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.


  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.


    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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