[uf-discuss] hReview feedback

Paul Bryson paul at msn.com
Wed Jan 18 23:59:49 PST 2006

"Ryan King" wrote...
> Yeah, AFAICT, there's no commonly used format for ranges used on the  web 
> (or elsewhere, for that matter), so we have little prior art in  terms of 
> previous formats. However, we still have prior art in terms  of examples 
> of emergent human behavior on the web.

I had an amusing experience this evening.  I just moved in with some new 
roommates and decided it would be a good time to update my MythTV box.  I 
also took the opportunity to let my roommates play with it and explain what 
everything meant.  When you are looking at the listing of movies, I noticed 
that it has the year and then a number of stars afterwards to indicate a 

The rating is in the format:
where the slash indicates a half of a star.

I commented out loud that I wondered where the ratings were from.  The very 
next comment was from my roommate asking what the scale was.  I had no idea. 
We just scrolled through a whole bunch of ratings before deciding that is 
must be 1 to 4 stars.

I guess other people out there do care what the upper and lower limit if 
systems are.  (If a movie is rated a 1, it would be nice to know if it could 
have been rated a 0 or if it has the absolute lowest rating possible.)


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