In less than two years I’ve got to #3 In Surrey but to do that I had to tick under 500 beers. I am pretty much guaranteed to make #2, the current incumbent stopped rating a couple of years ago. So for the first year and a half there have been two active raters.
There have also been 3 or 4 of those people I don’t get - the once a year or so raters. I mean, I get that people get bored and move on but logging on and rating like 3 beers a year?
Since Christmas there have been two other regular raters, but one of those is actually a yank who probably doesn’t realise he counts as a Surrey rater.
However in the last couple of weeks a couple of other people started rating. Wonder how long they will last?
Very similar story and timeline for me in Gloucestershire actually. Coming up to 3 years on Ratebeer now. Just 20 ticks will put a rater here in the top 10. 500 ticks was enough to put me in 4th. I currently sit in 2nd a whopping 7000+ behind downender, the only other active rater. I am drinking more than him at my current pace but even if he were to completely stop it would take me many many years to reach him (he’s been here since 2007 so quite a head start).
Almost everyone else in the table appears to have stopped rating, or never got further than a few ticks. I won’t click on literally every user but as far as I can tell Tim Webb is the only other person in our county rating, but he seems to be of those people you mention, i.e. rating just a handful of beers per year.
Having said that, on nearby checkins on untapped, there have only been 5 in the past 24 hours. Not sure how nearby, nearby is, but it’s not a lot of beers, and i don’t really care if someone i don’t know had a becks at home with there dinner.
Looking at it another way. I have rated 353 beers from active Lincolnshire breweries. Of these beers I am the only person to have rated 124 of them. That’s a big 35% that are only on RB as I added them.
I don’t think this is a new thing due people no longer rating beers on here. As I said before Lincolnshire only has one other active rater.
Me, Stu (jamesie1857) and Dave Unpronounceable, who doesn’t really rate, but occasionally contributes to the forums, is just about it for South Yorkshire. One or two other raters who come and go. Pretty poor, really, and there’s no way in a million years it’ll get better. Ratebeer is a joke website getting by on past glories.