I've said for a long time that ratings don't matter on kuro5hin, and I can't remember the last time I rated a comment. But here, they're even more useless. Not only are there fewer users, at least for the moment, but there are no in between ratings given out.
Also, with the number of educated editors here, you don't need help from users to rate down "trolls" or "spam", you just delete them. I guess it doesn't really matter, because I don't rate and I read comments no matter what they are rated, and the people that want to rate comments will continue to do so for whatever reason. It's just annoying to see comments of people who are expressing honest opinions and those that aren't quite as sincere getting uneven treatment. Oh, well. This site is for you, anyhow, so I'll just shut up now.