I see so many questions of "would you rate me" and it's kind of annoying. People fish for compliments or "honest opinions" all the time. There was a section for that purpose. Maybe if it was still available we wouldn't have these questions coming up so often.
Because there were would you rate me questions even with that thing going on. People weren't using it. It's really strange to be specifically looking at a section where you can specifically do nothing but look at insecure people and rate them. Basically it's an "insecure hot or not". So it was not as popular as it seems.
Now for writing stories and articles, on the other hand... especially articles. I wrote 3 articles, two of them were terrible but I couldn't delete them for some reason, but the third one was kept and is still featured, so that's cool. There's a chance people still have stuff to say, but they currently cannot, which sucks.
No one used it much. Some posts would have like 5 post, 4 of which were made in 2010 and the other in 2011. I think that the problem was that it was too random. You couldn't pick who you wanted to rate. And you couldn't see the earlier one vs older post. Also there were different reality checks for guys vs girls
It's for getting more people to opine on more questions. Removing the bar only allows the questions to be viewed by more people and opined as many in number which is what GAG's intent is :) more traffic :)
When they changed to this new format, they mentioned that they were scrapping that section and making it possible for people to post it as a question just like any other question. Most times I skip these questions, but sometimes I do click on them just out of curiosity.
I can imagine it was a bit dangerous for judgmental answers. Imagine some creep would have said "no I don't date black girls". That's not what we ever want to hear... we want kind and honest advice. Nothing that could make someone feel hurt. What I find worse is that there's no more possibility to choose up to 3 topics for you questions. People follow topics, and posting in 3 topics will trigger far more answers!
There's almost as many questions complaining about the rate-me questions as there are actual rate-me questions. Just ignore them if you dont like them. Theyre easy to spot. Dont even need to click on them.
Reality Check was a dead end on the site, essentially. Not many people used it, therefore the feedback was minimal.
We are considering creating a topic, "Rate Me" or something similar, and then you guys will be able to block that topic if you're not interested in those questions at all. So look for that, should be coming soon :-)
The reason there seem to be so many now is because we're getting a lot of new members, and that's what they ask first. After they've asked it though, they shouldn't be asking again, so if you see duplicates, we always encourage you guys to report them.