Since 1999, Filmtracks has offered its readers the opportunity to rate the most popular
soundtracks featured at the site. All reviews contained this feature as of 2004, maintaining
cumulative totals that are checked automatically and manually once per month to ensure that voting
fraud is eliminated. When you rate a score at Filmtracks, a copy of your IP address and vote is stored
in the system. If you attempt to blatantly vote too often for a soundtrack (generally more than once
per month per review), that system will immediately block you. A more comprehensive program to sniff
out fraud is run once per month and, through the process of examining voting trends, detects longer
term fraud. The goal of these procedures is to present the most accurate tally possible, whether a
soundtrack has received 50 votes or 50,000.
These indeces are divided into several sections to allow soundtracks and albums of similar types
to compete fairly against each other. For the purposes of these rating indeces, the "Modern" section
contains only Digital Age soundtracks (as opposed to the main review indeces at the site, which
define the Bronze and Digital Ages as "Modern"). This is to allow Digital Age soundtracks to
compete without the extremely popular scores from the Bronze Age (1976-1987) perpetually dominating the
ranks. As of 2009, however, the master rank of "All Listings" is provided as well.
Each of the indeces pages is updated once per day by the system, so while your votes on the review pages
will be accounted for immediately in the totals and average displayed there, there will be a delay of up
to 24 hours before those updated results appear in these indeces. This is to improve performance of
the indeces to meet the heavy demands of the feature.
As a general rule, when using these vote tallies to influence your purchasing decisions, remember
to put most of your faith in the 2-star, 3-star, and 4-star rating sums. By comparing these three totals,
you can bypass the usual concentration of fringe votes and recognize what is always the most telling
and accurate consensus opinion about the soundtrack. To help ease unbalanced voting, each score begins
with 20 votes set evenly by the system (4 votes for each star rating) to deter early skewing of
averages; once an album receives 100 user votes, the original 20 are automatically subtracted by the
system. Thus, you will never see any tally per star on a rating at a value less than four.