I'm not entirely sure why, but netflix's star ratings really bother me. It drives me crazy when I go to rate a movie "I hated it" by giving it a star. I do understand how the system works -- one star is the lowest you can go -- but I can't help but think back to 3rd grade when getting a gold star is a GOOD thing. You never got a star for doing bad work, only good work, so it pains me every time I do it.
I decided to remedy the situation and write a Greasemonkey script that replaces all the star graphics with new graphics of my own creation. Here's a screenshot of how I see netflix now:
Letter grades seem to make alot more sense to me, and I feel pretty good about giving a movie an F.
While I was digging around trying to figure out all the places I needed to replace images, I found a few interesting things:
1) even though your ratings are always shown with yellow stars, and you can only select whole stars, there are graphics for partial stars: Perhaps there will be partial star ratings in the future? More likely they just generated all the stars from a photoshop script or something.
Heh... it makes you feel better to see letters rather than numbers? Well, okay, if it is important to you - although you do realize that by clicking the "F" icon you are still giving it a one-star rating, right?
What's so troubling about just realizing in your head that one star is an F, two stars is a D, etc...
I've not seen some of those star types, but I do know that not only are there graphics for partial star ratings, but you can actually rate titles in tenths, like rating one thing 3.8, another 2.1, etc.
I've been meaning to try rewriting it to see what happens if you send a fractional value to the ratings thingy. So you've done this? How does it display on your My Ratings page? Does 3.5 stars show up under the '3 stars' page or the '4 stars' page?
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