|Quoting Psych (Reply 8):|
a few previously highly rated shots over a long period of time (and with many ratings) suddenly went down
That's an interesting point, Paul... The same happened with a few of my shots - they would be on the top of the list for months, and all of a sudden they would get lots of low ratings and go down within a couple of days.
Because a few other people complained of the same thing, some time ago I have conducted an experiment. You now that you can rate your photo only once from your IP address, right? I mean, you can push the stars many times, and the message window will appear, but the rating will register only once. Well, I discovered, that from the phone you can rate as many times as you want, and the rating will register. So I took a couple of my pictures, that were sitting there forever with the ratings just around four of so, and just started rating them five stars, until I got them near the top of the list. After that they sat at the top for a couple of days, and then, all of a sudden, they apparently started getting one star raitings, and quite a few of them, because not only they quickly got back to their previous raitings, but went down further, and within a few days became so low, that totally disappeared from the visible part of the list!
Someone had suggested before, to replace the stars with one "like" button. If one likes your picture, let them push it. If not - the person can always write to you and express their dislike. This kind of system would reflect the real raitings and close the system to abuse.