Product ratings have become an integral element of online businesses especially for experience goods yet seem to be prone to biases that shift most of the distribution towards the extreme points of th scales. Response biases due to inherent traits (such as acquiescence or extreme response style) ar widely investigated in survey design and marketing research, yet little is known about how the ratin scale variations in user generated product evaluations influence their formation. More precisely, in a experimental study in the context of movie ratings, I show that the use of emotional labels attracts user to the endpoints of the rating scale but their responses are less susceptible to extreme respons tendency when the size of the rating scale is increased. Also, simply priming the midpoint of the scal reduces extreme responses, though this effect is attenuated when emotional labels are used. Such effect remain consistent when I account for response styles, cultural dimensions and individual characteristics The broad use of product ratings in generating personalized recommendations and predictin market performance necessitates a discussion on how to better account for potential distortions i these ratings due to variations in the rating scale.

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Tsekouras, D. (2015). Variations on a rating scale: The effect on extreme response tendency in product ratings. In 23rd European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2015. doi:10.18151/7217507