Re: Continuous product and service improvement
"I think the article ratings were removed due to abuse. There were groups of readers who would down rate anything by certain authors without reading them."
Also, I got the impression that a lot of people were rating the /topic/ of the articles rather than the article itself. So an article about some government/corporate idiocy would get a lot of down votes irrespective of how good it was in response to people's opinions on the idiocy itself.