I have glanced around some to see, and I understand that forum owners are monitored as far as ratings go, so that gives me some sense of security that putting forth hard work will not be taken advantage of. However, I am still not certain it isn't possible for forum owners to purposefully keep ratings low. I hate to sound really selfish and obnoxious, and I realize I can be a bit of an overachiever; however, when you receive a rating below the current average and not given any feedback for improvement (mind you I did prompt for suggestions)... I can't help but consider perhaps the forum owner is attempting to keep the ratings low to avoid paying as much for posts. I surely hope this is not the case, since the rating system is anonymous I am in the strange position where I cannot chose to leave the matter alone either if I feel my work isn't well appreciated and move on to other sites. I understand the main idea of being paid for something you enjoy doing either way, but if your rating only drops over time, what incentive is there for posters? My rating has only dropped consistently from when I started. Is there nothing I could do about this? The current system of expired ratings is only going to punish me. Strangely, I don't receive any negative feedback despite the ever lowering ratings. What can someone do in this case?