We have decided to institute a policy under which the Gallery moderators will be able to exclude individual portfolios from the photo rating system. This will be done when in the judgement of the moderators this exclusion would be in the best interests of photo.net and the Gallery. In particular, it will be done when an individual portfolio is at the center of too many claims and counter-claims of abuse, "mate-rating" and retaliatory rating, and where in our opinion the ratings on that portfolio have lost any possible objective meaning or usefulness or where the continued inclusion of that portfolio in the rating system would be divisive, time-consuming for the moderators, and an ongoing distraction from the aims of the Gallery. We expect such exclusions to be quite rare. Photos that are excluded from the rating system in this way will still be available for view and comments, and may be submitted for Critique Requests. But the photos will not be ratable and will not be visible in the "Top Photos" feature, and any prior ratings will not be visible.