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What do those numbers mean?
All of the ratings (the numbers in parentheses) that you see on photoSIG are
based on a linear rating system. There are a few different types of ratings
that you will see in various areas. They are:
Clicking on someone's Overall Contributor Rating gives you a breakdown showing
you that person’s overall Photo Rating, and overall Critique Rating
together with their profile.
A single photo (the number in parentheses displayed after a photo’s
A single critique (the number in parenthesis displayed next to a critique)
An individual’s Overall Contributor Rating (the number in parenthesis
displayed next to a user’s name).
Let’s explore how each of these ratings is calculated.
A single photo
A photo’s rating is the sum of the total number of thumbs that photo has
received. For example, let’s say a photo has received 2 critiques. The
first critique was 1 thumb up, and the second critique was 2 thumbs up. The
photo has received 3 thumbs, so the photo's rating will be 3.
Here’s another example: A photo has received 5 critiques. The first was 1
thumb up. The second was 1 thumb down. The third was 2 thumbs up. The fourth
was 1 thumb up. The fifth was another 1 thumb down. The total number of thumbs
is (1 + (-1) + 2 + 1 + (-1)), for a total of 2. The photo’s rating will
Hollow thumbs are not taken into account in any calculation.
A single critique
The critique rating is calculated somewhat the same as a photo rating. Every
time someone marks a critique as ’Helpful’, it is counted
as +1. Every time someone marks a critique as ’Unhelpful’ it counts
as -1. So, a critique that 2 people found ’Helpful’ will have a rating of 2.
An individual’s overall Photo Rating
An individual’s overall photo rating is calculated by taking the total
number of thumbs that all of their photos have received. For example,
let’s say a person has 2 photos in their portfolio. The first has 1
critique of 3 thumbs up (making the rating for that photo 3). The second has 4
critiques, all of 2 thumbs up (making the rating for that photo 8). The
person’s Photo Rating will be (3+2+2+2+2), or 11. Again, thumbs down get
subtracted and hollow thumbs don’t count.
An individual’s overall Critique Rating
Again, the Critique Rating is calculated in a similar way, but with a twist. If
you write a critique for a photo that has less than 3 critiques, then every
time someone marks your critique as helpful, it counts as +3 for your Critique
Rating. So, if you have written 2 critiques, one of which was among the first
three, and one person found each to be helpful, then your Critique Rating will
be (3+1), or 4. Unhelpful marks will also have this multiplier applied. Also
keep in mind that your critiques have to conform to the set standards to collect points.
An individual’s overall Contributor Rating
An individual’s overall contributor rating (the number in parenthesis
behind everyone’s name) is calculated by taking the sum of this
person’s individual photo and critique rating.
A few words about critique points
Don’t confuse ’critique points’ with a ’critique
rating’. Critique points allow you to upload photos above your normal
submission restrictions (0 for Limited Members, 1 per 72 hours for Basic
Members, and 3 per 72 hours for Premium Members). Critique points are granted
the same way as an individual’s Critique Rating is calculated. So, if you
write one of the first three critiques for a photo, then every time someone
marks it as helpful, you will receive 3 critique points. You can upload an
additional photo with every 15 critique points you receive. Critique points
expire after 72 hours, so they are ’use them or lose them’. You can
see how many critique points you have by going to the ’Submit Photo’ page.
Content Advisory Definitions
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What Are Those Numbers?
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Private Article Option
Critique did not conform to standard (repetition)
Critique did not conform to standard (average rating)
Critique did not conform to standard (frequency)
Critique did not conform to standard (length)
photoSIG Critique Standard
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Withdraw or Delete a Photo
Copyright, Public Domain, Derivative Work
Why aren't you writing more critiques?