I assume there is a wide range of scoring criteria when I look at different users ranges and rating distribution. I’m curious how everyone rates things on the AOTY scale (or even on a 5 star or 1-10 scale). Do you have a systematic approach or is it a gut reaction? If systematic, what are the parameters that make something an 80 instead of a 75? Are you looking at song ratings within an album to determine the score and if so what about those albums that have absolute favorite songs but overall the album is just ok or worse. What are your thresholds for certain scores? Do you have reference comparison points like a favorite album, an album you’d tolerate, and an album you’d turn off if the person who put it on left the listening space?
I’m also wondering if it would be helpful to standardize the system in some way so that everyone means roughly the same thing when they rate something a 70. Good reads has a word associated with each of the 5 star ratings. Metacritic uses a color coding so that 7-10 is green, 4-6 is yellow, and 0-3 is red. Do you associate any words with certain scores? I’m thinking of using this as my personal guideline here:
100 = perfect in every single way
90 = amazing, top favorites
80 = great, enjoy most of the album
70 = good, but has strong flaws or multiple songs that are just mediocre
60 = ok, but wouldn’t choose to listen to it or recommend it
50 = meh, don’t care at all, all around mediocrity not worth hearing
40 = don’t like
30 = Hate it
20 = So terrible I’m amazed anyone could like this
10 = torture
0 = not music by any standard I can think of / I despise this artist in every way
I’m new here, but definitely not new to rating music. I’ve been collecting music since the 80’s but have struggled with this since I began a digital library with tags and rating systems in the early 2000s and I’d love to know how others approach this valuation process. At the moment I’m using this site mostly to keep track of favorite albums from all time and new releases that I think are good or better, so I don’t really plan on rating all the bad stuff I come across. In my digital library I don’t even bother keeping songs that I rate a 1 or 2, because who has the time to waste on music that you don’t think highly of?
Lastly, if different critics or publications use different scales or systems, how does an aggregator like this reconcile that when showing a critic score?
I’d love to have a discussion that covers all these ideas. Thanks!