Scale of Five
Amongst scales in general, the Scale of Five (5) is considered to be the simplest one in usage. By utilizing only a single number --the number five (5)-- the process of rating becomes extremely effective through exclusion of any other number. The Scale of five is not to be confused with the more common "scale of one to five" nor the "scale of one to five"'s bigger brother "scale of one to ten".
The scale was invented by Rev. G. Brynjólfsson, Rev. F. T. Ásgeirsson, G. Þorgilsson III et. al. in the fall of 1998 due to the necessity for streamlining the process of rating.
An extended version of the Scale of Five (5) exists that expands the scope of the rating system. While allowing more flexibility in rating, this is generally considered less pure by Scale-of-Five-(5)-purists, seeing as it greatly reduces the generalibiliy of the original scaling system. The three categories of the extended version are: "barely five (5)", "five (5)" and "five (5) and then some", where "barely five (5)" is the lowest rating and "five (5) and then some" is the highest.
Scaling and/or rating, being an intricate part of the modern society, has been used to quantify things, events and happenings for many a millennia. Early examples of ratings come from The Holy Bible where Jesus' actions are rated as "miracles" or variations thereof, as defined by the canonization process whereas mortal mens actions of the same nature are only considered good deeds. The Scale of Five (5) would rate Jesus' actions as Five (5) and the actions of mortal men as Five (5) and the extended Scale of Five would rate Jesus' actions as Five (5) and then some and the actions of mortal men as barely Five (5). On the extended Scale of Five (5) Saints' actions would be rated Five (5).
The Nielsen Rating system is a widely known rating system for television and a fierce competitor of the Scale of Five (5) rating system. Giving more details it has been more popular and used.
Inherit complexities of more elaborate scaling systems such as the better known "Scale of one to ten" made famous the film "10" (ten) demand a lengthy deciding process with multiple variables to consider before finally giving a decisive rating to the subject in question while the Scale of Five (5) simplifies and shortens the process.
All in all the Scale of Five (5) revolutionizes the rating process, streamlines it and makes it more accessible for the general public.