Main Broke The Rating Scale Discussion

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10:25:24 AM Sep 10th 2017
I think this page needs a major overhaul. Many examples are in multiple categories and it is easy to see why that happened - meaningless value and meaningless comparison have many examples which can apply to both.

At the same time it is shock full of examples which IMO aren't really examples. Neither a word rating scale (like Buy it/Rent it/Fuck it) applies, as long as the ratings are in a well defined order, nor the usage of different units instead of the usual one if the scale remains the same (e.g. a magazine usually using a 5 star scale but for one movie use 3/5 bats or whatever). That is more a gag but certainly for the reader within the usual scale.
08:00:21 AM Aug 2nd 2014
I haven't yet figured out how to add pictures to T Vtropes, but I expect a "Calvinball" excerpt from Calvin and Hobbes is highly appropriate. "The score is still Q to 12!"
08:22:40 AM Aug 2nd 2014
You'll need to first download the image to your computer, then use the Media Uploader to bring the image on the wiki. Then you can post it here.
03:26:05 AM Oct 9th 2012
edited by MetalSmasher86
YouTube movie critic Jeremy Jahns has a rating scale that fits Type 3 perfectly. At the end of his reviews, he gives the movie one of the following ratings (listed from highest to lowest):

-"Awesometacular!" -"I'd buy it on Blu-Ray." -"It's a good time, no alcohol required." -"It's okay, but you won't remember it in T Minus 13 hours." -"You might like it if you knew your friends would never find out." -"It might be fun if you're drunk." -"Dog shit!"

He has also broken this scale in a Type 5 manner on one occasion in his review of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Since nothing really happens in the movie, he gives it a rating of "A black screen of nothing."

On the video game side of this trope, Jirard Khalil, a.k.a. "The Completionist," rates games based on 100% completion of the game in question. His rating scale goes like this (from highest to lowest):

-"Complete it!" -"Finish it!" -"Play it." -"Look at it." -"Burn it!"

He has also gone outside of this scale on a few occasions. For some games, he would give it a rating of "Finipete it," which is between "Finish it" and "Complete it," and in his Super Mario Sunshine review, he gave it a rating of "Finiplay it," between "Finish it" and "Play it."
08:20:09 AM Aug 13th 2010

  • Reading her recent political writing, I'm not so sure that was a joke. (The first election she voted in was 2000, and she was so proud to be a part of voting Bill Clinton out of office...)

Because without far more context it makes no sense at all.
08:30:30 PM Jul 25th 2010
edited by Stratadrake
Not sure whether to edit this in, but:

03:15:25 PM Jul 26th 2010
No. If "turkeys" are the standard unit, then it doesn't apply. This trope is when the reviewer deviates from their respective rating scales.
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