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That feature may be convenient to you but I hope you understand that it also really hurts content creators in terms of visibility and discovery via any platform’s algorithm.

Especially in niche communities where the audience reach is a matter of thousands if not hundreds.

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Thanks for the informative read. It sounds like what you're suggesting is that I should use a 5-star rating as a 'seal of approval' and not provide any rating at all for anything I wouldn't consider to be worth of 5-stars, is that right? Thereby promoting content that I feel should have increased visibility, but not potentially decreasing the visibility of other content?

Pretty much! Unfortunately, the five star review system tends to only reward participation if the recipient receives full marks. Doubly the case for independent content, where there is often a lack of visibility and the sample size of participants/reviews is thus incredibly small. Every vote counts, and you help immensely when you rate something 5 stars, but you also hinder much more than you would think for anything less than 5, especially a 1.

I'll go back and reconsider all my previous ratings through this new binary lens and adjust them accordingly. Thanks for taking the time to explain.