Recently, Steven Isbell – LittleBigPlanet Community Coordinator, posted on Planetarium earlier after the release of patch 1.12, explaining the removal of “boos” from the level ratings. Here is what he posted:
Posted by StevenI
For anyone wondering why we’ve suddenly decided to take the action to remove the Boos from the game, here’s just a few words on the thought process behind the decision.
We’re all for constructive criticism to help aid a creator and potentially improve their creation skills.
However after looking at the current rating systems for a VERY long time… (And believe me, it was not just a spur of the moment decision.)
We found that Boos have little place in the current rating system.
Such feedback and criticism simply cannot be summed up in a single emoticon and generally speaking we found that the most of the time, it was being misused to just grief and harass people.
If you truly wish to criticise a level in a constructive way, then the Reviews and Comments section are more than sufficient for such an action and if you really feel the need to inform a creator why you disliked their level, then you can leave a review and state exactly why you disliked their level.
Boos and rude comments without any actual critique, just do not help the creator in any possible way and therefore we removed the Boos to both tackle the issue of in-game griefing and to encourage people to actively provide actual feedback to the creator.
It will certainly take some getting used to for everyone who has been playing LittleBigPlanet 2 for a long time now…
However if you look at a level’s Play/Yay ratio, you should be able to get a good idea of how popular it is and if you’re still not sure, then you can always check out the reviews left for that level.
Which ultimately will tell you so much more about another player’s opinion of a level, than a single sad face ever could.