Apple Removing "Rate On Delete" Feature from iPhone OS

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The "rate on delete" iPhone prompt that greets users every time they remove an app from their iPhone is getting deleted.


The "feature" was added by Apple in iPhone OS version 2.2 as a way to stop users from rating apps that they had not downloaded.

However, in the time since then developers noticed that the prompt actually had a negative effect. Apparently, since the feature was being used predominantly by people who were dissatisfied with the app, and not by satisfied users (who are never prompted), results were being skewed toward the one star side of the scale. Oops!

In any event the prompt is being deleted, just like that Google button.

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Lol! Did it really cross nobodies mind that maybe, just maybe, if someone is deleting an app they are going to give negative feedback? If they're deleting it, they're not satisfied with it for some reason.

So it seems pretty damn obvious to me that it isn't going to be an accurate reflection! Additionally, if you like an app, you're not gonna delete it! What a joke. Seems like a broken idea to begin with. How about this: When you run an app either X number of times (25? 50?) or it's been X days (7? 14?) since it was installed, it just pops up the feedback window. That is not very obtrusive and is going to have a more accurate result.