This change will also make it much easier to actually see a contestants score (though it will not guarantee it).
All past predictions will now reflect this change in addition to all future predictions. Though this may visually seem to change DialIdol's past predictions it really doesn't. This new visual style is a more honest representation than that of old. Also this change in no way impacts DialIdol's past accuracy because the contestant scores, margin of error and rank, order they are listed, etc. all remain the same.
In separate but related news, since scores have been so low and so close (resulting in so many yellow predictions) I've decided that margin of error will only apply in one direction now - not both directions. For you DIHard DialIdol'ers you'll recall that I've done this before. I applied this change in a test environment to this season's predictions and it did not impact the accuracy in the least but it did lead to more definitive predictions (green/red bars are definitive - yellow aren't). Note that though I viewed how this change would impact this seasons predictions - it will NOT be applied to this season's past predictions - it will only apply to the weeks with 11 contestants or fewer.
Since 64 bit systems have become more prevalent I feel it is worth mentioning that if you are using a 64 bit web browser to view DialIdol.com the predictions web page probably does not show you the bars that you see above and instead shows you a rudimentary bar instead. This is because Adobe does not have a 64 bit Flash player available and the bars are an element that requires Flash.
There was a bit of a DialIdol snafu last night during Dancing with the Stars voting that caused the first 10 minutes of data to be discarded. This relates to DialIdol having been configured to run on its off-season server which is in a different time zone than DialIdol's in-season server - DialIdol must compensate for this and I mistakenly forgot to reconfigure the difference. Oops! Sorry! :(
A word of caution about DialIdol's current DWTS prediction... Six contestants have a pure DialIdol score of zero, which means their margin of error is also zero. When margin of error equals zero for any contestant special considerations have to go into the code; those considerations don't exist at the moment for DWTS specific predictions - I will try to get this in this weekend and when I do expect the green/red to go away or at least some yellow to be introduced. Sorry. This consideration does exist for the pure DialIdol DWTS prediction (which is based exclusively on busy signals - the DialIdol (DWTS) prediction factors in judges scores) though the DialIdol (DWTS) prediction is DialIdol's official prediction for DWTS - not the pure DialIdol prediction.