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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 10:43 AM

Like in Education, the only way to have a rating system is to have standards. So, one needs to define what one-five stars is. The only problem with this is that the stuff we review is diverse. If we only reviewed routers then we could develop standards for routers and use those to give them ratings. i.e. amount of play in the router shaft, ease of adjustment, fit and finish. And then again even with standards developed for these things the standards need to be fairly detailed to be used.

In lieu of that, the narrative is the only way to successfully review a diverse bunch of items. Although not perfect at least one can get a feel for how the person writes. You can feel if the person may be happy with the crappy router because it’s his first one and doesn’t know the difference. You can tell if he/she is writing a review with useful data gathered while using it or just giving an off the cuff opinion. You can sometimes see pictures of issues or successes or video showing the unit in use and how it performs. If 20 people review the same item, then you can choose which ones seem to be doing it right and go from there.

That said, we’ve got a pretty good narrative system that lets us be the judge of the judger. If we have the stars at the top, well, some like it some don’t but it doesn’t hurt anyone. If that was all there was then it would be pretty much worthless.

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