Now, let's just get right into things! Rating systems are something that people have a lot of opinions and "disagreements" about. I personally do use the star rating system. When reviewing books or posting reviews on my Goodreads account
Personally, I don't use any other rating systems. I think that the star rating system is the most universal of the rating systems. It's something that most people can kind of agree upon and I think that's really important. However, I don't think that ratings out of 10, for example, would be a problem. There's a reason that so many reviewers give ratings that include half stars. If the universal rating system were points out of 10, it would solve that problem. Even though, I don't really think that there's a major problem with the star rating system considering people do use half-stars.
My solutions in general would be to just communicate and to encourage communication among reviewers on this topic. If the meanings behind certain ratings were entirely universal there would be absolutely no problems with the star rating system. I may just be incredibly full of myself, but I think that the way I define my ratings (click HERE to see those definitions) is the way that everyone defines them. However, obviously I'm not oblivious enough to think that's the case. Nor, do I really think that's possible.
As long as a reviewer can elaborate in a review or even just a few sentences to explain a bit more in depth what they thought of a book, I think the star rating system does work well. Clearly, Goodreads could make some improvements in the way of making things more universal, but until then we should all just try to take everyone's opinions with a grain of salt. For example, someone might like a book just as much as you did and give it a different rating. Everyone's different and that's something that's honestly unavoidable.
Thanks for stopping by for this week's Thursday Thoughts! I would love to hear what you have to say! If you make a post of your own Thursday Thoughts, link it below!! If not, I would love it if you could comment and let me know your thoughts on rating systems. I currently have to run because we're about to go to Planet Hollywood for dinner followed by Newsies on Broadway! AHH! Talk to you guys next week when we discuss Reading Conditions! See ya then!