Scores on Parents' Guides

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Apologies if this has been asked elsewhere; I searched but couldn't find anything related.

I see there's a growing trend of adding scores out of 10 to the sections of the Parents' Guide pages. I believe this goes against the spirit of the Parents' Guide:

"...instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you [should] use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes...".

It seems to me that a score out of 10 is given by an individual and is based on what they personally deem to be inappropriate or noteworthy.

Worse, the exemplar Parents' Guide (Scary Movie 3), which originally did not contain scores out of 10, now does, so newcomers will think that that's the way it should be done.

Recently, I removed the scores from one movie's Guide and posted an item on the discussion page outlining by reasons for doing so. My changes were later reverted by someone who did not comment on my post and, I am guessing, did not even see it.

If scores are indeed against the spirit of the Parents' Guide, it would be great if some additional text could be added to the Guide policy/help pages indicating that scores should not be given.

What's the "official" viewpoint on this?

Thanks.
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Unfair Robot

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Posted 6 years ago

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Unfair Robot

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Just a couple of brief further thoughts:

I've been browsing through some animated kids movies (PG ratings) and have seen some with scores of 5/10 for Sex & Nudity. This score is clearly nonsensical. What does 5/10 even mean; that it's half as bad as it could possibly be? I'm pretty sure that's not the case.

I think the presence of numerical scores might also introduce the danger that some people may start just looking at the scores and not reading the text. I understand that it's their choice to do so but this entirely undermines the point of Parents' Guides: it means that people aren't getting proper information about what's actually in the movie and they are taking someone else's opinion as a morally objective answer as to how mature the movie is.

Thanks.
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I could find no indication that these scores specifically violates IMDb policies. However, there is no official recommendation of such ratings nor is there any definition of what those ratings mean. As such, adding these ratings may violate this guidance [http://www.imdb.com/swiki/special?Par...]:
Please remember that this feature should not be used to impose moral views or to argue about the suitability of the titles for children, but instead should serve as a place to let parents learn about a movie and make an informed decision based on the scene descriptions offered.
Parents Guides editing policies
http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?wh...