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# 249309 5-May-2019 13:06
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About 18 months ago Netflix replaced the old 5 Star rating system with a Thumbs Up πŸ‘ and Thumbs Down πŸ‘Ž system. I very much do not like this new Thumbs system. At the time of introduction I pointed out to Netflix my dislike of this new system and why and they came back and tried to baffle me with statistical algorithm BS.

 

I have never used the new system as my viewer opinion is very rarely ever so Black or White.

 

I was under the impression that under the Star system it was an average of the viewers point of view of how much they ‘liked’ or ‘disliked’ a program. But according to Netflix, viewers found this confusing because Netflix was not using it the way viewers thought that system worked. What a load of BS.

 

You see Netflix was trying to use the Star system as a ‘predictive’ of and for YOUR viewer experience and then push programs your way that they believed you would like. But I believe this was a bit too hard on their predictive algorithms. So they shifted to a binary system of Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down. At the same time they introduced a percentage number which I never knew what that represented; percentage of likes, dislikes, number of people who have watched the program. What❓

 

It turns out that that percentage number represents what Netflix predicts is the likelihood I would like that particular program.

 

OH SO WRONG ARE THEY ❗️

 

The Inbetweeners - 90%
Baywatch - 94%
To name just two.

 

As I have never used the new Thumb system they are having to base their predictions solely on my viewing habits and not a rating system. Boy are they getting it so wrong.

 

Bring back the 5 Star or even 10 star (like IMDb) then design their algorithms on the basis; a) number of stars represents overall viewer satisfaction or dissatisfaction of that particular program and b) I personally enjoy or do not enjoy that type of program.

 

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  # 2231126 5-May-2019 13:09
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I totally ignore it for both sending and receiving, as I did the earlier system.

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  # 2231147 5-May-2019 14:03
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I ignore the ratings, just look at what program is about and go yeah, or nah, or watch one episode and decide.

I do give thumbs up, but only to the stuff that I think is great, so it’s just a few shows.

Riverdale watched first episode and went yuck, Stranger Things loved it.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2231291 5-May-2019 21:07
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I preferred the old rating system.

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  # 2231293 5-May-2019 21:15
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I totally agree. The new rating system or recommendation system (percent chance you will enjoy a program) is terrible and not indicative of the quality of programming at all. The old 5 star system was much better. I don't want to get in a feedback loop of recommendations, I'd like to see quality content from all genres.






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  # 2231332 5-May-2019 22:00
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Never even noticed it before or after. What purpose does this rating system serve?

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  # 2231345 6-May-2019 06:10
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Inbetweeners is dope!


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  # 2231844 6-May-2019 18:03
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The best way to improve the rating system for yourself is to use it.

Not watching a program doesn't provide Netflix with a negative connotation. They know you can't watch everything so might just be assuming via their algorithms that you haven't had the time to.

Go ahead and spend 10 mins down voting programmes that are in your feed that you don't want to to watch. All these algorithms need data and the more you give it the better it will be.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2231882 6-May-2019 19:12
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arnies: The best way to improve the rating system for yourself is to use it.

Not watching a program doesn't provide Netflix with a negative connotation. They know you can't watch everything so might just be assuming via their algorithms that you haven't had the time to.

Go ahead and spend 10 mins down voting programmes that are in your feed that you don't want to to watch. All these algorithms need data and the more you give it the better it will be.

 

Yep, I should probably give a down rating for stuff think is horrible and see if it gets better at recommending. Way off at moment.

 

It's not actually completely binary, there's thumbs up for stuff really like, thumbs down for uninterested stuff, and give no rating for ok stuff.


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