The Untapped Power of Design Galleries
There's a love-hate relationship that many designers have with design galleries like CSS Remix. They offer decent traffic when we get listed. Traffic hopefully leads to sales leads. Stuff we all like, of course. But we hate them for the (usually) useless comments and the voting that does a good job of narrowing down sites to a number between 3.0 and 3.5.
But there's an untapped source of data here. Thousands upon thousands of votes for a myriad of designs. Could more useful metrics be pulled out of this data? How do people tend to vote at various times of the day? Are they more likely to like a site during the day or at night? Which colour schemes tend to rate higher? Which window sizes rate better versus various site designs? Do IE users prefer the colour blue?
Capture as much data as you can from the user, cross reference it across a multitude of data points and I suspect you'd have some interesting information to look at.