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Thread rating feature slightly confusing [message #1366] Tue, 09 April 2002 19:10 Go to previous message
snafu is currently offline  snafu   United States
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I found the thread rating feature to be confusing. Is two stars good or bad? I thought it would mean good, but the image displayed seems to communicate otherwise, (see attachment) due to the fact that there are two stars out of five possible; i.e. a scale of one to five, where one sucks and five is awesome.

I suppose there are a couple ways to approach thread rating:

First approach: Rating on a scale from one to five, where one is bad and five is good. In this case, it might be helpful to have the options be more verbose, example:
1 star - the worst
2 stars - bad
3 stars - okay
4 stars - good
5 stars - the best
In this case it makes sense to leave the image as n out of five stars.

Second approach: Marking the thread as helpful or informative, where one star means helpful, and more stars means more helpful. Again, it might help to make the options more descriptive:
1 star
2 stars
3 stars
4 stars
5 stars
In this case it might be better to make the image not show "empty stars".

Anyways, that's my two cents. Any thoughts?
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