Ratings: Allow voting in .5 increments

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Would it be nice to be able to use half numbers in the rating of the movies? (7.5... 8.5...)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled voting.

Hallo IMDB, 

I love IMDB and i love voting and checking votes about my favourite movies. I 
the votes on IMDB in order ti choose what film to whatch or not to watch. 

Though i find it difficult to vote sometimes when i feel the movie is better 
than a 7... but non quite an 8... i'd love to be able to use half point... 7.5 

most of the times i find myself in a situation like that i simply decide not to 
i think your goal is to get the highest number of votes... also the 
rating of the movies and rankings would be much more accurate... 

Thanks for listening... 


Marco Musco 
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This has been asked before and IMDb has replied that it is Not Planned.

You might want to see the replies in the thread https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/rating-idea where I stated:
Traditionally most rating systems have been 10 steps or less. 

I currently check the ratings in 2 daily newspapers here. One of them uses a simple five point system - they display 5 dots with those to be counted dark and the rest light.

The other one uses a 10 (or possibly 9) point system. Again it has five basic ratings :
5 - Oscar buzz
4 - Filmfest gem
3 - It's okay
2 - B-List
1 - Kill me now
However,   they display stars instead of dots, so they are able to show half-star ratings. This sets up a one-to-one relationship between their system and IMDb's ; however, I have never seen a rating of less than one and I seriously doubt that they would show a single half star. Therefore, it is likely actually a nine-point system matching 2 - 10 in IMDb.

In his Guide, Leonard Maltin used a 7 point system from 4 to 1 1⁄2 plus BOMB; again less than IMDb's.

Why do you feel you need a 20 (or 100) point system when the professionals get by with less than 10? A major reason for the ratings is so that others can understand how you feel about the film. Would they in general understand the difference between 8.0 and 8.5? And more so  between 8.0 and 8.1 ?

Making this change would not be simple. Depending on how the ratings are currently stored, the actual layout of the data records might need to be changed.  A new way of inputting the rating would need to be set up and moved out to all pages and apps where it is done.  A second icon (the half star) would need to be added to the system if they still want to display the rating graphically. The problems would only increase if they went to a full decimal, not just the half.

Personally, I would prefer to see the data shown as 5 stars with half-stars permitted. It is easier to understand 5 steps than 10,  using a scale such as I posted above. A 3 1⁄2 would be '"better than B-list but not quite good enough t be actually okay".  I find this easier to work wit than trying to decide just what 7 means in the 10 point scale.

If it is important to you to have this data for your own use, you can set up a separate 'My ratings' list, add the Titles there and store the more detailed rating in the description field.
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half star in a scale form 1 to 5 is the same of a scale from 1 to 10, isn't it? 

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