Do we have to care about the ratings at all??

@loxion (1551)
India
November 18, 2008 11:32am CST
Is the rating system that important, i mean if someone rate you...does that affect your earning too? Sometimes you may find someone may hate you for some reason know to them and keep rating you negative and obviously your rating ranks will drop down. I mean if you really participating and making good progress both on your earnings and gaining popularity, do you have to care about your ratings at all? From what i understand is that the ratings doesn't affect the earnings and i don't think that rating someone negative or positive will affect how good or bad they are performing here. Maybe i'm wrong about everything i just said here, and if i am how important is the ratings here?
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@EAStanley (2689)
• United States
18 Nov 08
The rating system is not that important. And it does not affect your earnings at all. You are correct. If somebody dislikes you for some reason, then they will keep rating you negatively and your rating will continue to go down. There is absolutely nothing that you can do about it. I am not here to be "popular", although certainly I want people to like me and think that I have good things to say so that they want to participate in my discussions and to be glad when I respond to their discussions. The Ratings don't mean anything except that you probably rubbed somebody the wrong way and they will likely follow you around and rate negatively everything that you write. Again, there is absolutely nothing that you can do about this. Therefore, I would just not worry about the ratings whatsoever. Just keep on posting and having fun and earning money! :) Happy myLotting! :)
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@loxion (1551)
• India
18 Nov 08
Great, because the whole rating thing i think it get lot of people confused as they mostly do not know how it works and how it affect the earnings. So now everyone should know that next time they me negative then i have no worries about that, because that's like they are doing nothing
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@hildas (3031)
18 Nov 08
I did not rate anyone on sunday to see what my earnings would be. They went way down yesterday. Yesterday I rated all the people on a good discussion that replied and today my earnings where really good. I really think it is important as it says in the rules to do it. Try it for yourself to see. You are rating the discussions good and Mylot like the good discussions.
@loxion (1551)
• India
18 Nov 08
I am totally not sure about that, i mean if you rate someone positive...then who is getting that earning for that, is it the one you rated or yourself? But again i don't think that will work because if it did...then we could simply send private messages to our friends and tell them to rate our discussions positive
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@hildas (3031)
18 Nov 08
Maybe your right loxian. I think if a discussion is well rated overall it must help though. Mylot should give us all the rules. I do it anyway I have doubled payout in a four weeks so I will keep it up.
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@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
Just a quick question Hildas. Have you rated positive to those discussion you think that it is not good? Or you only rate positive to those good discussion and not the opposite? Since you said earlier that you rated all the people on a good discussion, so I presume that you did not rate those who are not. Am I correct? This is just interesting thing to know.
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• United States
19 Nov 08
I don't think so. I think it's kind of pointless really because it makes people feel important, some people feel unimportant and it's a way for people to get revenge on people that have views they do not like. I think it's crazy really but whatever. I still rate people postively when they respond to my discussions and people that don't get rated negatively. I do use it but I don't think it actually works enough for it to be important.
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@loxion (1551)
• India
19 Nov 08
I was just wondering because i always work hard to reach that 10th star, because at first i thought you guys at the top there earn much better, because you have 9 or 10 star ratings But after reaching my current rating i could realize that...this rating thing is somehow not that important when it comes to our earnings, because if it was then we might have problem with people rating us negative and we loose few cents. I also rate people who respond to my discussion but i do not see any importance as i said. I also mark the best response if there is, and i think with the best response then the person might feel somehow happy with it, even though it will not affect the way they earn Thanks Highflyingxangel (wow, what a name)
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@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
It is.. but that was long time ago way before I knew that it can be easily manipulated by trolls and crook. I believe also that it is not the basis for your true reputation here and of how good you are around the community. I was a fan of the rating system before but I also discover that nothing is great about it. I believe giving you the best response somehow puts you in heaven and elation specially if you really have put some sincerity on what you are doing in helping others around here. And if it affects your earnings? I don't have any concrete answer on that matter since it is not written in the guidelines but in my opinion, it does not affect your earnings. If it does, I won't be able to reach minimum payout for 3 straight months and this month it's only less than $2 away from minimum. Your rating doesn't translate quality post which is the main basis for our earning potential.
