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bk is asking: (4 answers)
I have enjoyed allrecipies for many years and it has been my site of choice for finding new recipes. However, I grow weary of finding recipes that are given a 5-star rating based on personal changes to the original. I don't have the time or inclination to wade through all the comments. Can't you provide a simple rating for the original recipe?

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Last updated: Jan. 2, 2013 10:06 pm
Posted: Jan. 2, 2013 8:25 am
 
Answered by: Linda (LMT)
Jan. 2, 2013 8:28 am
A rating is simply a matter of opinion. What one person likes another doesn't thus what one person rates 2 stars another thinks it 5. I never judge a recipe by the stars, I know enough by looking at the ingredients to know if I will like something or not and value most of the reviews for helpful notes, likes, dislikes and the changes people made based on their preference.
 
Answered by: TwoSweetPickles
Jan. 2, 2013 8:45 am
Ignore the stars. It sounds as if you've cooked for a long time…you'll know better than anyone else what works for you.
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Bibi
Jan. 2, 2013 8:48 am
Hi, Mary! I understand your frustration. I "follow" some of the cooks here. I have tried some of the recipes they have reviewed favorably and found that I agree with them. Now, if they recommend something, I can try it with confidence.
 
Jan. 2, 2013 8:57 am
AR who runs this site doesn't participate in this forum. You are basically interacting with other site participants. Recipe ratings is a frequent topic here.
 
manella
Jan. 2, 2013 9:23 am
All of the above,can't add anymore.Have a great day Mary.
 
FrenchLady
Jan. 2, 2013 9:35 am
Sometimes 5,000 people will put a 5 stars rating on a recipe which contains poor-quality ingredients that I wouldn't want to use in a million years... Trust your instincts, that's what works best :)
 
Answered by: ConkyJoe
Jan. 2, 2013 9:30 am
The rating system has value as it helps guide folks to good recipes. If there was no star rating system, only people who don’t work might have the time (or desire) to read through thousands of reviews to find good recipes. The star simply is a summary of what one believes is appropriate for that particular recipe, and a collective summary of all reviewers and raters. If someone is smart enough to give a review, then they should be smart enough to properly pick the star which summarizes they’re views. That’s far easier than reading a multitude of reviews and then trying to distill all of this information into a summarized self-assessment of what has been read. I’m very suspect of ratings and reviews for recipes having ten or less reviews, especially if a group effort is involved with the recipe as influence from peer pressure can enter the equation. You won’t find a pure 5* review if the recipe has been reviewed by a large number of people (100 reviews or more), and these star ratings are the most accurate and helpful.
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bk
Jan. 2, 2013 10:53 am
Thanks for all the good thoughts.
 
Answered by: Julie62
Jan. 2, 2013 10:06 pm
If you don't have time to read all the reviews, I'd suggest sorting by "most helpful" and reading the top three.
 
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