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Posted on A convention for the "stars" on the review

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#1 posted 07-28-2012 06:34 PM

I think having a general convention/guideline is a good idea. Like Lumberjoe, I put more stock into the meat of the review but I do look at the number of stars as a “interest point” to see what a reviewer rated something. And, I do feel expectations do have a bearing on the review but it should be minor as that is something that is more emotional. Obviously, if you are buying a top quality product, expectations should be high for a good reason so it would have a bearing on the review but it should be backed up by FACTS and usage of the product.

Like when I go onto Amazon. I almost never look at 1 star or 5 star ratings. To me, the 1 star ratings are based on someone who bought something with no clue in what they were buying or it was a factory defect and the reviewer has not bothered to return it for another and give it a meaningful rating. In that light, to me a 5 star rating means that someone is a ringer (paid to give it 5 stars to feed the purchases) or they bought it and did a “out of the box” review without actually using it.
In my opinion, the most meaningful reviews are the 2 to 4 star reviews. These are almost always more thoughtfully written by someone that has used the product for a while and actually thought about writing the review with pros, cons and any issues they have had.

So here are my guidelines on how I rate things after I have used them several times or more: #1 star= Absolutely no redeeming qualities, pure junk even if I knew it was a cheap tool – has too many factory flaws to be a one off item. —I have never given a item this as I do my research and buy a better product anyway #2 stars= Known lower/bottom quality item. Many flaws in workmanship/ design/ usability. Way more cons than pros. Does not perform as expected even though it was known to be a lesser quality item. Also if item was a better quality item but had all of the above qualities. #3 stars= meet expectation but not more – This would again be based on the price paid/quality and usability of the item reviewed. The item would have as many pros and cons and it basically worked for it’s intended purpose. #4 stars= This was a known better quality product with a good reputation. Has mostly positive usability, quality and price point. Maybe 1 or 2 cons but minor ones at that. This would be a tool that I bought to be used on a frequent basis and it was a better quality manufacturer. #5 stars= I have not given one of these yet. This would be a high quality product with maybe 1 con and a extremely minor one at that. After a month or 2 of use, the product has performed flawlessly and there are no issues with usability.

Anyway, that is how I do it.

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