I haven't paid any attention to the rating system until about ten minutes ago, and I am appalled at what I found. It serves no purpose beyond a glorified popularity contest.
The charity blankets are a selfless effort by over 100 of us and they each carried two votes of 1. pffffft. Excuse me, but if anything deserves a rating of excellent, it'd be those. I believe the two votes of 1 were made by someone with a grudge and a second identity. Of course, I immediately rated each of the charity blankets with a 5.
I accessed each of the forum groupings to sort by rating and learn which threads had been voted upon. Most of the ratings have been made within the blog threads. That'd be a popularity contest or a joke, not a KH rating. Within the off-topic threads, Jan's Environmentally Products carries 2 ratings of 5, both of which I believe are merited. In fact, I believe that thread should be a sticky. Otherwise, the ratings hold no realistic merit, IMHO. Anyone can rate her own thread, which I'm about to do with this one as soon as it's submitted. Wow! Look! It's a 5! woohoo!
I cry FOUL. Eliminate the rating option before someone gets hurt. This isn't high school, people. Is it?