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Thank you for your interest in the exciting and rewarding process of rating photos! As you probably already know, most of the photos submitted to ShutterPoint can be rated by the site members. Photographers review the ratings they receive and use the feedback as an opportunity to improve their work. Raters share their opinions about photos by means of giving numeric ratings in the anonymous way - raters have limited ability to select random images to rate, and they do not see whose images they are rating (please read the rest of the page to learn more). All members of the site can and are encouraged to rate photos!
Anonymous numeric ratings
After almost two years of the rating system where raters were identified, ShutterPoint has moved to the system of anonymous numeric ratings where a rater cannot select which or whose photo to rate, and a receiver of the ratings does not know who provided it.
You do have the ability to leave comment-only feedback on any photo, however, this feedback is tracked as identifiable by the system.
Each comment you submit should be of at least five distinct words.
such as the, that, of, for,
etc do not get counted. This rule is aimed to encourage
genuine constructive and meaningful feedback. If you cannot
think of much to say about a photo, try to think it
through and you will be able to describe how you feel about
it. Concentrate on aspects that you particularly like or
dislike about the photo and describe what you think. Offer
ways to improve the picture if you can suggest any.
Remember you are not rating a subject, but the presentation of it.
Keep in mind that if a photo can use at least a tiny improvement, it
should not be rated 10.
Rating different aspects of photos / Optional comments
As a rater being involved in providing anonymous ratings, you have the ability to choose which way you want to rate each photo presented to you for a rating. You can choose to rate using the single overall numeric rating method, or use the aspects method, allowing evaluating each aspect of the photo individually. When you choose the latter, comments may become optional (each photographer can require comments even for ratings by aspects). Below is a list of photo aspects that are available for evaluation:
How total ratings are calculated
ShutterPoint has adopted the individual numeric rating
normalization method for calculation of the total rating for
each photo. The method is based on the true Bayesian estimate
formula, commonly used in statistics. The formula is:
Rewards for ratings
Rating rewards allow the most active raters to benefit from their contribution
in the process of rating photos. Benefits include a chance to get automatic free storage
space renewal for 3 months, and ability to get your name in the Spotlight section of the home page.
In order to calculate your total points, your point balance is multiplied by the arithmetical average of all numeric ratings you received for your own photos (if you have not received any ratings, the system will multiply the points by 7). Therefore, your point balance will be higher if your photos get better ratings. You can always view your point balance in the Rate Photos section on the Home page (when you are logged in) or right after you provide each new rating.
1. Free storage space renewal
At the beginning of each calendar month, the system will review the point balances of all members, and the top five will receive automatic free extension of their storage space subscription by 3 months, regardless of the size of their storage space (members will be notified via e-mail if they have received the free extension). The point balance for those members will be divided in half. Point balances of all other members will remain in place, until they get to the top five.
2. Placement in the Spotlight section
Raters who rate photos on the regular basis, and try to offer constructive feedback along with ratings, can get into the Spotlight section of the home page, which is the great way to increase exposure of your portfolio. In addition, if you happen to be a rater who scored the highest number of rating points within the period of the last 24 hours, you can also get your name in the Spotlight section.
Power ratings are given by members who have met qualifications presented below:
Once the requirements for the power rater status are met, power raters will be able to use a dedicated Power Ratings page that shows 20 randomly picked thumbnails presented exclusively for ratings. Clicking one of the thumbnails takes a power rater to the same screen many of you are familiar with - the screen that allows you to submit ratings.
Power ratings are identified with a rating score shown in bold. Power ratings cannot be automatically removed however they can be reported to ShutterPoint if they are offensive.
Limited ability to remove ratings
The limited ability to remove feedback is available to address a possible issue
with meaningless or offensive comments and ratings that may come as the result
of anonymity. Each photographer can use a "Remove" link for each comment or
rating so that offensive or rude feedback can be deleted. In order to prevent
an unreasonable use of this feature, this functionality is limited. The number
of removals that any photographer can employ is set as 10% of the number of all
anonymous numeric ratings that a member has received
(5% if your average rating is under 6.00). For example, if someone
received the total of 67 anonymous numeric ratings, a 10% limit will allow to
have 7 (6.7 rounded) ratings or comments removed from any number of photos.
Once the limit is used up, there will be no way to remove ratings other than
getting more ratings first. This restriction is put in place to limit
photographers from being able to "clean up" criticism excessively and therefore
to unfairly boost their ratings.
How to be a perfect rater
Make your rating and comment a thoughtful and objective response to a photograph. Your feedback can be positive or negative. If you are pointing out defects, please try to remain polite, diplomatic and friendly. A well articulated negative comment can sometimes be an illuminating moment for another photographer. Honest and fair feedback is a useful aid for the photographer to learn and progress. If nobody ever points out possible problems, it may be very difficult to work out ways to improve. Some varying ideas will allow the photographer to pick and choose those that will help develop his/her own style, and since it is very hard to be objective about one's own work, the reactions of fresh eyes can be truly invaluable.