So, you can see our statement here.
TLDR: while we really want our readers to default to the text of our reviews primarily, we also understand that many (read: most) people want to see a review score. That being said, we find a numerical value way too reductive. It compresses meaning in to something that doesn’t have a gray area. As well, even though we’re still small, we don’t want to contribute to Metacritic culture, where people’s jobs hang in the balance based on aggregate scoring.
Essentially, we want our pie charts to reflect a sort of "ehhh, it’s somewhere in the 7’s? ish? So for my review of Edith Finch, it’s kinda like an 8.5 or so?
Before launching, we originally had a far more complex system that included an actual gray area in the pie chart, that would reflect “on a good day, it’s this. On a bad day, it’s that.” But it seemed kind of overly obtuse.
Thanks for asking!