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How to Set Half Rating Scale 1-5 (Poor to Excellent) by Words

Rating Scale

Today, I was trying to find out how to set 1-5 rating scale by words, I thought this isn’t a hard thing, but it looks like the internet has no perfect answer, or at least no one could come up with the answer I am looking for.

So, I thought to post about what I’ve found and ask for your help. Not a bad idea for a Sunday post after all 🙂

When I searched using different keywords, results wasn’t accurate enough, and some articles are talking about different things, some results were weird and some other were funny though!

For example; Google tickled me with some women rating scale, I know it would be super awesome to use these in rating products, but that’s not possible in my case, haha. I only want to review and rate products this time, seriously!

Rating Scale

Of course, not all results was a waste of time, I found a quite good example for 1-5 rating scale somewhere on the web:

However, that wasn’t for half rating, which looks something like:

1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5

If you notice, these are actually 105 ratings, but it has 9 scales (not 10). That’s exactly how people got confused about Amazon’s Rating System, which now depends on machine-learned models instead of a simple average.

Rating Scale by Words

So I thought the best way to achieve this is to look for 1-10 rating sale, then transform it to what I want.

The best example I’ve found and felt it may work for me was this:

However, CNET’s editorial reviewers have a different way to handle their ratings scales, which so close to what I am thinking of, probably I will go for it unless I get some inspiration or good advice in the comment section of this post.

But, I have one problem, some of the ratings are hard to get, especially when I try to look for reviews of poor products on CNET, it doesn’t seem to be there!

I think this because they don’t actually review poor products on their site.

Also, I didn’t find any products gets a 5 stars by editors (so I marked that one with a question mark below). That was the closest scaling for me, however I still need a complete set of scales!

Here is what I’ve got so far:

In other words… I need your help to set the best combination of words for rating!

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Why I need this wording rating scale?

I’ve developed a premium version of WordPress Schema Plugin.

I made it to a several releases of the plugin and ended up developing an extension plugin to allow user and customer reviews and schema.org markup functionality, which consider the most advanced in my collection so far.

You can see live schema.org structured data examples, and even view the schema.org nested reviews markup on the demo site.

The plugin deals with editor reviews and ratings, it allows you to implement schem.org structured data markup for reviews and ratings to your WordPress blog.

So, knowing that words can speak louder than numbers, I am looking forward to include the wording ratings to the plugin template.

By the way, there is a free lighter version of the Schema plugin can be found at WordPress.org, you can download it and give it a go!

P.S. If you like the plugin, please rate it!

Now that you’ve got it all, let me hear what you are saying!

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