Hi again cathicarolblog:
You're welcome for the sentiments.
I ran across this "ratings" list at ABC News yesterday that demonstrates how I thought of the WP ratings widget, i.e., Number 1 is the "best", Number 2 the next best, etc.
Ah ha! So not all Rating Systems are 10-1 afterall. Good to know! I keep thinking that whoever thinks/created the #10 as BEST Link Rating rather than #1 as being BEST is probably some male web-techie who is old enough to remember that dumb 1979 movie called "10" about some supposed "hot chick" (Bo Derek). I wondered if that movie's "social engineering influence" was the start of thinking the #10 means BEST rather than the historic #1 as meaning BEST(?) Since (I think) it is a majority of males who do coding & site designs, it wouldn't surprise me, lol. Per wiki:
"The title [of the movie "10"] derives from a rating system used by people to rank members of the opposite sex based upon beauty, with a 10 being the epitome of attractiveness. It came into common usage as a result of this film."
I'm from the "old school" where guys would say, "You're my #1 girl," not my #10 girl, lol. Ditto for how I think re Link Ratings. But I digress.
Perhaps most WP users don't care how the widget works and either aren't bothered by the confusions and inefficiencies or don't want to bother inquiring about them.
That seems to be basically true across the population at large. Not toooo many "nit pickers" among us (that being another less desirable description of those of us wired for details & efficiency). You have impressive credentials in the modern computer/internet world. A "get 'er done" attitude which can be frustrating when "other drivers control the wheel." I empathize, sincerely.