The "star" rating of a product....how is it determined?

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The "star" rating of a product....how is it determined?

Dangerous Lilly Dangerous Lilly
I'm just wondering how the star rating of a toy is determined...is it just by actual reviews, or by the star ratings that anybody can give when they comment?

I've seen what appear to be toys that nobody has reviewed and the comments are all like "Oh this looks neat, I can't wait for somebody to review!!!" and then they give it a 5-star rating.
10/30/2010
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Sir Sir
Yeah, I've seen that too. I've seen it more, actually, with the points system coming out, and it sort of confuses me - I always thought that comments were there to give your take on the toy once you owned it, almost like a mini review?

But, regardless, I believe that it takes into account both the votes from anyone and the votes from the reviews to give an average.
10/30/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
Quote:
Originally posted by Dangerous Lilly
I'm just wondering how the star rating of a toy is determined...is it just by actual reviews, or by the star ratings that anybody can give when they comment?

I've seen what appear to be toys that nobody has reviewed and the comments ...
Plus, in addition to the review ratings and comment ratings, random people can hover over the stars and give their rating of it.
10/31/2010
ToyGeek ToyGeek
I doubt a product's overall star rating reveals very much at all, and I think that's true on amazon as well. The general public just does not have the skills necessary to click on a rating for a product in an informed manner. They rate the shipping speed of a random order on a product's page, or complain about unrelated things in comments, or critique a product on an amazon seller's feedback page . . . it makes me sad for humanity.

That said, if you look over the star ratings given by reviewers with whom you've agreed in the past, it's a huge help in narrowing down choices.
10/31/2010
Pleasure Piratess Pleasure Piratess
I always wished that when using the stars to rate a product it has a summary of what that star represented like they do with the "bees" and "vrooms" because 3 stars to me might not mean the same thing to someone else.
10/31/2010
ScottA ScottA
It's everybody's votes averaged out. Not sure if they weight the reviewer's votes higher, but I suspect not.
10/31/2010
leela leela
Yeah, this has always bugged me. I wish there was a way to filter a search based on the products with the highest reviews, not just the screwed up star rating system.
11/01/2010
Trashley Trashley
Hmmm.. I didn't even think you could star a product unless you reviewed it. But the star-before-its-come-o ut thing might possiblyyyyyyy also be related to people who received it before it came out from EF to try it and the star rating's just up while the reviews sometimes don't come out till a bit later.
11/01/2010
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