If you look at a profile in SL, you'll see a little button labeled "Rate". If you're in that person's presence, you can click on it and choose to rate him or her either positively or neutrally in the categories of behavior, appearance, and building skills, along with an optional comment that the person rated sees. Positive ratings cost L$25 per category... and I really hope that that money goes to the person rated, because I've tried to make a point of rating people positively when appropriate. (Judging by the comments on the below-linked blog entry, though, I appear to have been naive about that...)
LL has recently announced that the next Beta Test Grid will have an associated Beta client that removes the ratings system. Apparently it's not all that widely used, and eats enough resources that LL has decided to phase it out. There are a lot of third-party ratings systems for SL out there, which the linked SL blog entry lists, and I decided to check out RatePoint.
One goes through a process to register with RatePoint, and then goes to RatePoint Island to pick up a box with a HUD to let you rate nearby people (I think those who are also so registered), and with something you can wear to publicly display your rating if you are so inclined.
I did so... and saw a bunch of people inside the RatePoint Café. In I went, and when I clicked the audio stream on, there was some sweet jazz with, if I remember rightly, piano and flugelhorn. I listened, and then the light came on... and I typed
/me realizes that this is live music!
Fortunately, Kurt Jano, the excellent performer who was responsible for the music, was amused... and said so between songs. *blush*...
A bunch of people there had on their rating displays above their heads, so I figured what the heck and put mine on. The music was really good (if you ever have a chance to hear Kurt, by all means take it!), and I was into it... and suddenly I noticed that my skirt had disappeared! *blush* again, and thank goodness I wasn't, um, regimental.
Yup, that display attached to the pelvis, just like prim skirts do... so I'd better read up on how to make it attach elsewhere (is there any place left, I wonder?).
I guess we'll see which of the third-party ratings systems survive as time goes on, and I'll see how useful RatePoint proves to be. I am glad I tried it, if only for the really good music!