Sparano Scale

A way to quantify and talk about feelings.

Overview . The scale has four ratings to choose from. In any category of things, there are generally as many Good™s as Not Great™s, fewer Not Good™s, and even fewer Great™s.

Great™ + +
Good™ + • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Not Great™ • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Not Good™ – – • • • • •

It’s personal . Ratings aren’t an indication of the quality of something, exactly. They’re a reflection of how just one person feels about it. Ratings are wholeheartedly subjective. The qualities that distinguish ratings from each other are different for everyone.

It’s meaningful . There’s no middle choice, so all ratings hold weight. A fixed set of options means that Good™ is also not Great™, not Not Great™, and not Not Good™.

Choosing a rating . It’s easy to identify Great™ and Not Good™ (the extremes). It can be helpful to decide between Good™ and Not Great™ by thinking in terms of positive/​negative. Ratings may change over time, and that’s OK.

Usage . Since the scale is in plain language, most people already know it. Ratings with/​without adverbs (‘really’, ‘kinda’, etc.) are equivalent.

“Jalapeños?” “Yow. Not Good™.”
“How’d the Huskers do?” “Not Great™.”
“Have you seen Get Out?” “Oh yeah, it was really Good™!”
“How do I look?” “Great™!”

Adaption . The four ratings can be mapped onto other scales.

5-point scale (skip the 3) . .. .
10-point scale (use 1, 4, 7, 10) . • • . • • . • • .

Great™s are special . They help isolate the things in the world that hold the most meaning. Great™s are rare enough that they can be collected in a single list. Every person’s list is a unique combination of their taste-plus-experience. Collected together, Great™s reveal patterns that help us understand ourselves. And by comparing lists, we can learn more about each other.

Link to this page with spara​noscale​.com.