I've got Star Problems

I just spent the last week coming up with the “perfect” Star-Rating thingy to rate Comments on my website.

Now that it is done, it looks nice, but it just isn’t working for me… sigh

The problem - as I see it - is that all of the Comments seem to “blend” together.

I mean visually as you scan through 100 comments, can your eye really tell the difference between 3 Star, 4 Stars, 4 1/2 Stars and 5 Stars??

It would be nice to having something like a 10-point Star-Rating thingy, but I just don’t have room for that.

So here are some options that I came up with…

Option #1:


I could expand things slightly to a 7-point Star-Rating.

Visually, that might help a lot, although it could be an issue finding the extra space!

Option #2:


I could ditch the Stars and just go with either a 10-point or 100-point Numeric-Rating.

It wouldn't be as "eye-catching", but people can clearly understand the difference between a 3-point Comment and an 8.5-point Comment.

Option #3:


I could have a Numeric-Rating as described in Option #2, but also have a "trailing" Star icon to the right.

That way people's eyes would at least be drawn to the single Star.

Option #4:


I could make some scale - like a horizontal Bar Chart - to show how good/bad a Comment is.

That might work, but is more programming than I am willing to do.

Option #5:


Leave things alone.

A 5-point Star-Rating is pretty standard, and hopefully everyone voting doesn't choose "5" as the default choice?!

Any thoughts on how I could improve things? :-/

Sincerely,

Debbie

Hi Debbie,

Did you look at the solution I posted in the above thread?

I have just created another demo with showing ten stars.

http://www.johns-jokes.com/downloads//sp-c/debbies-stars/

Can you supply a link to the web page or at least a screen shot which will no doubt help to provide solutions.

I just spent the last week coming up with the “perfect” Star-Rating thingy to rate Comments on my website.

For me, this is the epitome of your problems. If you put all of your energy into making everything perfect and obsessing about every detail, you’ll never ship anything.

Now that it is done, it looks nice, but it just isn’t working for me… sigh

Could you post a link to your site or enough code so that we can see this rating system, too?
This would make it 1000% easier to offer an opinion.

Or…

You can hurry up and slap things together and be Microsoft, or take your time and be Apple.

Nobody said perfection is easy… :wink:

I could, but I’d rather not. (My site is at a point where I’m pretty protective before I go live.)

But you really don’t need a picture here to help out.

Re-phrased, the question was…

“Do you think a 5-point Rating System is enough for people to easily and visually discern between hundreds of items?”

I am starting to think the answer is “No”.

Think about Amazon - or pick your favorite site - where EVERYTHING is a 4 or 5 Star rating or reviews?! :rolleyes:

A lot of this comes down to how people use my review system.

If there were 100 Products/Comments/Whatevers, and people gave a handful a rating of 5-Stars, then what I have would be great!

But I think the tendency of people is to hover around 3-5 Stars, which means you really only have a 3-Point Review System, if you follow my concern!!

So do you like a 5-Point system?

A 7-Point system?

A 10-Point system?

Or junk the Star icons, and “Just give me some damn numbers!!!” system?

Sincerely,

Debbie

Yep.

It didn’t answer any of my questions in that thread, and it doesn’t answer my questions here! :slight_smile:

Sincerely,

Debbie

As both @Pullo; and I mentioned, it is remarkably difficult to suggest solutions when only your explanations are available.

“Do you think a 5-point Rating System is enough for people to easily and visually discern between hundreds of items?”

On a desktop monitor the solution I provided would be fine but would be cramped for many mobile screens.

Once again with insufficient information a solution is impossible.

Thread Closed?

I mean visually as you scan through 100 comments, can your eye really tell the difference between 3 Star, 4 Stars, 4 1/2 Stars and 5 Stars??

If the “stars” were highly visible then yes. If the total stars were yellow against non total on red then there’s a lot of contrast between red/yellow. Alternatively using Amazon as an example they use green shaded or hollow stars which I’d say is very visible.

A 7 point system could look odd, most people are subconciously trained to recognise 5 stars without thinking.
A 10 point system would probably be a bit OTT, requires much more work to comprehend, may be too much for many people.

See John, not hard to answer…

Okay, so there is one vote against increasing to a 7-point or 10-point system.

Duly noted.

Thanks,

Debbie

I think it would be better if you have 5 star rating only rather then 7 star or 10 star as you get more comments itseasy to find our rating and its not that easy to find the perfection even if you give 10 stars so better go along with the 5 star option.

Stick with the 5 star system but try this image…

Simple to see how many stars you have…