Originally Posted by Eucharisted
is there a way to turn off ratings?
Turning off the ratings might be the simplest solution. I am not sure they serve any real purpose since they aren't used often, and when they are are it often seems motivated by strong like or dislike to a position taken, rather than on the actual quality of the discussion. Many intensely debated topic tseem to wind up with three stars, as an average.
I suppose another possibility would be to provide a pop-up screen which would show which members have rated a thread at five stars, which members have given that thread four stars, etc. This might introduce little more responsibility into the rating, but creating such a program would require resources which CAF may not have to spare.