Show ratings adjusted to the average ratings of the voters

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The user ratings page shows several interesting statistics about the user ratings for a movie. One thing I noticed is how some demographics seem to give better ratings on average. Younger ages allways seem to have higher ratings. Maybe this is just because I am younger and therefore would be more interested in titles that younger audiences enjoy.
To be able to meaningfully compare movies it would therefore be helpfull if the ratings were not just the average of all ratings but adjusted to the average rating of the user. If one user rates an average movie with a 6 then a rating of 7 is praise while it might be a critical review for a user that rates an average movie with an 8.
My wish would therefore be a tooltip for the average user rating and the "Rating by Demographic" ratings that shows the adjusted value as "x stars above the average ratings of the voters".

Imdb.com is allready the best source for researching movies, but this change would give even more meaningfull ways to compare them.
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IMDb actually does that a little bit when you look at an individual user's Profile page (if they make their ratings public). For instance: https://www.imdb.com/user/ur2875687/

When it compares my ratings with the user whose profile I'm visiting, sometimes I'll see a title on one of the comparison rows with a rating that seems to contradict the comparison. That's because this page considers the user's average rating when deciding they liked something better/worse than I did. For a better explanation with examples, see this post: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/-titles-you-rated-higher-sometimes-not

I understand that your idea is to have a difference-from-the-mean statistic on the overall rating for a title, an additional stat that captures how far their rating for a title is from their average rating at the time they rated the title. I like that idea and voted for it.
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I'd like to be able to see all of the movies that the other user and I have both rated, and not just the top 5 that we've differed on.  A "see all" button for the "you rated higher" and "you rated lower" categories would do that.  Thoughts?
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If they've made their ratings public, you can go to their user profile page, examine their histograms, and click on their Ratings link.

The functionality of that Ratings page is limited (no Refine options), but you can sort by his ratings or select a star. Each title shows his rating and yours.

(Wow, not even an Export option. Just looked at Col Needham's page because I thought he makes his ratings public (he does). (Just found another user's Ratings page, and no Export there either.)
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I'll try that, thanks.  Usually the number that I and anyone else have both rated is probably not huge, but I remember that the filter by star only works for the first long page full, after that it seems just to be random (or sorted by some default).
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Nick Burfle, I have no idea what you mean about filter by star only working for the first page. If you really see something like that, be sure to report it. I certainly don't see it now, but my test was not extensive.
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My mistake, star filtering works fine for ratings.  It fails after the first loaded page on reviews.  Try https://www.imdb.com/user/ur32764997/reviews, filter on 7 stars, then try "load more" at the bottom.  You'll get a mix of other star-rated films from then on.  This happens for any reviewer that has enough to fill the first page.

Is this something I should start a new "problem" thread for?  I'm new to a lot of this, especially the mechanics or protocol.
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Nick Burfle
Yes, a new thread is appropriate to reporting the bug for reviews. I just brought up the link you provided, and saw what you describe. I also asked for his 4-star reviews, and there were only 4, so no Load More button was provided. (I was wondering if perhaps it was just showing the remainder of his reviews; I wasn't willing to count how many had been displayed.)
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Urist
Excellent points.
Weather it is implemented. Well!!!
Cheers