By popular demand, we now allow ratings to "expire" at Postloop after 30 days. Your User Rating is a reflection of the quality of the posts that you make a Postloop. It is given to you by forum owners. The higher your rating, the more that forum owners appreciate the posts that you make. You are rewarded the higher your rating is, and you can read more on all of that here. Ratings are important to Postloop and important to its users. Every now and then you will get a low rating that you might not deserve. Up until this point, you would be stuck with that rating forever. --------------------- We have now changed the system so that your official user rating is: 1) The average of all ratings that you have received over the past 30 days, if you have received at least 3 ratings during that time period. otherwise, it is: 2) The average of the last 10 ratings that you have received, regardless of when they were received --------------------- This will allow you to recover from bad ratings that you receive. It will also better reflect a user's post quality here and now as opposed to what their quality might have been 6 months ago. If you did make high quality posts 6 months ago but your quality has diminished since then, so will your user rating! This change will harm people in this scenario, and my response to that is, improve the quality of your posts One other important note, with the introduction of The Postloop Portal, I have officially removed the "you must receive 3 ratings before having an account rating" rule. The reason that the rule was originally put in place was because we noticed many forum owners simply giving out inaccurate ratings and for somebody who starts with no rating, a single inaccurate rating can really throw the system for a loop. Now that we (Postloop) are giving all users their very first rating, this problem is not as large. We may or may not reinstate that rule in the future, but for the time being, it is gone. You only need to be rated once to receive your account rating. You also no longer need 3 ratings to withdraw $$$. One rating is sufficient. I know it seems like a lot of changes in such a short amount of time, and it is...but it's all in the interest of making Postloop run as smoothly as possible to benefit both forum owners and posters. We will constantly adjust the system as we see opportunities for improvement. Who knows, if this new "ratings will expire" rule does not work for the best, we may just remove it! We're blazing a trail here...The first to ever run such a system, and we'll continue to learn as we do.