45 of 46
Hacking Hardware Projects For Geeks - 25 of 32
Google Pocket Guide - 35 of 35
Upgrading and Repairing PCs (15th Edition) - 46 of 47
Digital Photography Pocket Guide - 39 of 41