The photo ratings system at photo.net system serves two major purposes. Together with the comments, the ratings provide the photographers who submit photos with sought-after feedback on their work. For other users, the overall rating averages provide a mechanism for finding photos that may be of interest to them, and ratings underpin many of the most popular features in the photo.net Gallery. However, low ratings that are unaccompanied by comments advance neither of these goals. They provide no useful feedback to the photographer who submitted the photo. On the contrary, they tend to be frustrating and discouraging and frequently lead to fruitless disputes. And low ratings do not play any useful role in helping users to find good photos. Accordingly, today we are introducing two reforms to the rating system. First, it will no longer be possible to give a rating lower than 5 in the Photocritue User Interface. This user interface makes it too easy for people to give large numbers of low ratings without due consideration of the photo. Second, it will still be possible to give a rating lower than 5 when visiting the Photo page, but only if one has previously made a comment on the photo, which presumably will explain the low rating.