We felt that it would be important to have all those that want to use the rating system to get on the same page. Please read through our comments below and click on the button at the bottom to continue rating artwork on our site.
WHY A RATING SYSTEM?
We should first start off by saying why we created a rating system on ArtWanted.com. There are several reasons why, here are a few:
HOW TO VOTE
- Increase the number of comments on our members artwork.
- Increase user participation on our site by having members vote for other artists.
- Increase traffic to the website by reoccurring voters.
- Create 'top ten' lists to give our best artists additional exposure to their portfolios.
- Help us pick which artists should be our featured artists.
- Allow our members to generally see how they compare with other artists on the website.
- Add another feature to our art community to make it even better than before.
There are many ways we could have built a rating system, but this one is based off the member surveys we have held from our own artists. We feel that we have accomplished all that we have set out to do and we are happy with the results.
The 1-10 vote you give when you rate an image should be based on the skill and talent of the artist, nothing more. This needs to be the basis for all of your votes. Some people rate an image on the subject matter, emotion of the piece, or the colors used. However, if this is done, it throws off the whole curve. If you feel that a piece has a great subject matter, emotion or colors, post this in a comment, but do not base your rating from these things. This system was designed to rate the skill of the artwork and you should have a good range of high, middle and maybe even a few low votes now and then.
At the same time, you should also rate an image by taking into consideration the skill of the media used. EXAMPLE: A black and white drawing should be rated compared to other black and white drawings on the site. Don't give it a lower score because it wasn't in color. Don't rate a colored pencil drawing lower, because it doesn't look like an oil painting. Compare apples to apples.
We have provided a SKIP button on the ratings page that will allow you skip over a particular image and go on to the next one. You should skip all art that you don't feel qualified to judge correctly or those images that you just don't want to rate. EXAMPLE: If you see a drawing of a mermaid, don't give it a low vote because you don't believe in them, or because you can't swim, or because you don't like the beach, or because you don't think they really have colored hair...simply skip over the image and go on to the next one.
RATING ONLY CERTAIN TYPES OF IMAGES
Some people only want to view/rate certain types of images. If this is the case for you, simply select which ArtWanted.com gallery you want to view from the top-right corner drop-down list. This will put you in a specific gallery where every image you see will be from this gallery. For example, if you only want to rate/view photographs, then go to the Photography Gallery. If you want Anime/Manga, then select this gallery and every image you see will be from this category.
YOUR NAME IS KNOWN
Only members of our site are allowed to rate images, so every time you vote, your name and account is recorded with that vote. Our staff can view the name, rating and time/date of each of the votes posted. Make sure you remember this as you click through giving ratings to others.
COMMENTS ARE ENCOURAGED
We do not currently require comments on every vote, but we encourage you to comment on as many images as possible. Just like you want others to give feedback on your artwork, they are expecting the same from you. When you comment, make sure that it's a nice complement or sometimes constructive criticism that will help them improve. Comments like 'this is dumb', 'get real', 'sucks' and other short slams will not be tolerated. If you don't have something intelligent to say, then zip your lip.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Because a rating system is based off what people think, everyone will get a few lower ratings they feel they don't deserve. At the same time, they may get an extremely high vote that isn't deserved either. A low rating does not mean you are a bad artist, or that even the artwork is bad, it simply means that it didn't impress the person who looked at it. NEWS FLASH: Not everyone will love your work. Don't take a rating personally. Many great movies & restaurants have received bad ratings or reviews. It doesn't mean that the movie/restaurant is bad, just that one person didn't love it. Same thing with art.
There are always a few people out there that like to cause trouble for others. We have deemed the term 'lowballer' to anyone that gives more negitive votes then positive ones or that singles out an artist and gives low scores to hurt their average score. Lowballers Beware - You will find little tolerance from us! We have no problem turning off the ability rate or deleting your entire portfolio, even for first time offenders. If you feel you have been a victom of a lowerballer, do not contact the voter directly or post something on the message board. Instead, please e-mail us with as much information as possible and we will take care of it.
RATINGS ARE OPTIONAL
If you don't like the concept of people rating your artwork, or you can't deal with critism very well, we suggest you turn off ratings/comments in your member preferences page. By doing this, we will hide the option to rate/comment on any of your images.
We hope that by explaining these few things, everyone understands the rating system a bit more and we can have less problems in the future. We encourange everyone to click on the 'Rate Artwork' link in the menubar often and spend time viewing, rating and commenting on the great artwork that is found on our site. Have fun and happy clicking!
If you have READ and UNDERSTAND the rating guidelines above,
and would like to continue to rate other artwork on our site,
please click the SUBMIT button below.