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@loxion (1551)
• India
19 Nov 08
That sound fair, because i can always not care about all those people who might hate me and rate me negative all the time, and can rest assured that my earnings will not be affected either. thanks
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• Philippines
18 Nov 08
Maybe ratings also matter here in MyLot. But I don't think its enough reason to decrease you earnings here if somebody presses that negative sign. Maybe the admins here should try to check the real content of each discussions and responses of each members. Not by just ratings. Although it can help, but not much decrease if somebody put some negative sign to someone.
@loxion (1551)
• India
18 Nov 08
Yes i also think that if someone keep on rating you negative...then they should also read the contents of your discussion or response and let them judge it from there. As for the earning i think it would be unfair and crazy if they did something like that
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• Argentina
19 Nov 08
I had the same doubts and I've been reading the FAQs: The number to the right of your username is the user rating and measures only the amount of posts not quality. The Star with a number (you need a rating of 100) is your reputation which is calculated with the DRS (discussion rating systems) and more but doesn't specify. The DRS is calculated with the positive or negative ratings, but it says that one user can't do significant harm. The DRS is used to calculate the earnings.
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@loxion (1551)
• India
19 Nov 08
The DRS is used to calculate the earnings? does that mean that our rating reflect the way we earn, because as you said that "The DRS is calculated with positive and negative ratings"? I mean what if all of you rate me negative, will that also affect the way i earn?
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• Argentina
19 Nov 08
From http://www.mylot.com/0/faq/faq17.aspx : The DRS is factored into our proprietary earnings algorithm, so this will help us properly reward valuable contributions to the Mylot community.
@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
I don't think it does affect our earning. I've found my ratings going down to 9 from 10 but my earnings remain at satisfactory level. I don't actually get bothered with the decrease ratings I have here although of course it's nice to have high ratings. Not all people here will like you so it is expected that some will rate you negative. I don't allow my performance here to be sidetracked by things that are not under my control.
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@loxion (1551)
• India
19 Nov 08
Yes, yes, that's true, i mean even if someone might rate you negative all the way until the last step, but if you make quality discussions and responses are high...then there is no need to worry about whoever that is rating you down, because that's not going to affect the way you earn Like you said i also think the reason we might want the 10th star rating is just to make us feel better and make our rating look nice. But when i first started last month i thought you guys at the top where earning much better because you are somehow popular, but after reaching my current rating, i could realize that there is no changes in my earning, the only changes i see is when i made lot of responses and quality one's.
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@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
Exactly my dear! For as long as you are making sensible and quality posts you can be assured of good earnings. By the way, I never thought I am popular here but there are some others who seem to be really popular.
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@babyorchid (1739)
• China
19 Nov 08
Hey,loxion, me too . i have no idea on wt rating mattters..do they have any relation with our earning or stars? but anyway i think it do matter..though i don't know exactly. i think postive is good.best wishes.
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@loxion (1551)
• India
19 Nov 08
I think is only important for our own good only, but not that important towards our earnings. The worse thing that could have happened is if mylot said the rating says much about how we earn or has an impact on our earnings, and that way we would have lot of people rating us negative for us to go down. I think that now is better when the rating system is like that
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@julise (494)
• Indonesia
19 Nov 08
Huh? I don't even know how to rate... somebody... explain this rating system please... haha... i hope the rating system means nothing, coz I never rate anyone and never been rate too (i guess)
@julise (494)
• Indonesia
19 Nov 08
no.... hahaha... in mylot people share about everything, i don't think people should be report/ rate good or bad here. it's not necessary. plus, there's no benefit of doing it
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 08
It has immediate effect if someone rate you negatively and I've seen it happen to me just now the moment I responded to a friend. This lady was angry because she was banned from ciao and I responded by saying that maybe her reviews were too good and might sound very commercial to ciao, they might have suspected that it is not her work. she was very mad with my respond and immediately after that my star dive from 9 to 8. I responded to her in good faith and did not say that her reviews were not her work. I think she did not read my response properly. I can't be bothered with the star rating as it does not affect me or my earning.
