Note to my reader, I’ve moved the Playlist section bottom of the posts.
Product reviews are in progress, but before I publish any of them I need to decide how to represent how I rate products and what criteria to use for the final verdict.
I found myself wondering just what kind of rating system you folks prefer.
12-point dog rating, using my son’s Boston Terrier icon?
What criteria do need to see to understand how a rating system works? Do you like the overall product scale from 1 to 5 star, thumbs, or whatever icons sites use? (A lovely 5-tree example resides on Jennifer Chiat’s, Growing a Green Family blog.) Or, do you prefer separate ratings for build quality (or manufacturing), hardware design or software interface design, product usefulness, level of user, or other attributes that escape me at this moment. Or, do you prefer Wired’s style, in which they have a complex system of whether you should spare your dime for a product, as shown below?
Source: Screen shot from Wired’s “Gear of the Year” page.
Personally, I don’t like the thumbs up or down, or any two criteria system. For example, I often recommend Adobe Photoshop Elements to new photographers who want to edit their shots. Yet, I prefer Photoshop or Lightroom, because I am not crazy about Elements interface. So, personally, the product is a nay, but publicly, it’s a yea.
There is also the problem where a product is made well, serves its purpose, but doesn’t meet the specific reviewer’s needs and may or may not meet your needs. In a 5-point rating system, that product might only get 3.5 points. I don’t particularly like the 2 point or the 5 point systems.
In articles I’ve read, a rating system is what serves to build a reputation. If I rate products inconsistently, then you don’t trust what I have to say and therefore it hurts my reputation as a product reviewer. So, that’s no good.
What I really need to know is: What rating system do you prefer (and can I implement it). Thank you, in advance, for any comments you have.
Playlist (i.e. music to read by) – Easy listening
SuperTramp. “Even In The Quietest Moments.” Gold – Retrospectacle – The Supertramp Anthology. 2005, A&M Records.
Commodores. “Sail On.” All The Great Hits. 2007, Motown Records.
Los Angeles Philharmonic. “Appalachian Spring – (Ballet for Martha).” Copland: Appalachian Spring. 2009, Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg.
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