- 5 – Good
This is the basic “good comment” rating: A reasonably well written comment that is comprehensible, clear, and contributes to the discussion.
- 6 – Excellent
In addition to the qualities of a 5, a comment rated 6 brings in significant new information, or a new way of looking at the matter at hand. Significant new information could be a link to a very useful reference, witness accounts of an event that tell us more than we knew before, or subject-specific knowledge (such as from a lawyer about points of law). Or, the comment makes me rethink the issue, or brings out logical or philosophical connections I might not have thought of before reading it.
- 4 – Needs Work
A comment might “need work” because it is poorly written, misspelled, unclear, or sloppy. Or, because it is repeating something already said earlier in the thread without adding anything. Or, because it includes ad-hominem language or is unnecessarily blistery or insulting. Or, because it is a response that appears to misunderstand what it is responding to. For whatever reason, this comment could’ve been better.
- 3 – Worthless
A comment that I do not think contributes constructively to the discussion at all. This might be because of its content, but it might also be because it is too sloppily written, or just off topic.
- 0 – Delete
Usually, a troll. But I might give a 0 if I think a comment is completely off topic and, even though it may be a good comment, completely does not belong where it is.
Edit: If it made me laugh, it gets a higher rating.
What do y’all think?
How do you use the ratings we have available?
P.S. David, any chance of bringing back 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9?