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What's with all the 5*s?

One thing that has annoyed me quite alot lately is knex guns that would have sucked 3 years ago getting a 5* rating.

If you look at the rating system five stars is "best ever" now correct me if I'm wrong but is a piece of trash block trigger gun really the best ever? In my opinion all instructables should be rated for what they are worth instead of just giving a high rating to appear nice.

I know many people will play the "it's my first..." card but I find that to be a pathetic excuse. No person's first creation can be the "best ever" thear is always room for improvement. Also shame on those of you who rate everything 5*s, rating for you has become a meaningless action.

So by all means post your guns, just don't have a fit when somebody rates it a 2 or 3, it's probably what it deserved, also learn to take constructive critisism, people like DJ know their stuff and can help you improve your building skills, but there is a difference between constructive critisism and bagging somebody elses creation.

If you don't like what I'm saying go ahead, rate this .5, heck while you're at it rate all of my stuff .5, with people giving everything a 5 the rating system seems pretty much worthless to me anyway.

So next time you check out a new gun, try to give it the rating it deserves.

Mr. Muggle4 years ago
I agree with you but sometimes when I think a gun deserves a better rating I just rate 5 stars because I want the rating to go up, what's your opinion about that?
No, because if everone does this the rating rockets to way above what it deserves, usually regardless of haters.
Knex_lover decided to rate my AR-4 v3 5* because he thought it deserved a 4* rating and the rating was lower than 4*.  I think this is what Mr. Muggle means.
I suppose that makes sense...
yeah, but then the rating will go down again because other people think it's too high, so It will stay balanced
The site used to have a "thumbs-up / thumbs down" system, it was simpler than the current one, but given a bit of time and ratings this one is generally better.

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travw4 years ago
If you're talking about my old 'ible, I even told the dude it's old and sucks.
lemonie4 years ago
Within the category, people generally rate at one end of the scale or the other. This is because they don't have the patience to wait for a true value, and when something sucks they want the lowest possible score. I agree with you, but if you rate first you get ~3 and if you think "it's worth more than that", rate 5 and it's a bit closer to where you want it.

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knexguy4 years ago
I agree. 

A quote from Visper123:

'3.5*, but I'll give it 5 anyway...'

What the F**K?
TheDunkis4 years ago
Thank you! 4.5 stars just because the message was good but not the best ever...
I honestly think that pretty much no K'nex gun deserves a 5 star rating but I don't really know what the standard would be. Like you said, there is always something that can be improved. I don't think we have any k'nex gun that can't be improved.
Well "Best ever" doesn't have to mean it's 100% perfect, it just means that it's better than everything else.  Just some food for your mind.
Best ever would pretty much mean that it would have to be perfect by my standards because as soon as something better does come out, my 5 star rating would be a lie per se. So I wouldn't rate anything 5 stars unless I know for sure nothing could beat it.
Fred the Penguin (author)  TheDunkis4 years ago
exactly, the closest thing we really have is the TR but even that has room for improvement
Oh it has plenty of room. Removable turret or speed loading device. More compact design. There could probably be a two shot version made. I dislike TRs because it goes against my likes for K'nex weapons but I am starting to think about making my own because it would be drastically different than the rest. I don't know if I'd have enough pieces for an 18 round turret though. Probably a 12 and definitely an 8. That already puts it at a disadvantage though.
I'd love to see what you could come up with if you made a TR. Something different's always nice.
Fred the Penguin (author)  TheDunkis4 years ago

yup, something I'd like to see is a modular weapon system.

stale564 years ago
I vote on how I think the 'Ible is.
If I think it is worthless, .5 stars. If it is the best ever (or really good for it's time) I will give it 5 stars.
I rarely rate 5 stars, and save it for really awesome thing.

I don't care if it's your first post, or if it's your 5,000 post.
I vote on how well I think the instructable is.

However, if it is your first post, and the poster has alot of potential, I will be slightly more biased, and post constructive critisism on how they could improve.

This is an outstanding point, and I'm glad you bring it up (so many people have been rating 5 stars just because it is the posters first 'Ible), and I agree that we should be nice (and not just say "meh."), but we should be constructive on our critisism.

This forum gets a 4.5 star rating from me.
That was how it was back in 2007-2008.  The old days of knex were the best in terms of quality control.
~KGB~4 years ago
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Masterdude4 years ago
I agree with you that some people don't rate K'nex guns as they should. I understand how one can and should rate a K'nex model based on looks but a K'nex gun made to shoot should be rated on preformance so those who are looking for a good, working gun could just look for K'nex guns based on rating. Now with people rating any gun, however good or bad, 5* based on looks makes some really good guns be very far behind in rating behind some trashy guns which no work has been put into and which should have never even been posted .
Oops, I seem to have done something wrong with the formatting. I rewrote it:

I agree with you that some people don't rate K'nex guns as they should. I understand how one can and should rate a K'nex model gun based on looks but a K'nex gun made to shoot should be rated on preformance so those who are looking for a good, working gun could just look for K'nex guns based on rating. Now with people rating any gun, however good or bad, 5* based on looks makes some really good guns be very far behind in rating behind some trashy guns which no work has been put into and which should have never even been posted .
oodalumps4 years ago
Logic boy being logical.


Also, kool gun 5*s!
DJ Radio4 years ago
Or just don't rate it at all.  Don't rate stuff because it would be funny if nothing got rated.  Then the guys over at ibles would just take the rating off because nobody would use it.
Fred the Penguin (author)  DJ Radio4 years ago
exactly
bigdylan914 years ago
Good job! 5*
GrandeSwag4 years ago
 Not bad! 5*
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