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How ratings work

Published July 19th, 2010

Welcome newcomers! We found that some are curious about our rating system, so, since parts of our Help section are still not translated, I'd like to give you a quick overview of our system.

First of all, 500px is about your portfolio, so if you don't want to socialize, follow people, see their awesome new works, chat with them, or discover new photos — that's okay. Then you should simply ignore the number on the right side of your photo, and keep on building your portfolio.

For others, rating gives ability to showcase their photos in — and beyond — the community. We needed some sort of an order, and to rank photos in our Upcoming or Popular pages, so we went to the world, and returned with the most sophisticated rating system.

Ratings. Well, your "score" depends on freshness of your photo, and number of votes. Fresh photos get a higher score, and it's easier for a them to reach Popular (you need around 8-9 positive votes). Once it goes from Fresh to Upcoming (those are fresh photos with rating of 30 or higher), it gains more views. And once it goes from Upcoming and also appears in Popular (rating of 70 or higher), it gains thousands more eyeballs.

Older photos will lose rating, and each consecutive vote will add less and less to a total score. For example, first vote will bring 27 points, but 100's vote will bring 0.1 point.

For practical purposes that means that our Popular page will always consist of fresh photos, and older ones will always have to step down, once they had their "moment of glory".

So, if you uploaded a fresh photo — make sure you share it on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon or Google Buzz — your photo (and devoted followers) will thank you.

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Adam Lewis  over 6 years ago

I agree about the negative button, my pic hit 95.5 and was climbing then in the space of 25 mins it was at 83.3

MRedu (inactive)  over 6 years ago

I can see how this can be gamed by users...

Josef Gelernter  over 6 years ago

The "DISLIKE" button absolutely needs to be removed as it appears that many are using it just to bring other people's pictures' ratings down. It is unfair and manipulative. I've heard many people complaining about the "DISLIKE" button and some are even not willing to upload pictures anymore. If the "DISLIKE" button will not be removed, I will also have to
stop uploading pictures on 500px sooner or later. Only positive ratings or no ratings are fair. Negative votes destroy the purpose of the whole thing as I am quite sure that 99% of the time it is used just to bring someone's ratings down
and not because the picture is really disliked.

james36 (inactive)  over 6 years ago

Hi i'm new here, i just like to say hi to everyone and please vote on my pis.

Patty Barker  over 6 years ago

I have an 83.8 rated photo that is less than 24 hours old and I don't see it in UPCOMING or in POPULAR. I'm confused.

Robert Bridgens  over 6 years ago

What rating is needed to be shown on popular?

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Fernando De Oliveira  over 6 years ago

Thanks guys... Very helpful!!!

Mahmoud Chawk  over 6 years ago

i want to rate my photos !! but how ??

Oksana Tkanko  almost 7 years ago

Have a question. My photo has 2 votes, but raiting is 0.0. Do you know why?

Abdulrahman A  almost 7 years ago

Finally I got the rating concept

Jean Loper  almost 7 years ago

Thanks for the explanation!

Luís Costa (inactive)  almost 7 years ago

It's nice to know more about the rating system... :)

johnmartin806 (inactive)  almost 7 years ago
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Tom Dellinger  about 7 years ago

I'm a bit surprised I don't see any "share" buttons making it easier to inform our facebook friends.

Sam Chadwick  about 7 years ago

This is really useful. Wondering if there could be a 'welcome to 500px' page when you first create an account that explains stuff like this? (Or did I miss it).

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piet flour  about 7 years ago

thanks a lot, very helpful indeed

Graeme Allan (inactive)  about 7 years ago

Labai gerai! Aciu! And thanks... Now I understand.