Ridiculous Ratings. Really, ridiculous! So let’s dedicate this article to how you can protect yourself from this nonsense.
I’m referring to the constant collection of data that is coming to dominate business. Yelp-type ratings. Consumer ratings.
When I shop at my neighborhood drugstore, it happens, for instance. Gladys, the cashier, hands me the required receipt. Then she circles part of it. And then comes her usual request. “This is where you can rate me.”
Really, rate a cashier for ringing up your purchase? For doing what, exactly?
- Making the sale.
- Not smelling so bad that you double over with stomach cramps?
- Not giving you $500 in small bills for change. Wink-wink.
Do ridiculous demands for ratings also happen to you on a daily basis?
Seems like these days we’re constantly asked to rate goods and services. Do you like that any better than I do?(Which is NOT.)
Truly Ridiculous! Performance Ratings of Your Cashier?
Blog-Buddies, what’s the most ridiculous Ratings Request that you’ve gotten lately? Do tell.
Next, here comes a kinda creepy follow-up question. But I can’t resist asking: Have you ever given good ratings out of fear?
For instance, how do you rate Uber and Lyft drivers? Are you careful to give yourself a good reputation?
Look, I can see the idea of quality control. Feedback can be a good thing. But don’t you think the companies keep track of you, as well? Don’t they scour your ratings? After three incompetent drivers in a row… and you dared to rate them as such… Could you have trouble getting a ride?
Yep, I’m asking:
When Do Ridiculous Ratings Become a Problem?
When you need somebody to perform a service for you, and all you have to depend on is… You guessed it. The number of stars. Plus the number of ratings.
Here’s one example of many: This came up while preparing my Spiritually Sparkling Collection of Online Workshops. I needed the services of a graphic designer. Fortunately a friend of a friend gave me a recommendation: Fiverr.com.
Joe, the designer I chose, had about 527 five-star ratings. (Actually, just about everybody at Fiverr had loads of five-star ratings.)
Unfortunately, within 24 hours it became clear:
- Aiming to do the job that I clearly described, Joe misunderstood just about everything.
- His English was not fluent, as promised. (Or even very existent.)
- How about the preliminary samples Joe sent me? Well, it would have been fun if I’d saved some screenshots to show you here. Unfortunately I was too busy wailing and yelling.
- It didn’t help when Joe refused to let me cancel the job. Then sent a message that blamed me for “Ruining his life.”
See What I Mean by Ridiculous Ratings? “Bogus” Might Also Apply
At least my sage with Joe had a happy ending. Eventually, I was allowed to cancel the job. Thanks to my credit card company, I even got a refund. Altogether that complete lack of progress on receiving graphic design services was absolutely free. (Except that it cost me about five hours.)
However, this experience reminded me (yet again) not to trust ratings. Therefore, I would score the experience as 2 stars out of 5 on my Personal Growth Index. Except that, whew! I don’t maintain incessant ratings for any Personal Growth Index.
What was my most useful bit of learning? I share it with you gladly. And you don’t have to rate a thing!
You know all that Terms and Conditions that you must click onto accepting, before doing business?
In the fine electronic print, Fiverr thoughtfully provided a statement that… They couldn’t promise that any of the freelancer’s ratings were legitimate.
Although the main way to tell one freelancer from another is… the ratingzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Yet Sometimes You Can Win, Despite All the Ridiculous Ratings
And I mean, you can really win. Not like, “I really won. Because after only five hours, I was back to Square One. For free!”
Fortunately, here’s a way to get past ratings.
- Look online for a variety of professionals you might hire.
- Pay attention to what they write about their work.
- Read supplementary material, if available.
- Then read their auras. (Either do that on your own, because you’ve learned Stage 3 Energetic Literacy. Or else hire an RES Expert to do it for you.)
Most professionals you might hire have a photo somewhere. Either it’s on a corporate website, a personal website, or Linked-In. Sometimes Google Images is your best bet.
The point is to find a good headshot. No forehead cropping allowed!
What if you book a session of RES Energy READING? On the day of your session, email the RES Practitioner the links you have found. Then away you go, learning: Who is this person, really?
A True Tale of Outsmarting Ridiculous Ratings
Joe (a different Joe from the aforementioned graphic designer) asked for my help, doing consumer research. A super client, Joe provided about seven carefully selected contenders for his business.
All the doctors in question had five-star ratings. And plenty of them.
Doing aura reading research, I chose chakra databanks like these:
- Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity
- Solar Plexus Chakra Databank for Power Integrity
- Throat Chakra Databank for Communication at Work
Depending on what that turned up, I’d add other chakra databanks.
Joe Won. He Really Won!
What did Joe and I learn about these physicians? Here’s how I remember it.
- Doctor #1 had an unsettling detachment. As I probed deeper, it appeared likely that he was a sex addict. (Not an abuser of patients. More like having a serious personal problem that detracted from his work.)
- Doctors #2-4 were okay. Not terribly interested in their jobs, but making profitable use of their credentials.
- Doctor #5 had a bright and attractive appearance. Impressive, if you took a casual look at her photo. (Using Stage 1 Energetic Literacy, which ought to be notorious for its unreliability.) Unfortunately, reading her aura, guess what? Evidently she’s one of the 5% of Americans now living in extreme spiritual addiction.
- Thank goodness, Doctors #6 and 7 were superb physicians. What a pleasure to read their auras: Absolutely dedicated, impeccable, brilliant, hard-working.
Joe chose found two great choices. He also chose to go one step further during our session and do Soul Thrill Aura Research® . Thus, he did an excellent job of protecting himself from blindly choosing “well-rated” physicians. Oh yes, I’d say that Joe won!
So much for trusting ratings! I’ll take aura reading any day. And you can, too.