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(PLACED UNDER WRONG CATEGORY: IT IS BEING MOVED SOON. SORRY.)
Having just become a target for ‘unfair rating’, I can tell you that this experience leaves me feeling absolutely gutted. It has never been my intention to get anyone so upset by asking them for a price in Pound Sterling, while being unaware that the person in question doesn’t actually live in the UK.
This site has become my favourite place to be when there is nothing else going on in my life, and also when there is something going on in my life, sometimes with great detriment to my life. But who cares: the people are great, and I have made some very good friends. I am also very aware of how easily you can step on someone’s toes, and get crapped on, so therefore, I thought that by adhering to the rules when I read and rate, I should be fine, and therefore there would be no reason for anyone to dislike me and my chosen modus operandi (which was reading/rating according to the rules).So, how do I read and rate? Well, after having read your op through, I decide if I have any unanswered questions. Sometimes, this is easy: 90% of the time I am reading your op because I have a vested interest in what you are writing about. I might want to try it myself, and since I am a born shopper, more often than not, I want to buy one of my very own. So, if there is no price, or you have not told me where you got yours, or if it is actually only available in Scotland etc, I must now ask for this information. No skin off my nose, but they’re unanswered questions, right? Since the CONSUMER who visits this site cannot ask you for this information, your op has become slightly less helpful than it could be, and I would be ignoring my duty to the consumer, as well as to Ciao, by putting a VH on your op, and telling you how brilliant it is.
Because it’s not brilliant: there are unanswered questions, which defeats the entire object of Ciao. And this is my first reason for putting H on your op. More often than not, you will get a comment from me, telling you why you have gotten an H rating from me, (ask any writer on the site: this is the unwritten etiquette) and I go to the extra length of letting you know that I will be happy to re-rate if you include this information in your op. In reality, you have lost nothing: I have perhaps reminded you of something you have forgotten, and if you add the information, you DO get my re-rate.What does annoy me though is receiving comments like these: “Everyone else rated VH, so why are you rating H? I thought it was pretty good myself, and everyone else seems to think so.”
Simply because I am not everybody else, one of your circle of friends or one of those people who will blindly stamp VH on your op just because everyone else did, or too scared to be individual in my thinking, and not giving a damn about the rules.
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