Several days ago I noticed something interesting about many of the photographs that are showing up in the top rated pages search engine (TRPSE) and other places in the gallery at large. What I noticed was especially alarming with regard to those pictures that I would consider mediocre. My observation was that many of them only contained two or three ratings values, mostly just 6's and 7's, and that some of them even had no opposing commentary. Even in the POW you get opposing commentary and a swing of ratings across the board. Well, I think I figured it out. Average to below average images don't reach the TRPSE because of mate rating and inflation, as is commonly believed. Instead, they reach the TRPSE because no one opposes them. What I concluded was that a critical element was missing in these images, and that element was, in my opinion, BALANCE. Mediocrity is a value judgement, that's true, but is this the reason why images of ridiculously low quality are reaching the TRPSE with scores in the mid 6/6 range? Because there is no one out there anymore willing to speak up and say: "In my opinion, I don't think this image is worthy of a 6/6 rating and I'm using the one rating I have on this image to make sure my meaning is clear." Where is the balance? What have we done to Photo.net?