Rating systems

Every single time I am prepared to write a review for a movie, product, restaurant, etc, I run into these devilish rating systems. You know the ones I’m talking about. Sometimes they are little stars, with a range of 5 or 10, or other times they aren’t even stars.
Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, IMDb, Google, Yelp, Tripadvisor, they all use them. How do I figure them out ?

Seriously, I just want to find an universal rating system that I can use on every single site I visit. Is that even possible?

First of all, I believe that every website should tell you what the different rating systems mean. TripAdvisor does it, they say that 5 out of 5 means excellent, 3 out of 5 means average and 1 out of 5 means terrible. Yeah, I could’ve figured that out myself, but what if they didn’t say what they mean? Would everybody use the same values, or different ones?

Since I think they are on the right track, I will use these values and slightly alter them.

As such:

  • 1 out of 5 = Didn’t like it at all.
  • 2 out of 5 = Didn’t like it.
  • 3 out of 5 = It was ok.
  • 4 out of 5 = I liked it.
  • 5 out of 5 = I loved it.

What if there is a scale of 10, instead of 5? Well, simple, I will just apply the same system for every 2 stars.

Problem solved.

Do not knowing what the rating systems mean on each site bug you, or is it just me who’s crazy here?