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What do ratings mean to you?

kandacekandace Raw Newbie

I’ve always struggled to be consistent with rating systems – remembering what I mean when I rate something a 4 or a 5. So, I’ve tried to come up with my own system that goes something like:

  • 5 stars – So good, my non-raw friends wouldn’t even question this recipe. They’d just love it, too.
  • 4 stars – Really like this one, will make again and again.
  • 3 stars – OK. Might make again, might not. Maybe good, but not my taste.
  • 2 stars – Didn’t like.
  • 1 star – There is something seriously wrong with this recipe. Couldn’t eat more than one bite.
  • no rating – Not sure. Maybe I made the recipe wrong, maybe I need to try it just once more.

Curious to know how others think about their ratings. Also, do you always rate your recipes when you enter them into Gone Raw…I do! And, do you ever change your rating after you’ve tried I dish more than once? I do!


  • Perfect summary, that’s how I see them too. Maybe I’m biased, but I haven’t rated any recipes below three stars yet.

  • RawKidChefRawKidChef Raw Newbie

    Yes and yes kandace! Love your distinction between 4 and 5. :)

  • That is exactly where I place mine as well. I don’t rate my recipes, only because I try to post those ones I really loved myself and truly want feedback so I can make them better. I have made changes to my ratings once I try a recipe more than once, but the irk of it all is, if I am going to rate something, 1. I have made the recipe following the directions, 2. I have eaten the recipe, 3. I have left a message as to what I thought, with or without any changes I made or would make next time. I love this site, but the ratings drive me nuts because I found myself only looking at ones with 4 or 5 stars and then realized that other recipes are great, just not rated well or at all!

  • kandacekandace Raw Newbie

    harmonylia, you should feel fine rating your own recipes, if you’d like (I definitely think some of my own are better than others). As far as those with no stars – I see those as blank slates and try to make recipes that haven’t been rated here and there because I think many of them get overlooked. I’m certainly falling behind, as there are thousands of recipes now!

  • alpdesignsalpdesigns Raw Newbie

    I’ve never liked the rating system because what one person likes another dislikes. Also, the person posting a recipe is doing so out of generosity. If someone doesn’t like it, they don’t have to make it. It’s up to the readers to make the decision for themselves. It’s also too easy for the person posting the recipe to rate their own and for members to give a person a low rating because of something they said or did on the forum. It may have nothing to do with the food.(JMO)

  • germin8germin8 Raw Master

    True 123. How can someone rate a recipe based on just looking at it for the first time and not even trying it yet. Two lemons can have different ‘tastes’... so, it may turn out GREAT the first time but not-so-great the next time, or vice versa. Then there are the recipes that taste good no matter how many times you make it. But, oh well… what can you do about it? It’s just the way it is. IMHO

  • WinonaWinona Raw Newbie

    I think the comments are more indicative of a great recipe than the ratings are – but that’s because people haven’t rated many recipes. I think your rating system is the kind i’ve been using, kandace.

    the rating system could be really helpful, once people use it more often.

  • germin8germin8 Raw Master

    Ah yes, very good point, Winona. The comments are definitely helpful!

  • jsorensens2jsorensens2 Raw Jr. Superstar

    I have found that ratings, whether this site or others, are very subjective but at the very least they are a good indicator of what to try – although those that are not rated need trying too! The comments are where it’s at. For me, I’d rather not see ratings or comments about a recipe until someone has made it and eaten it at least once, better twice. Ratings or comments based on “it’s in my dehydrator and it smells great!” or “that looks good” don’t mean anything. Experience is key.

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