@loxion (1551)
• India
19 Nov 08
That must have hurt i think, and again like you said the only affected are is the rating itself and not the earning and in that way i do not feel that it is important to rate people, both positive and negative ways because we do not earn anything from that If your rating is 10 and you make quality responses and discussions, do you have to be that concerned about that? i guess not. Rather we just want to feel nice to see how good we participate here I wouldn't mind if i get 100 negative or positive ratings each day, because that's not going to change the way i earn.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 08
this is mylot well kept secret and no one are really sure whether the star rating has anything to do with the earning or whether is is only a valueless status symbol. Whatever reason they put that star rating is anybody's guess. What I realize when I had my 10 star and my earning now it is the same and I believe your earning is based on your active participation here.
• Argentina
19 Nov 08
I don't have a star yet, but the day before yesterday i made 5 comments and no none rated me giving me a earning of 2 cents, yesterday i made 13 comments and got rated this time i earned 18 cents.
• India
19 Nov 08
I am really new here. But so far whatever I have read in this site gives me a hint that ratings do affect our earnings someway or the other. But on the other hand people should not rate negative if they donot agree with a topic. Negative rating should only be done if someone finds a topic irrelevant.
@loxion (1551)
• India
19 Nov 08
Never, the ratings do not affect the earnings and you can be assured that even though someone might rate you negative all the time.. that will not affect you earnings. I mean all the time i also thought that the ratings do have affect on our earnings and I've worked so hard to reach my current ratings and only to discover that it doesn't have any effect, but rather important to only our own interest, by our own interest i mean, people just love to see their rating high up there and that is not important towards the earnings
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• India
19 Nov 08
Ohh.. Thanks for the help.It was my first Comment. Thanks for guiding me.
• India
20 Nov 08
ya everyday i will check my rating mylot and no only me all my friends will check their rating and we ill talk about that rating can any one tell how his rating works in mylot????
@loxion (1551)
• India
20 Nov 08
You get a star when more people rate your discussion, your involvement is what count in the rating system
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
20 Nov 08
I think the importance of ratings here depend solely on the member... if he/she value the star and number behind the name... then there is a need to post more quality posts... but for those who do not mind... then... they should just go about their own business... and post whatever they want... as long as they do not violate any mylot rule... Ratings do not affect our earnings... so it is more of a personal thing...
@loxion (1551)
• India
20 Nov 08
Even up to this day i do not understand how the rating system work, i mean do you get higher rating for participating in a certain category or just generally involved? I mean for me i am kinda like all over, you go to the computer category you find me, the question and answers i am there, and i just don't understand it. Do i have to contribute more on certain category or do i have to be all over like i am now?
@icegermany (2524)
• India
19 Nov 08
i dont think so that the rating system is going to effect our earnings, may be when we rate a post and then it might effect our earnings as i have read from so far at mylot but getting rated from others i dont think so it is effecting our earnings and it is only the start which shows the effect. but i feel that we all are here to make some extra money and not to lower others and as far as we are sincere to our work here and what we write here and there is no one who is going to rate us negative. may be some discussions which we feel right, may not be right to someone else but it may be right ot a few also and so it depends on each individual so it is just a different view point. but i dont think so there is any requirement to rate anyone negative and if we dont like the post i just leave it and dont mark anything. and i even dont know how people come to know that they are rated negative as many people discuss here. i never know who is rating me positive and negative, i just do my job and that is much.
@loxion (1551)
• India
19 Nov 08
Yes, i think concentrating on what we do rather than what other people are rating us is what we should do and focus on.I think even though someone might rate us negative then we do not have o worry about anything because that will not have any effect on the way we earn but rather the ratings, which aren't that important to me What's important is the quality of discussions and responses i have to make