My Dimmed Stars


So had you noticed there’s these star ratings you can give my entries, in a little box just beside the “Leave a Comment” link? No, I didn’t think so, because nobody notices them and nobody bothers with them. But my Dearly Beloved pointed out, someone has noticed and gone and given a bunch of articles two and three star ratings. This puts out a good question: who’s taking the time to seek out and disapprove of something they don’t have to bother with? Based on this M O, my suspects right now are everybody on the entire Internet, ever.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

8 thoughts on “My Dimmed Stars”

    1. If it is I honestly don’t see how it could be. The spammer method is to post accepted comments so as to make a behavior profile that can be called innocent; star-giving, though, is anonymous (or at least can be) so I can’t figure how anyone would benefit.

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  1. If this were a different internet, Three Stars would not be disapproval, but a carefully measured responses of neutrality.

    Amazon and eBay have taught us that five stars is great, four is okay, everything else is terrible.

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    1. I’m fine taking criticism, honestly, and even just “this is pretty average” is the sort of thing I can take.

      It’s the combination, though. If someone went through and posted a bunch of one-star ratings I’d accept that as meaning “someone really can’t stand these writings and wants people to know”. A couple of three-star ratings would mean “someone happened across this and thought it was okay”. A bunch of three-star ratings is “I feel passionately about how this doesn’t particularly appeal to or annoy me”, which is odd.

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