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Oct. 11, 2012 6:17 am 
Updated: Oct. 13, 2012 6:03 am

The rating system on ALLRECIPES is a wonderful thing in my eyes. I have brought this subject up before on the BUZZ. If I could change one thing about it I would wish that they had 1/2 ratings such as a 4 1/2. It would be a truer rating because it is very hard to rate a recipe a 5. A 5 star to me would be so great that it would be served in a 5 star restaurant,. Looking at my past reviews I am guilty for rating a recipe a 5 when it is quite possible that I would have rated the recipe a 4 1/2. Some people would just not rate the recipe if they didn't like it. Or they don't want to hurt the person that submitted the recipe. The reason I rate a recipe if I make it is because I don't to mistake and make the recipe again by accident. Others could care less about the ratings. More power to them.

Do I feel bad if I rate a recipe with a low rating? MAYBE a little, but it is MY opinion and mine only.Everyones tastes are different.I have noticed that this rating system might stop someone from making a recipe themselves. I gave a recipe with a very low score last year and I went back recently to see how others rated the recipe and no one has made it since.The reason I looked back at the recipe was to see how others thought it was I didn't mean for that to happen.

I do read the comments that others have written to see how it might help me to make the recipe that much better. Not as much sugar, or if someone uses wheat flour instead of white flour. In my case it is hard not to throw in a a few more carrots or a little bit of wine because of the Julia Childs WANT TO BE in me. LOL.

If the ALLRECIPES staff read this it is just my opinion. Have a nice day
Oct. 11, 2012 6:49 am
I think I rather like how their system is now. I do read the negative reviews to see what changes were made but in some cases it is obvious the rating is insincere. I'm with you my inner Julia speaks to me somedays too :)
Oct. 11, 2012 7:14 am
I am an unrepentant tweaker and have been called out for rating a tweaked recipe so I don't rate any longer. But, I always read the reviews. I love to see what others have done to make a dish work for them. I tweak for personal preference, health, and what I have in the house. Sometimes I want to make something but I don't have all the ingredients so I use something else. :)
Oct. 11, 2012 12:50 pm
I'm with Lady S and campergramma!
Oct. 11, 2012 2:02 pm
I don't like the rating system. Since I don't own this site, I don't see it changing anytime soon.
Oct. 11, 2012 9:16 pm
That is a really interesting way of looking at it KingSparta, I never thought of 5 stars as something you get at a 5 star restaurant. That really does make since. I love to read the reviews, but like you I am a recipe tweaker...sometimes for a healthier version, personal preference or because of what other reviews said. I don't ever not try a recipe because lower ratings, although I am more likely to tweak it. However, if I tweak a recipe and rate it, I rate it a 5 because I don't want my review to lower their "score." I love to read others reviews and take them into account so I like to think someone else would like to take mine into account. Maybe one of the "problems" with the rating system is everyone uses it differently. I could definitely see how it could use some changes, but I still feel it's helpful now. Like many others, I would love to be able to leave a review without rating the recipe. Thanks for the interesting blog! :)
Oct. 12, 2012 6:01 am
I normaly cook the meal as directed, and rate it as it is, but then I will tweek it for my taste.
Oct. 12, 2012 6:59 am
I do wish that we could leave a review without the star rating. Although I know many people look just for 5 star recipes. The reviews are often helpful and I do read the poor reviews to see why they marked it down. I do object to reviews that say I gave this 5 stars but had to cut the baking soda from 1 Tablespoon,as written to 1 teaspoon. Someone else might not read the review and just assume the recipe is perfect as written. If I am rating a grilled cheese sandwich, I judge it against other grilled cheese sandwiches - if the recipe is well written and tastes good it deserves 5 stars, even if it is only just a grilled cheese sandwich.
Oct. 12, 2012 7:04 am
Maybe they should have a set of questions like: was the recipe directions written so you could understand them? Yes\No Are there any inconsistencies between the ingredient list and the directions? yes\no. if they say there is something wrong, then give them a box to explain what was wrong. but this arbitrary 1 to 5 stars is really lame.
Oct. 12, 2012 5:13 pm
I would be happy to star rate if I made the recipe as written. But I would like to be able to leave my comments/tweaks without a star rating when I make changes.
Deb C 
Oct. 13, 2012 6:03 am
I value the ratings and stars as a guide. I too have to rate it or I won’t remember if I had made it previously. :) I give five stars if I want to make it again, 4 stars needs serious tweaking, and anything below that I don’t bother making again. I think I’ve only rated two recipes one star, but to be honest, they really deserved it and I’d hate for others to waste their time and money making it. I try not to do that though because I’m grateful people are sharing their recipes. I completely agree that some recipes are somewhere in the middle, so in that case I just bump it up to the highest rating and make a comment. I still miss the constantly updated “recently reviewed” page. I found more great recipes that way. Ah well.
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