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Sun, May 17, 2015 3:33 PM

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Ratings: A better rating system

IMDb should consider updating their 10 star rating system. For the most part, it is quite accurate. However, I am surely not alone when I say the rating system is lacking the critical component to break down the votes into more specific categories. I suggest a two tiered Rating System whereby Users can have the choice to use the existing 'basic' 10 star rating system, or a new IMDb Advanced Rating System. The concept is not new, but is definitely overdue in its coming to fruition on IMDb. The second tier of the rating system would allow Users to refine their votes based on sub-categories that would inevitably be a calculated average equating to what we all know now as the 'basic' 10 star rating. Sub-categories should, at the very least, include the following 'advanced' sub-category 10 star ratings for Acting, Directing, SFX, Writing and Music. 

Ask yourself, how many times have you voted down a movie because most of the above categories were not deserving of more than a 5/10 star rating, with exception to the Acting, which was in your opinion, an 8/10 or even a 9/10? The 5/10 is likely an accurate average overall; however, there are those of us on the IMDb database that would like to give merit where merit is due, and in the case of this example, the Actors should receive their due credit for a performance that is deserving of far more than the overall movie rating of just 5/10.

This brings me back to the question I always have when I see a movie rating that is either too high or too low for my personal liking. By having an advanced rating system, I would likely have a better understanding why this movie was voted as such and an understanding of the type of Users that are voting on it. On occasion, I have enjoyed movies that had mediocre story lines and the acting was good, but not great. Although, the directing, SFX and music score was spectacular! On IMDb, the movie rating was low, which almost discouraged me from even giving the movie a chance. On the other hand, if there was an advanced rating system and I was able to discern between the high number of down votes for Acting and Story Writing, and other sub-categories that were more relevant to me I might have been swayed to watch the movie and thoroughly enjoy it, forgiving the over emphasis other Users put towards the movie because they felt Acting and Story Writing was more important than Directing, SFX and Music.

In summary, the IMDb 'basic' Rating System has been accurate for me, at least most of the time. Although, an Advanced Rating System would allow discerning IMDb Users the opportunity to watch movies they would otherwise avoid due to low 'basic' Ratings, or inversely, avoid movies that have had high ratings in sub-categories that are not relevant to their movie enjoyment experience.

NOTE: I hope the above suggestion makes sense... lol... I wrote this before my morning coffee and with one eye open, so to speak ;-)

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