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.
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