The simple concepts of popularity, authority and success on the Internet are clearly displayed by the rating. The rating can have users of social networks, torrent trackers, as well as Internet sites and other services. Each of them has its own calculation system.
On the VKontakte social network, user ratings are used to sort search results. When you enter a search query with specific data, the first line will display the user matching the query with the highest rating, and subsequent results will be sorted in descending order. The rating on the VKontakte social network is divided into two parts. The first one gives you the opportunity to get a rating of 100%, simply by completely filling out your profile. And the second is to raise the rating even higher, actively helping in the development of the social network. For example, inviting new members. Thus, the rating of the VKontakte site reflects the completeness of information about the user and his activity. This helps in the search to put in the first places the most active participants who provide more information about themselves. By increasing his rating on the VKontakte social network, the user helps his relatives, acquaintances, colleagues and partners in finding his page. Additionally, users who have the highest rating are given priority in the Friends and Online Friends lists, attracting more attention.
The rating helps regulate file sharing on torrent networks. Here, it reflects the ratio of the amount of files downloaded by the user from other participants and the amount of files that the user has distributed to them. Each torrent tracker has a set minimum rating threshold at which file downloads are available. If the rating falls below this threshold, the tracker will not allow the user to download new files. Members who have a high rating, on the contrary, are encouraged by torrent trackers. Such a system was invented on purpose so that the exchange on the network was equivalent, and there were no situations when the user who downloaded the file immediately refused to distribute it to other participants, using the site exclusively as a consumer.
The rating allows you to find interesting sites that contain the most complete and high-quality information on a specific topic. It is built on the basis of statistics data, which reflects site traffic, the time users spend on its pages, the popularity of articles and the demand for its services. This information allows you to estimate the size of the audience, topics that are popular among users, and the need to supplement them. Links to articles posted on forums, blogs or other sites have a significant impact on a site's search engine rankings. Such links are called external links. The more inbound links a page or site has, the higher ranking it gets in the search engines. The pages or sites with the highest rating are displayed by search engines on the first lines in the results of the corresponding search query.
Many services on the Internet have their own rating system, which allows users to quickly find the highest quality and most thoughtful among them.