accurate ratings with 0.5

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You should give the option to rate 7.5 8.5 etc..
for example, when the cursor of the mouse is above the rate 7 it should show 7.5 above it so I can move my mouse easily and choose it.
It could give more acuurate ratings. I find it sometimes hard to decide wether it's a 7 or an 8..
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It's an interesting suggestion, and I'll let our ratings group know about it, but at this time we are not planning to change the level of details of our ratings system.

Thanks.
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I was just about to submit this idea myself, and got redirected here. I'm surprised there aren't more supporters of this idea.

I think adding the ability to give ".5" ratings would be the perfect amount of rating options. The way it is currently just doesn't provide enough accuracy. There are way too many occasions where it is too hard to choose whether to give a film a 7 or an 8.

However going into any more depth, i.e. being able to give ratings at ".1" accuracy... I think that'd give us too many options and often see us going through our ratings history and amending ratings and being generally too indecisive.
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You are totally right. That's what went through my mind when I decided to offer this idea. 0.5 is perfect, it's not complicated, it can be applied easily in the page and it gives a much better acuuracy.
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I was going to ask this too. I think having a 0.5 would be a good idea, because I was even going to inquire about being able to add any decimal score, 7.3 for example.

It bothers me because, obviously it doesn't really matter, but there have been a number of films I'd have given a 7.6 or 7.7, but because they don't quite hit the heights that I feel an 8 would have achieved, to deserve that score, they're relegated to an exact 7, which is very different.
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I agree with adding the decimal option. However, I do not understand why movies get their ratings in decimals, like 6.3, 8.1 etc, when we can only give a whole no. rating?
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Two thumbs up.
Three stars.
Four stars.
Five stars.
IMDb gives 10.
Suggestion is twenty.
Now, .1. .2, .3

Where does the madness end? With hundreds or thousands of film ratings, how I keep track of what I rated when I rate a new one? Also, new system invalidates my last decade of ratings...do I start over? No.

Please don't change this...it's a horrible idea. There is no rational need for this. Ten options is enough, if not already over the top.
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Be logical? Ten is enough for most people. I understand I don't have to give a .5 if I don't want to. But changing to allow them invalidates all ratings. I'd have to re-rate, as would everyone else...and of course, we won't so now nothing would be accurate.

Making them invisible changes nothing. I have no idea why you suggest that.

20 options is too many. After I've rated 1,000 titles, I have no idea what I've considered 6.5;to represent. The more options, the harder to remember. With 10 choices, I have an idea what each represents and know a 6 from 7. Nothing falls in between. 20 choices can't possibly end with any consistency...for most people.
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No, you won't have to re-rate. If you rated 7, you can leave it 7. If you want to change you rating to 7.5 - you are welcome to do that.

It's invisible when you just look on the page. As I said, if you put your mouse pointer above one of the ratings, you will see right above your mouse pointer an option to rate it 7.5.
When people will rate they will notice that option.

There is not even one disadvantage with my idea. I guess you don't get me right and that's why you find it not necesery.
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Not re-rating it would leave it inaccurate.

Invisible/not invisible is not an issue. It's still an of 20 or of ten system, regardless of how it's displayed. Besides, people need to know about it before they decide how to rate it. So making it invisible is a bad idea on top of a bad idea.

Funny how you have your opinion but mine means I am illogical or too stupid to understand you. I understand you...it's just a horrible, horrible idea. To say I could simply choose to use a different system than eceryone else doesn't help. We all would/should use the same system or it's meaningless (logic would dictate). If I took it upon myself to only vote 3, 6 or 9, while everyone uses the current scale, and I watch two films that, of ten, I'd give a 4, so I give one a 3 and the other a 6, I've just given two misleading, inaccurate ratings. We all need to be on the same page.
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It's not accurate now. if people would rate it more accuraately it will be more accurate, I really don't get you man.

Listen, I probably know about that kind of stuff more then you do so try to understand what I am saying. People "hold" the rating in ther mind, they say that was a 7.5 movie, when they get the option to rate so - they will. It only requires once so pepole would notice that option, they can't rate without noticing that.

Just try to understand, if you can't then I am sorry, I have tried to explain it to you, I just can't keep trying, I have got stuff to do. Discuss the idea with a friend, maybe you will get why it can do no harm.
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Wow. You're something else. I can only hope to be as smart as you.

This, by the way, has been discussed many times in the last decade on the Help Board. So, telling me to discuss it is uneccessary.

You said it's not accurate now because there are films that will fall in between 7 and 8. That will still be true. For instance someone already said to allow .1, .2, etc., will also be true if we have 1,000 options instead of his 100, or 10,000...Maybe with your superior intelligence, you could keep straight the difference and significance of rating 7.003 and 7.002, but for us morons, it's ridiculous. Terrible idea in my insignificant and illogical opinion.

But, of course being intelligent folks, we're above calling each other stupid, inthis discussion, right? But if your up for putting money on comparing scores on the online intelligence test of your choice, I'll be all for it.
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I also can't see the need. I have the 1-10 system broken down to give me a solid rating range and really can't see the need to get more fine-grained. There is a reason most rating systems are either 10 whole stars or five stars with the ability to give half a star (which is essentially the same).

I can only assume someone suggesting breaking this down to 0.1, 0.2, etc. is joking.

However, I do not understand why movies get their ratings in decimals, like 6.3, 8.1 etc, when we can only give a whole no. rating?


If you take an average of all the votes, the result will be in the form of a decimal.
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IMDB does not take the average, they have their own formula.
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That wasn't the point. Emperor was explaining the decimal point average ration. The formula is for good reason.
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Indeed. IMDB have their own algorithm that they don't discuss, but the principle will be the same.
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Yes it wasn't the point. I just thought I was clear about it. Thanks for the replies.
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Come on, it's time to allow 0.5 in the rating!!!

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