I've recently received a number of one star ratings to 4 or 5 of my compositions which are tangos. I've received one star ratings before and it never bothered me, but these appear to be the same guy in a kind of 'driveby' manner meaning 'I hate this guy's approach to the Tango'.
I've been debating about what is appropriate to do... and I'm kind of at a loss. It's not cool that my new solo cello tango, got a one star rating as it has already garnered a significant bit of public recognition, having been transcribed by a great bass player to be premiered next month in Texas and the solo cello tango itself will be premiered by a great cellist in the Fall. I've had one of the greatest cellists in the world say it's wonderful, publicly on Twitter so this is, to put it kindly, a BS rating. The rater enjoys an anonymity that is inappropriate for this level of dismissal. http://imslp.org/wiki/Tango_del_Aquelarre_(Harrington,_Jeffrey_Michael)
Now the ratings serve a healthy purpose when it comes to scan quality but when it comes to new music and the nature of new music criticism online I don't think the same type of rating system is appropriate. One minute it's a visual quality statement, the next it's a musical quality statement.
I've had a number of ideas:
1. Selectively allow for the composer to turn off ratings piece by piece (like YouTube comments).
2. Allow the composer to ask for a rating reset. This is to prevent trolling behavior.
Other than that, I see no other recourse except to ask for my friends to rate my pieces, starting a ridiculous ratings war and that's just going to produce another level of counterproductive behavior.