When Delighted Reader started out two years ago, I pondered what type of rating system I wanted to go with. Stars or a grading system? Each had their own merits and at the time I think I wanted to know something like 4.5 stars that could be an A- or B+. As time has passed I have had a hard time deciding if a book is an minus to the letter above or a plus to the letter below. In essence we had 14 different types of ratings from an A+ to F and even a DNF. This never seemed to confuse anyone and if you really analyze it, it isn’t that big of a deal, but it was becoming an annoyance.
Then you have Amazon and Goodreads all using stars for their rating systems, but again I wanted that halfway mark that wasn’t there. And the thought of going back to change all the old reviews to get them on a start rating, seemed more work that was needed.
Then along comes a new WordPress Plugin that indexes the reviews you put in, coordinates authors information so you only have one place to update it, and so many other bells and whistles I am still investigating. So I made a decision to touch each and every review we have wrote to get it into this new plugin. After about updating 50 reviews to this, I realized this was the time to make the switch to star (or some other graphic based rating system) from the grading system.
So reviews on Delighted Reader will now be based on 5 stars, with half stars in between. All reviews going forth will have this, while all the reviews in the past will be slowly updated to reflect this change.
I guess I am asking for some feedback on how you feel about Delighted Reader making this change and if you find it confusing or a better way to find out what we really think?
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