For some time I have wondered about the '1' ratings that a number of readers have given my stories. Granted some people don't like my writing, but a '1' rating seems to be an extreme way to express it. Especially if they don't provide feedback about what they didn't like.
I posted my first story in March 2014, so I am a relatively new author. I like a good rating for my effort, but it is not my primary reason for writing. I can live with the fact that some people give my story a very low score because they don't like the storyline or how I write (i.e., you will never please everyone). If the story or my writing deserves a '1' then so be it; I earned it.
However, there is one thing I have observed about my '1' ratings that really angers me. Shortly after I started posting stories, I posted the Introduction and first chapter of a new story. A couple of hours later, I checked my stats and found that someone had given it a '1'. That seemed odd to me, so I checked my stats shortly after posting my next couple of stories. In almost every case, I received a '1' rating within 24 hours.
What angers me about that is I can see someone going through the listing of new stories and giving all of our stories a '1' rating without even reading the stories. I imagine that person gets some sort of perverted pleasure out of skewing a story's rating.
Has anyone else noticed this deliberate low rating for no apparent reason?