View Full Version : Deleted "suggestions" should = automatic thumbs down.
02-25-2006, 06:38 AM
If I delete a show (every day) without watching it, Tivo should give it an automatic thumbs down. A step further, If I delete it (without watching it) 2 days, it should get 2 thumbs down, then by the third time I would hope tivo would stop recording it.
I hate having to play the unwanted shows for even a moment so that I can give them thumbs down.
We are consistent with giving everything we see thumbs up or down and hope that eventually the suggestions will get better - that's why we don't turn off the feature -- how long does it take before tivo gets it right?
02-25-2006, 02:58 PM
You don't actually have to play the show to give it a thumbs down. You can adjust thumbs from the detail screen in Now Playing.
That said, I would hope that your proposed feature could be turned off.
Because I have my TiVo fairly well trained, and wouldn't want it adjusting my thumbs setting just because, for example, I decided that I didn't want to watch Modern Marvels (1 thumbs up) this week. So I deleted 10 episodes (it repeats a lot), hoping the TiVo would fill back up with something else. I don't dislike Modern Marvels, but I might delete the suggestions anyway.
02-25-2006, 04:23 PM
Yeah, I don't want any automatic thumbs down. There are shows I like it recording as Suggestions, but I've seen some of the episodes, so I just delete those when it gets recorded. On top of that, thumbs down tends to be strong poision - 2 or 3 down can contaminate many things via the actors, directors, genre, etc. One thumb down is all it takes for a program to never be recorded as a suggestion again. It isn't hard to just hit thumb down once before deleting the program, and that's that.
02-26-2006, 10:34 AM
TiVo actually already does do this. Deleting a show unwatched does already count against it in the same way a thumbs down does, though not nearly as strongly. Thumbs are just the user-initiated, user-visible part of the calculation, but there are also internal parts as well, and they tend to be more finely grained than the seven-step Thumbs scale.
02-26-2006, 07:54 PM
So how many times must I delete a show before tivo stops recording it?
02-27-2006, 12:45 AM
TiVo actually already does do this. Deleting a show unwatched does already count against it in the same way a thumbs down does, though not nearly as strongly.I've heard this before but I've never seen any confirmation of this, and I haven't seen any evidence of this in my usage over 4 years - so if it happens it is very subtle.
02-27-2006, 12:46 AM
So how many times must I delete a show before tivo stops recording it? Well, in four years of deleting many Suggestions unwatched - I haven't seen it stop yet.
So just hit the thumbs down once. That definitely stops a show from being recorded as a Suggestion.
02-27-2006, 08:10 AM
It's a small factor because you might be deleting it because you've already seen it, or you have it on DVD, or something. That's why Thumbs count a lot more, so use Thumbs if you want to say something definite.
02-27-2006, 08:12 AM
Just simply give the show 3 thumbs down.
My tivo started off recording a lot of kids cartoons cause I had fam guy, simpsons and all those SP'ed. Gave about 10 shows 3 thumbs down and don't get any kids shows anymore
02-27-2006, 11:11 AM
not exactly what you want but pretty close. If you go to the suggestions menu and scroll through the upcoming suggestions you can select a show. then "thumbs down it" and it automatically removes it from your upcoming suggestions to be recorded.
02-28-2006, 09:56 AM
Three thumbs down is potent medicine. Reserve that for the absolute worst stuff, or you'll find it skipping things that are only tangentially related. I only use three thumbs for things like infomercials and Faux News.
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