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Ridiculous Ratings + How to Protect Yourself

Ridiculous Ratings — hilarious to you? Or pretty darned annoying?

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?

  1. Making the sale.
  2. Not smelling so bad that you double over with stomach cramps?
  3. 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.

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  1. 1
    Jnana says:

    Here’s a funny ratings story.

    An acquantaince, newly arrived here, related to me how she got locked in a public building here at night. She called the police who came promptly and freed her. After ensuring she was all right, they asked if she could rate their service.

  2. 2
    Emily Turner says:

    I put it on my to do list to review my orthodontist on google since not only had he asked but then also the receptionist. Their office manager then proceeded to ring me up twice in two weeks to remind me to leave a review!

    I am going back to see him in September for a check up… I think I’d rather wait until it’s done and dusted thank you.

  3. 3
    Emily Turner says:

    The language site I use (for Skype lessons with teachers and community tutors) has a rating system where everyone just gives everyone 5 stars. Had at least one dud teacher that way.

  4. 4
    Kylie says:

    Ouch! 2 out of 7 doctors doing well aurically is not a good percentage.

    Thank goodness for aurar reading and STAR research to choose good practitioners, since ratings are so easily faked.

  5. 5
    Kylie says:

    It drives me crazy how difficult it is to find good, quality photographs of people online though.

    I find it amazing that practitioners think it’s ok to have a website with no photograph of themselves–that automatically strikes that practitioner out for me.

  6. 6
    Brittany says:

    I’ve only gone out of my way to give ratings if something was over the top horrible or over the top great.

    Otherwise, I don’t like how there’s a rating for nearly everything! It’s quite annoying.

  7. 7
    Brittany says:

    One example: I went to a dermatologist and she found a pre-cancerous spot on my face, right near that delicate under eye area.

    I asked her to freeze it off. She warned me it could blister, scab, scar or all of the above.

  8. 8
    Brittany says:

    She was extremely careful doing this, and voila! I experienced none of the possible outcomes listed above.

    I received a request to provide feedback following the appointment, and due to her extreme care, was happy to share.

  9. 9
    Olivia Swan says:

    Rose I recently had an experience with a doctor who had about 400 good reviews, but when I went to him I did NOT like anything about him or his services.

  10. 10
    Olivia Swan says:

    Unfortunately I researched him with you in a session AFTER my visit.

    Not only did he charge me a ridiculous amount of money but he also wanted $2,000 for what I could find for $40 online.

  11. 11
    Olivia Swan says:

    After our useful research, I now have an appointment in June with a doctor who has integrity and good skills as a physician.

    And on the same website she only had 5 reviews. Case in point!

  12. 12
    Kylie says:

    I do definitely review any business I had a positive experience with on yelp or google because although ratings can be faked, many businesses rely on ratings.

  13. 13
    Kylie says:

    As a consumer, I take ratings with a grain of salt but I definitely pay attention to them.

    On yelp, it’s fairly easy to tell which reviews are by real people (they have photos, they write reviews of many businesses not just one.)

  14. 14
    Kylie says:

    And I don’t rely solely on ratings–they are only a starting point. Then I use STAR research.

  15. 15

    Exemplary, KYLIE. You’ve inspired me to rate the standouts more consistently. I could do better.

    And big thanks to all of you who have contributed so far to this theme.

  16. 16
    Leo Watts says:

    Online ratings are interesting.

    On the one hand, the incessant request for review can be annoying. Ratings can often be faked, as we’ve all experienced.

  17. 17
    Leo Watts says:

    On the other hand, they can hold certain businesses accountable, or act as an incentive to deliver what is advertised or promised.

    A 5 star review can be an award for a job well done, or a 1 star review can act as a deterrent for unacceptable service.

  18. 18
    Leo Watts says:

    Reviews can be useful for an app like Airbnb, where both guests and hosts are reviewed, and can act as as deterrent for out of bounds and unacceptable behavior.

  19. 19
    Leo Watts says:

    I find most technological advancements to be double edged swords.

    I don’t think many of us want to go back to a time without Uber, yet I read recently of a string of New York cab driver suicides, after they saw their half a million dollar medallions, often a life worth of savings and the promise of a prosperous life, lose nearly all value with the introduction of Uber.

  20. 20
    Kylie Sparks says:

    So true Leo. Reviews make services like Airbnb, and Couchsurfing (one that I had a great experience with years ago, visiting six different cities and staying with different people in each city) possible.

    Meet up too–if only the accountability of attending events you say you will attend.

  21. 21
    Kylie Sparks says:

    And I love Uber…in spite of the many problems with that company.

    I have had so many interesting conversations with Uber drivers. Many drivers are more like tour guides, providing so much interesting info about a city you are visiting.

  22. 22
    KayCee says:

    I value honest feedback and the time and effort it takes to share with integrity.

    Not a fan, however, of the ratings system or overused surveys. I’m easily annoyed by aspects that seem manipulative and one-sided. Restricting how we can answer and what we can speak to comes across to me as beneficial to skewing the data more favorably.

  23. 23
    KayCee says:

    Years ago, I took the time to politely let my bank know that my regular teller always gave me a reason to smile, but I wouldn’t be responding to their request for feedback on routine tasks. And to please unsubscribe me!

    I don’t rely solely on ratings, preferring to get a more-detailed idea from what people say in the comments.

    So, I’m with you, Rose. 🙂

  24. 24
    Angie says:

    Really starting to have issues with ratings: some former business partners who tried to crook us always took revenge when we got rid of them that way (when we found out who they really were – boyfriend did not listen to me on my warning about the last “sales” manager he chose and what had to happen happened – so obvious, no energetic literacy needed, as in open bad temper, and weird overall)

  25. 25
    Angie says:

    It seems like it’s the new “I’m gonna get you back for that” thing to do: give people a bad review on Google (it cannot be deleted) which kind of trashes the business seriousness.

  26. 26
    Angie says:

    As if this was not enough, ratings are everywhere.

    I have come to a point where the comment itself tells me more than the rating which I take with caution.

  27. 27
    Angie says:

    China is putting in place a social ratig system through its big brother is watching you and denunciation.
    If you don’t have a certain score, you can’t travel or even buy a house, start a business…

    Sadly this is already a pilot in some places, there is no privacy left, AI is watching you through algorithms. (Kinda like the Black Miror episode)

  28. 28
    Angie says:

    And lastly, if you still look for graphic design in the future, I am a designer 🙂 and can gladly show my portfolio (and a very recent picture of myself upon demand)

    Have a great week-end Rose!

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