Red stars used for rating may be confusing because of their symbolicism in real world

Bug #711030 reported by Jan Nekvasil on 2011-02-01
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-center (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: software-center

Please reconsider the use of the red color for the five-pointed star used for the applications rating in Software Center. In many countries in the world (including my, the Czech Rep.), which have experienced long years of communistic oppression, is the red star symbol of the state terror and totalitarian injustice. I'm fully aware of the fact that this type of star is used in many other harmless ways, and I don't blame the symbol for it's bad name. But the red star gained a reputation similar to svastika's (originally sun/fire symbol) trough the time.

I'm firmly convinced that lot of people are still feeling certain degree of unease when they see this symbol somewhere. Some young people from unaffected parts of world may possibly think that it's something really cool and rad, but trust me. It isn't.

Try and see:

Paul Tagliamonte (paultag) wrote :

This is true, but low priority. We're not promoting a Communist agenda through this application, so it's a cosmetic issue.

Thanks for your report, and I'm sorry that such a poor choice was made.

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
tags: added: bitesize
Aaron Peachey (aaronp) wrote :

I agree it's lower priority than items that affect functionality but from the quick looks I've previously had a the piece of code that paints the stars, it looks like it should be fairly easy to fix, and if we can save alienating or angering people in the community who want to use the application, then it's a worthy exercise I believe.
The only question is what colour should we change the stars to?

Paul Tagliamonte (paultag) wrote :

I was not trying to play down concerns -- I'd hate to have symbols that rival the Swastika in our ecosystem -- just peg it at the right severity.

It's a low-cost fix for sure. I wonder if you can pull from the GTK+ theme's text color? Seems like that would be the most "clean" fix.

I'm partial to blue, but that's just because I like blue.

Michael Vogt (mvo) on 2011-02-01
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → In Progress
Michael Vogt (mvo) on 2011-02-01
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package software-center - 3.1.15

software-center (3.1.15) natty; urgency=low

  [ Kiwinote ]
  * softwarecenter/apt/
    - don't crash if pkg not in cache (deb files)
  * softwarecenter/,
    - play slightly nicer with locales (LP: #709671)
  * softwarecenter/view/appdetailsview_gtk:
    - correctly hide addons/reviews from interface when we have an error
  * utils/
    - allow us to review when spell check isn't available (LP: #709155)

  [ Michael Vogt ]
  * softwarecenter/db/
    - fix race in review downloaded watcher (LP: #709548)
  * test/
    - add test for get_language()
  * softwarecenter/backend/
    - don't raise a exception if zeitgeist is not available (LP: #709718)
  * softwarecenter/
    - fix sso login creation on reinstall-previous purchase (LP: #709856)
  * softwarecenter/view/widgets/
    - change ratings star color (LP: #711030)
  * tests/*:
    - fix test invocation at build time and fix test failures
 -- Michael Vogt <email address hidden> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 11:34:30 +0100

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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