Excuse me while I vent. I know the ratings system is not perfect.....never will be. I can accept that. But I get so frustrated with the low ratings I receive on all my images. My 'friends' (the regulars who comment on my work) applaud my work, occasionally giving me constructive criticism. But other people I don't know or 'anonymous' will give me low ratings......3's and 4's. And those ratings are the average of all of the ratings I receive, so that means some people are likely rating my images a 1 or 2. Rest assured, I make no pretense of being a great photographer. In fact, I plan to go to photography school next summer, as I really want to improve more than I think I'm able to do on my own. But are my images really THAT bad? Sometimes it's just plain demoralizing to receive low score upon low score. I have never ONCE had someone give me a low score on an image with an explanation as to how I could have improved it. This is just plain wrong. I know there are some impending changes to the ratings system. But what exactly IS the answer? Photo.net is potentially such a great forum for improving, if we can have honest discussion about our work. Personally, I'd like to see a policy implemented that would prevent someone from rating anonymously, and I would love to go back to the system where the member's name is identified to his/her rating. I've thought of going to critique only, but I have no expectation that it would result in any more comments on my work. I'd rather 'fix' the rating system.....possibly even requiring a comment if you leave a rating. As it is now, I don't seem to be receiving much benefit from the system, and I question whether it's worth my time to load images at all. I've made some wonderful friends here on PN, and a few of them have been incredibly supportive and instructive to my work. But with so many members here on PN, one would think I'd get comments from more than the same few people all the time. I hope I don't come across as whining. I wonder who else empathizes with my situation. And more importantly, has everyone filled out the survey that the staff at PN sent a while back asking for our input of ideas for changing the system? I gave them an earful! Hope everyone here in the States had a nice Thanksgiving Day, and thanks for 'listening'.