Some of you have written us asking about our scale, which is a 1 to 5 scale with 1 being worse and 5 being better. You have pointed out that conventional scales normally run 1-10, with 1 representing less discomfort and 10 representing the highest level of discomfort. Why, you ask, did we decide to switch things around?
Well, Lindsay and I went around and around on this one. I thought we should do the conventional scale, and Lindsay wanted the scale we have today. The reason Lindsay finally convinced me to go with 5 as better was that a scale that scores high for better health reflects the intention behind this site. We want people to have high scores when they are healthy instead of when they are sick. This puts our emphasis on getting healthy, not on how badly we are feeling. Our goal is to provide you with a healing tool.
As one person commented when I tried to explain this, maybe it is about time to put some ingrained medical conventions on their head. What do you think?