Stars (for movie ratings) in color code to prevent cross-category comparing of scores

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I'm trying to find a way to make everybody happy, so please don't swat this idea right off the bat but help me make it work somehow.

Since there is a controversy regarding the weighed score system and the new one in place I came up with an idea that might help to satisfy opponents of both sides: Blockbuster movies and low budget / unknown films could be judged in different categories. It could be done by simply giving the stars a different color. If there would be a color system in place then people would understand immediately the differences. Let's say the big blockbusters will keep the yellow stars. Smaller indie movies with low vote count could be red and short films could be blue. You can even add green for documentaries. I believe the proponents' main issue with the new scoring system is that now a lot of low budget movies and shorts have a higher score than some really great movies - but the color system will prevent comparing scores cross-category and should satisfy everybody's concerns.

What do you all think? :)
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PS: I also don't want 100 votes being the cut-off point and then it switches back to weighing. That's still too few votes IMO. With the color system we can keep the non-weighed scoring up to a thousand or for ever. :)
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I suppose the problem is that you'd start needing a key to work out what is what.

Also what about indie short films vs some of the mainstream short films (as some films can spawn short films sometimes filmed along side it). Or what about an indie movie that is a breakout hit that manages to compete with the mainstream ones and how you'd even classify those (as unlike short films there is no criteria for it) - what about an indie film with mainstream distribution?
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You are right, and I was thinking about that, Emp, that's why I thought the least complicated way to categorize films would be to use the number of votes and let the cut-off point be one thousand or even more. Blockbusters have tens of thousands of votes compared to that.
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Yes I could get behind that - it'd be interesting to see perhaps a different colour (like orange) for stars on titles where weighting wasn't being applied. This might help avoid confusion and could be explained on the rating page. That would then apply equal to small films, indie movies and documentaries.
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Exactly :) The reason behind this idea is really to prevent a campaign against the new score count system, which obviously I love, and possibly even extend it to a thousand votes. IMO 100 votes is still deadly with top voters and whatever else influences the weighted result. Also, as unfair as the weighting was for the small films, I don't want an unfair advantage against the big ones now on my side. I want to help find a great compromise.
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The reason behind this idea is really to prevent a campaign against the new score count system


Although perhaps we'll cross that bridge when we come to it, the backlash has been... limited (to one person as far as I can tell), while those in favour are in the vast majority.

Also, as unfair as the weighting was for the small films, I don't want an unfair advantage against the big ones now on my side.


The top charts filter out films with low numbers of votes (as there has been massive vote stuffing campaigns on a few films) and people rather quickly learn about filtering out films with low numbers of votes when searching for recommendations (and if they don't learn through experimentation then it is part of the advice we like to pass on here as general tips on using advanced search).

However, we will be keeping an eye out for an increased flow of complaints about finding films with low votes cluttering up their search for more films to watch (there haven't been any yet) and will recommend filtering, but can also link here - if they like the idea they can +1 in it and staff will get an idea of its popularity. So the system can correct itself - if there is a problem we'll know and can take things on from there. In the meantime a colour coded star system for films without weighting would help.

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