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post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Recently I've noticed that the review breakdown details (i.e. sound quality, design, value, etc.) have switched from the previously used "star" system to the newer "solid bar" system.

 

Examples of "star" system:

Sennheiser HD 238

Audio Quality: 3.5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Design: 3/5
Value: 5/5

 

Shure SRH940

Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Design: 3/5

 

V-MODA Crossfade M-100

Audio Quality: 3.5/5
Comfort: 3.5/5
Design: 3/5
Value: 5/5

 

These breakdown details are VERY easy to understand/comprehend and are VERY easy to refer back to if needed.

 

 

 

Example of "solid bar" system:

Sennheiser HD 238

 

Shure SRH940

 

V-MODA Crossfade M-100

 

These breakdown details are NOT very easy to understand/comprehend and are NOT convenient to refer back to. These examples are from my own written Head-Fi reviews and I can't even tell what ratings I gave them from this new "solid bar" rating system. I had to refer back to my own written notes in a text file to get the "star" ratings.

 

From these "solid bar" ratings, I CANNOT tell the difference between a what-would-be 3 star rating from a what-would-be 4 star rating. All of the "solid bars" look pretty "high" and one may get the wrong impression from a look at these charts. For instance, the HD 238's 3.5/5 audio quality rating looks deceivably high in the new "solid bar" system. As another example, a look at the V-MODA M-100's comfort rating looks deceivably high as well. How is anyone supposed to accurately interpret these breakdowns?

 


Based on this, I propose 2 solutions:

  1. Bring back the older, very easy-to-read "star" system
  2. Keep the "bar" design, but make distinguishable segments or marks to separate where each "star" would be.

 

 

*I recently temporarily changed my SRH940 ratings just so I can see how a what-would-be 0.5 star rating looks compared to a what-would-be 3.5 star rating compared to a what-would-be 5 star rating. I post these these "solid bar" ratings at a later time once the "bars" update. It's been 20 minutes hours 2 days weeks since I edited them and they haven't changed yet. Will they ever change? It shouldn't take 2 days weeks for changes in a review to show-up.


Edited by miceblue - 6/8/13 at 9:01pm
post #2 of 5
Thread Starter 

So I recently wrote a review using the new "green bar" system.

 

Here is what I have in my editing window:

 

Here is what is actually published:

 

 

I gave both "Quality," whatever this means, and "Value" full green bars in my review, yet the green bar for "Quality" in the actual published review is not full.

Meanwhile I gave both "Design" and "Audio Quality" ratings 1 "step" away from the full meter (what would be an easy-to-read 4.5/5 stars) and yet they have a lower score than the "Quality" rating, which is supposed to be full.

 

I am honestly confused as to why this problem even exists and I bring up again that having a star system is much more comprehendible than the "green bar" system.

 

Even with my own review, I can't interpret what the actual published ratings mean. From a quick glance, it looks like "Value" is 5/5 stars, "Quality" is 4.5/5 stars, and "Design" and "Audio Quality" are 4/5 stars, which they are not. blink.gif


Edited by miceblue - 6/24/13 at 7:48pm
post #3 of 5

Do include a % value. That'll do wonders and make a big difference in getting how good it is

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

I just wrote another review today.

This is what my edit window looks like (note that Design and Audio Quality ratings are both the same value, and the Value and Comfort values are both 1 "notch" higher and equal in value):

 

So then in the actual published results, why are all 4 values different? The Value and Comfort ratings are 2 different values and likewise for the Audio Quality and Design ratings.

 

I didn't rate the Audio Quality more than value.....nor did I rate the Design more than Comfort....

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Well, I was browsing reviews and no one bothered to mention that all of the green bars are an average from peoples' reviews rather than a reflection of the reviewer's ratings.

 

That's pretty lame if you ask me. If I thought the comfort was really poor and the average comfort rating is very high, my "breakdown details" wouldn't be accurately represented if someone were to read my review. -.-

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