Most widely-rated games for each rating (1-10)
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The BGG wiki section on ratings has a list of recommendations on how to rate games. But I wanted to get a sense of how the hivemind understands the rating system, so I've put together a list of the games with more than 13,000 user ratings, organized by average rating (the lowest-rated games have a lower threshold). This list thus frames the rating system in terms of games that the most people have played at some point.

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"1 - Defies description of a game. You won't catch me dead playing this. Clearly broken."

The group of games with an average rating of 1 to 2 are a horrorshow: the most incredibly offensive, irretrievably broken, or unbelievably unimaginative and tedious "games" (along with some perhaps OK games rated only by people who hated them). Most games here have very few ratings, though, so it must take a very special kind of bad to be the only game with more than 100 ratings to be rated this low. Congratulations, Global Survival!
 
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2. Board Game: Tic-Tac-Toe [Average Rating:2.61 Overall Rank:17023]
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"2 - Very poor. Annoying, I plan to never play this again."

Only three games have an average rating of 2 to 3 and more than 1000 ratings: Tic-Tac-Toe, Snakes and Ladders, and Bingo. Tic-Tac-Toe at least is very short and can teach young children and retro-futuristic military computers important lessons about game theory.
 
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3. Board Game: Candy Land [Average Rating:3.17 Overall Rank:17021]
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"3 - Poor. Likely won't play this again although could be convinced."

Only two games have an average rating of between 3 and 4 and more than 1000 ratings: Candy Land and Trouble. Candy Land may be dull, but it at least can be wrapped up quickly, and players suffer relatively few setbacks.
 
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4. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.38 Overall Rank:17015]
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"4 - Below average. Slightly boring, could be talked into it on occasion."

Monopoly is the only game with an average rating of 3 to 4 4 to 5 and more than 13k 12k ratings.
 
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5. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:16246]
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"5 - Average. No significant appeal, take it or leave it."

Risk is the only one with 13k+ ratings.
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6. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1620]
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"6 - Fair. Some fun or challenge at least, will play occasionally if in the right mood."

Scrabble, Munchkin, and Bang! are the only games rated 6 to 7 with 13k+ ratings.
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:151] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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"7 - Good. Usually willing to play."

Lots of games rated 7 to 8 have 13k+ ratings: Carcassone, Dominion, Settlers of Catan, Arkham Horror, Race for the Galaxy, Small World, Pandemic, Battlestar Galactica, Caylus, Memoir '44, Tigris & Euphrates, 7 Wonders, Ticket to Ride, Stone Age, Citadels, El Grande, Lost Cities, Dominion: Intrigue, Magic: The Gathering, San Juan, Ticket to Ride: Europe, Bohnanza, Alhambra, RoboRally, Dixit, Chess.

Chess is the only public domain game to make a decent showing here.
 
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8. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.32 Overall Rank:5]
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"8 - Very good. Like to play, will probably suggest it, will never turn it down."

Twilight Struggle, Agricola, Puerto Rico, and Power Grid all have 13k+ ratings.
 
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"9 - Excellent. Always want to play."

There's no game with more than a handful of reviews rated 9 or higher.
 
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"10 - Outstanding. Always want to play, expect this will never change."
 
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