In Netflix forums users are searching for a way to delete RECENTLY WATCHED listings. A main complaint is that selections show up there even if the user opts out of viewing after only a few minutes. In other words, LIKE isn't necessarily an accurate reflection of what viewers like. Then there's the issue of adult viewing fair and kids who might see the list. Apparently, the RECENTLY WATCHED selections (regardless of whether the viewer liked them or not) generate the LIKE listings, the Netflix version of "If you liked that, you're bound to like these..." The LIKE listings add even more horizontal rows of selections to the 15 (or so) standard genre categories. There is no option in the Netflix account settings to delete these entries.
Call me a minimalist. While I understand users may regard these as useful hints for future viewing, I regard them as distracting clutter through which I must wade (one click at a time) to descend to the genre selections. I already know what sorts of entertainment I enjoy. To me, this is another case of TOO-user-friendly that cries out for a toggle-off option on the Settings menu. But in lieu of that, I have stumbled on a workaround. Here is what I do...
I rate every one of my Netflix selections (no matter how long I watched or how much I really enjoyed them) with only one star. To the Netflix software, one star means Hated it! The software seems intuitive. After rating every single movie I watched as one-star-Hated-it, the annoying horizontal LIKE features disappeared completely. I guess if I hate everything, the software can't make any suggestions as to what I might like.
Sure, the RECENTLY WATCHED listings are still there, but perhaps if enough Netflix users follow my lead, that toggle-off option might appear on the account settings menu in the near future.