Newswire: Netflix is dropping stars in favor of a thumb-based ratings system

For years, Netflix has asked users to rate the things they’ve watched with a straightforward five-star system. It was simple, elegant, and had a wide enough range that you could decide what rating to give something without needing to get too specific or agonize over the decision too much. Naturally, it now has to change. According to Variety, Netflix will soon be getting rid of the stars altogether in favor of a totally original and revolutionary thumb-based rating system, with users giving a “thumbs-up” to something they like and a “thumbs-down” to something they don’t like.

Apparently, the whole star thing was very crucial to Netflix’s algorithms when it first started, but as the years have gone on, the company has noticed that people will rate something like a documentary very highly but only watch it once, and then they’ll rate something like a goofy comedy …

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