Phantasmagoriat wrote:Keep in mind that by watching a video and not leaving a rating, that alone could be useful information.
Yes, but users can vote for a video only once, but can preview (and download) it as many times as they want...
I'm honestly for keeping the stars as they are now. Perhaps changing something about them, but the x stars out of 5 is good, imho.
Well the 5-star scale isn't terrible or anything. Truth be told, I don't care what system we use, since I don't like ratings to begin with. Among other things, I just don't think they are necessary to find out what people like or don't like. There are ways of collecting statistics without forcing user input. For instance, most of the time if I don't rate a video right away, it's going to get a 3/5 in the end-- Indifference. I think that represents the vast majority of videos people don't want to rate, so forcing a star rating every time is a bit redundant when an omission indicates the same thing. If I truly like or dislike a video, it will manifest in other forms:
- Watched the full video
- Watched 1/2 the video
- Watched a certain % of the video... (if it's possible to collect this info)
- Watched video multiple times
- Rating Given (can be optional for those that want a way to express their opinion this way)
- Rating Omitted
- Added to Favorites
- Added to Playlist (the only feature I hope we get)
- Left an Opinion
- Left a QC or other Comment
They all indicate different things, but together, I think this is enough to find out what people like-- and isn't that the only thing we want to know in the first place? The best part is none of these require compulsory input, so viewers can simply do what they want to do: watch videos.