It’s been almost a year since I installed the WP Post Ratings plugin here on JaypeeOnline. Anyways, I installed this plugin because I liked the idea of having my posts rated by you, my readers and visitors. This helps me in two ways. First, I can get your immediate feedback regarding the post. Second, ratings that you submit on each post would help coming readers to have an idea whether that particular post is good or not. Of course, assuming that the previous ratings were unbiased or without any prejudice.
The Post Ratings plugin usually works better for a blog with a lot of regular readers and traffic. Here in my blog, only a handful of my regular readers use this feature and rate my posts. Most of the post ratings are submitted by anonymous guests who are brought here by search engines and other sources. Although the response or use of the Post Ratings plugin isn’t what I expected, I haven’t removed it yet because I believe that it is a useful tool for me and for you, my readers.
I’m blogging about this because recently, an anonymous guest rated several of my posts. Nothing wrong with that right? Isn’t that the purpose of the plugin? Yes, but the problem is this anonymous guest is deliberately and maliciously posting negative post ratings to my articles. This also negates the previous post ratings that other readers posted. If you’ve seen it you know that I’m using stars for my post ratings and this “guest” rated several of my posts with 1 star including posts that other readers found to be very useful and was previously rated at 5 stars.
Although I admit that I was pissed off at first, I realized that I should look at it in a positive way. Personally, I wouldn’t want to remove this plugin but this incident made me think and realize that maybe this plugin has lost its purpose or is no longer necessary here in my blog. Should I keep using the Post Ratings plugin or should I remove it? Please submit your answers via the poll in the sidebar and/or if you want to share your opinion or feedback, you can leave a comment below. I need your help and your honest opinion regarding this matter. I am not only doing this for myself but also to improve this blog for you readers.
Also, if you think that I should keep the Post Ratings plugin, I kindly request that you please use it and post ratings for any previous posts or for upcoming posts. It only takes a few seconds of your time. Btw, before I forget I’d also like to thank those who participated and cast their votes in the previous poll question. I really appreciate your help and for your continued support!