I am still trying to figure out this site. There are so many amazing photographs to see and so many skilled photographers. I really enjoy looking at all the photographs and trying to figure out how they did some of them.
What I am still trying to figure out is the rating thing. I suspect it is a function of when you post, what subject matter you post, how good is what you post and how many people are following you. It appears that some photographers with few followers hit that sweet spot with an image that is out of this world and they get a crazy number of views and votes. Others post many photographs and have almost no views. How you get your photos on the Popular, Upcoming and Favorites lists is beyond me.
What I like best is that the process of trying to figure it out has challenged me to try to make a range of photographs and to do them well. Clearly some of my photos are better vote scorers than others. What I find surprising, is that some of the photos that I think are better vote getters than the ones I think could have been better.