With GD Star Rating 2.0 Alpha #2 Public coming next week, here is one more preview of the standard stars rating block. Very important new feature here is that user can now see his own vote value in the rating block, since new plugin version allows changing of votes.
So, here is enlarged image of the rating block:
It looks quite like the old rating block, and that is on purpose, all new templates are based on the old ones. But, you see that stars have more colors that usual. White ones are the maximal rating value (5 in this case). Yellow is the current average rating (4.2 here). But, now we have orange value. It is in fact red with 40% opacity, and that represents rating cast by the current user. Normal red is the active rating selection. So, depending on the rating rules, user can change his vote.
This rating block is 100% Google rich snippets compatible, and i have been working with experts from Google to bring the best possible implementation for this snippet type, supporting both average and review snippets, and in microdata format and in Scheme.org format (you can select which one you prefer).
So, this is it for now, new plugin will begin its public journey in 5 days. I hope you are excited about the new version, and that you will test it once it is released.