Published: Sat, July 07, 2018

Netflix will completely drop user-generated reviews by August

Netflix will completely drop user-generated reviews by August

"In contrast, when people see thumbs, they know that they are used to teach the system about their tastes with the goal of finding more great content".

Early a year ago, Netflix dropped the star rating system for gauging viewer feedback on movies and TV shows on the streaming service and switched to the thumbs-up and thumbs-down method.

CNET reports that the over-the-top media services provider is planning to disable the submission of user-written reviews by the end of July and remove existing user reviews entirely from its website by mid-August.

I had completely forgotten that Netflix even had a space for user reviews.


The company told CNET that it has reached out to users who have used the review feature recently to notify them of this impending shut down. But some titles have garnered a strong outpouring of feedback: Its popular original series "Stranger Things", for example, now has 3,897 reviews on the Netflix U.S. site. It's so convoluted, it's nearly as if Netflix doesn't really want to use it.

Not long ago Netflix also did away with their long-standing rating system for titles that was based on a five-star system.

Yet, the move is hardly a surprise, since the streaming giant already laid the groundwork back in April 2017 when it announced (in the video below, ) the eventual phase-out of the traditional 5-star/review system, heralding the arrival of a simplified thumbs-up/down vote.

Considering these reviews could be written and seen only on the Netflix website, it's unlikely this will have as much as an impact - or attract as much controversy - as the previous change to the review system. As a result, users have increased their ratings of films and shows by a whopping 200 percent. For the user, though, they are a useful tool.

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