I feel thunderstruck.
How come nobody told me this?
All this time, I'd assumed every rating I was giving and/or receiving had a lasting potential to really give others the honor of a rate.
Had I but known that my adding to the Comments PRIOR to giving a rating will mean said rating does disappear once I move on to other columns, I'd have jolly well done the REAL rate we all enjoy getting.
SO, FOR THOSE OF US NEW TO THE WAYS OF THE RATINGS SETUP HERE AT OPEN SALON, HERE'S THE WAY TO REALLY RATE ANY POST YOU THINK IS WORTHY:
1.) Read If you find a worthwhile contribution or a tone you like well enough, move on to Step 2.
2.) RATE---in order of precedence, this is of value. ALWAYS tell yourself, "I'll have to scroll all the way to the top in order to rate, then scroll all the way back down to Comments, before I move on to Step 3."
3.) Comment. Yes, in that order, and ONLY by employing said order of operations, will you succeed in having truly rated anybody's work.
Thanks to Matt Paust giving me the eye-opener he did, I now am wise to this very screwy little part of our haven online.
So look for me in future to actively pursue this very easy-to-follow, though slightly screwy, methodology.
And, Happy ratings Time, everybody!
And may the Ratings Force be with you!