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Ratings: What the rating stars mean to me

Updated on March 7, 2014
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Alicia has been an Author, Columnist, and Reviewer for 10 years. Her success came from perseverance plus organized goal setting.

Examples of how I have rated

These are to help you get started. Help you see the different ways one can rate something. Remember if you use, watch or experience it then you probably can rate it.

Seven examples of my usage of the HubPages "Ratings" Tool:

1. Letters to Juliet (movie review)

2. The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life (book review)

3. More Magazine: Has more with website (magazine review)

4. Jesse Stone: Television Movie Series Review (TV program review)

5. Genealogy: Finding Your Ancestral Roots (website review)

6. Swedish Bitters helped my dachshund breathe (product review)

7. Turner Falls, Oklahoma USA (travel review)

Ratings can enhance a hub

I have written many movie, book and website reviews. I have added “ratings” to my hubs. This handy Hub Tool is a wonderful gift from HubPages. The “ratings” tool enables each Hubber to use stars to indicate their opinion regarding something they are writing about like a movie, recipe, book, vacation spot, hotel, restaurant, national park, historic point of interest, museum or website. The ability to rate with stars is incredible and ingenious; brings a whole new professional dimension to one’s hub.

Each Hubber certainly has their own ideas for how the "ratings" work; how they personally use the stars (one through five) to determine how many stars each thing reviewed receives. This is definitely personal choice and decision. I wrote this hub to clarify what I meant, what the rating stars mean to me when I gift a one-star through five-star rating. I want my readers to know exactly where I stand when I rate something.

For me, a single star is equivalent to awful (avoid this). Two stars boils down to I did not care for it at all, but this was not completely awful (others might like it even though I did not). Three stars is the equivalent of me saying this is worth one's time and I liked it. If I gift 4 stars to something I am reviewing, I am letting the world know that I really liked it a lot, yet did not make the excellent category. Five stars equals excellent (Loved it! This is the best!).

When I gift three, four or five stars this informs all who read my hubs that what I am reviewing is something to notice. Many might enjoy what I gift three stars or simply "like it" as I did. Four and Five stars are things I am highly recommending for watching, reading, cooking or visiting. My way of saying, hey, you want to know about this!

This is how I am using the wonderful "ratings" Hub Tool. I have received grateful feedback from numerous readers. If you have not incorporated the “ratings” handy Hub Tool, this long-term Hubber recommends you do. This device delivers a higher level of professionalism to one’s written works.

Rating something is a great polite way to share how you truly feel about something you are sharing with others. It is also a way to get your hub noticed or read. People gravitate toward the rating stars for they understand a star rating system. It gives readers an idea about what you plan to explain to them regarding what you are reviewing; informing best, good, average or awful.

Enjoy hubbing and rating! It is much fun!

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    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile image

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      4 years ago from Oregon

      Great Hub article Alicia. Keep up the good work and thanks for being so informative.


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