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When I first started my rating was at around 4.6 and that was because my initial rating (set by Postloop) has been 4.2 and then gradually over time, I kept getting worse and worse ratings and they've been in a steady decline for a while. No, my ratings haven't expired, I've just been getting ratings of 4.0 or 3.8 and it's lowering my average grade and I have gotten zero explanation for this. Now, I want to make better posts and ensure I don't get such bad ratings, do you guys have any advice?

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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2015, 11:04:58 PM »
Not really, the same thing has happened to me, however, it will probably level off after awhile. I would just try to concentrate on writing quality posts, that are long enough, and hopefully that will boost your rating over time. I guess that you will just have to try your best and hope on this one.

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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2015, 12:26:27 AM »
I'm guessing that quite a few of us have had an issue with ratings at some point or another. I certainly have.

So I guess my advice will be no different to most of the stock advice out there - write quality, write (relatively) lengthy and start threads. I think doing those alone should have a positive impact on at least some of your ratings.

I would also suggest to choose your battles. What I mean by that is to choose sites and thread topics that you have an interest in. That's easier said than done when fundamentally we all want to write as many posts as possible, earning as much as possible. But forum owners won't be thinking that way and being sensitive to their needs is what ultimately counts.

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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2015, 12:29:59 AM »
Rating is not consistent, no matter how good or perfect your posts are. There are some forum owners who never give out anything higher than a 4 and you can be the star poster with the highest amount of likes and new thread starters.

What I look at is the forum; if there are some PL members you recognize then it's possible they will rate well. If a forum has had PL members and they have left, I see it as a sign that the owner doesn't rate well. That's the main reason for people leaving a forum.

Choose your forums wisely. I joined a new forum and did everything to the instructions and got likes and got a 3.8 and no response. That forum then closed, and the owner opened up another. No one joined that one, because they figured out it was him and he had a bad reputation for rating.


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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2015, 01:06:59 AM »
That's what has been happening to me lately. I am also getting really low ratings nowadays, and it's quite frustrating. Anyway, I think the best thing for you to do is to join new forums, and make sure that this time, you'll create quality posts/content now. All the best to you.

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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2015, 02:40:49 AM »
I think every PL members will encounter this thing where they will receive low ratings at some point in their stay in this site. But I noticed that if you will give quality posts in an instance it will level up so fast. That is why all you have to do is to give more focus on giving quality posts and you must have all the patience and hard work because it will surely give you a nice rating.

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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2015, 05:03:40 AM »
Going through their requirements again to see if you can figure out, such as some owners asking for a percentage of new threads, having avatar, etc. However, low ratings are normal, and we all have to go through this now and then. There is nothing we can do about it or contest it.

It is very frustrating to see the bonus points going down, so like many have said, just write quality post with a bit of length to it.

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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2015, 05:44:16 AM »
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That is why all you have to do is to give more focus on giving quality posts and you must have all the patience and hard work because it will surely give you a nice rating.

That's actually not true at all. Plenty of quality posters are rewarded with measley 3.8-4.0 ratings, which Postloop will tell you is better than average (3.0 being considered "good"). The rubric that PL requires forum owners to judge posters on is absolute crap, and it has nothing to do with quality. It's more about nitpicking to give out lower ratings than quality posters deserve, compared to what lackluster posters put out.


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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2015, 08:35:02 AM »
Unfortunately, I don't have any advice either about how to improve ratings on PL  Why because from what I have seen these are subjective.  I can deal with the ones where I am told where I went wrong.  Problem usually when a forum owner gives a low rating they don't mention why, they just do it and usually don't even let it be known who they are.  This is one of the things that have to be deal with when being on PostLoop.

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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2015, 09:42:28 AM »
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Unfortunately, I don't have any advice either about how to improve ratings on PL  Why because from what I have seen these are subjective.  I can deal with the ones where I am told where I went wrong.  Problem usually when a forum owner gives a low rating they don't mention why, they just do it and usually don't even let it be known who they are.  This is one of the things that have to be deal with when being on PostLoop.

