posted by philip in Snooth, Website Updates
While in Napa we tasted a good deal of wine, of which there were some really excellent wines. It was at a Far Niente tasting that I realized that there’s a big gap between rating a wine 4 glasses (like it) and 5 glasses (love it). Both Mark and I did find ourselves secretly wishing for a grade in between those (really like it?).
Don’t get me wrong, we’re big fans of the simplicity of 5 glasses/stars/whatever (and Pandora does a great job with just thumbs up/down), but the more degrees of freedom you get, the more you can express yourself. And I think ultimately thats the trade off – the rater gets the ability to rate with more nuance, but the reader gets proportionally more confused.
The jury’s still out and I’m listening to users on the subject (here, here, here and here are some bloggers reactions to the general idea of standardizing ratings), but half stars are an option, as is simply embracing the chaos and letting people rate in their native system – it’ll be confusing to the reader, but they could adapt…