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    Quote Originally Posted by Llama_Guy View Post
    Disagree on the ratings, slightly. Ratings have strengths, but they say nothing. I always read the comment and judge based on the content of said comment/review, not the score. It's only worth it if it's really, really poor (below 5/10) or really good (above 9/10); then the rating may say something about the story. Even then though, there are exceptions, as you may like something even though others abhor it.
    This is why, whenever I give any numerical ratings, there are always detailed comments justifying the rating.

    Also, to address the point about the arbitrariness of ratings. Who says 5/10 is "really poor"? I personally use 4~5/10 as the "mediocre" rating, and a "really poor" fic would get only 1 or 2/10.

    That being said, I really haven't been reading many fics lately, so this is only my best current practice based on past experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smuglord View Post
    Also, to address the point about the arbitrariness of ratings. Who says 5/10 is "really poor"? I personally use 4~5/10 as the "mediocre" rating, and a "really poor" fic would get only 1 or 2/10.
    Agreed, 5/10 does not imply 'really poor'. Really, it should imply a sort of average quality, given that it's the mid-way mark.

    I feel that unless you're going into great detail, and using quite firm analytical criteria, it's best to use a five-star-system. It simplifies it to horrendous, poor, average, good, and excellent, which is so much easier, as a choice to make.

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    ...and that, if anything exemplifies the problem with numerical ratings; people have different standards for ratings. I went overboard when I said 5/10 is really poor, for me it's something that's just about readable/watchable without killing my sense of enjoyment. Anwyay, different people have different connotations regarding numerical ratings, which is the problem with them.

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    I feel that unless you're going into great detail, and using quite firm analytical criteria, it's best to use a five-star-system. It simplifies it to horrendous, poor, average, good, and excellent, which is so much easier, as a choice to make.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unrepentantAuthor View Post
    Agreed, 5/10 does not imply 'really poor'. Really, it should imply a sort of average quality, given that it's the mid-way mark.
    The reason 5/10 implies "really poor" is because people conflate it with school grades, where anything below 5 or 6/10 is a fail.

    I specifically state that my rating system is not how I think rating systems "should be"; it's simply the way I choose to rate things.

    I feel that unless you're going into great detail, and using quite firm analytical criteria, it's best to use a five-star-system. It simplifies it to horrendous, poor, average, good, and excellent, which is so much easier, as a choice to make.
    I tend to give 100-scale ratings for the general fic, especially when doing awards. The scale is definitely not good enough to rate down to a single point, but I find it to be rather accurate.
    The word "quadragonal" is the only word with "dragon" in it where "dragon" is not a root word. That makes it awesome.

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