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Aug 15, 2011
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I did a search of this forum for other star-related posts, and although I found lots, I didn't see any that addressed this minor thought of mine.

I've noticed that the star icon presented for a given route follows this pattern:

Exactly 4 stars average = 4 star icon
~3.1-3.9 stars = 3.5 star icon
Exactly 3 stars average = 3 star icon
~2.1-2.9 stars = 2.5 star icon

I think this creates a disproportionate number of routes with half stars at the end of the rating. For the purposes of improving the granularity of star ratings at a glance, I would suggest something like:

3.8 and up = 4 star icon
3.3 to 3.79 = 3.5 star icon
2.8 to 3.29 = 3 star icon
2.3 to 2.79 = 2.5 star icon

This would allow each of the icons to cover the same 'range' of grades, and not give undue preference for half-star grades. My small 4-star range will still keep the coveted 4-star grade somewhat rare.


It's a minor change, I know, but I think a small improvement. My numbers do not have to be exact, it's just a suggestion.
Colin Parker
From Idyllwild, CA
Joined Mar 16, 2008
1,824 points
Sep 6, 2011
I typically just read the number, but honestly, I think the actual icon is just fine. I think, however, that the self-reporting and intentionally vague definition of the quality ratings means that the overall rating is all but useless for all but the most traveled climbs.

Put another way, so long as a route can be reported as "classic" with only one vote, the system's flaws are shown.
Brian Scoggins
From Boise, ID
Joined Mar 12, 2002
1,123 points
Sep 6, 2011
I like the ideal of modifying the rounding scheme. However, I jsut consider 3.5 star routes as 4 star routes. I don't pay attention to the shading of the star, only the number usually...

Maybe the shape of the stars could change depending on the number of votes.

1 vote gets circles or asterisks or skinny/small stars
2-4 votes gets a little bit bigger stars
5+ votes gets the full bright star shape

...just guessing that 5+ votes is a pretty good consensus. Sometimes I wish more people would give star and grade recommendations so we would get better averages...
Joseph Stover
From Batesville, AR
Joined Dec 8, 2005
881 points

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