Disconnect between average rating and user reviews

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I am noticing a disconnect between the user ratings and user reviews recently. In the past, user reviews more or less reflected the average rating of a film/show. However, I see that the ratings are much higher compared to reviews, which make me think that whether there is a rating fraud ongoing on IMDB. 

Historically, IMDB is a trusted source for all types of movies and shows. I am becoming more and more suspicious about the rating mechanism. Take the show Star Trek: Picard for example. If you screen the reviews, you'll see an overwhelming 1 or 2 stars. However, when you check the overall rating, it is 7.7 and there is a huge number of 10 star ratings without any reflection on the review side. 

I have checked similar topics and it seems that I am not the only one who is suspicious about the recent ratings. IMDB needs to look into this and either should take action if there is indeed fraud happening, or inform us, users, that there is no way a bot or dummy users can vote.  
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Please search all topics about vote fraud and the mechanisms in place to stop it here on get satisfaction.
If you read them you will see that while there is many topics and concerns, but there is in place an undisclosed algorithm that defeats it.

Now to address your claims
There are ...........

378         10 Vote Reviews
168           9  "   "     "   "
128           8
85             7
60             6
85             5
97             4
109           3
113           2
292           1


So there are 634, 9 and 10 votes

And there are 407 1 and 2 votes.

So you state that
If you screen the reviews, you'll see an overwhelming 1 or 2 stars.
Overwhelming? I screened them.
I think not! If one is to trust what one says, you really should stick to facts. Not your fantastical biased opinion.

Now as a general rule, when a show of this type deviates from what die hard fans call the "accepted" cannons of scripture, they whine with reckless abandon. Haters of this type seem to care to write and complain more that people that like it.

So this is normal.

But not unexpected, nor as you claim.

Please read this topic also.

Weighted Average Ratings
IMDb publishes weighted vote averages rather than raw data averages. Various filters are applied to the raw data in order to eliminate and reduce attempts at vote stuffing by people more interested in changing the current rating of a m ... Read more.





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They cry about Discovery and Picard because "it's not real Star Trek" like TNG and Voyager.

But back in the 90s their elders were saying the same thing about TNG, "it's not real Star Trek" like TOS.

Move with the times, or get left behind.
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I was gonna say that too. But I figured piling on was counterproductive.
Glad you said it.
If I did it, people would think I was going too far!!!
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However, I see that the ratings are much higher compared to reviews, which make me think that whether there is a rating fraud ongoing on IMDB.

Why do you think the ratings are where the fraud is going on? Why don't you suspect the reviews? (You might want to read this thread regarding a change in reviews a few years ago: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/idea-make-sure-reviews-are-reviews-again-minimum-of-50-words...)