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Would you enjoy an optional rating tool that would assist you in rating a book when having trouble deciding how to do so?

The features of this proposed optional rating tool are as follows:

1) The rating tool would be completely optional for each individual user and is accessed by a collapsible link within the rating/review window.
2) The feature is proposed as an added tool that may enhance the enjoyment of a variety of Goodreads users. We believe the tool could enhance the critical thinking process in relation to reading, ratings, and writing reviews and promote more writing of reviews AND on the other hand allow a quick critical analysis of books for those who don’t wish to spend lengthy amounts of time writing reviews – whether they don’t have the time or they are experienced reviewers no longer interested in written reviews.
3) The rating tool would not replace the current 5 star rating system or reviews.
4) The itemized score would not be included in the Goodreads average book scores.
5) Even if you use the rating tool, you are not obligated to use the itemized score - you still have the option to pick your own 1 to 5 score.
6) A list of suggested criteria will auto-populate but are strictly suggestions only. Each user can customize the criteria to include the criteria they'd like to consider when rating a book.

Example: (please note that the proposed format would have 1 to 5 rating boxes to select from for each category listed below)

To Kill a Mockingbird
Memorable 5
Socially Relevant 5
Informative 2
Unique 5
Thought Provoking 5
Well Written/Expressed 5
Entertaining 5
Inspires Visualization
3

Sparks Emotion 5
Life Changing 5
Total 4.5 Stars (45/10 = 4.5)


Do you believe you’d enjoy having the option of a tool such as this?

Yes, I'd enjoy having this rating option!
 
  51 votes, 96.2%

No, I would not enjoy having this rating option!
 
  2 votes, 3.8%


Poll added by: Becky



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message 2: by Ian (new)

Ian Paganus Alex, I think your ratings and poetic introductions are working really well together.


message 3: by Alex (last edited Aug 07, 2011 05:05PM) (new)

Alex Recently in discussion with one of my GR connection,
I brought the thought about what book features (hopefully reflected in one or several rating categories) makes it a good candidate for movie adaptation. Just a thought ...
Going further on this idea ... from the "mathematical" empirical approach ...
Supposedly some subset of rating categories values is reflective on book's adaptability into the movie ... (I am for a purpose not even trying to think or guess which subset that would be - which is possibly very easy to guess anyway)
That means that if the total sum of the scores for that subset exceeds some threshold value - then the movie comes out good. If the sum is below that threshold - then the movie is not so good ...

Someone could arrive to finding out that subset and its threshold value by taking couple dozens of good adaptation examples (I think that couple dozens will assure statistical reliability) and couple dozens of failed ones.

Then the findings could be applied to the books which were not yet made into the movies ...
Perhaps this system could even be patented (;-)) and commercialized (;-)) ...


message 4: by Alex (last edited Aug 09, 2011 09:54AM) (new)

Alex I am having fun in applying this new set of rating categories ( which Becky came up with - implementing the pure concept into practical tool).

This set indeed (as I just hoped) stimulates the thinking process and it helps summarizing raw emotions, caused by reading the book, into more systematic and conscientious understanding of why one (me in particular case) liked this particular book.

I recognize the fact that sometimes, on occasions (I hope not very often occasions though) people want to read certain kind of literature just for the pure entertainment (the word "enjoyment" is not synonymous in this particular instance) purpose.
Sometimes (I hope also not very often occasions though) people just want "to kill time" - and they use book reading for that end.
Sometimes people feel so emotionally distressed in their personal feelings that they use book reading to get away from their acute emotional problems (I definitely hope that such need does not come often).
And, finally, sometimes people want just to run away from their normal lives, from day-to-day grey and bleak mundane annoying reality.
In all above "special" cases the thinking process is not expected to be involved (but I suspect it comes anyway as a result of reading ) - may be for such cases this evaluating system is "too much" of an effort.

However people (at least some of them) read (at least until they reach certain sad age, when reading becomes physically or mentally impossible) books just for pure enjoying of the reading as such.
Such people (or any people on certain occasions, perhaps) do look in such case for both thought/mind and emotional/heart stimulation.
Some people read in anticipation of esthetic pleasure which will come during and after the reading the book (some books are created to be better at that than other books ;-)).
And even more to say some of us (or any people on certain occasions, perhaps) strive to better themselves as Human Beings via reading "good" (as recognized by the Humankind already) books.
For such cases this rating system may be helpful.

What I found by playing with applying it - is that this system "disciplines" the reader by not letting him going unconsciously too high or too low on overall particular book assessment.
Because the rating categories in this system are (beyond going into deeper depth involving plot development and character development assessments) considerably comprehensive - this system assures that the " average good" book through one subset of categories or another, gets on average its *due* token of credit and appreciation.

So far (while applying this system on some books I have read during the course of my life) I was not able to "produce" any (averaged) rating below 2.5 and higher than 4.4 - and this outcome indeed makes sense - because those were all "good" books.
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message 5: by M (new)

M I HAVE GOT NO NERVES TO READ IT ALL.


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