Exactly. Postloop isn't designed to provide real income, a legitimate growth platform for forum owners, or a fair environment for anyone but Postloop's own administrators. It's like any other company, especially in the WAH (Not freelance) field: everything's about profits. Postloop is designed to make as much money as possible while keeping forum owners and posters coming in at a decent enough clip to sustain said profits. 

People will always be willing to mistakenly work for pennies per hour, and forum owners will always be looking for that quick way to grow, even though said growth won't be sustained for 90% of the PL forums.

I mean, everyone knows that when sites go dead from disabling or running out of points, the PL posters flee without blinking an eye UNTIL points become available again.


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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2015, 04:47:14 PM »
Thank you all for responses, it definitely cleared up a lot of things for me. I have to say that I am very disheartened by your reports of unfair ratings. It's really worrisome that something that can make your livelihood (it certainly does in my case) is a very subjective and unfair system. Again, thank you all for the replies.

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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2015, 03:55:15 PM »
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That is why all you have to do is to give more focus on giving quality posts and you must have all the patience and hard work because it will surely give you a nice rating.

That's actually not true at all. Plenty of quality posters are rewarded with measley 3.8-4.0 ratings, which Postloop will tell you is better than average (3.0 being considered "good"). The rubric that PL requires forum owners to judge posters on is absolute crap, and it has nothing to do with quality. It's more about nitpicking to give out lower ratings than quality posters deserve, compared to what lackluster posters put out.

From my experience this is true, and not only personally, but from other members  know. The rubric guidelines give 3.0 as an average, therefore anything over and you consider unfair PL will not look at. Sadly, new owners unfamiliar with how PL really works use this and end up with people sending messages of 'why?' and unsubscribing.

To be honest the advice to keep joining new forums and make quality posts and threads is arbitrary, because most new forums are so picky about what they want and may rate low. It doesn't always work, but I say take your time and look into the forums before you go over the 5 post limit. I found out a friend of mine posted on a forum where I was in two minds about it as someone reported they got a 3.0, and he also got a 3.2 and he's a top poster.

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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2015, 07:35:47 PM »
One thing I have gotten in the habit of that seems to help my ratings is that I click the little "i" information button in the postloop dashboard to double-check the forum information before going to the site. Some forum owners change them as their needs change and get upset if you don't notice the change.

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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2015, 09:32:58 PM »
Buster, I am sorry you've been having this experience and I hope based on what others have shared, you can see a change going forward. I never really paid much attention to ratings until I joined another site where I got a low rating causing me to be denied access to any other forum I had an interest in. I have said elsewhere that I wonder sometimes if the forum owners realise the impact  a low rating has on posters some of whom depend on this and genuinely think they are doing a good job.

In my case I have received pretty decent ratings, but try not to sign up for too many forums. Sometimes too many can ruin a good thing.

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Re: I keep getting worse and worse Postloop ratings, any advice?
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2015, 10:17:49 AM »
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Buster, I am sorry you've been having this experience and I hope based on what others have shared, you can see a change going forward. I never really paid much attention to ratings until I joined another site where I got a low rating causing me to be denied access to any other forum I had an interest in. I have said elsewhere that I wonder sometimes if the forum owners realise the impact  a low rating has on posters some of whom depend on this and genuinely think they are doing a good job.

In my case I have received pretty decent ratings, but try not to sign up for too many forums. Sometimes too many can ruin a good thing.

Thank you for the reply. I don't think that new forum owners realize the impact of low ratings which I think is as much as their fault as it is Postloop's. I mean, that should definitely be explained somewhere.

I'm a guy with a lot of interests so I don't really have a problem with a lot of forums. At one point I was subscribed to about 15 different forums which all interested me and I believe I made good posts on all of them. In the end, I think it's up to forum owners to realize this stuff.

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