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Five-star reviews coming to your project

For a long time, we’ve had a simple thumbs-up, thumbs-down review system for projects, allowing for users of your project to make an assessment as to whether they like it or not.

Although this is useful to get a sense of how popular a project is with users, we’ve discovered over the years that when trying to make an assessment as to what product to use for a particular task, something a little more granular is required. We’re making some changes to the rate and review interface, to allow users to express more specifically their approval of the project, using a five-star system.

Existing ratings will be converted to stars in a way that accurately represents the intent of the original voters, in as much as we can tell.

More importantly, you’ll also be able to rate a project on various criteria, such as features and ease of use, …

… so that we can know when a project excels in one area, but not so much in another.

You’ll then be able to compare one project to another, based on these criteria.

We already let you indicate whether particular reviews are helpful or not …

… so that you can compare helpful high-rated reviews with helpful low-rated reviews, to get well-rounded insight into a projects strengths and weaknesses.

We feel like these enhancements will really help the IT manager choose the right CRM for their helpdesk, and the gamer choose the best shoot-em-up for their weekend gaming.

We’re hoping to release this functionality in the next two or three weeks. We’d love to hear your feedback on these new features, and we really hope that you’ll take few minutes of your visit to leave a review of your favorite projects. Or your least favorite. Both ways, it’s helpful.

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