I've noticed that a lot of different people use different metrics here. I'm curious to know what the process anyone else has for choosing how many stars to rate a fanfic: from the good old "5-stars, good & 1-star, everything else", to the classic "everything is 3 stars, my favourite colour is beige", how do you do it? My process is pretty regular. 1 star - little to no familiarity with the rules of English spelling, grammar, or syntax. I refuse to read these out of principle and a fear that dyslexia is contagious 2 star - likely some errors with the writing, but legible. This bracket is defined by an inability to write in-character, poor plot, and worst of all, bad taste. This is where we find stories that ONLY exist as fanfiction, as opposed to being stories which just so happen to be fanfiction. 90% of fanfiction lies here. 3 star - possibly errors, but not sufficient to impair my enjoyment of the fic. Probably some good ideas, but not executed well, or good writing without any plot to back it up. 90% of the library lies here. 4 star - possibly errors, but only minor. Genuinely enjoyable plot with fun moments, interesting ideas, which engages me throughout. Almost always 100k+ Either consistent with canon or deviates into an internally consistent AU which adds more to the base experience. 5 star - errors must be actively looked for. Would recommend to anyone who has an interest in that fandom. Great plot, characters consistent and with engaging interactions.