I note that negative ratings follow people around forever, even though many of those ratings were obtained at a time it was easier to do so (by just being 'disagreed' with, I think). Also, people change - perhaps they get stressed arriving in a new country and react to the perceived frustrations. After a while they settle down. I would like this site to be a positive place and perhaps after a year or two (or less) these ratings could be removed. One VERY WELL KNOWN contributor (who shall remain nameless Mr R) has 10 past and well out-of-date ones - yet his positive contribution to this site is so great that I feel he does not deserve to carry them around forever. I know many will say that ratings don't matter that much - I agree, but sometime a person arrives on the site and is so obnoxious that he soon accumulates enough to be noticed and banned. But after a short time those ratings have served their purpose.