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I'm working on a sort of diary app with which users will rate different aspects of their day. One of the metrics being measured is the overall quality of the user's day. Currently I'm just calling this a "rating," but I don't think that's the best word to indicate what's being measured. I just can't think of a better one.

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What exactly do you mean by "quality"? If the answer is "that's a subjective assessment which the user must determine" then why not just call your metric "quality"? Without knowing exactly what you want it to mean (if anything), I don't see how you can get anything here apart from a list of different people's ideas about what they might wish to measure. Which could be happiness, efficiency, profitability, simplicity, etc. How do we know? – FumbleFingers Mar 20 '14 at 23:37
"How-was-my-day" – ermanen Mar 20 '14 at 23:46
Just make sure the default selection is "Whiling away the empty hours until death" – Oldcat Mar 21 '14 at 0:02
A rating implies a single dimension. But day quality is multidimensional. Good busy days, bad busy days, good slow days, bad slow days. – Neil W Mar 22 '14 at 6:32
@FumbleFingers This is really the predicament. I'm trying to avoid a word like rating because I don't think it's a good UX decision, but anything I can think of to replace it seems like it will sort of steer them into a more specific answer than I'd like. – Eric Mar 23 '14 at 14:02

Goodness! That should've been easy.

The word's primary sense fits the purpose well, and as a bonus it also has several nice secondary meanings.

good·ness (go͝od′nĭs)
n. 1. The state or quality of being good.

Englund et al., ispsychophysics.org [pdf, 388kB]

Participants also rated their general opinion on the stimuli in each pair, that is, the goodness of the stimuli. The results showed that the sign and magnitude of the order effect depended on the goodness level of the stimuli.

There's also the interesting usage as a Six Sigma Metric.

The "goodness level" shows how good the day has been.

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How about any one or more of the following:

  • In one word, how would you characterize your day?

  • A one-word label for your day.

  • A one-word adjective for your day (e.g., crappy, delightful, boring, exciting, normal, confusing, frustrating, busy, slow, endless, positive, productive, interesting, hellish, best, worst).

  • The single-best word to summarize your day.

  • Overall evaluation of your day in one word.

  • Overall characterization of your day.

  • Rank your day on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being abysmal, and 10 being splendiferous. (Or simply, "ranking.")

  • Your day's ranking, using the following scale: good, better, best; or productive, unproductive, a complete waste of time.

  • Your day in one word.

  • Encapsulation

  • Abstract

  • Condensation

  • Précis

  • Label

  • Descriptor

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I'm not asking them to describe or rate their day with a one word response. I'm looking for a one word label of sorts for the rating of their day on a scale of 1 to 10. – Eric Mar 23 '14 at 14:06

How about "happiness index"

or "mood spectrum" assuming the mood is the outcome of the quality of the day ?

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  1. Inverse level of annyoyedness
  2. retrospective bliss indicator
  3. past perceived happiness indicator
  4. lack of staying in the present moment indicator.
  5. funness indicator
  6. lack of silly inverse indicator
  7. perceived progress indicator
  8. anything else
  9. amount of energy wasted on being productive
  10. colour of your glasses indicator (rose, black/white/, etc.)
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Very wordy, but that was at the heart of your humor (or humour), yes? – rhetorician Mar 21 '14 at 13:20
yes humor some like to call it – DisplayName Mar 21 '14 at 16:18

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