Amazon Stars Falling

It is Saturday, 19 August 2023 at 7:42AM.

Amazon just switched to showing one start and the average star count next to it as a number:

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Initial impression: It is horrendous. I could previously scan search results and zero in on the listings with better ratings with ease. I could instantly tell how many ratings the average was based upon.

Previously, it showed how many ratings were averaged into the displayed star value. That’s very important. And now there’s just a floating point number showing the average. Yuck.


Wednesday, 23 August 2023 7:48AM Update: Amazon has added a parenthetical percentage of how many of the ratings are 5 stars:

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My immediate impression when I started this post four days ago was that Amazon is burying the quantity of ratings that the average is based upon. That is against users’ interests.


Friday, 15 September 2023 at 8:11AM Update: It occurred to me just now to check this. Looks like the good stars and rating counts are back:

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