Yeah, I still don’t get that. There’s a whole lot of movies that I think weren’t so bad I’d give them the thumbs down, but I also don’t want to give a thumbs up because it wasn’t good enough that I want Netflix to start prioritising movies like this for me. So I don’t rate them at all.
I do understand the reason for changing it:
Why the big change?
Netflix’s Cameron Johnson, who oversaw the shift, told Business Insider that it all came from the realization that Netflix had always used star ratings differently than the rest of the internet, but that this distinction wasn’t clear to users.
Netflix’s star ratings were personalized, and had been from the start. That means when you saw a movie on Netflix rated 4 stars, that didn’t mean the average of all ratings was 4 stars. Instead, it meant that Netflix thought you’d rate the movie 4 stars, based on your habits (and other people’s ratings). But many people didn’t get that.
But even with that, they could’ve introduced a third thumb-to-the-side thumb for “just okay”, and that would’ve helped immensely.