(Added: I see it's been 18 months since I settled on the now "old" system.)
There are seven ratings in the built-in star rating system: Rejected, Un-rated, and 1- to 5-star. Do you use all of them? What specifically do they signify?
I'm about to change my long-used rating system in my personal Library. I had used 1- and 2-star to indicate "saves" and "best of" in a Stack of similar Images while I culled those stacked Images for the one to develop. I stopped stacking similar Images (to avoid the confusion with Version Stacks, which I use continuously), and so have not used 1- and 2-star ratings for many months. My ratings had been limited to 3-, 4-, and 5-star, which I used to rate Images per project (keep, good, best). For Library-wide ratings, I used Keywords (mostly "Portfolio").
Working to renew my portfolio(s) has caused me to rethink this. I am now likely to bump down my ratings, and make 5-star = "Portfolio". Like so:
|★||Keep||There are often Images I keep but won't develop. This let's me know I've decided to keep them, and that I shouldn't delete them. (Example: excellent composition, misplaced focus.)|
|★★||Good for Project||These have a potential use within the Project. In essence: development potential.|
|★★★||Superior in Project||Develop these! Will likely be used.|
|★★★★||Portfolio Nominee||These I want to consider adding to my Portfolio. I actually keep several portfolios, distinct by genre, or sometimes type (Grayscale flowers, for instance). This is a Library-wide rating.|
|★★★★★||Portfolio Selection||These won't be marked in the Projects, but rather in the Smart Albums that collect developed nominated Images. This, too, is a Library-wide rating.|
Imported Images are unrated. Then, on a per-Project basis, they get either rejected, or rated 1-, 2-, or 3-star. Developed Images which are exceptional get bumped to 4-star status. I have Smart Albums that collect all 4-star Images by genre. From here I will upgrade Images to 5-star (= "in Portfolio"). Or from the 5-star Smart Album, I'll downgrade ones to 4-star when needed.
Before I implement this system, I like to hear how you use the built-in star ratings. Thanks in advance .