avij wrote:But if you can come up with some ideas for uninterestingness that are not simply the opposites of the qualities of an interesting hit
I was thinking if there are factors whose one end is quite negative regarding interestingness, but there isn't any extremely positive other end, i.e. the other end is just "normal" or "commonplace". I'll try to find an example later.
But this might of course always be a matter of definition: you could say that a factor's highest (= "normal" at best) case is 0 and uninteresting case is -10, but you can also define that the highest case is +10 and the uninteresting is 0 (like the Kelvin and Celsius scales are essentially similar, only the 0 point is set differently). I know this is not the metrics phase yet. Just trying to analyze if we are about to ignore some factor(s) that could actually partly or totally cancel a hit's interestingness which it first seems to get based on the other factors.
For instance, a hit might seem very interesting by many factors, but it is then revealed to have happened due to a factor that makes it dull after all. A case I can think of: Let' assume that I live in a neighbourhood where there is a fellow ebter that I know of (even though we have never met in real life or even virtually) and we often get hits with each other just by chance. These hits are quite uninteresting. Then I travel to, say, Munich, get a lot of notes there (I don't, but let's assume) and get a few hits there. I then keep at least some of the hit notes, not necessarily intentionally, come back to Finland, and use the notes there in my neighbourhood for normal payments and such. Then I again get hits with this fellow ebter with these notes. I didn't bring them to get hits with this fellow, I just cannot avoid getting the dull hits with him unless I make special arrangements to get rid of all the hit notes before coming back to Finland. Now these hits might seem quite interesting because they are triple which by definition is going to be more interesting than a simple hit, and because they are international. But actually they are not that interesting. The fact that I transported hit notes from Germany to Finland could be regarded as an uninterestingness factor (giving minus points). The other end - i.e. I leave the notes to Germany to avoid dull hits in Finland - does not actually add to the interestingness, if these notes get hits somewhere later on. Only if my neighbourhood's fellow ebter gets a hit with one of these notes somewhere in the future even if I definitely didn't transport the notes to Finland, that
would certainly be extremely interesting!
So, transporting hit notes unintentionally and getting further hits with them could be regarded as an uninterestingness factor, whereas not transporting them doesn't seem much of an interestingness factor as such but just the normal case. (Intentional transportation and feeding them to a fellow ebter is another matter that falls to the abuse category.)
But I think these reflections go off the topic
so please feel free to delete these posts (I don't have the rights to do it myself).